This recipe is from “simple and easy” category, or more precisely – “simple, easy, and delicious” :) Well, it is obviously easy if you happened to make puff pastry in advance, or decided to go with a store-bought puff pastry (in this case, make sure it’s a good quality all-butter puff pastry). I’m planning to serve these palmiers along with cranberry and orange mousse. But, it will be my next post (I apologize for the delay but I do experience some lack of time recently, as well as some flu).
Makes about 5 dozens
- 1 lb puff pastry
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- Zest of 1 large orange
Center an oven rack and preheat the oven to 400F. Cover a large baking sheet with parchment or a silicone mat. Set aside.
Combine the sugar, cinnamon, and zest together in a small bowl, stir well with a fork.
Sprinkle some of the sugar mixture over a working surface, then roll one half of the puff pastry into a 10-inch square. Sprinkle more sugar evenly over the pastry and roll the rolling pin lightly over the surface to adhere the sugar. Fold in two opposite sides of the pastry square so the sides meet in the center. Sprinkle some sugar, and repeat the folding. Sprinkle more sugar again, then fold one half of the pastry over the other. Cover loosely with parchment and place in the freezer to firm up, for about 30 minutes.
With a sharp knife cut the chilled roll crosswise into ¼-inch-thick slices. Dip the cut sides of each piece in the sugar mixture and arrange, cut side down, on the prepared baking sheet.
Bake the palmiers in batches until golden and caramelized on the bottom, about 15 minutes. Turn the cookies over (be careful, the caramel is extremely hot and dangerous!) and bake until golden on the other side, about 7 minutes more. Transfer the baked cookies on a rack and cool completely.
April 18, 2015 at 3:08 am
Thank you for posting this delicious sounding recipe. I’m wondering how you store any leftovers? (imagine that…leftovers….what is that????) I love the hint you gave as to how to reheat them (make crunchy again)….anyway….much as I’d like, all alone and no one to share them with. Thanks ever so much. I know this is a late request but I’m hoping you are still around the blog sphere.
February 2, 2013 at 7:54 am
VERA – Thank you for taking the time to answer my question. I didn’t make them but I will certainly try again now that I know they can be refreshed for a few minutes and be crunchy again.
I forgot to ask if the recipe for the sugar/cinnamon/zest given was for one sheet of pastry…or does the second sheet require another sugar, cinnamon, orange mix?
Thanks for any help.
December 11, 2012 at 5:34 pm
Please please answer the above post…..ANYBODY HERE???????
I want to make these so badly but want to know if I can make a day ahead and still be crunchy….or…..frozen????? Thank you anyone.
December 12, 2012 at 8:25 am
Annabelle, you can bake them a day in advance. To refresh and recrisp them, place the cookies on a cooling rack set over the baking sheet and put in the 325F oven for a few minutes (4-5 minutes should do the trick). Watch the oven, it’s easy to burn these cookies.
December 9, 2012 at 5:28 am
I know this reply is coming in years after the post but I’m wondering if they can be made a day ahead and still be crunchy? Should they be frozen and then re-heated? Any help in preventing last minute work? Thanks….great sounding recipe.
September 16, 2012 at 5:16 am
Thank you for the recipe, they were delicious but they unrolled a bit when they were in the oven and alas didn’t look as pretty as yours. Perhaps mine needed more time in the freezer first? But they were yummy :-)
October 6, 2009 at 8:46 pm
mrsblocko, I am glad you and your daughter loved them! Ovens vary, maybe your temperature was a bit higher. Or maybe you used dark baking sheets?
As for the baking sales, I prefer to make well-known treats like chocolate cookies or cupcakes. People are often very reluctant to try something new.
October 6, 2009 at 8:57 am
Thank you for this recipe. I made these for a bake sale and I was so surprised they didn’t sell. My daughter and I loved them! I can’t figure out why mine got so much darker than yours. Maybe because I used store bought pastry?
October 30, 2008 at 11:30 pm
Glau, I’m so glad you liked them! Thanks for letting me know.
October 30, 2008 at 5:05 pm
I have just cooked your recipe! it was so simple to make and was delicious! Tks!!
October 20, 2008 at 10:18 pm
Laurie, they are not difficult at all.
Michelle, thank you for the complement :)
October 20, 2008 at 9:18 pm
Oh my gawd…these look HEAVENLY!!!
October 20, 2008 at 10:54 am
I have never known how to make these before, they look stunning but not quite as difficult to make now that I see your directions!
October 19, 2008 at 8:00 pm
Kim, Giz, Marianna, Natasha, thank you very much! I’m touched!
October 19, 2008 at 4:27 pm
They look SO tasty, and are so simple to make! I’m making this tomorrow! Can’t wait!
October 19, 2008 at 12:22 pm
wow love these!! defiantely gonna give them a try at home once!
October 19, 2008 at 6:48 am
Palmiers are entirely versatile. Cinnamon and orange sounds wonderful – a perfect gift for our friend at A Southern Grace to satisfy her cinnamon obsession :)
October 18, 2008 at 1:24 pm
Wow! I could go for some right now with a cup of hot tea…..The addition of orange sounds so interesting.
October 15, 2008 at 10:30 pm
Ashley, thank you! Chocolate would be great here!
Abby, I love Pierre Herme’s inside-out puff pastry. It’s sturdier and easier to work with. If you don’t have a recipe and want me to e-mail it to you, let me know. But it might take some time since the recipe is long to type and my mom’s birthday is in two days :)
October 15, 2008 at 9:51 pm
I tried to make puff pastry but it didn’t come out “puffy” or at least very little. So before I attempt these ultra delicious looking palmiers (they are my favorite) I need to work on my dough. Any tips?
