Caitlin’s Gruyere Lace Cookies
A Savory Twist on an Old Classic!
The other day I decided to make lace cookies for a signing I was doing at a summer book festival. I was to sit at a table with my mother, the author of Settled in the Wild and my friend Melissa Coleman, author of This Life is In Your Hands. All three of us would have piles of our books towering in front of us and our smiling faces to recommend a sale…but was that enough?
“What does a person meandering through a book festival want,” I asked myself?
“Cookies,” my sweet tooth answered!
So I opened my trusty Fannie Farmer to one of my childhood favorites: lace cookies. I was so in love with the simple recipe of oatmeal, melted butter and sugar and the way the cookies melted all over the baking sheet, that I wanted more. So when the Lets Lunch group decided that this month was all about something to go along with “bubbly” I started to think, “Could I make a savory version of these?” Cheese obviously had to be a part of the equation. And butter. And the oatmeal, of course. But what else did it need? Something gren, maybe?
So, today, I decided to give my dreams a whirl…and they came out splendidly!
These little morsels are perfect for any summer gathering—ready to go in minutes and so delicious you’ll be addicted (as I am!)
Adapted from P. 610 Fannie Farmer Cookbook:
1 ½ cups uncooked oatmeal
2 tablespoons of flour
½ tsp salt
2/3 cup melted butter
I egg lightly beaten
1 cup Gruyere
3 tablespoons Parmesan
3 tablespoons finely minced green chives, scallions, fresh green from a spring onion or the green tops of fresh garlic.
In a bowl mix up the oatmeal, flour, salt and melted butter. Add in the egg. Now add in the cheeses and the chives, garlic or onion (or any other herb you’ve got in your garden!)
Spoon onto a non-stick or greased cookie sheet, smoosh slightly with a fork and bake for fifteen to twenty minutes, or until the edges are crispy and the “cookies” are lightly browned. Serve with some lovely chilled Prosecco (in jelly jars in our house!) and…enjoy!