Let me be real here: Mama has a sweet tooth. I love to indulge in decadent chocolates, to savor my favorite cupcakes, and to revel in the artistry to be found on dessert blogs, Cooking Network, and British Bake off.
But sometimes I just need butter and sugar. In mah mouf. Yesterday.
For that my dear darlings, I give you…
Oatmeal Lace Cookies
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These take no time to put together, but just as little time to burn. Keep an eye out!
2 sticks of butter
2 1/4 cups brown sugar
2 1/4 cups rolled oats
3 Tbsp flour
1 tsp salt
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla
So as you can see, these cookies are held together by caramelization and hope. Preheat your oven to 375*F!
Start by melting your butter and brown sugar in a sauce pan. Don’t worry about melting the sugar completely into the butter, the oven will take care of that part. Just make sure that there are no lumps.
When the butter and caramel mixture is smooth, remove from the heat and add in your oats, salt, vanilla, and egg. Stir until everything is incorporated.
A teaspoon-sized dollop is all you need on your silicone or parchment lined cookie sheet. Keep the cookies well apart from one another because they WILL spread and it WILL be a mess.
These are baked for a short 5 minutes. As the butter and sugar melts in the oven, it begins to become a crispy, then caramel that encapsulates the oats. You will see them become flat, then bubbly, then brown. Oddly enough, it made me think of cooking extremely fragile pancakes.
Notice the significant color difference between the top batch and the bottom batch of cookies? The bottom batch were under-cooked by about a minute and a half. The upper batch were overcooked by just 30 seconds. The cookies brown extremely quickly, so don’t wander off!
With patience, the end result is an exceptionally delicate crisp that melts in your mouth with the perfect balance of crunch and chew.
Please share your pictures if you decide to try your hand at a batch of Oatmeal Lace Cookies! And remember… Mama Luvs Ya!