James Carrier
Notes: Thaw dough at room temperature for about 1 hour, or overnight in the refrigerator. Look for large-crystal decorating sugar at cake-decorating supply stores and some well-stocked supermarkets. Store palmiers airtight at room temperature up to 3 days; freeze to store longer.
Makes 36 cookies


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About 1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 package (17.3 oz.) frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed (see notes)
Clear large-crystal decorating sugar (optional)


1. Sprinkle work surface lightly with granulated sugar. Lay one sheet of puff pastry flat on surface and sprinkle evenly with about 3 tablespoons sugar. Beginning at one side, fold in dough, 1/2 inch at a time, to the center of the square. Repeat to fold in the other side so the two rolls are touching.

2. With a sharp knife, cut roll crosswise into 1/4- to 1/2-inch-thick slices. Lay cookies flat, 1 inch apart, on buttered 12- by 15-inch baking sheets. Repeat to fold and slice remaining sheet of puff pastry; arrange cookies on baking sheets. Sprinkle cookies generously with large-crystal decorating sugar (or more granulated sugar).

3. Bake cookies in a 375° regular or convection oven until golden brown all over, 18 to 22 minutes; if baking more than one sheet at a time in one oven, switch positions halfway through baking. Transfer palmiers to racks to cool completely.

Nutritional analysis per cookie.

Created date

June 2004

Nutritional Information

Calories 88
Caloriesfromfat 55 %
Protein 1 g
Fat 5.4 g
Satfat 0.9 g
Carbohydrate 8.9 g
Fiber 0.2 g
Sodium 36 mg
Cholesterol 0.6 mg