V important question. What’s your favorite nut? For Sofi and I the answer is pistachios. Hands down. So when we decided to make homemade lace cookies, and we wanted to put our own spin on it, we were like why not use PISTACHIOS? Crunchy, nutty, chocolatey and dangerously addicting, these homemade lace cookies are made with just a few ingredients and look super fancy.
What are Lace cookies?
Lace cookies are a thin crispy cookie, traditionally made from finely chopped nuts (usually almonds), butter, and sugar. The cookies spread very thin as they bake, almost caramelizing as they bubble up creating the “lacy” pattern that give these cookies their name. The flat side of the cooled cookies are then spread with melted chocolate. Voila! Lace cookies.
If you’ve never had lace cookies, you’re missing out. Basically, if you like nuts, sugar, caramel and chocolate, you’re going to like these. And like, who doesn’t love those things?
How to melt chocolate in a double boiler:
For the longest time double boilers puzzled me. Why not just melt the chocolate in a microwave? Well, now I have a teensy city kitchen and we don’t have a microwave! And while I do miss my microwave sometimes, I actually prefer melting chocolate in a double boiler and I’ll tell you why. When melting or heating something up over a double boiler it is much easier to control the temperature and see the direct effect it’s having, rather than stopping and starting your microwave to check on your ingredients.
- Fill a medium saucepan or pot with 1 to 2 inches of water and bring a simmer.
Place a heat-safe bowl (SO important. One time I did not do this and the results were quite bad hehe) on top of your pot. Basically the steam from the simmering water will warm up the bowl to heat up your chocolate.
Add the chopped chocolate to the bowl. You’ll want to make sure your chocolate is chopped to the same size pieces that way it will heat up evenly. Stir the chocolate with a spatula until it is smooth and completely melted.
- Remove the bowl from the heat (be careful, it might be hot!) If the chocolate starts to get hard again, just repeat the process!
Let’s celebrate Friday my loves, with these delicate, caramelly cookies! Happy baking.
Homemade Pistachio Lace Cookies
These crunchy, nutty, chocolatey homemade lace cookies, put a spin on a classic with chopped pistachios and dark chocolate. Try to eat just one.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 6 minutes
- Total Time: 21 minutes
- Yield: 20 cookies
- 1 1/2 cups shelled pistachios
- 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons cream
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 8 ounces dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces
- Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 350°F
- Place pistachios in a food processor or blender and pulse until very finely chopped. Set aside.
- In a small sauce pan, melt the butter, sugar, honey and cream together until the sugar dissolves. Take off the heat and stir in the salt and vanilla. Mix in the chopped pistachios and flour and let sit. The batter will thicken up as it sits, so don’t worry if it’s thin.
- Using a teaspoon measure scoop out level teaspoons 3 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. The cookies will spread a LOT as they bake. Place cookies in oven and bake for about 7 minutes or until the edges are just golden brown and the cookies are bubbling (this is creating that iconic lace pattern). Finish baking cookies and let them cool entirely.
- In a double boiler melt the chopped chocolate, constantly whisking until the chocolate is completely melted. Using an offset spatula, spread the back of the lace cookies (the flat side) with a thin layer of chocolate. Set face side down to let the chocolate set. Some chocolate will seep through the holes onto the front side–that’s what you want.
- After the chocolate has set, store in a sealed container at room temperature for 7 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.