Sugar Palmiers

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Sugar palmiers were one of my favorite cookies as a child. We used to buy cookies at Hema, a dutch department store and they sold cookies per piece so you could pick and choose as many of a cookie as you wanted. I always used to pick sugar palmiers or another, similar pretzel shaped cookie. Unfortunately they no longer sell cookies separate like that anymore. I’ll never forget me, as a little kid, looking at the counter with all those cookies in glass boxes and wondering what to pick. Great memories.

Palmier is French for “palm tree”. This French pastry is named like this because its shape resembles a palm leaf or butterfly. They’re also sometimes called pig’s ear or elephant’s ear. In the Netherlands we call these pastries butterflies.

Sugar palmiers are still sold but I’ve found out during my pastry course that they’re actually super easy to make yourself as well!

How To Make Sugar Palmiers

Sugar Palmiers Recipe | Sugar Palmiers are a crispy, sweet French pastry. You only need 3 ingredients for these tasty, super easy to make cookies. An easy sugar palmier recipe. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 01

You’ll only need three ingredients, cane sugar, melted butter and puff pastry.

 

Sugar Palmiers Recipe | Sugar Palmiers are a crispy, sweet French pastry. You only need 3 ingredients for these tasty, super easy to make cookies. An easy sugar palmier recipe. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 02

Lightly flour your work surface.

 

Sugar Palmiers Recipe | Sugar Palmiers are a crispy, sweet French pastry. You only need 3 ingredients for these tasty, super easy to make cookies. An easy sugar palmier recipe. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 03

Place your puff pastry on your work surface. I had puff pastry squares  of 4 inch x 4 inch / 10 cm x 10 cm which I stuck together, but you can also use the squares individually or use one big sheet of puff pastry. My puff pastry squares stuck together made up one long sheet of  15 inch x 4 inch / 40 cm x 10 cm.

 

Sugar Palmiers Recipe | Sugar Palmiers are a crispy, sweet French pastry. You only need 3 ingredients for these tasty, super easy to make cookies. An easy sugar palmier recipe. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 04

Brush melted butter on your puff pastry.

 

Sugar Palmiers Recipe | Sugar Palmiers are a crispy, sweet French pastry. You only need 3 ingredients for these tasty, super easy to make cookies. An easy sugar palmier recipe. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 05

Sprinkle with cane sugar.

 

Sugar Palmiers Recipe | Sugar Palmiers are a crispy, sweet French pastry. You only need 3 ingredients for these tasty, super easy to make cookies. An easy sugar palmier recipe. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 06

Lightly press the sugar into the puff pastry. You can also put a piece of parchment paper on the puff pastry and lightly roll it with a rolling pin.

 

Sugar Palmiers Recipe | Sugar Palmiers are a crispy, sweet French pastry. You only need 3 ingredients for these tasty, super easy to make cookies. An easy sugar palmier recipe. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 07

To get the distinctive look of a sugar palmier, it’s all about the folding. Fold over half of the puff pastry length wise to middle of the pastry.

 

Sugar Palmiers Recipe | Sugar Palmiers are a crispy, sweet French pastry. You only need 3 ingredients for these tasty, super easy to make cookies. An easy sugar palmier recipe. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 08

Do the same with the other half so that both halves are folded to the middle of the puff pastry sheet.

 

Sugar Palmiers Recipe | Sugar Palmiers are a crispy, sweet French pastry. You only need 3 ingredients for these tasty, super easy to make cookies. An easy sugar palmier recipe. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 09

Now, fold over the pastry in half again, lengthwise to form one long strip of pastry. So that both halves end up on top of each other.

Alternatively, you could also roll the pastry from each side to the middle of the pastry instead of folding it over, that’ll give you a palmier with a rounder shape, I prefer the butterfly shape though.

