When I think about the upcoming Spring season, I can't help but think about Disney's Alice in Wonderland. One scene in particular comes to my mind, the bread and butterflies.
Tiny little slices of bread make up their wings and with the right amount of butter on both sides. They are the inspiration behind these French Palmier cookies.
WHAT ARE PALMIERS
French Palmier cookies are made from puff pastry which is a laminated dough, similar to the croissant but without yeast. Butter is added to each layer of dough, which is then folded and rolled multiple times.
When baked, this process produces hundreds of airy, flaky layers. The name "Palmier" means palm tree in French as they resemble a palm leaf. I love to serve these cookies with a cup of tea or even on the side of a main dessert.
I love a good classic sugar palmier but there are so many different fillings you can use when making them. You can also make them savory versus the traditional sweet version.
Here is a list of some fun ways to enjoy these delicious cookies.
- Cinnamon Palmiers: Add a touch of cinnamon to your sugar to create a warm and delightful taste and aroma to these cookies. This would be perfect for the fall season.
- Chocolate Lovers: Use a microplane or fine cheese grater and add a touch of chocolate on top of the sugar.
- Parmesan Cheese: Skip the sugar and pull out the parmesan cheese. There is nothing better than the smell of butter and salty parmesan.
- Pesto: Spread a thin layer of pesto on to the dough and you have the most delicious accompaniment to go with your cheese board.
EXPERT BAKING TIPS
- You can find store bought puff pastry inside the freezer section. I like to leave it the fridge overnight so that it has a sufficient amount of time to thaw out.
- Don't skimp on the sugar. Make sure to coat the dough, front and back, with a generous amount of sugar.
- If you're like me and have hot hands, then puff pastry will not be your best friend. If the dough feels like it's getting too soft, place it on a parchment lined sheet pan and refrigerate it for 20 minutes until it becomes easier to work with.
- Make sure to give at least 2" of space in between each Palmier. They spread their wings a good amount once they're in the oven.
Yes, you can freeze any leftover cookies inside an airtight container or Ziploc freezer bag. Once you remove them from the freezer, you will need to re-crisp them inside a 325 degree oven for 5-7 minutes before serving.Print
Crispy, sugar sprinkled French Palmier Cookies are best served alongside a cup of tea or coffee. This two ingredient cookie is not only elegant but incredibly simple to make and ready in under 30 minutes.
- 1 package Pepperidge Farm frozen puff pastry sheets (contains 2 sheets), thawed
- 1 ½ cups Granulated sugar
- Simple syrup, for brushing the tops (see notes below)
- Unfold thawed store bought puff pastry dough onto a clean surface.
- Sprinkle generously with sugar, making sure to coat both front and back.
- Fold dough in half to make a crease as a reference point.
- Unfold and start rolling the bottom of the dough tightly towards the center crease.
- Take the top portion of the dough and repeat this process so both rolled ends meet at the center.
- Make sure both rolls are tight so they do not come apart when you slice them in the upcoming step.
- Using a ruler, mark dough one-inch apart and slice into individual cookies.
- Carefully grab each cookie and starting at the top of the cookie (open part) make an incision down the middle, almost all the way through the bottom but not completely. About ⅔ of the way down.
- Open the cookie up and place cut side down onto a parchment lined sheet pan. Space each cookie 2" apart.
- Flatten slightly with palm of your hand.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 15-18 minutes until deep golden brown.
- Brush tops with simple syrup to give a nice shine.
*Simple syrup is equal parts sugar and water, brought to a boil and cooled at room temperature.
Keywords: puff pastry, palmier, tea cookies