Why This Recipe Works
We decided right off to eliminate eggs from our lace cookies recipe because they tended to "puff" the cookies, which, to our mind, should be gossamer-thin with a brittle texture. What's more, the liquid protein in eggs can get into even the most minute holes in the surface of a cookie sheet—including a nonstick cookie sheet—and it can make the cookies stick like crazy. We also found that using a nonstick baking sheet liner in our lace cookies recipe made a big difference in how well the cookies came off the sheet. It is important to measure the amount of time the cookies are allowed to sit on the baking sheet once out of the oven. After cooling on the sheet for one or two minutes, the cookies are just starting to firm up. That's the time to get the cookies off the sheet.