I found this recipe on Bon Apetit last week for Palmiers, those little heart-shaped French cookies, and wanted to give them a try. What makes this even conceivable is using frozen puff pastry dough - I've made puff pastry dough from scratch before and it's time-consuming, messy and difficult. But our local Whole Foods has Dufour, a good brand that I often use.
This recipe was really easy to make, and the results are very tasty. The odds on any of them surviving to see Monday are not good.
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 4 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 tbs. ground cardamom
- 2 tsp. ground allspice
- 1 tsp. ground cloves
- 1 14 oz. package frozen puff pastry
- 4 tbs. melted butter
Preheat the oven to 425, and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Mix the sugar & spices together.
Dust the work surface with a bit of flour and lay out the puff pastry sheet. It's probably close to the size you'll want - 14"X 10" - but if not, roll it out. Brush it with melted butter and sprinkle about 1/3 third of the sugar/spice mixture on it evenly, and cut it in half lengthwise.
Fold both sides of each strip to meet in the middle. brush with more butter and sprinkle with sugar & spices. Then fold each strip in half - you'll have two 14" logs about an inch wide. Refrigerate these for a half hour. Then cut them in 1/4 inch slices and lay them flat on the baking sheets.
Bake for about 8 minutes. Remove from oven, turn each cookie, brush with more butter and sprinkle with more sugar & spices. Return to oven for another 10-12 minutes, until Palmiers are golden brown and sugar is bubbly. Cool on a wire rack. Store whatever you don't eat in an airtight container.
Mary & Dick Greenberg
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