Maple Nun’s Sighs Recipe

Canadian Nun's Sighs or Pets de Nonne. ©Audrey Sel
  • Total: 35 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yield: 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
94 Calories
4g Fat
14g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 94
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 12mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 0g
Calcium 3mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This maple nun’s sighs recipe, also called pets de nonne, or another rude name, is the delight of French-Canadian children. The traditional French recipe is for a light choux puff, but in Canada it evolved as a way to use leftover pastry scraps. This treat is brushed with butter, sprinkled with sugar, and rolled into spirals. The pastry spirals are then baked into crispy, flaky confections that are best eaten fresh and warm from the oven.


  • 1 recipe pastry dough or 1 package store-bought pie dough
  • 3 tablespoons butter (softened)
  • 1/2 cup sugar (pure maple, or substitute light brown sugar)
  • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (ground)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. Preheat an oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. Roll out the pastry dough into a 9-inch by 12-inch rectangle. Brush the butter over the dough, and then evenly sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon over the butter. Starting at the 9-inch end, roll up the pastry dough into a tight spiral. Slice it crosswise into 8 pieces, each slightly wider than 1 inch.
  4. Place the pastry spirals, cut side down, onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake them for 20 to 25 minutes, until the pastry has turned light golden brown and the sugar is caramelized.