French Almond Palmier cookies or Elephant Ears are a delicious little cookie filled with almonds and perfect for the holidays! Quick and easy to make too!

French Almond Palmier cookies or Elephant Ears are a delicious little cookie filled with almonds and perfect for the holidays! Quick and easy to make too!

French Almond Palmier Cookies are amazing! They're so delicious and flexible with flavors. 

For this recipe, I've used ground almonds which gives a wonderful texture and flavor.

We have another plain French Palmier recipe, simply coated with sugar and cinnamon. Those are equally delicious!

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French Palmiers are sometimes called Elephant Ears. You can see why when you look at the shape of these cookies. You may be wondering how to get the classic shape you see here which is kind of swirly and has layers of flaky puff pastry.

Below, I show you a short video on how to make the classic Palmier cookie shape, how you need to roll, (it's very simple, just your hands are needed!), and the trick is to refrigerate for a short while before slicing them as the pastry can get a little warm and soft which makes it hard to slice whilst keeping the shape. 

These French Almond Palmier Cookies are great at Christmas time. The kids can have fun helping you roll, and eat of course!

You could make them fancy by dipping them in some melted chocolate, then adding some festive colored sprinkles to them to give them a Christmas feel.

French Almond Palmier cookies or Elephant Ears are a delicious little cookie filled with almonds and perfect for the holidays! Quick and easy to make too!

However, just eating them as they are is perfect too!. 

In the recipe below, I have stated you can use melted butter to brush the tops before baking. You don't really need to do this, but for a nice golden color, it does make a difference.

As you know, puff pastry does contain butter already, so if you're counting calories, feel free to omit the brushing of butter on them. For me, it doesn't make much difference to the taste, I've made some with and some without the butter. 

For this recipe, I used ready rolled puff pastry. however, we have a lovely quick and easy recipe to make your own homemade pastry dough if you prefer. 

So let's get straight to the recipe and see how we make these lovely French Almond Palmier Cookies. Please enjoy!

Prep Time

20 minutes (includes chilling)

Cook Time

15 minutes

Serves

26 Cookies

Ingredients

1 Package Frozen Ready Rolled PUFF Pastry.
3 1/2 Tablespoons or 50 g butter, melted
1/2 Cup or 100 g Granulated or Demerara Sugar
2/3 Cup or 60 g Ground Almonds
1 Teaspoon Almond Extract (optional)
1/2 Tabespoon Powdered Sugar for sprinkling / decoration (optional)

Instructions

1. Take the puff pastry from the freezer and allow to fully defrost IN the packaging.

French Almond Palmier cookies or Elephant Ears showing puff pastry

2. Preheat oven to 400 F or 200 C.

3. Unroll the pastry and flatten it on the paper wrapper. 

French Almond Palmier cookies or Elephant Ears showing puff pastry

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.

French Almond Palmier cookies or Elephant Ears showing silicone sheet

4. In a small bowl, add the ground almonds, sugar and almond extract if using. Combine with a spoon.

French Almond Palmier cookies or Elephant Ears showing ingredients

Sprinkle almond sugar mixture evenly all over the pastry

French Almond Palmier cookies or Elephant Ears showing almonds on pastry

and use a long flat-bladed knife if you have one to spread the mixture evenly on the surface.

French Almond Palmier cookies or Elephant Ears showing almonds on pastry

Place a sheet of parchment over the top and use a rolling pin to LIGHTLY roll over the mixture so as to press it gently into the pastry.

Be careful not to roll hard so you keep the shape of the pastry. Discard parchment paper. 

French Almond Palmier cookies or Elephant Ears showing how to roll and shape

5. Take one LONG side and tightly roll the pastry toward the middle. Stop when you get to the middle. Then take the other side of the pastry and roll toward the middle.

French Almond Palmier cookies or Elephant Ears showing how to roll and shape

Wrap the pastry in plastic wrap and pop in the fridge for 20 minutes to firm up. Watch the video below on how to roll.

6. Take the pastry from the fridge and cut the ends off to make it tidy.

French Almond Palmier cookies or Elephant Ears showing how to roll and shape

Then cut into 1/4 inch thick slices.