October 15, 2008 at 9:18 am
Those look fantastic! Maybe dipped in a teeny bit of dark chocolate.. Mmmmmmm!!
October 14, 2008 at 9:36 pm
Gabriela, thank you!
Andrea, thank you! And thank you for your kind wishes! I don’t know about healing qualities of the cinnamon but vodka with pepper works pretty well :)
Elra, thank you very much!
Rosa, thank you! They are certainly crunchy, that’s why I love them so much :)
Y, thank you! I hope so :)
Camille, thank you for your words!
Anita, thank you! When the heat is gone making the puff pastry becomes a pleasant exercise :)
Maria, thank you! They are very easy and worthy to be made :)
Grace, thank you! I always make more than I need and freeze the extra :)
Irene, thank you so much! Simple things are often the best ones :)
Tarah, thank you very much!
Brilynn, thank you! I’m sure your cinnamon palmiers were great.
Lori, thank you for your kind wishes! I’m feeling better already.
I also find the store-made ones unacceptable:( The cookies are the best the day they are made. I’ll post the mousse recipe tomorrow, thank you for the interest.
Thip, the green curry ice cream sounds very intriguing :) Coincidence, indeed…
Helen, thank you very much for your kind words! I’m feeling better already.
Lisa, yes, they are :) Thank you for the kind words!
Zoë, thank you! Since I feel better they must work :)
October 14, 2008 at 9:28 pm
Oh, I adore palmiers! These look stunning. If anything can cure the flu it would be these.
October 14, 2008 at 8:10 pm
These are simple AND easy? They look so elegant that I thought they’d be hard to make. Thanks for sharing your secret and feel better soon!
October 14, 2008 at 7:50 pm
One of my favorite childhood treats! Hope you feel better soon!
October 14, 2008 at 6:46 pm
I made mine to go with green curry ice-cream, Vera…such a coincidence..
October 14, 2008 at 5:21 pm
My husband and I were away this past weekend to Ithaca. We saw these all over the place. I wanted to try one but sadly I am usually disappointed with store bought goodies as they are usually stale. Now I think I am inspired to make them so I can try them. Thank you for the recipe and idea. I cant wait to check out that mousse. Hope you are feeling better!
October 14, 2008 at 5:09 pm
I made cinnamon palmiers recently and they were great. I love your addition of orange!
October 14, 2008 at 3:39 pm
Looks fantastic! Gorgeous photos!
October 14, 2008 at 12:25 pm
“Simple, easy and delicious” — that’s my favorite kind of recipe. I love food that is accessible and tastes awesome! These look so perfect, almost nostalgic with the good, simple ingredients. I’m sure they taste fantastic as well!
October 14, 2008 at 9:24 am
these are gorgeous little treats, and hello–there’s cinnamon!! frozen puff pastry is a gift from god. :)
October 14, 2008 at 8:44 am
I have never made palmiers, sad! They are gorgeous!
October 14, 2008 at 8:28 am
Beautiful! I love making palmiers, and your version sounds so delicious!
October 14, 2008 at 6:55 am
Those look perfect for a nice cup of tea or coffee! I hope you find more time (and less flu…feel better).
October 14, 2008 at 4:07 am
Oh hope you’re feeling better soon, Vera! Eat more palmiers! Oranges have lots of vitamin C in them! ;)
October 13, 2008 at 9:57 pm
Very pretty and gorgeously crunchy! A delightful treat!
October 13, 2008 at 9:47 pm
Good grace, I haven’t had this palmier for such a long time. They look so good that I feel tempted to make it right now. Oh no…, I don’t have puff pastry in hand! Must put this in my list next thing to make! Cheers, elra
October 13, 2008 at 8:36 pm
Wow, those are just beautiful. Something must be going around, my fiance and I keep passing the flu back and forth. Hopefully you’ll be over it soon! I hear nothing chases the flu away as well as orange and cinnamon!
October 13, 2008 at 7:15 pm
I love these. What turns into one or two for a snack becomes the whole freaking package. I should definitely try this!
October 13, 2008 at 5:33 pm
Morgana, thank you very much! If you like cinnamon and orange together you might like these :)
Ana, thank you! Sure, you can make them from the store-bought pastry.
Cate, I hope you will like them :)
Leslie, thank you! They are easy, indeed. And thank you very much for your good wishes!
Patricia, thank you very much! I’m happy you liked the idea :)
Eileen, thank you so much! I’m feeling a bit better.
Rita, thank you! I’m better now. They were a nice crunchy accompaniment :)
Ivy, thank you! And you are very welcome! I hope you will like them.
October 13, 2008 at 3:50 pm
These are so delicious and crunchy. I have got to make these.
Thanks for the recipe!
October 13, 2008 at 2:15 pm
Hope you’re fealing better from the flu! The palmiers are so cute, I love them. I’m sure they’ll go so great with your mousse!
October 13, 2008 at 8:55 am
Hope you’re feeling better, Vera. I love palmiers. If I can find all butter puff pastry at my store I’m making these!
October 13, 2008 at 7:51 am
I love anything citrus, and anything cinnamon, and anything puff pastry… So basically these are favorites of mine all the way! Delicious!
October 13, 2008 at 7:35 am
Oh yum..these do look easy and delish!
I hope you are feeling better!
October 13, 2008 at 6:29 am
I actually have a sheet of puff pastry in my freezer and couldn’t decide what to do with it. Here’s my answer!
October 13, 2008 at 1:10 am
Fantastic!! These palmiers look so nice and delicious!!! Can I make them with store puff pastry??
I love orange-cinnamon flavors….
October 13, 2008 at 12:47 am
Oh my! These are one of my favorites just with sugar. Orange and cinnamon must be an adictive adition…