Palmiers

Palmiers, the crispy, sugary French cookies, are so easy and so tasty. It takes two ingredients, and 20 minutes to make this impressive treat.

if you want to make something that makes people go BS, THERE’S NO WAY YOU MADE THOSE, then palmiers, aka french butterfly cookies, are perfect. you need 2 ingredients and 20 minutes, then you’re set to wow everyone. it’s the kind of thing that calls for guidelines rather than a whole recipe, and i’ll leave you with ina (we’re on a first name basis, didn’t you know?)’s palmier advice. the only thing i’d change i’d make to her recipe is cut down on the sugar when you roll out the puff pastry. you’re probably not going to get 2 cups of sugar to stick, and you end up wasting a ton of sugar. just sprinkle sugar on as necessary, and when the dough’s surface seems to be saturated with sugar crystals, stop adding it. easy peasy.

Palmiers, the crispy, sugary French cookies, are so easy and so tasty. It takes two ingredients, and 20 minutes to make this impressive treat.

if you notice that they’re getting a little soft and not as crispy (bring back what once was mine), toast them in a toaster oven. don’t walk away, since they burn very easily!

now, palmiers are delicious alone, but they’re also good with ice cream (duh). below is a very easy sundae with toasted almond ice cream and hot fudge sauce from fenton’s (highly recommend if you’re in the bay area), topped with a cookie (though i’m sure no one would complain if there were multiple palmiers on top). the palmiers are so neutral that they’d pair well with any sundae: vanilla ice cream and salted caramel, a banana split (unless you claim that adding a palmier would be sacrilege), lychee coconut sorbet with raspberry sauce. i could go on, but i’ll leave you now, and hope that you are suitably convinced of the merit of making and devouring a batch of palmiers.

Palmiers, the crispy, sugary French cookies, are so easy and so tasty. It takes two ingredients, and 20 minutes to make this impressive treat.

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Palmiers, the crispy, sugary French cookies, are so easy and so tasty. It takes two ingredients, and 20 minutes to make this impressive treat.

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  1. These do look impressive!!! I will have to try these 😊 Xoxo

    1. thanks, kelly! i hope you do (:

  2. LOVELOVELOVE palmiers! Yours are soooo pretty! Ina and I are on a first-name basis too :). Since I’ve baked and cooked my way through all of her books I feel like she and I are besties, haha. Love the idea of using these as garnish on a sundae.

    1. i haven’t cooked through her books enough! whenever i flip through them, i always end up bookmarking 75% of the recipes, lol.

  3. Ooh, yum! I’m always interested in recipes that are impressive but easy! Count me in! I also love Ina, she’s a goddess in my book!

    1. and now i have the image of ina in a toga and and a gold crown and a scepter in my head 😂 but yes, definitely a goddness (though maybe not a greek one).

  4. Ina is awesome! Such great recipes and always entertaining! If a few of these landed on a sundae, I’d certainly be a happy girl! Plus, they look so pretty 🙂 !!

    1. yeah these are great on sundaes! they’re so crispy that they don’t get soggy, even if they linger in the ice cream for a while 😊

  5. THESE look sensational! SENSATIONAL I tell you!!! Holy yummmmm!!!

    1. sensational?! i can work with that 😉

  6. You can never go wrong with Ina. Her and I are on a first name basis too… although I’m not sure she’s aware of our arrangement. Lol! LOVE palmiers! They are so fancy looking, yet easy enough to make. Yours look just PERFECT, girl! I’ll take a dozen, please! <3 Cheers!

    1. sigh, same, i think my relationship with ina is a bit unrequited. thanks! they’re pretty easy (dare i say almost foolproof?!) to make them look amazing.

  7. Love palmiers!!! So simple beautiful 🙂

    1. thanks, lindsay! 😄

  8. These look divine – the perfect kind of cookie pastry hybrid. We used to get these as kids but they had a passionfruit icing on them and were called Pigs Ears. I think I prefer the look of these and they have a much prettier name 🙂

    1. PASSIONFRUIT ICING?! welp, i’ve found the next variation of these to make. though i do agree that butterfly cookies / palmiers sound better than pigs ears 😂

  9. Oh wow, i always thought these were very hard to make. Love them and always buy them but now I will be trying them at home.

