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These delicious yet so easy Hot Chocolate Lace Cookies are the perfect holiday cookie. Made with double the vanilla and sweet brown sugar. These cookies are crisp, buttery, and perfectly sweet with hints of caramel throughout. They’re generously sandwiched with a sweet and creamy hot chocolate ganache that truly makes these cookies roll your eyes back delicious. The secret is in the combination of vanilla and brown sugar, which keep these cookies incredibly flavorful, crisp, and so delicious. Fun and easy to bake, delicious to eat, a great homemade gift, and a festive addition to your holiday cookie box!

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Such an easy holiday cookie for you guys today! Sometimes I love a more involved cookie. But come December, I also like to have a few recipes on hand that really take no time at all.

Enter these lace cookies. I’ve literally been dreaming these up since last December. I had every intention of sharing them before the end of the holiday season, but as always December flew by. I never got the chance to share these delicious “hot chocolate” stuffed lace cookies so I decided to save them.

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The idea and the inspiration.

Funny enough the idea for these cookies all came from a cookie I shared in 2012, Nutella Oatmeal Lace Cookies. If you love a good trip down memory lane…or just a laugh. Read through this blog post. It’s so crazy to see how much I’ve really grown up over the years!

I remembered those lace cookies as being delicious, especially with that Nutella filling. I wondered if I could create a similar cookie but without the oatmeal and with the addition of a creamy hot cocoa center.

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The Details.

I tested them out…several times, and while these cookies took a while to perfect, I finally got them right. Honestly, they’re even more delicious than I had envisioned.

For any of you who might not be familiar, lace cookies are very thin cookies usually made from either nuts or oatmeal. They’re meant to be VERY thin and crisp and are often sandwiched with fillings like chocolate or buttercream.

It’s a classic Christmas cookie and one that’s so easy to make.

First, melt the butter on the stove, then stir in the brown sugar. Cook a minute, then add the vanilla. Stir in a bit of almond flour and a pinch of salt. Let this mix cool, then add an egg white.

And that’s your dough! It’s going to seem runny at first, but let the dough sit for ten minutes and it will stiffen slightly as it cools.

Now, these cookies are not like other cookies. For one, the dough is on the greasy side, so just be aware that a little butter around the sides of the dough is OK.

And second, we are making these dough balls small. One teaspoon dollops of dough to be exact. The cookies will spread a lot in the oven, thus the need for smaller size dough balls.

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And lastly, stuff them with hot chocolate!

Well, kind of. Once the cookies cool completely, sandwich them with a thicker, creamier version of hot chocolate. It’s not quite hot chocolate, but all the same flavors.

And it makes for a truly delicious lace cookie filling!! Or keep it simple and spread each cookie with sweet milk chocolate. You can’t go wrong either way!

And trust me, these cookies are GOOD. Crisp and sweet on the outside, but the filling is soft and creamy. There are hints of browned butter and caramel, as well as sweet vanilla and even a touch of espresso.

All together they’re just delicious! Like grab a third…or fourth cookie (my mom says she did) kind of good.

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As mentioned, these are the perfect easy Christmas cookie to bake up. You can enjoy them yourself or gift some to friends and family. No matter who you’re gifting them to, they will be loved.

These aren’t your average cookie, but such a nice switch up!

So with that, let’s bake cookies on a December Friday night and enjoy them while watching your favorite holiday movie. Then take the leftovers and share them with friends. You’ll make everyone’s day.

‘Tis the season for giving after all! And let’s be real, there isn’t much else to do these days anyway! Embrace it!

