Palmiers (elephant ears) are a classic pastry recipe, with only 2-ingredients (puff pastry and sugar) and are buttery, crisp, and sweet. They go well with hot coffee or tea and can be eaten for breakfast, snacks, or dessert.
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Hi Everyone, Palmiers (also called, Elephant Ears) are one of those simple, elegant pastries that are surprisingly easy to make as they have only 2-ingredients: Puff pastry and sugar!
They are baked in the oven and watch as they are gone in a flash because they are so tasty and irresistible.
They are one pastry that EVERYONE in my family absolutely adores.
I have wanted to share a Palmiers recipe on the blog for a while, so I am sharing this basic Palmiers recipe.
Ingredients for Palmiers
- 2 sheets of puff pastry, frozen and thawed
- 1/8 Kosher salt *optional, to counteract the sweetness
- granulated white sugar
Helpful Kitchen Tools for Palmiers
*I link to all the kitchen tools in the recipe card at the end of the post
- measuring spoons and cups
- rolling pin
- pastry mat
- small mixing bowls
- rimmed baking sheet
- chef’s knife
- cutting board
- silicone baking mat
- wire cooling rack
- serving dish
What are Palmiers?
Palmiers are a French pastry that is also known as elephant ears, ears (Mexico and Latin America), pig’s ear (Germany), palm heart, Coeur de France, French hearts, shoe-soles or glasses or ulleres (Catalonia and Valencia) and in China, they are called butterfly pastries.
Just about every country/culture has a version of these pastries.
The basic ingredients are a laminated dough, in this case, puff pastry and sugar.
They are sweet, crunchy, and slightly caramelized from baking in the oven.
Different recipes might include the addition of cinnamon (called “arlettes”) or honey (in Puerto Rico), coconut, or chocolate.
Step-By-Step Photos for How to Make Palmiers
Here are some step-by-Step Photos to walk you through making this easy Palmiers recipe (the full, printable recipe card is at the bottom of the post):
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- 1 cup granulated white sugar
- 1/8 Kosher salt
- 2 sheets puff pastry, frozen and thawed (I like to use Pepperidge Farm)
- Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F.
- In a small bowl, add the sugar and salt, stir to combine.
- Prepare a surface to work the pastry.
- Lay out 1 sheet of thawed puff pastry.
- Sprinkle and spread the sugar evenly over the top of the pastry.
- Using a rolling pin, roll out the sugar into the puff pastry into a 13x13 square.
- Fold the 2 sides of the square to meet in the center.
- Sprinkle the extra sugar over the pastry and using the rolling pin, roll the pastry.
- Fold the pastry in half.
- Using a dough scraper (or transfer dough to a cutting board and use a knife) and cut into even slices.
- Arrange onto the baking sheet.
- Bake for 6 minutes or until the sugar is carmelized, then, using a spatula, turn them over and bake and additional 3-5 minutes.
- When they are done, transfer the palmiers to a wire rack to cool.
- Makes 40-46 cookies
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 40 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 27Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 5mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 0g
Please note that the Calculated Nutrition is an estimate at best.