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Revisiting Palmiers – Cinnamon Palmiers

Sliced cinnamon palmier dough

Cinnamon palmiers, sliced and ready to be baked

I spent last week preoccupied with the age-old question of how to pack just enough clothing and books in a carry-on—a carry-on that can only weigh 15 pounds and that will be my only piece of luggage on this trip—for a month of traveling and working on another continent. My fixation meant that I fell a tad behind on sharing a variation on Kitchen Kat’s Lemon Palmiers. Forget what that alternate recipe was? As they say in Australia, which is where I’m headed, “no worries!” It is for cinnamon palmiers.

Think back to July 21st when I posted a scintillating entry on the flaky, caramelized, French cookies known as palmiers. As you might recall, these treats derive their name from their palm-like shape; in French palmier means “palm.” Comprised of folded layers of puff pastry and sugar, which gives them their distinct shape, they’re a light and delicious little sweet.

Cinnamon palmiers

Crisp and aromatic cinnamon palmiers

Palmiers traditionally feature just those two ingredients, sugar and puff pastry. However, as indicated in the previous post, you can spice them up with such additions as citrus zest, cocoa powder or ground cinnamon. As much as I adore the sweetly tart lemon palmiers, I find the headiness of cinnamon palmiers equally, if not more, delightful. Why not try them both and let me know which tastes better to you.

Makes 3 dozen

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
1 pound (2 sheets) puff pastry, defrosted

Lightly dust a clean work surface with some of the cinnamon sugar. Place a sheet of puff pastry on top of the sugar and then sprinkle sugar on top of the pastry. Using a rolling pin, roll out the pastry until it’s roughly a 12″ x 24″ rectangle. Sprinkle more sugar on top of the rolled out pastry.

rolling out cinnamon palmier dough

Rolling out the palmier dough

Bring the shorter ends of the pastry to the middle, leaving a half-inch between to two edges. Dust with sugar and then fold each end so that the two edges touch. Dust with sugar again and make one final fold, bringing the one half over the other. Think of this as closing a book and bringing the pages together. Repeat the dusting, rolling, dusting and folding steps with the other sheet of puff pastry.

Refrigerate the palmier dough for 30 to 60 minutes. This will make it easier to slice.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

palmiers on parchment paper

Cinnamon palmiers on a parchment-lined baking sheet

Remove the dough from refrigerator. Using a sharp knife, slice the dough into half-inch cookies. Place them 1 inch apart a lined baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, until the bottoms have turned golden brown. Turn the cookies over and bake for another 5 to 8 minutes, until crisp and golden. Cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes before removing and placing in an airtight container. The cookies will keep for up to 3 days.


  1. Catherine says

    This recipe looks so simple to make & my family will love it! I think it is great recipe for the children to assist in making.

  2. Terry says

    Oh what happy memories this recipe brings back to me from my vacation in France! You have inspired me to try making some. Yum!

  3. Reggie says

    I agree with you, the cinnamon is my favorite. They don’t last 3 days in my house as soon as I am finished making them they are eaten! :-).
    Thank you for the other suggestions I will have to try to make of of the other varieties. What a perfect treat for book club.

  4. Lori N. says

    If I make these with citrus zest or cocoa, how much should I use? Is it the same amount as the cinnamon, 1 TBS?

    • Kathy Hunt says

      Lori, for palmiers made with lemon or other citrus zest, check out my previous entry from July 23, 2016 entitled Travel through Baking Lemon Palmiers, . You’ll find measurements and tips there.

      For cocoa-filled palmiers, I recommend between 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder. The amount you choose is dependent upon how chocolatey you want the cookies to be. Hope that helps!

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