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These delicious French palmier cookies are made of crispy puff pastry and lightly caramelized sugar. In addition, you can refine them with vanilla, cinnamon or chocolate, among other things. Here I’ll show you how to make these sweet pig ear cookies yourself, which are probably one of the easiest and fastest cookies in the world. You can find a detailed palmiers recipe with exact quantities and step-by-step instructions right below.
What are palmiers?
Palmiers, also called pig ear cookies in Germany, is a French pastry made from puff pastry. To make it, the rolled out puff pastry is sprinkled with sugar and possibly some more cinnamon or other spices, rolled up and cut into slices, which then become cookies in the shape of hearts. During baking, the sugar caramelizes a little, so that the cookies end up tasting crispy and fluffy.
Why make palmier cookies yourself?
Of course, you can just buy palmier cookies. They are offered in many supermarkets and bakeries. But homemade palmiers have many advantages over store-bought ones. You can refine them according to your taste, using different spices or chocolate. You can also adjust the amount of sugar, depending on how sweet you like the puff pastry cookies. You can also make the pig ear cookies in any size you like. And last but not least, homemade palmiers taste much better than ones from the supermarket.
Buy puff pastry for pig ear cookies or make it yourself?
With homemade puff pastry, the palmier cookies taste best, of course. You can make the dough in advance and then freeze it. That way, you can quickly make the French palmiers anytime you get a craving for the cookies. Don’t roll out the homemade dough too thin, so that it tastes flaky after baking.
If you don’t have time to make your own puff pastry, you can of course use some from the supermarket for the palmier cookie recipe. Then you just let it thaw according to package instructions, because it is already rolled out.
Refine palmier cookies
You can make your palmier cookies with just puff pastry and sugar. You can use either white or brown sugar. With these two ingredients, the cookies already taste incredibly delicious. But you can spice them up with different spices and make them even more aromatic. To do this, sprinkle the puff pastry with the spice of your choice in addition to the sugar. To refine are among other things:
- vanilla sugar,
- coconut flakes,
- lemon zest,
- orange zest,
- cocoa powder
Palmiers with cinnamon are ideal for Advent, for example. You can make the sweet pig ear cookies with vanilla, coconut flakes, lemon or orange zest at any time of the year and simply snack on them during the week or serve them to your loved ones. The palmiers with cocoa powder are just what you need if you like chocolaty cookies.
You can also make the French palmier cookies with multiple flavors at the same time. To do this, divide the puff pastry into two or three parts, depending on how many flavors you want to make, roll out the pieces of dough individually and sprinkle one of them with sugar and cinnamon, for example, the other with sugar and vanilla and the third with sugar only.
You can also partially cover your palmier cookies with chocolate. Simply melt any chocolate, for example milk, dark or white chocolate, and dip a part of each pig ear cookie into it. Then sprinkle chopped nuts or colored sugar sprinkles over the chocolate on each cookie. Then, let the chocolate dry briefly on the puff pastry cookies, and your chocolate palmiers are ready to nibble.
The fastest cookie recipe in the world
French palmiers are probably the easiest cookies to make in a flash. You’ll only need about 10 minutes to make the cookies if you have the puff pastry on hand at home. All you have to do is roll out the puff pastry or let it defrost briefly if you use some from the freezer, sprinkle it with sugar, roll it up and cut it into slices. After that, the puff pastry cookies need about 15 minutes in the oven and can already be snacked.
How to make vegan palmier cookies?
If you want to make vegan pig ear cookies, use vegan puff pastry for the recipe. You can make it yourself with vegan margarine instead of butter. Alternatively, you can buy vegan puff pastry. Many supermarkets offer the dough in a vegan version. You can find it either in the refrigerated section or in the freezer. Look for the dough to be labeled vegan.
This French palmiers
- are crispy,
- are airy,
- are aromatic,
- taste delicious,
- can be refined with any spices,
- can be covered with chocolate,
- are easy and quick to make,
- can be made by yourself from two ingredients, if puff pastry is already ready,
- taste much better than the ones from the supermarket,
- are perfect for snacking in between, for dessert with coffee or tea,
- can be conjured up in a flash on the dining table for unexpected visitors,
- pass for Christmas cookies.
You can find the exact quantities and step-by-step instructions on how to make the palmier cookies here below in the box recipe.
The palmiers recipe is definitely the easiest and quickest cookie recipe to make, especially if you’ve already made or bought the puff pastry ahead of time.
For the palmiers recipe, all you need is puff pastry and sugar. You may want to add cinnamon or other spices to your palmier cookies.
How to make the sweet pig ear cookies: this is how it works
- Roll out the puff pastry into a square, sprinkle with sugar and possibly cinnamon or other spices, and roll up tightly from the two long sides to the center. Place one of the rolls on top of the other, without separating the rolls, and flatten them slightly together. Cut the roll into slices, flatten each slice in the sugar to form heart shapes and spread the cookies on baking sheet.
- Bake the French palmiers at 220 °C for about 10 minutes, then turn them over and bake for another 5 minutes or so. Done!
How to make palmier cookies: tips and tricks
- You can use homemade or store-bought puff pastry for the palmiers recipe.
- You can adjust the amount of sugar given in the recipe according to your taste.
- You can refine the sweet pig ear cookies according to your taste with vanilla sugar, cinnamon, lemon or orange zest, coconut flakes, cocoa powder, among others. You can also dip some of the puff pastry cookies in melted chocolate after baking.
- The French palmiers are done baking when they have a light brown color. Don’t leave them unattended in the oven for too long so they don’t burn. Also, don’t bake them any shorter than necessary or they may not taste crispy.
- You can get big palmier cookies by rolling up the dough from the two short sides. Baking time may be longer for large palmiers.
- If you want to make vegan pig ear cookies, use vegan puff pastry.
- Store the puff pastry cookies in an airtight container, such as a lunch box, at room temperature. You can store them for up to about 2 weeks.
Did you make the palmier cookies using this recipe? I’m looking forward to your results, your star rating and your comment here below on how you liked and succeeded with the French palmiers.
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Palmier cookies / palmiers recipe (sweet pig ear cookies)
- 450 g puff pastry (bought or homemade)
- 80 g sugar
- cinnamon or other spices (alternative)
- Roll out the homemade puff pastry to a square about 0.3 cm thick or let the purchased puff pastry from the freezer thaw according to package directions.
- Sprinkle the dough liberally and evenly with sugar and cinnamon, if desired, and roll it up tightly from the two long sides toward the center. Place one of the rolls on top of the other, without separating the rolls, and press them together to flatten slightly. Cut the roll into slices about 1 cm thick, flatten each slice into the sugar to form heart shapes, and spread the cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, leaving a little space between them.
- Bake the palmier cookies in a preheated oven at 220 °C top and bottom heat for about 10 minutes until they get a light brown color, then turn them and bake them for another 5 minutes or so.
- The amount of sugar can be adjusted according to taste.
- The palmier cookies can be refined with vanilla sugar, cinnamon, lemon or orange zest, coconut flakes, cocoa powder, among others. After baking, you can partially dip it in melted chocolate.
- The French palmiers are ready baked when they have a light brown color. Don't leave them unattended in the oven too long so they don't burn. Also, do not bake for a shorter time than necessary or they may not taste crispy.
- You can get large pig ear cookies by rolling up the dough from the two short sides. For large palmier cookies, the baking time may be longer.
- Use vegan puff pastry for vegan palmiers.
- Note the detailed tips and tricks for making palmiers at the top of the post.