How To Make Palmiers

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Palmier Cookies are light, airy, buttery sugar sprinkled cookies that only require two ingredients. Palmiers, Elephant Ears, French Hearts, Palm Leaves: whatever you like to call them, these cookies are in the running for my all-time favorite treat.

How To Make Palmiers - just 2 ingredients!

Palmier

I can’t stop grinning tonight as I sit here and write about these flaky, sweet, French cookies. It turns out that I like Palmier cookies so much, I made a batch for my birthday in lieu of a cake.

If that doesn’t say a lot about how much I enjoy a great Palmier, I don’t know what will. Not only are these the easiest I have ever made, but from the very first bite, this became one of my very favorite treats.

What is a Palmier Cookie?

I’m introducing you today to the easiest cookie you may ever make. Not only are these the easiest cookies I have ever made, but from the very first bite, this became one of my very favorite cookies. It is almost absurdly simple to make these flaky, sweet, buttery, delicate cookies!

You only need two ingredients to make Palmiers: frozen puff pastry and plain white granulated sugar. Nothing fancy is required, no special tools at all.

How To Make Palmiers - get the directions at barefeetinthekitchen.com

Palmiers Recipe

  • Take your puff pastry out of the freezer about half an hour before you want to start making the cookies. You want it to be soft enough to unfold easily, but not so warm and soft that it sticks together. 30-40 minutes is just about right.
  • Sprinkle your work surface with ¼ cup of sugar. Unfold the pastry and place it over the sugar. Sprinkle the top with another ¼ cup of sugar. Use a rolling pin to lightly roll and smooth the dough a bit. Just roll it out enough to make sure the seams are connected, if they crack, simply press them back together.
  • Roll the shorter side of the dough in towards the middle, attempting to make it as snug as possible. Now roll the other side in towards the middle. Once the two sides have been rolled to the center, press them together lightly and place the rolled tube of dough on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Most frozen boxes of puff pastry include two sheets of pastry. Repeat the process with the second sheet of puff pastry, if desired. Chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour. (Truth here, I don’t always wait and chill the rolled dough before slicing and baking.)
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Remove the rolled dough from the refrigerator and place on a cutting surface. Slice the cookies approximately ½-inch in width and place them a few inches apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • I only place 9 cookies on each half-size sheet pan. They will spread out a good bit while they bake. I like to press down on the little rolls of cookie dough before baking. It isn’t required, but it helps hold them together nicely.
  • Bake for 12 minutes, until the edges of each palmier are a light golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely and then store in an airtight container, if you can make them last long enough to put away.

Easy Cookie Recipes

As much as I enjoy baking, there’s something fabulously fun about recipes that come together in a snap. Palmier Cookies, Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies, and these Coconut Lover’s Oatmeal Cookies are examples of cookies that are absolutely delicious and yet require hardly any time at all to make.

Flourless Hot Chocolate Cookies and Applesauce Cookies are a couple more easy cookies that are on my list to try this holiday season. I’m willing to bet that those Applesauce Cookies might be happening for breakfast too.

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How To Make Palmiers

How To Make Palmiers

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Ingredients 

  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry dough
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar

Instructions

  • Let the puff pastry rest on the counter for about 30 minutes, it should unfold easily. Sprinkle your work surface with 1/4 cup of sugar. Unfold the pastry and place it over the sugar. Sprinkle the top with another 1/4 cup of sugar. Use a rolling pin to lightly roll and smooth the dough a bit.
  • Roll the shorter side of the dough in towards the middle, attempting to make it as snug as possible. Now roll the other side in towards the middle. Once the two sides have been rolled to the center, press them together lightly and place the rolled tube of dough on a parchment lined baking sheet. Chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Remove the rolled dough from the refrigerator and place on a cutting surface. Slice the cookies approximately 1/2-inch in width and place them a few inches apart on a parchment lined baking sheet. Press down on the little rolls of cookie dough before baking.
  • Bake for 12 minutes, until the edges of each cookie are a light golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely and then store in an airtight container. Enjoy!
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{originally published 9/11/15 – recipe notes and photos updated 11/12/18}

How To Make Palmiers with just TWO ingredients! get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

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Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Sarah says

    I made these as a special treat for my French students. They loved them, and I loved how easy they were to put together! Merci 😉5 stars

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