 

Sugar Palmiers Recipe | Sugar Palmiers are a crispy, sweet French pastry. You only need 3 ingredients for these tasty, super easy to make cookies. An easy sugar palmier recipe. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 10

Cut your pastry into roughly 0.5 inch / 1 cm pieces.  You can use a knife for this, I like to use a pizza cutter.

 

Sugar Palmiers Recipe | Sugar Palmiers are a crispy, sweet French pastry. You only need 3 ingredients for these tasty, super easy to make cookies. An easy sugar palmier recipe. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 11

You should have pieces like this.

 

Sugar Palmiers Recipe | Sugar Palmiers are a crispy, sweet French pastry. You only need 3 ingredients for these tasty, super easy to make cookies. An easy sugar palmier recipe. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 12

If you take a piece and put it with its cut side up you’ll start to see the palmier shape.

 

Sugar Palmiers Recipe | Sugar Palmiers are a crispy, sweet French pastry. You only need 3 ingredients for these tasty, super easy to make cookies. An easy sugar palmier recipe. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 13

Put all sugar palmiers with the cut side up on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake till golden

 

Sugar Palmiers Recipe | Sugar Palmiers are a crispy, sweet French pastry. You only need 3 ingredients for these tasty, super easy to make cookies. An easy sugar palmier recipe. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 14

You’ll end up with delicious crunchy sugar palmier cookies.

 

Sugar Palmiers are a crispy, sweet French pastry. You only need 3 ingredients for these tasty, super easy to make cookies. An easy sugar palmier recipe.

Sugary, sweet, crispy. Everything I like in a tasty cookie like this!

 

Sugar Palmiers are a crispy, sweet French pastry. You only need 3 ingredients for these tasty, super easy to make cookies. An easy sugar palmier recipe.

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Sugar Palmiers
Sugar Palmiers are a crispy, sweet French pastry. You only need 3 ingredients for these tasty, super easy to make cookies. An easy sugar palmier recipe.
Suikervlinders zijn een knapperig, zoet Frans koekje, ook wel Palmier genoemd. Met 3 ingrediënten kan je zelf deze heerlijke suikervlinder koekjes maken.
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Type Cookies
Cuisine French
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
sugar palmiers
Ingredients
Type Cookies
Cuisine French
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
sugar palmiers
Ingredients
Suikervlinders zijn een knapperig, zoet Frans koekje, ook wel Palmier genoemd. Met 3 ingrediënten kan je zelf deze heerlijke suikervlinder koekjes maken.
Votes: 4
Rating: 5
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Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F / 175 °C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Line up your puff pastry squares (4 inch x 4 inch / 10 cm x 10 cm) and stick them together on the edges. (Or roll out your puff pastry sheet to 15 inch x 4 inch / 40 cm x 10 cm.)
  3. Lightly brush the puff pastry with smelted butter. Generously sprinkle the cane sugar on top of the puff pastry.
  4. Lightly press the sugar into the pastry. Or put a piece of parchment paper on top of the pastry and lightly roll a rolling pin over the parchment paper to make sure the sugar sticks to the puff pasty.
  5. If needed, loosen up the bottom of the puff pastry from your work surface with a spatula.
  6. Fold over half of the puff pastry lengthwise to the middle of the puff pastry sheet. Do the same with the other half so you end up with a long sheet of puff pastry which has it's two halves folded over. Now, fold over the puff pastry again to form one long strip of pastry. (So both halves you folded over earlier you now fold together)
  7. Using a knife, or a pizza cutter cut the roll in into roughly 0.5 inch / 1 cm pieces.
  8. Put all the sugar palmiers with the cut side up on a baking tray and bake in the oven until golden brown for approximately 15 minutes.
Recipe Notes

Please note that the cup measurements in this recipe are approximate. I have added cups for those that prefer using cups.

  • Instead of sticking pastry squares together, you could also make the squares into palmiers individually.
  • Instead of folding the dough you could also roll the pastry from each side to the middle of the pastry that'll give you a palmier with a rounder shape.

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