Reader’s Recipes: Almond Lace Wafers




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Crisp Almond Lace Wafer cookies

These delicate almond lace wafer cookies have a wonderfully light crisp texture and can easily be made gluten free.  Dip them in chocolate or leave them plain, they’re always a hit!

Reader's Recipes Almond Lace Wafers are a crisp, delicate cookie


VINTAGE VIEW ~ these Almond Lace Wafers are from TVFGI archives, first published in 2015.  I’m reviving some of the best recipes that you may have missed over the years ~ these cookies were part of my fun Reader’s Recipe series where you guys submitted your favorite holiday cookies.  This one looks like it would be tricky to make, but it’s not!


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Today’s recipe for beautiful Almond Lace Wafers was sent in by Donna, who lives in Carmel Indiana. This was her mom’s recipe, and it’s been a beloved Christmas tradition for her since she was a child.  I hear it again and again in your emails to me, these cookie recipes that you send in represent treasured holiday memories, and the ritual of making of them year after year is an important part of your lives.  Like all of the other cookies I’ve shared, these are incredibly delicious, too, and I have a feeling that after this post there’ll be a lot more people out there who’ll want to incorporate them into their own holidays.

Reader's Recipes Almond Lace Wafers

In her note to me, Donna called these cookies “fragile, beautiful, and delicious.”  I couldn’t describe them better.  They  have a lovely almond toffee flavor, with a snappy crispness.  The batter is very thin and spreads out in the oven to make the lacy appearance.  They flat cookies are cooled for a minute, then rolled around the handle of a wooden spoon to form little tubes.  The toffee candy flavor and crunch comes from the butter and sugar caramelizing in the oven.

Almond Lace Wafer Cookie Recipe

While the recipe calls for grinding almonds I used almond meal and it worked great.  It’s a nice thing to have around for holiday baking, I keep it in the fridge to preserve the freshness longer, because nut meals can spoil quickly.  Using the pre-ground almonds really makes this cookie a snap to put together.

Swedish Almond Lace Cookies

The rolling of the fresh-from-the-oven cookies was surprisingly easy and not as fussy as I’d feared.  You’ll need the handle of a wooden spoon, or something similar, to roll the warm cookies around.  They cool down and hold their shape immediately so you can move right on to the next.

Delicate Almond Lace Wafers can easily be made gluten free

Donna says her mother was of Swedish heritage, and that makes sense since these cookies are definitely Scandinavian in origin. You can leave them flat if you don’t want to roll them, and I couldn’t resist dipping a few of them in a little dark chocolate.

Crisp Almond Lace Wafer cookies

I was really happy with this recipe, but I guess I should expect that by now, every cookie in this series has been a slam dunk.  In the past I’ve had lace cookies that were either too delicate, or too greasy, but these were just perfect.  They’re thick enough to hold together and have some body, but still incredibly light and crisp.

Thanks so much for sharing these with us Donna <3

Easy to make rolled Almond Lace Wafers are an elegant holiday cookie

notes:

  • Get everything organized before starting because it’s a quick process with steps that need to be done promptly.  Locate a wooden spoon with a slender handle, even a round chopstick would work.
  • Prepping the baking sheets is key — be sure to grease or spray them, and then dust with flour.  I re-dusted with flour a couple of times.  I did try my silicone mat but it did not work as well as the greasing and dusting, fyi.
  • While it sounds a little bit hectic to have to remove the cookies at exactly the right time, let them cool for a minute, then flip and roll them, all before they harden, I found it was really easy and problem free.  The warmth of the cookie sheet keeps the cookies pliable enough while you roll them, I never had to put them back into the oven to soften.
  • It helps to do a test cookie or two to make sure your oven is set correctly, etc.
  • For easy chocolate dipping, put a cup of chocolate chips in a pyrex measuring cup and microwave for 60 seconds.  Stir until melted and smooth.  Zap for a few more seconds if necessary.  Dip half of the cookie into the chocolate, shake off excess, and lay on parchment to firm up.  It helps to put them in the refrigerator to speed up the process.

