Photo: Maura McEvoy
Makes 32 palmiers

How to Make It

Heat oven to 400° F. Adjust rack to middle position.

Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of sugar over the work surface. Unfold 1 sheet of the pastry and place it on the sugar. Roll it to an even thickness. Sprinkle it with 2 tablespoons of the sugar. Starting at one short side of the rectangle, roll the pastry toward the center of the sheet, stopping at the middle. Repeat with the opposite short end, so the rolls meet. Trim the ends with a knife. Cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices and place flat on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, spacing them 1 inch apart. Sprinkle with 1 more tablespoon of the sugar.

Bake until golden and puffed, 20 to 23 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack.

Repeat with the remaining ingredients. Serve hot or at room temperature.

In Advance: Palmiers are best the day they're made, and you can bake them hours before the party.

Ratings & Reviews

lamaerae's Review

December 15, 2010
Have made these french cookies many times before. bake at 350 for only 10-15 min when the cookies are slightly golden. baking for 20+ will turn them into rocks. less time will make them flaky and slightly crispy. i like to use the colored sugar sprinkles like red and greeen for xmas

PrisMary's Review

May 16, 2010
I made these last night and they were horrible. I think a very important ingredient was left out… egg. I just looked up this recipe on Pepperidge Farms and you are supposed to brush the puff pastry with an egg mixture then sugar it otherwise the pastry comes out very dry and the sugar does not stick.