Palmiers are cookies that look like little symmetrical swirls, made of puff pastry dough.
Though they’re classically believed to be French in origin, they may actually be Spanish going back.
Either way, they’re absolutely delish, and I found a way to make them super quick, and super easy.
The key is in the puff pastry, which I buy from Trader Joe’s and have on hand, ready to defrost.
Defrosting puff pastry just needs an overnight stay in the fridge, or two hours atop the counter. Once defrosted, and pliable, it can do wonders.
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
2 sheets puff pastry, defrosted (I use Trader Joe’s)
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
Combine the sugar, cinnamon, and salt, then pour 1/2 cup mixture over your countertop, or other working surface. Unfold a puff pastry sheet right on the sugar mixture and pour another 1/4 of it on top. Spread evenly and use a rolling pin to roll the sugar into the dough. Fold each side in, towards the middle mark of the dough (they should meet in the middle). The fold those halves again, in half. Finally, one over the other, making a 6 layer roll. Using a knife, cut the dough into 1/4-inch slices, and line them up on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Bake for 6 minutes, until lightly browned. Turn over and bake another 4-5 minutes. Cookies should be slighly browned. Take out, let cool, and enjoy as a dessert or snack.