Friday, January 30, 2015

Palmiers.......Cute Little Hearts Cookies

Palmiers is a French Pastry which is also known as Elephant Ears or Angel Wings because of its shape. It is extremely light, flaky, caramely and buttery. Each time I bake Palmiers, I just fell amazed that how effortless and painless its recipe is. It's a perfect snack to munch on when you want something to eat during those odd hours of the day. 

These cookies are made up of puff pastry which is a dough wrapped around butter so the butter gets completely enclosed within the dough which is then rolled and folded over to double the number of layers and then the whole process is repeated. The number of times you repeat this process the more flaky your pastry will become. But making puff pastry at home is a very time consuming process and needs a lot of elbow greasing. Thanks to the frozen puff pastry sheets available at the supermarkets these days.

Making Palmiers at home becomes super easy if we have frozen puff pastry sheets in our freezer. You just need to thaw them, roll them, sprinkle granulated sugar and bake them. Ta-dah you're done! I know it's very difficult to resist until they cool down. I myself can't stay away from them for long. 

So let's get started:


1. Frozen Puff Pastry Sheet: 1
2. Granulated Sugar: 1 and 1/2 cup
3. Crushed Green Cardamom (optional): 1 tsp
4. Egg: 1


1. Thaw the puff pastry sheet as directed.

2. Sprinkle some granulated sugar on your kitchen counter and unfold the puff pastry sheet.

3. Roll the puff pastry sheet to approx 1/8" thick. (If your pastry sheet gets sticky sprinkle some more sugar and roll it until you get the desired thickness)

4. Sprinkle sugar and crushed cardamom (if using) on top of the sheet. 

5. Fold one edge of the pastry sheet into the midle. Fold the opposite edge to the middle. At this point both the edges will touch the middle of the pastry. Continue this process until you can't fold anymore. By now it will take the shape of a log. 

6. Break the egg in a bowl and whisk it with a fork. Brush the log with this beaten egg.

7. Wrap the log with a cling wrap and place in the freezer for 15 minutes.

8. Preheat the oven to 350 F. 

9. Take the log out of the freezer. Cut it into 1 cm thick pieces. Sprinkle granulated sugar on top of each piece and place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

10. Bake the cookies for 15 minutes. Flip the cookies after 7 and 1/2 minutes or until they become golden brown on each side. 

11. Take them out of the oven and place them on a cooling rack. 

12. Enjoy them with your evening tea. 


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