Urban Word Wednesday (Special Holiday Yum Edition): French Lace Cookies

Welcome to Urban Word Wednesday! New words, phrases, and sayings I am learning (and using in my day-to-day life) brought to you by ME…and the Urban Dictionary. You are gonna love these!

French Lace Cookies: A type of cookie. Delicate. When you hold them up to the light, you’ll see why they’re called lace cookies. The thin batter is transformed, in baking, into a crisp round with open spaces resembling lace. The rolled-up version is popular in Sweden; cooks there roll the warm cookies around a piece of broom handle.

Examples Of Use:

It’s my turn to take a kick at the Holiday Yum can and I thought what better way than to have some Urban Word Wednesday fun with it. Hubby and I went to see the movie Lincoln on the weekend and I enjoyed telling this family story much to the amusement of those around us.

Hubby: so what’s with the French Lace Cookies for the Holiday Yum blogfest? What’s the story there? I didn’t think you baked? So full of surprises…

Me: you know how I am slightly baking challenged with mishaps and “incidents”?

Hubby: that’s putting it lightly. You are more than a little challenged? You nearly qualify for disability when it comes to baking.

Me: well…it’s genetic! Growing up, Mom did a ton of baking. And especially at Christmas time. And she had some solid recipes that she’d mastered like butter tarts and meat pies. But let me tell you, we also had us a few adventures and baking mishaps that elicited a few temper tantrums. Dishes were thrown out. Swear words were spoken. It was duck and cover.

Hubby: so you do come by it honestly….

Me: oh yes…and one of those times was when Mom decided to try baking these French Lace Cookies. We’d never had them before and Shawn and I were instructed to help. We measured. We mixed. We anticipated. We knew from the photo they were supposed to come out like this:

French Lace Cookies

But they came out more like this:
hockey puck

Hubby: oh lord…your Mother must have lost her mind….

Me: actually…she wasn’t too bad but I think it was because Shawn and I ate the darn things anyway. Ya just had to suck on them for an hour or so first to soften them up. ROFL!!

Hubby: interesting…so that’s where you developed that remarkable little skill….sorry, I digress…so what happened? What went wrong? Did she try them again?French Lace Cookies - rolled

Me: yip…she realized she had used 2 cups of flour instead of one…LOL…and she did try them again and they turned out perfectly time and time again. And Shawn and I had a ton of fun rolling them up and making them into rolls, fans and whatever shape we could think of. They are a deliciously light and crunchy cookie.

Here’s Mom’s recipe taken straight out of my family heirloom (stories and recipes) book. From my family to yours; I hope you enjoy them for years to come!

French Lace Cookies - Recipe

Ever had French Lace Cookies? What baking mishaps have you had? When things go awry in the kitchen, do you blow up or stay calm, cool and collected? Come on…share the wealth…

More blog deliciousness here:

For the month of November and December, I am proud to be taking part in the Holiday Yum Blog Hop where a group of uber bloggers will regale you with recipes and funny cooking stories.

This week’s highlights:

Already Posted:

Stay tuned for:

  • December 10: Kathy Owen’s Butter Spritz Cookies
  • December 14: Ellen M. Gregg’s Old-fashioned Buttermilk Sugar Cookies (with Christmas punch)
  • December 17: I am back with a recipe for Cheesecake that is so simple but even I messed it up once
  • December 19: Jenny Hansen’s Holly Candy
  • December 23: Jess Witkins will entice us with either some comfort food or appetizer
  • December 26: Kathy Owen will come through with beef rib-eye roast with currant jelly brown gravy
  • December 28:  I will give you some fabulous Mocktail options for your New Year’s Eve parties

Be sure to check out our ever uberlicious host, Kathy Owen’s Holiday Yum page and leave her some blog hop luv!



  1. Yum! They sound delish! My favorite part about Christmas really is the baking. And then the eating! You’re making me think I should do a post about my fave Christmas dish, the Christmas Morning Wife Beater, which was originally the Christmas Morning Wife Saver, but was renamed in our family after someone called it the wrong thing, after the little white tank top.

  2. LOL, Natalie! I love this story! It’s so funny that you and your brother still ate the rejects (“you just had to suck on them for an hour or so…” of course, hubby wouldn’t let that get by him). Thanks so much for doing recipes for our blog hop! I’ve always wanted to try these, but haven’t worked up the nerve. They look so – delicate. Is there ever a problem with them sticking to the pan?

    Enjoy your baking!

  3. My mom used to go bonkers baking. From mid-November to the end of December, she would bake and bake – all sorts of cookies. Thanks so much for this recipe – it looks REALLY good!

  4. YUM! First, a totally off-topic comment: Why do I suspect you had only 50% of hubby’s brain matter focused on the words coming from your mouth after you said, “sucked on them for an hour”?. I’m certain he focused in rapt attention, but…

    Just sayin’…

    And, now a question. A serious question. Have you ever tried stuffing these a la cannoli? I don’t know their consistency, so I wasn’t sure if one could use them as tasty little vessels for creamed confections.