French Almond Palmier cookies or Elephant Ears showing how to roll and shape

Place flat on a parchment-lined baking sheet. You may need to gently push the cookies down if they are too thick.

French Almond Palmier cookies or Elephant Ears showing how to roll and shape
French Almond Palmier cookies or Elephant Ears showing how to roll and shape

If you want to make a more defined shape, point the curved parts to make them like rabbit ears.

This will help when baking to get the classic palmier shape.

French Almond Palmier cookies or Elephant Ears showing how to roll and shape
French Almond Palmier cookies or Elephant Ears showing how to roll and shape

7. Brush the tops lightly with the melted butter and another light sprinkling of sugar.

Turn over and brush with butter and sprinkle sugar on the other side too.

French Almond Palmier cookies or Elephant Ears showing sugar on the tops

8. Bake for approximately 15 - 20 minutes or until the cookies puff up and turn golden brown.

Keep an eye on them because they will burn very easily!

Halfway through, turn the cookies over so they brown evenly.

French Almond Palmier cookies or Elephant Ears showing after baking

9. When done, use a fish slice or similar and transfer the cookies to a cooling rack.

They will get crispy once cooled.

French Almond Palmier cookies or Elephant Ears are a delicious little cookie filled with almonds and perfect for the holidays! Quick and easy to make too!

These will store, once cooled, in an airtight container for a few days.

They are delicious eaten as they are, or as I do, with a scoop of ice cream!

We'd love to hear from you and what you thought of our French Almond Palmiers recipe. Did you make any changes or add some other goodies? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for reading and happy cooking!

French Almond Palmier cookies or Elephant Ears are a delicious little cookie filled with almonds and perfect for the holidays! Quick and easy to make too!

Recipe Card

French Almond Palmier cookies or Elephant Ears are a delicious little cookie filled with almonds and perfect for the holidays! Quick and easy to make too!

French Almond Palmier Cookies

Yield: 26
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

French Almond Palmier cookies or Elephant Ears are a delicious little cookie filled with almonds and perfect for the holidays! Quick and easy to make too!

Ingredients

  • 1 Package Frozen Ready Rolled PUFF Pastry.
  • 3 1/2 Tablespoons or 50 g butter, melted
  • 1/2 Cup or 100 g Granulated or Demerara Sugar
  • 2/3 Cup or 60 g Ground Almonds
  • 1 Teaspoon Almond Extract (optional)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Powdered Sugar for sprinkling/decoration (optional)

Instructions

  1. Take the puff pastry from the freezer and allow to fully defrost IN the packaging.
    2. Preheat oven to 400 F or 200 C.
    3. Unroll the pastry and flatten it on the paper wrapper. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
    4. In a small bowl, add the ground almonds, sugar and almond extract if using. Combine with a spoon.
    Sprinkle almond sugar mixture evenly all over the pastry and use a long flat-bladed knife if you have one to spread the mixture evenly on the surface. Place a sheet of parchment over the top and use a rolling pin to LIGHTLY roll over the mixture so as to press it gently into the pastry. Be careful not to roll hard so you keep the shape of the pastry. Discard parchment paper.
    5. Take one LONG side and tightly roll the pastry toward the middle. Stop when you get to the middle. Then take the other side of the pastry and roll toward the middle. Wrap the pastry in plastic wrap and pop in the fridge for 20 minutes to firm up.
    6. Take the pastry from the fridge and cut the ends off to make it tidy. Then cut into 1/4 inch thick slices. Place flat on a parchment-lined baking sheet. You may need to gently push the cookies down if they are too thick. If you want to make a more defined shape, point the curved parts to make them like rabbit ears. This will help when baking to get the classic palmier shape.
    7. Brush the tops lightly with the melted butter and another light sprinkling of sugar. Turn over and brush with butter and sprinkle sugar on the other side too.
    8. Bake for approximately 15 - 20 minutes or until the cookies puff up and turn golden brown. Keep an eye on them because they will burn very easily! Halfway through, turn the cookies over so they brown evenly.
    9. When done, use a fish slice or similar and transfer the cookies to a cooling rack. They will get crispy once cooled.
    These will store, once cooled, in an airtight container for a few days. They are delicious eaten as they are, or as I do, with a scoop of ice cream!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 26 Serving Size: 26
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 84Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 58mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g

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