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Looking for other holiday cookie recipes? Here are my favorites: 

Slice n’ Bake Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Cookies

Vanilla Wreath Cookies

Chai Spiced Santa Cookies with White Chocolate Frosting

Lastly, if you make these Easy Hot Chocolate Lace Cookies, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Hot Chocolate Lace Cookies 

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 16 cookies
Calories Per Serving: 317 kcal

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Ingredients

Hot Chocolate Filling

Instructions

  • 1. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan. Once melted, whisk in the brown sugar. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook 1 minute. Remove from the heat and transfer to a bowl. Whisk in the vanilla. Add the almond flour and salt mixing until combined. Let cool 5 minutes, then stir in the egg white. Let the dough sit 10 minutes to thicken. 
    2. Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
    3. If you can roll the dough into balls, add 1 tablespoons water to thin. The dough should be thiner and look like my photo above.
    4. Drop 1 teaspoons size amounts of dough on prepared baking sheet, placing each 3 inches apart. Bake for 7-9 minutes until golden brown around the edges. The butter will be bubbling up around the cookies, this is OK. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cook completely. 
    5. To make the filling. Combine chocolate and cream microwave-safe bowl and microwave, stirring every 45 seconds, until melted. Stir in the vanilla and coffee powder. Let cool 10 minutes, until slightly thickened and spreadable.
    6. Sandwich each cookie with the chocolate filling or melted milk chocolate. Store cookies in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

Notes

Nut Free Cookie: try my Oatmeal Lace Cookies.
All-Purpose Flour: I did not have success when I tested all-purpose flour, so I would recommend sticking to a nut flour or using the Oatmeal Lace Cookies.
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    1. Hi Madison,
      You can go ahead and freeze the cookie part, but I would wait to add the filling once the cookies have thawed. Please let me know if you have any other questions! xx

    1. Hey Blair,
      Wonderful!! Thanks so much for giving this recipe a try, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! Thanks for your comment! xx

  1. 1 star
    The flavor on these is amazing but I’ve tried the recipe 3 times and do not end up with a lace cookie, it’s more of a flat chewy almond cookie than a crisp. Made sure the dough was thinner like pictured, even adding some water on the 3rd try and followed the directions exactly, to no avail. Oh well. Still yummy even if a total fail of a recipe.

    1. Hi Amelia,
      Thanks for giving this recipe a try and sharing your feedback, so sorry to hear you aren’t getting a lacy cookie. It’s hard to say what could be happening, but glad the flavor is still good! xx

  2. 5 stars
    Another incredible recipe T…for all of those that rate poorly, please pay attention to the ingredients list and picture provided. This is truly an ‘easy’ yet spectacular recipe.

    1. Hey there,
      Happy Wednesday!!🎇 I am delighted to hear that this recipe was enjoyed and appreciate you making it! xx

  3. 5 stars
    These are delicious!! My kids’ new favorite, even my husband came back for more. Thank you for all of your amazing recipes!

    1. Hey Abigail,
      Happy Monday!❄️ I am so glad to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for making it! xx

  4. 3 stars
    my dough couldn’t be rolled into balls so i didn’t add water as they felt a decent consistency, but i got 0 lacing and chewy centers, and only made 11 cookies. it felt a bit like a futile effort. i’d maybe recommend a video showing the recommended thickness or the cookie so we know the consistency we’re looking for to ensure lacing.

    1. Hi Liz,
      Thanks for giving this recipe a try. You should NOT be able to roll this dough into balls. If you can, then the batter needs to be thinned out. Sorry, I don’t have a video for this recipe right now. xx

  5. Much like the other comments, mine didn’t spread. They were quarter-sized, slightly puffed up cookies.

    I did use dark brown sugar instead of light because that’s all I had on hand. Is that why? I read that when paired with baking soda the extra acid in dark brown will lead to a more risen cookie, but since there is no baking soda, I’m not sure if that would be the issue?

    And I measured it as a packed brown sugar which I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to or not.

    Usually love all your recipes! Hope I can get this one to work in the future.

    1. Hi Michelle,
      Thanks for giving this recipe a try and sharing your feedback. I’m not sure on the dark brown sugar, this recipe is already pretty finicky. I would try the light brown sugar next time and then did you try adding some water or milk to the batter to help it thin? Let me know if that helps! xT

  6. 3 stars
    Felt like I followed recipe and all ingredients to a tee but for some reason had a difficult time spreading out. Hoping to try again!

    1. Hey Morgan,
      Thanks so much for giving these cookies a try! I would add some milk or water to the batter to help with getting them to spread! I hope this helps! xT