Sunday, January 10, 2010

Palmiers....OK we can call them Elephant's Ears

I feel like I've had a string of so-so desserts recently, so I wanted to give you guys a real success to sink your teeth in to. (get it?) And these were definitely a success. And with just two ingredients, they are seriously easy and I might just venture to say that anyone can make them. Yes, there is a sharp knife and a hot oven involved, so probably best for ages 8 and up, but otherwise...make Palmiers!
If these don't immediately look familiar to you from the home of every assorted cookie plate in the country, then let me tell you more about them. They have two things: puff pastry, and sugar.
OK, fine, I added a little cinnamon to mine for some additional flavor, but that's it, I promise!

Here's how it goes: take pastry. Sprinkle with sugar. Roll two ends to the middle until they meet. Slice off cookies. Bake. Eat. Bake more. Eat.
Seriously, this puff pastry comes straight from the freezer section of the store (I used Pepperidge Farm). I'm sure you could make your own, but really, why bother?
After thawing the dough, roll it out a little until it's thinner. Then sprinkle with the sugar, and roll each end up until the middle.
It's important that when the dough goes in to the oven to bake, it's very cold, so chill between steps. They're easier to slice when cold, so put the dough in the fridge after you've rolled it up. If they warm up too much while you're cutting, you can chill them again before baking.
Sometimes they won't quite hold their shape after slicing - but they're easy to form back the way you want!

Tip of the Day: Thaw puff pastry out of the box, about 1/2 an hour. If any cracks form, just wet the dough a little and press it back together.


1/2 box puff pastry
cinnamon (optional)

Thaw the pastry.
Roll out in to a rectangle about 8x14".
Sprinkle the surface liberally with sugar, and cinnamon if you desire.
Roll the long ends of the rectangle toward each other until they meet in the middle.
Press down to hold in place.
Refrigerate the dough for 20 to 30 minutes.
Slice off cookies 3/8" wide and place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
Sprinkle with additional sugar on top.
Bake in a 400 F oven for 10 minutes, then flip them over, and bake for another 10 minutes, or until crispy.
Your baking time may vary widely so take them out when they look crispy and the centers are cooked through.


  1. these were delicious! mmmmmm......

  2. I was so excited when I saw this post! I am so making this tmrw! OMG very few ingredients which I happen to have on hand! YAY! Thanks for sharing.