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The Ultimate 2-Ingredient Recipe for Palmier Cookies

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Indulge in the sheer delight of Palmier Cookies, a treat that combines simplicity and that irresistible French buttery taste. These delicate pastries, also known as elephant or piggy ears, will transfer your taste buds to pure happiness!

How are Palmier Cookies made?

Making your own Palmier Cookies couldn’t be easier. With just two basic ingredients, you’ll have a batch of these delectable treats in no time. All you need is puff pastry dough and sugar:

  • Puff Pastry Dough: The foundation of this recipe, puff pastry dough, provides the airy, flaky layers that make these treats so irresistible. Any store-bought version will do. To ensure the same shape for all cookies, try to find a rectangular shape. But you can also reshape the round ones. If you fancy, you can try to make your own puff pastry dough.
  • Sugar: A thin layer of sugar gives the cookies the caramelized, crunchy, and lightly sweet touch, which is essential for Palmiers. We opt for regular sugar, but you can use brown sugar.

Are Palmier Cookies French?

Indeed, Palmier Cookies have their roots in French cuisine. These delightful pastries are a beloved staple of French bakeries and cafes, known for their elegant simplicity and buttery-sweet taste. The French name “Palmier” translates to “palm tree,” inspired by the cookie’s distinctive palm leaf shape. When we lived in Paris, this was always one of our favorite treats to pick up from the bakery. So being able to make a warm, fresh batch at home made us so happy!

Still deciding? How about these 2-ingredient truffles or bounty balls

Can you freeze Palmier Cookies?

To keep your Palmier Cookies fresh, store them in an airtight container at room temperature. If you need to extend their shelf life, freezing is an option. Place the cookies in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until solid. Then, transfer them to an airtight container or zip-top bag, separating layers with parchment paper to prevent sticking. Frozen Palmier Cookies can be stored for up to three months. When ready to enjoy, simply thaw at room temperature for a delightful treat. Or, if you want the original crunch back, pop them in the oven for a couple of minutes.

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5 from 2 votes

Easy 2-ingredient Palmier Cookies

Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time16 minutes


  • 1 Puff pastry dough (about 240g), rectangular
  • 50 g sugar


  • Sugar Coat the Dough: Sprinkle half the sugar on a flat surface, roughly covering the area where the dough will be. Lay the dough on top and spinkle the remaining sugar evenly across. Lightly press it into the dough.
  • Roll: Roll in the longer sides up to the midpoint where they meet. The dough should hold together and not be too loose, but not too tight to give it space to puff up in the oven. Wrap the rolled-up dough in plastic foil and store it in the fridge for 30 minutes. This will make it easier to cut.
  • Bake: Cut the rolled-up dough into 1cm thick slices and place them on a baking tray. Give them enough space as they will grow. Now bake them at 180° Celsius for 8 minutes on one side, until golden brown from the bottom. Then flip around to avoid them burning and bake until they are golden (about 8-10 minutes more).

6 thoughts on “The Ultimate 2-Ingredient Recipe for Palmier Cookies

  1. 5 stars
    Hi Kayou

    I made these yesterday with cinnamon sugar and they were mmmmm, they went down a treat thank you for your recipes I made the bounty balls too and they were to die for

      1. Tried this recipe yesterday with apple pie dough, they were so good🤤. My family loved it too and i would surely try this recipe again ❤. Apply some butter after flating it out so they don’t turn out dry, they will be a little chewy on the inside and crunchy on the outside 😁

  2. 5 stars
    These things are so good! They’re the perfect combo of salty, buttery, sweet and crispy! I recommend adding a sugar glaze ( light) to make it crispy and sweet!!

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Made with love by Katja & Youssef | 2023