 

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There are sheet pans, and then there are sheet pans.  I used to use cheap sheet pans that warped and twisted and burned the bottoms of my cookies.  Then I tried USA pans and realized that there is a difference.  These pans have no bells and whistles, they’re just good solid durable cookware.  A set of two will see you through many years of holiday cookie baking.  USA makes a whole line of bakeware and I’m slowly replacing all my pans.  Plus, they’re made in the USA!

Almond Lace Wafers
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Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Category: dessert

Cuisine: American

Yield: makes about 27 cookies

Delicate Almond Lace Wafers can easily be made gluten free

These delicate almond lace wafer cookies are gluten free and have a wonderfully light crisp texture.  Dip them in chocolate or leave them plain, they're always a hit!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup grated un-blanched almonds (use blender, nut grater, or food processor - do not
  • grind into powder, but leave a bit crunchy) [Sue's note: I used almond meal.]
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp flour [ or use a gluten free flour mix, or oat flour if you like]
  • 1 Tbsp heavy cream or evaporated milk
  • 1 Tbsp whole milk

Instructions

  1. Set oven to 350F
  2. Grease and flour 2 cookie sheets.
  3. Put the ground almonds or almond meal into a saucepan.
  4. Mix in all remaining ingredients.
  5. Cook over low heat until butter melts, stirring constantly. Batter is very thin.
  6. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheet, only 5-6 at a time as batter will spread.
  7. Bake 7 to 9 minutes or until a light caramel color, with centers still bubbly. Watch very carefully so as not to overbrown.
  8. Let cool for 1 minute, then immediately transfer, UPSIDE DOWN, to waxed paper.
  9. Working quickly, immediately roll each cookie quickly around the handle of a wooden spoon, forming a loose cylinder. If cookies start to harden, return to oven for 1 minute to soften.
  10. Allow to cool.

Notes

These cookies are quick cooking but since you need to do them in batches, the whole process will take about an hour.

Make these almond lace wafers your own!

  • Make them gluten free by substituting gluten free flour for the regular flour.

  • You can substitute other varieties of ground nuts for the almonds, I think pecans, walnuts, or hazelnuts would be great.  You can also make these with oatmeal!

  • Dip them in white chocolate.

  • Double dip in sprinkles or nonpareils for a pretty effect.

Don’t forget to pin these Almond Lace Wafers!

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  • Reply
    Claire Rea
    January 22, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    Hi Sue,
    Another of your wonderful recipes I can add to my repertoire! I found these easy to make but you really must pay attention. The only thing is mine came out more lacey than I expected. The ones in your picture are thicker. Should I just add a bit more flour

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      Sue
      January 22, 2019 at 5:43 pm

      That should work fine Claire.

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    Heba Abu Zaina
    January 5, 2019 at 2:03 am

    Hello ..
    I tried to make this twice, but each time, I couldn’t roll them around the handle of a wooden spoon !
    What shall I do in that case ?

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      Sue
      January 5, 2019 at 6:45 am

      It sounds like they were too cool, Heba. Next time be sure to roll them sooner. You might try putting the cookies back in the oven briefly, they might soften enough to roll.

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    Rubina Islam
    January 4, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    I had almond lace tuile at a potluck party and the person who make it stuffed it with some kind of cream. It was absolutely delicious. I’ve looking for the recipe for both the cookie as well as the cream stuffing recipe ever since. Do you by any chance have recipe for the cream stuffing?

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      Sue
      January 5, 2019 at 6:46 am

      I don’t, but you might try searching for a basic pastry cream, Rubina.

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    Jack
    December 15, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    Got my answer by reading the comments about parchment paper – but what about using honey as a sweetener instead of sugar (like 1/3 cup scant or even 1/4 cup) and almond milk for the dairy milk? (Does it have to be heavy cream and milk – is there something to do with the fat content in the cream/dairy milk?)

