Palmiers are a fast and easy crunchy cookie recipe that you can make with storebought or homemade puff pastry. They are flavored with cinnamon sugar and have a unique shape that makes them look a lot more complicated than they really are. You will love how easy these cinnamon palmiers are to make.Cinnamon Sugar Puff Pastry Palmiers a fast and easy crunchy cookie. Made with pre made puff pastry and cinnamon sugar the perfect no time cookie.
So, the first question is, “are palmiers cookies or pastries?” I guess they are a little of both because they are sweet treats with flaky layers that look like fancy cookies. The best part is that they are easy to make.
They are French cookies that get their name because they resemble palm leaves. This is from the special way the pastry is rolled and sliced. Sometimes they’re called French hearts or elephant ears, too.
There are savory palmiers and sweet ones. This recipe today is a cinnamon sugar version that is great for dessert. I’ve also seen them made with chocolate and other sweet fillings.
No matter the flavor, palmiers are made with puff pastry, which is layers of buttery dough rolled out multiple times to create layers. Once baked it’s flaky, lightly crisp and so delicious.
I used to buy these cookies and a couple of other ones when I knew someone was coming over, everyone loves them here. When I figured out how easy they were to make I never bought them again and make batches of homemade ones whenever I get a craving.
The best part of this recipe is that you only need three ingredients to make it.
- Puff Pastry
- Granulated Sugar
- Ground Cinnamon
Use Storebought or Homemade Puff Pastry
The main part of this recipe is the puff pastry. For a long time, I used pre-made pastry dough to make them and it works really well.
But, if you want a real treat I recommend making homemade puff pastry. It’s easier than you think! Plus, you can make the dough ahead, freeze it and make the cookies later to make things easy.
Whichever you choose, they both work great. So, if you’re short on time use the pre-made dough but be sure to thaw it first in the refrigerator before you make the palmiers.
How to Make Them
Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.
Unroll the thawed puff pastry on a work surface. Use a rolling pin to lightly roll it out in a rectangle with an even thickness.
Sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar mixture over the top of the dough. Use the rolling pin again to lightly roll the mixture into the dough. Use a light hand, you just need to adhere the sugar to the dough.
Starting at one short end of the dough, roll it into itself like a jelly roll or pinwheel. Stop once you reach the center and then roll the other end the same way so the two rolls meet in the middle of the dough. They should be even in size. Cover the roll with plastic wrap.
Place the roll in the refrigerator to chill for 30 minutes. This will firm up the butter in the pastry so your palmiers are flaky once baked. While the dough chills, heat the oven to 375°F (190°C) and line a baking sheet or sheet pan with parchment paper.
Take the roll out of the refrigerator and place it on a cutting board. Use a sharp knife to slice across the roll to make cookies that are 1/4″ to 1/2″ thick. Place them on the prepared baking sheet.
Bake the cookies for 10 minutes and then turn them over. Bake them for five to 10 minutes longer or until they are golden brown. Allow them to cool on a wire rack before serving.
They are best when eaten the day they are baked, if you do have leftovers then store them in an airtight containter and keep at room temperature. They will keep for a day or two.
Yes, you can freeze them baked or unbaked. I prefer to freeze them unbaked because you can bake them straight from the freezer and they are best when they are freshly baked. Make them as instructed and, once they are sliced, freeze them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Once frozen, you can transfer them to a freezer container for up to a month.
You don’t need to thaw them when you are ready to bake them. You can place them on the baking sheet frozen and bake as instructed.
If you want to treat your family and friends to a fancy french cookie, you will want to make a batch of palmiers. They are the type of cookies that look like you went to a lot more trouble than you actually did. Everyone will love them. Enjoy!
More Desserts to Try
- Puff Pastry Christmas Trees
- Puff Pastry Apple Pie
- Sporcamuss Italian Cream Filled Pastries
- Chocolate Pastry Braid
Cinnamon Sugar Puff Pastry Palmiers
- 1 package puff pastry
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- In a small bowl mix together the sugar and cinnamon.
- Unroll the pastry (de frost if frozen), lightly roll to even it out, sprinkle with sugar mixture, and lightly roll on top to trap the sugar into the pastry.
- Roll the dough from each end into the middle making sure they are even. Refrigerate for 30 minutes while the oven is pre-heating.
- Pre-heat oven to 375F (190C) Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Remove from the fridge and cut into ¼-⅓ inch slices, bake for approximately 10 minutes then carefully flip them over and continue to bake for another 5-10 or until golden. Let cool and serve. Enjoy!