Monday, February 7, 2011

Let's make Palmiers for Valentine's Day!!


Palmiers.....ooooh yah! These crispy, flaky, heart shaped French cookies are buttery, sweet and very delicious. Pahlm-Yay's look really fancy, like something you would see in a bakery, but they are so simple to make at home. Perfect for valentines day, I added colored sugars to make it more fun. Be sure to use parchment paper or you will be buying your self a new sheet pan! 

Makes approximately 40 cookies

  • 2 cups granulated sugar (use 1 cup for each pastry sheet)
  • 1/8 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 2 sheets puff pastry, defrosted but chilled
  • colored sugars to sprinkle on top if you desire

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  1. Combine the sugar and salt together.
  2. Pour 1/2 cup of the sugar on a flat surface.
  3. Use one sheet of the puff pastry and pour 1/2 cup of the sugar over the top and spread out evenly with your hands.
  4. Use a rolling pin to press the sugar into the dough, until it's 13 by 15 rectangle.
  5. Turn the dough over and press the sugar on the other side as well, you want the dough to be completely covered with the sugar on both sides. There will be extra sugar left on the board. 
  6. Fold the sides of the square towards the center so they go halfway to the middle Fold them again so the two folds meet exactly at the middle of the dough, then fold 1 half over the other half as though closing a book, you will have 6 layers.
  7. Place the dough back in the refridgerator for 15 minutes to chill. 
  8. Slice the dough into 3/8-inch slices and dip both cut sides in the sugar to ensure a good coating.
  9. Place the slices, cut side up, on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  10. If you choose, sprinkle generously the colored sugar on each piece.
  11. Continue with the second sheet of pastry as above. 
  12. Bake the cookies for about 8-10 minutes until brown on the bottom. 
  13. Transfer immediately to a baking rack to cool completely, before they stick.
  14. Store in an airtight container. You can freeze them at this point as well. 
 Tip: The pastry dough will bake best if it is chilled.
Use store bought puff pastry. Great invention!

Use 1 cup of sugar for each piece of dough.  

Using a rolling pin, firmly press the sugar into the dough.

Fold ends in to meet together in the middle.

  Fold ends in again to meet in the middle. Than, fold over like closing a book as below.
I forgot to take a another picture before cutting but you get the drift. 
Cut into pieces after putting back in the fridge for 15 minutes to firm up. 

Dip in the sugar after they are cut to ensure a good coating.

Sprinkle colors after they are cut and on the sheet pan.

Colors are endless!

This is the bottom of the Palmier, carmelized and brown.

Happy Valentine's Day!


  1. I made these this a.m. They are delicious. Very light and airy....yummm. Only thing I would add is to use the dough when it is chilled. That was my only issue. I had it come to room temperature and it was too soft to open them up. So I had to stick them back in the refrigerator to chill. It was great not to have a mixing bowl, beaters, etc. to wash at the end. Can't wait to take them to Julie/Stephen's this weekend.
    Keep the recipes coming...!!!! Love, Joni

  2. These are perfect for valentines day! I love the step by step photos! I definitely need to make these! :)