    [Note to Nat: Puh-leeze don’t let Hubby read unintended double entendre into that last sentence.]

    I got drunk once making variations of banana bread. How’s that? Banamaretta Bread led to Southern Apple Comfort bread, led to Rumkin Nut Bread, led to Stolicchini Bread…

    I got more sauced creative as evening progressed into night.

    I woke up the next morning wondering why I had a hangover. Well, duh! This cook always tastes the batter. That raw batter wherein still-potent liquor in place of water lurked.

    • “you had only 50% of hubby’s brain matter focused on the words coming from your mouth after you said, “sucked on them for an hour?” ROFL…

    • ROFL!! Luv it!!!

      I can only imagine what hubby wants to try and roll the semi-warm lace cookies around now…thanks Gloria! LOL!!

      But seriously, I do think they could be stuffed. It’d have to be something with a little texture or stiffness (shut up hubby) given that the cookies do have “holes” but the right thing could amp these suckers up, for sure!

      OMG your cooking creativity sounds fabulous. Mother once made a batch of fruitcake that she soaked in 151 proof rum…AFTER it was baked!! People were getting drunk off just one slice…LOL!!

  5. Wow, these look beautiful! I’m such a terrible baker though…can I just be your taste tester? PLEEEEASE!

  6. I used to do a lot more holiday baking, but I’m the only one in the house who can eat it all now. LOL! My baking did change when we moved to humid climate. Some things just don’t work the same. But these look wonderful and sound pretty easy. LOL!

  7. I LOVE baking, as you know, and these look scrumptious. *spoken by the blonde who linked to the wrong post last night…*

    Being blonde, there are many, many baking mishaps but the mistakes are nearly always edible. 🙂

  8. Those cookies look delicious! But no, I’ve never had them. I make an old family recipe that looks similar though. They used to be called ‘Ugly Cookies,’ until my mom figured out that using parchment paper made them non-ugly, but I still use that name because I think it sounds more interesting. Normal people call them melt in the mouth cookies…because they almost do. Of course the high ratio of butter and brown sugar to the miniscule bit of flour is probably why.

    Kitchen mishaps? Me??? Never! LOL…yeah, I wish. Exploding boiled eggs, chicken/cauliflower stew (so bad it’s a legend I wish would die, once and for all-I was 16). I’ve always said those were the worst, but I guess…technically…it would have been the time I fried my palm. Not intentionally, of course. I was trying to dry a cast iron pan on the electric stove, but wasn’t paying attention and set it on the wrong one. Unfortunately the handle was over the right one. Airhead that I can be, I wasn’t paying attention…and discovered that your hand will make the same kind of searing sound a steak will when it hits super hot iron.

    With mishaps like that, and boiled eggs all over the ceiling, I can have a pretty good tantrum. Lesser catastrophes are just par for the course. 🙂

  9. Well then, I’m not even going to touch the “sucking skills” comment. They look like really cool cookies. Wonder if you could roll them and then fill them with something. Like that yummy boston cream stuff, or cream cheese frosting or something like that. Then you’d have something to suck out. Oh wait . . . I wasn’t going to go there.

    (Bad writer. Bad.)

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  10. I haven’t had French Lace cookies in years. My Mom used to make them. Thanks for providing the recipe, I just might give it a whirl.
    Yes, I’ve had baking mishaps. Once I was baking Holiday Sugar Cookies with my preschool class ( 12 little faces, 24 little four-year-old hands to wash:) for an upcoming school party. Well… we put the cookies in the oven and went back to the classroom and I FORGOT about the cookies. I realized they were burning about the same time the principal did. The kids were very excited to see them— apparently their mothers had never burn’t anything. Oy! I turned it into a teaching/learning moment about safety and science. It was one of the best lessons I ever taught.

    • Oh Kate…LOL!!! DANG!! You gotta hate when you forget something in the oven but it sounds like you couldn’t squash their enthusiasm (love that about kids) and were able to turn it into a fine lesson after all…I’d have lost my shit! LOL!

  11. It’s been a while since I stopped by and I see you have turned into a baking fiend in the meantime! Those cookies sound delicious, I love crispy cookies, and if they are hard as a brick, my hubby would say you can still dunk them in milk! Oh, and baking is a precise science, it’s really chemistry if you think about it, so I told my daughter that and she’s became a great baker, and she hasn’t messed up anything yet…

    • Fabulous to see you around Annette! woot woot! Thanks for stopping by.

      Ok, I haven’t turned into a baking fiend…ROFL! Just sharing my Mom’s many talents.

      Love that you warned your daughter and she turned out to be a master. Some people truly do have a natural knack for it, eh? I hope you get to enjoy and sample all her creations. 🙂

  12. Raani York says:

    This is a great blog post Natalie. I love it. I know those cookies, in fact I had made them so many times I got sick of them… What a surprised to meet them here. 🙂

    • No way?!?! Got sick off them. That’s too cute because Mom and I were just talking about them this weekend and she said she used to eat entire batches of them in one sitting no problem. They can be addictive, eh?! LOL!


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