How to Make French Palmiers


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  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 30 cookies
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
64 Calories
4g Fat
6g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 30 cookies
Amount per serving
Calories 64
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 22mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 1g
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.)

When one thinks of palmiers, the delightfully sweet, flaky cookies also known as elephant ears come to mind. These Palmiers are all of that and more. You can whip up this palmiers recipe ultra-fast, so they're perfect treats for last-minute gatherings or an untamed sweet tooth.

The palmiers are not unlike the flaky texture of a croissant but are in fact made with puff pastry. Though making puff is not so difficult, there are oodles of ready-made pastries out there and often it is quicker and easier (and puff pastry needs to be handled carefully so as not to flatten it), often it is easier to buy.


  • 1/3 cup sugar (granulated)
  • 3 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 1/2 lb puff pastry (1 sheet store-bought)
  • 1 egg (beaten)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Preheat an oven to 400 F.

  3. Stir together the sugar and melted butter until they form a paste.

  4. Roll the pastry dough into a large rectangle, about 15-inches by 12-inches.

  5. Using a pastry brush or spoon, spread the sugar paste in a thin, even layer over the dough.

  6. Starting at the long ends of the rectangle, loosely roll each side inward until they meet in the middle. To hold difficult pastry together, brush it with the egg if needed.

  7. Slice the pastry crosswise into 1/4-inch palmiers – they’ll look like little scrolls — and arrange them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

  8. Bake them for 12 to 15 minutes, until they puff and turn golden brown.

  9. Remove them from the baking sheet and serve warm or at room temperature.

Recipe Variations

Add a spice like cinnamon or nutmeg to the sugar paste, for a more nuanced flavor.