Cooking with Anita Marcela: Palmier Cookies

These cookies are named after their palm tree shape. In many places, they are also called “little ears” because they resemble elephant ears. I see them also shaped like a heart or a butterfly. In any case, these delicate cookies are effortless to make.  To prepare them you only need puff pastry and sugar.

The puff pastry can always be at home and so when you have an unexpected visit or organize a last-minute celebration, you only have to defrost the dough, and in a few minutes, you will have these elegant cookies ready to share with the guests.

You can also vary the flavor of cookies by adding brown sugar or cinnamon. It’s also easy to make them salty, putting Parmesan cheese, goat cheese or pesto, instead of sugar. 

Palmier Cookies Preparation


Cooks in 40 minutes
Serves 18 cookies

What you need //

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • One sheet thawed puff pastry
  • A pinch of salt

Instructions //

Preheat oven to 450F.

Add the pinch of salt to the sugar. Pour half a cup of sugar on the surface where you’re going to work. Place a sheet of dough over the sugar and add the rest of the sugar over it, covering all the spaces well. Using a rolling pin, crush the sugar to stick to the dough. In the end, there’s always a little sugar left over on the table.

Puff dough for Palmier Cookies

Start at the bottom edge of the rectangle and roll the dough slowly until you reach the center. The stickier the dough, the better the shape will look when baking the cookies.

Now work the top of the rectangle, folding the same way until you reach the center. When you have the two rolls joined together, cover them with a piece of waxed paper, and beat them. Refrigerate the dough for 20 minutes to harden and make it easier to cut.

Cut the cookies and place on a tray of waxed paper.
Bake the cookies for 6 minutes or until golden brown, flip them over and finish browning on the other side for 5 minutes. The more golden they get, the more delicious.

Baked Palmier Cookies

Wait for them to cool down and store in an airtight container.

As well as the blondies, these palm trees are ideal for packing them beautiful and giving away. The next time you have to send a little thank you gift, add Merry Monday “Thank You Notes” with a bag of palm trees. 


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