    1. they’re so easy! as in, ditch the other french annoyances (ahem, macarons, which still give me way too many troubles), and make these instead 😉

  10. These look great! We used to make them at our coffee shop! People loved them especially because we made them super sized. They were literally the size of my head!

    1. oh wow, i don’t blame the customers; i’d be down for a super sized palmier any day!

  11. I love the look of these – will definitely have to try!!

  12. Yes Yes and Yes! I’ve had Palmiers, and there’s absolutely no way I could have successful bake these crispy bites of goodness. 2 ingredients and 20 minutes? You must be messing with me, Heather. Ok Ok, I’m going to try them myself. I’m excited and a little nervous.

    1. they might look super loose and not at all right, but smoosh them back together, shove them in the oven, and then they transform (perhaps another reason why they’re called butterfly cookies?).

  13. I love these! I believe we also had these at asian bakeries as well? Butterfly pastries! As a kid I would eat the whole stash every time we buy them. Gosh you make the yummiest sweets haha I’m still trying to lose the weight from the 3 batches of mochi cakes haha 🙂

    1. i’m sure i’ve seen these at asian bakeries, but i usually get distracted by everything else. i hope you have lots of eager taste testers nearby to share with? it makes it easier to pawn off goods and then more people get to enjoy them! 😋

  14. Love Love LOVE palmiers and the fact that you can get fancy schmancy in two steps. Ha! What a bargain!

    1. i love bargains! 😉 even though i did spend 3ish hours prepping and rolling sushi this morning, so maybe i don’t always find the best time/effort to enjoyment bargains lol.

  15. Me and Ina are besties. Ha ha, I wish. I love palmiers (so delicious and easy to make!) and the shape that you made them are very cute! Great idea to eat them with ice cream too!

    1. so according to the comments, there’s a handful of people (including you and me) who are best friends with ina. the only problem is that she keeps ignoring us! time to start a petition?

  16. aw they’re like little hearts!! I’ve never made my own palmiers either but you’re right, they’re super impressive. you have definitely convinced me of the merit of homemade palmiers hahah!! hope you’re well x

    1. tbh i feel like they could be described as butterflies or hearts or elephant ears! glad i was persuasive enough 😉

  17. So delicious and finger-licking! I have to give them a try!

    1. finger-licking is definitely allowed (especially if there’s flaky pastry bits and sugar crystals!).

  18. Amazing photos and delicious recipe !! Thank you for inspiration 🙂

    1. glad you liked this post! 😊

  19. they look divine!!

  20. 2 ingredients and 20 minutes?? Heck yes! I love palmiers and had no idea they were so easy to make! Why have I been buying them from that expensive French bakery all these years?? You’ve just saved me a whole bunch of cash. I’ll be making them myself from now on– bye rip-off bakery! Thanks Heather! 🙂

    1. yay! i’ve actually never bought them from a french bakery before (many times from grocery stores and coffee shops and bakery chains though), and i’ll have to try one next time i go to a french bakery. i figure that the savings from making them at home will offset one (or a couple!) french bakery palmier 😉

  21. I’ve watched Ina make palmiers countless times. It’s so mesmerizing to see her working in the kitchen!! Totally agree with you on all that sugar getting wasted part and I’m glad you’ve made it more catered for home cooks.

    1. then you’re all set!! i bet your palmiers would end up amazing with all that watch time you have under your belt (;

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  23. You already know I love my share of sugar, Heather, but I adore how you’re so conscious of healthier eating for yourself and folks like me! I think it’s so cool that there’s really only two ingredients and that it will wow people because my mouth dropped when I saw it was that sinchy to make!!! Oh and adding it to ice cream, girl you’re reading my mind!!!
    <3

    1. my suggestion to get rid of the excess sugar was more out of a waste not mindset than for health reasons, but go ahead and keep thinking that i’m looking out for everyone’s sugar consumption! 😉 that’s a nice side benefit.

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