These ginger-lace cookies were inspired by one of my favorite store-bought gluten-free cookies and and an oatmeal-lace chocolate chip cookie recipe that was shared with me. They are wonderfully delicate and crispy but not delicate on flavor. The strong zing of the ginger is such a nice balance with the sweetness.
I get ginger flavor into these cookies in two ways. There are chunks of crystallized ginger with fresh grated ginger in the batter. I prefer fresh ginger over powdered. The best way to to grate ginger is with a microplane which is essentially a super fine grater. If you haven’t worked with fresh ginger before, check out this post and video for step-by-step instructions on How to Use Fresh Ginger.
Gluten-Free Flour Blends
I have used several different gluten-free flour blends for these gluten-free ginger-lace cookies and they all worked well. My custom blend of sorghum, millet and brown rice flours with some starches is my favorite. If you prefer a store bought blend, I like King Arthur Flour All Purpose Gluten-Free flour the best. See the notes in the recipe for a super simple DIY gluten-free flour blend or my blog post on diy gluten-free flour blends.
The key to the crispy, lacy texture of these cookies is that there is just a small amount of flour. When you measure the flour, rather than scooping the measuring cup into the flour, use a fork to transfer it to the measuring cup. I know, use a fork for flour? Yes, this will assure that there is just the right amount.
Panning Ginger-Lace Cookies
These ginger-lace cookies are thin and delicate. They work best when baked on a heavy weight cookie sheet that retains heat, lined with parchment paper. To be sure that the cookies spread and become lacy, scoop or spoon the dough onto the lined cookie sheet and press down gently on top to flatten the dome. And don’t be tempted to use too much dough. The cookies will spread quite a bit so don’t crowd the pan. I keep it to 8 per pan and lay them out like this.
Baking the Cookies
Rotate the pan 180 after 5 or 6 minutes to assure even baking. In the last few minutes they will spread and become lacy. Be patient with these cookies. Depending on the heat of your oven, they may bake slowly or more quickly, so keep a close eye on them once they start to brown. Once you get used to how these cookies work in your oven, it will be easier. When done, they should be a dark golden brown around the edges.
Cooling the Lace Cookies
The cookies will be extremely delicate straight out of the oven, so cool them on the pan for five minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely. Cooling them on a rack will allow them to get that nice crispy crunch.