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      Sue
      December 16, 2018 at 10:43 am

      You would need to substitute another granulated sugar product, not honey, in this recipe, to keep the correct structure to these cookies. I’m not sure about the almond milk substitution because I haven’t tried that, sorry Jack.

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    Jack
    December 15, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    Wondering if you could use parchment paper to line the pans?

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    Kathy
    December 13, 2018 at 8:45 am

    I just made these with pecans as I’m not an almond fan. They are absolutely delicious!! I found lining the pan with parchment paper worked the best.

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      Sue
      December 13, 2018 at 9:14 am

      I would LOVE to try these with pecans, that sounds really wonderful.

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    Rachita
    August 14, 2018 at 10:47 pm

    Sue, Any ideas for making this vegan?

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      Sue
      November 19, 2018 at 12:17 pm

      You might try coconut oil and coconut milk for the butter and dairy milks.

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    Anna
    March 3, 2018 at 10:33 am

    Although these tasted delicious, I found these ridiculously hard to make. I followed the recipe exactly but the first batch burned in only a couple minutes and never did spread out. They were way too small and thick to consider wrapping them around a spoon handle. I manually spread out the second batch and watched them like a hawk and took them out before they burned only to have them completely fall apart when transferring. By the time I got to the third batch the butter oil had separated from the rest of the batter and they don’t seem like they are baking well because of it. It’s a shame.

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      Sue
      March 3, 2018 at 10:46 am

      Have you checked your oven temperature Anna? It sounds like that might be the problem, these work like a dream for me.

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    theresa duke
    February 23, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    This does NOT work when using pecans instead of almonds!

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      Sue
      February 23, 2018 at 7:44 pm

      That’s good to know Theresa. I’m surprised, i would have thought that if they were finely ground like the almonds, that pecans would work!

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    Sunita
    December 18, 2017 at 3:16 am

    Hi, we don’t get gluten free flour. So can I use almond flour or grind white oats (Quaker quick cooking)

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      Sue
      December 18, 2017 at 4:59 am

      Yes, I would use the oats. The tablespoon of flour is very small, but I think it does serve to bind together the thin batter.

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    Tammy
    December 13, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    I just bought almond flour and wondering if it would work in this recipe, and also whether I could sub half and half for the milk and cream. Thoughts? I’ve not made these cookies before.

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      Sue
      December 13, 2017 at 3:08 pm

      I used Trader Joe’s almond meal and it worked great, I assume your almond flour would work, too, Tammy. I think the half and half would be ok, as well. Good luck!

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    Danielle Roberts
    September 5, 2017 at 3:28 am

    Hi Sue, I’m entertaining this weekend and would love to make them in advance! How long did yours stay fresh in the fridge for? They look incredible!!
    Thanks,
    Danielle

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      Sue
      September 5, 2017 at 7:30 am

      Hey Danielle, as I recall they kept pretty well, I’d say you could make them a day or two ahead of time.

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        Sue
        December 12, 2018 at 8:43 pm

        I’ve heard straight from Donna that these cookies should not be stored in the fridge or in a plastic container or they will get soft. They need to be stored in a tin or metal container so they stay nice and crispy. They’ll keep for quite a while this way – at least a week. Hope this helps!

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    Heather
    December 15, 2016 at 11:21 am

    These were more challenging than I thought they would be. The key is to only put only a teaspoon or two of batter on the baking sheet. They spread far and wide! Mine turned out to be very brittle. Too much so for my liking. I found them messy to eat. I’m sure I did something wrong – I’m not much of a baker.

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      Sue
      December 15, 2016 at 11:51 am

      Sorry they didn’t work for you Heather, they might be slightly more challenging for a beginning baker. They should be pliable enough to roll, it sounds like maybe they got baked a tiny bit too long?

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    Martina
    March 18, 2016 at 6:32 am

    In the notes you mention that this recipe can be made with oatmeal. Would you replace the nuts with oatmeal, or do you add oatmeal in addition to almonds?

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      Sue
      March 18, 2016 at 7:45 am

      You would use oats in place of the nuts, Martina..

