Palmiers (Elephant Ears)

Quick and easy to make palmiers, or elephant ear cookies, with puff pastry and sugar.

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Dough Chilling time: 30 minutes


  • Lots of granulated sugar
  • Puff pastry
  • Parchment Paper (aka baking paper) or a Silpat baking mat


1 Roll out the puff pastry, sprinkle with sugar: Preheat oven to 400°F. Sprinkle about 1/4 cup of sugar over your workstation. Roll out the puff pastry to about 10X12 inches. Sprinkle another 1/4 cup of sugar (and spices if using) over the dough.

2 Roll left and right edges inward to meet in the middle: Roll up the left vertical side inward, stopping in the middle of the dough. Roll up the right side of the dough. The two rolls should be meeting at the middle and touching. Press the two sides together gently. Repeat with any more puff pastry you may have.

3 Chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least half an hour.

4 Slice cookie forms from dough logs, sprinkle with sugar: Starting at one end, cut off pieces of the log, in slices about 1/2 inch in thickness. Lightly sprinkle sugar onto each side. Pinch and press the sides of the two rolls together to ensure that they don't unroll during baking.

5 Place on lined baking sheets. The palmiers will increase size dramatically, so leave plenty of room between each cookie and only bake a dozen at a time.

6 Bake: Set the tray in the middle of the oven. Bake at 400°F for about 10-15 minutes or until the sugar has caramelized.

7 Cool on rack: Allow them to cool on a rack for 10 minutes. Serve and enjoy!