Cinnamon Sugar Palmiers are pastries that are warm, sweet, and wonderfully flaky! These delicate little French treats are surprisingly easy to make at home and bake to perfection in just about 10 minutes in the oven. You’ve probably had them from the bakery at your local supermarket, but you’ve never had them this tasty before!

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Cinnamon Sugar Palmiers

Cinnamon and sugar is a real match made in heaven. If you ask me, there’s no better combination of simple, perfect flavors on this planet. The natural warmth from cinnamon and the pure sweetness from sugar combined is always enough to make my day SO much better, no matter what form it’s in! It just so happens that these easy to make homemade palmiers are probably the best form ever.

These palmiers are small, crispy, and cookie-like while still holding true to their pastry title. The flaky consistency is what makes them so remarkable, but the cinnamon sugar flavor is what really makes your mouth water. Best part of all? This recipe calls for frozen pastry dough, which makes life so much easier! Some people may see that as a quick cheat, but that’s only until they taste one. They’re the real deal!

While these pastries are so good all on their own, I also like enjoying them with a glass of cold milk, or even dunked into my morning coffee. They’re such a warm and cozy treat, it’s just all too enticing to curl up with them and snuggle under a blanket with your favorite beverage! They also make fantastic gifts to friends and neighbors, if you’re looking to gift someone a little something sweet. Just make sure to hide them from your family, or you’ll need to make a second batch.. pronto.

Three palmiers are placed on a small white plate.

How to Make Them

Heat it up. Preheat oven to 450°F.

Make the cinnamon sugar. In a small bowl, combine the sugars and cinnamon with a whisk.

Roll the dough. On a flat work surface, spread a thin layer of the sugar and unfold a sheet of pastry onto the sugar.  Evenly spread a layer of sugar over the pastry being sure to coat the whole surface. With a rolling-pin, roll the dough until it’s an approximately 13×13 inches square.

Create the layers. Fold the sides of the dough towards the center so they meet halfway in the middle.  Fold the sides again so the two folds meet in the center and then fold 1 half over the other so it sits on top. You will have 6 layers.

Slice. Slice the dough into 3/8-inch slices and place the slices, cut side up on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat this process with the remaining sheet of puff pastry.

Bake. Bake the cookies for 6 minutes until carmelized.  Turn each over with a spatula and bake another 3-4 minutes.  Remove from the oven and cool for 2 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Three palmiers are placed on a white plate with two small cinnamon sticks.

What do I need to make these palmiers?

You only need four simple, inexpensive ingredients to make a batch of about 40 palmiers! That’s a crazy amount of pastries for such a low cost. To make these palmiers, all you need is white granulated sugar, light brown sugar, ground cinnamon, and two sheets of puff pastry. Also, if you don’t have any brown sugar on hand, you could always make some by combining one cup of white sugar with one tablespoon of molasses.

How long will palmiers stay fresh?

These little pastries will stay fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Just make sure the container is truly airtight! These treats are known for drying out if stored improperly. And if the air is humid at all, they may become sticky AND stale, a horrible double whammy.

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Get the Recipe: Cinnamon Sugar Palmier

Crispy, buttery and light with sweet, caramelized center, these easy Palmier cookies are simple to make in minutes.
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 sheets puff pastry, defrosted

Equipment

  • baking sheet

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • In a small bowl, combine the sugars and cinnamon with a whisk.
  • On a flat work surface, spread a thin layer of the sugar and unfold a sheet of pastry onto the sugar. Evenly spread a layer of sugar over the pastry being sure to coat the whole surface.
  • With a rolling-pin, roll the dough until it’s approximately 13×13 inches square.
  • Fold the sides of the dough towards the center so they meet halfway in the middle. Fold the sides again so the two folds meet in the center and then fold 1 half over the other so it sits on top. You will have 6 layers.
  • Slice the dough into 3/8-inch slices and place the slices, cut side up on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Repeat the process with the remaining sheet of puff pastry.
  • Bake the cookies for 6 minutes until carmelized. Turn each over with a spatula and bake another 3-4 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and cool for 2 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container.

Notes

Palmier will stay fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.
Calories: 98kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Sodium: 35mg, Potassium: 13mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 1IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 6mg, Iron: 1mg