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    as
    January 22, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    Greetings. Tried your lace cookies and the flavor was awesome. Mine didn’t form it was like a crumble over an ice cream. Don’t know what I did wrong.

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      Sue
      January 22, 2016 at 6:29 pm

      Did you get them right off the baking sheet when they came out of the oven? I found they hardened up very quickly so you have to form them around the spoon handle right away.

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    Adri
    January 17, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    Oh my, but this is one of my favorite cookies, and I always try every recipe I see. This one is next on mt “to do” list. Thank you for posting this one.

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    Janet Laybourne
    December 6, 2015 at 8:10 am

    Hi Sue. I’ve always wondered why some recipes specifically call for unsalted butter over salted. Can you clarify that for me?

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      Sue
      December 6, 2015 at 8:42 am

      Hi Janet — it’s just that there is quite a bit of salt in salted butter, and for baking it makes sense to use the unsalted so you know exactly how much salt is going in your recipe. When baking recipes don’t specify, they really mean UNsalted.

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    Vicki Bensinger
    December 1, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Almond Lace cookies are my all time favorite. These have to be sensational if they’ve been passed down over the years. I’ve printed the recipe to try and dip into the chocolate.

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      Sue
      December 1, 2015 at 5:08 pm

      Thanks Vicki, that’s how I feel about these reader’s recipes, they have all been phenomenal, and I guess it makes sense because they’ve passed the test of time :)

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    Molly
    December 1, 2015 at 8:33 am

    I can vouch that these were DELICIOUS. Taste like toffee!

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    Jennifer Farley
    November 30, 2015 at 10:13 am

    What a lovely recipe! These would be so perfect with coffee or tea.

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    Susan
    November 30, 2015 at 9:26 am

    I’d love to try making these and I love your chocolate dipped version! These look so crispy and delicious. I’m going to start baking soon!

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    Medeja
    November 29, 2015 at 8:08 am

    They look so irresistible! I don’t think I would be able to stop eating them :D

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    Susan
    November 29, 2015 at 5:25 am

    Lovely! I look forward to giving the recipe a try. Thanks!

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    Diane {Created by Diane}
    November 28, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    oh these just look PERFECT and dipped in chocolate, oh yes please!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    November 28, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    Such pretty cookies, I’d dip them in chocolate too!

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      Sue
      November 28, 2015 at 6:13 pm

      Everything’s better dipped in chocolate ;)

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    Thao @ In Good Flavor
    November 28, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    These cookies look delicious, Sue. I make a variation these lace cookies—they are one of my family’s favorites. I can eat every single one of them right now!

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      Sue
      November 28, 2015 at 6:14 pm

      They’re so light and airy it’s easy to get carried away!

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    Liz
    November 28, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    These are picture perfect, Sue! Too funny that the recipe comes from someone who lives just minutes north of me!!!

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    Monica
    November 28, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    These almond lace cookies are one of my favorites! I love the crunch and the caramel-nutty flavor. Kudos to you for rolingl them so beautifully. I always struggle with that! Come Christmas time, I want to dip every cookie in chocolate. These are perfect!

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    Angie@Angie's+Recipes
    November 28, 2015 at 11:15 am

    Those almond wafers look gorgeous, Sue. You did a great job creating those beauties.

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      Sue
      November 28, 2015 at 12:32 pm

      Thanks Angie, they were a lot easier than I imagined!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    November 28, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Wow – these are gorgeous! I love these kind of cookies and I bet the chocolate dipped version is wonderful too – love the photos – beeeeautiful!

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    Chris
    November 28, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Beautiful pictures and gorgeous cookies. They look so elegant! I love that you can dress them up with chocolate or leave them plain and simple.

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl
    November 28, 2015 at 8:37 am

    So glad I hopped on your blog this morning! These look elegant, delicious and simple. Thanks for sharing, as always. I hope you had a wonderful week!

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      Sue
      November 28, 2015 at 9:33 am

      Thanks Pam — these are so addictive I’m having one (or two) with my coffee!