So these appear complicated and like something you might find in a French patisserie – but have no fear – they are so absolutely simple! Two ingredients. That’s it. All I needed to buy for this recipe was puff pastry and the cane sugar was already in my kitchen.
This is a simple but beautiful cookie that you can make very quickly and easily. I kept mine very minimal but you can add spices such as cardamom, vanilla, nutmeg, or cinnamon. If you are in the mood for chocolate, add some chocolate chips before rolling up the dough. Palmiers, due to their simplicity, are paired nicely with coffee, tea, or espresso. They would also go well with another dessert. If you want a savory appetizer, replace the sugar with Parmesan and roll into it a very thin layer of pesto.
Palmiers (Elephant Ears)
Lots of granulated sugar (I prefer to use cane sugar)
Parchment Paper (aka baking paper) or a Silpat baking mat
1 Preheat oven to 400°F. Sprinkle about 1/4 cup of sugar over your workstation. Roll out the puff pastry to about 10X12 inches. Sprinkle another 1/4 cup of sugar (and spices or chocolate chips if using) over the dough.
2 Roll up the left vertical side inward, stopping in the middle of the dough. Roll up the right side of the dough. The two rolls should be meeting at the middle and touching. Press the two sides together gently and let the dough chill in the fridge for at least half an hour or in the freezer for 20 mins. Repeat with any more puff pastry you may have.
3 Starting at one end, cut off pieces of the log, in slices about 1/2 inch in thickness. Lightly sprinkle sugar onto each side. Pinch and press the sides of the two rolls together to ensure that they don’t unroll during baking. Place on large parchment lined baking sheets, or a baking sheet lined with a Silpat. They will increase size dramatically, so leave plenty of room between each cookie and only bake a dozen at a time.
4 Set the tray in the middle of the oven. Bake for about 10-15 minutes or until the sugar has caramelized. Allow them to cool on a rack for 10 minutes. Serve and enjoy.