I wish I was Oprah, so when I start off with “These are a few of my favorite things” you would all cheer wildly because you would just know that I was going to give away amazing things. You would scream and jump and stare at the people falling all over themselves in the aisles. You would be holding back tears because you just *know* I am going to give away a car to everyone in the audience.

But I’m not Oprah. And this isn’t a TV show. Oh and I am not giving away anything since I am broke from buying  a new super nice Primo water dispenser. But these Elephant Ears totally are one of my favorite things. About half of the people call these Palmiers and the other, cooler, half call them Elephant Ears. They are one of the most delicious, crunchy, cinnamon-sugar desserts out there. And we all know how I feel about cinnamon sugar things. Plus the best part, it takes all of 4 ingredients to make these and you can make them in under 30 minutes. Sure, sure you could go and make your own puff pastry. But puff pastry is a bitch. And why would you want to fight with stupid puff pastry when you can but the exact same thing in a box? I have made it both homemade and store bought…and in my opinion which is the only one that counts you can not tell a difference. So whip out the sugar, cinnamon, a pinch of salt, and your store bought puff pastry and create a truly delicious dessert!


Elephant Ears (or Palmiers)


2 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
2 sheets puff pastry, defrosted


Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Combine the sugar, cinnamon, and kosher salt. Pour 1 cup of the sugar mixture on a flat surface such as wooden board or marble. Unfold each sheet of puff pastry onto the sugar and pour 1/2 cup of the sugar mixture on top, spreading it evenly on the puff pastry. This is not about sprinkling, it's about an even covering of sugar. With a rolling pin, roll the dough until it's 13 by 13-inches square and the sugar is pressed into the puff pastry on top and bottom. Fold the sides of the square towards the center so they go halfway to the middle. Fold them again so the two folds meet exactly at the middle of the dough. Then fold 1 half over the other half as though closing a book. You will have 6 layers. Slice the dough into 3/8-inch slices and place the slices, cut side up, on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Place the second sheet of pastry on the sugared board, sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar mixture, and continue as above. (There will be quite a bit of sugar left over on the board.) Slice and arrange on baking sheets lined with parchment.

Bake the cookies for 6 minutes until caramelized and brown on the bottom, then turn with a spatula and bake another 3 to 5 minutes, until caramelized on the other side. Transfer to a baking rack to cool.

Slightly adapted from Mrs. Hamptons Herself Ina Garten

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21 Responses to “Palmiers”

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    Jill (JBean Cuisine) — June 3, 2011 @ 12:14 am

    These look beautiful. I absolutely love palmiers and they have become my afternoon go-to snack here in France from the little boulangerie next-door. I didn’t know they were so easy to make at home, now I can’t wait to try them myself. Thanks for the great recipe!

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    Jill H — June 3, 2011 @ 6:39 am

    I’ll be honest with you. When I saw the title of this post pop up, I thought you were talking about fried dough, carnival food. Another truth, I have never had anything like this before. Time to try something new!

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    Kenni — June 3, 2011 @ 7:13 am

    These are my favorite! I love making savory ones with pesto and Parmesan cheese in them. I might have some puff pastry in the freezer too, I know what I’m making later!

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    Jen @ — June 3, 2011 @ 7:56 am

    I agree, puff pastry from a box is the way to go! These look amazing. I’ve always seen them with savory fillings.

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    Apron Appeal — June 3, 2011 @ 9:29 am

    forgive my ignorance…I realize you can eat this whenever you want, but are they “supposed” to be a breakfast food or a snack?

    • Jessica replied: — June 4th, 2011 @ 6:40 pm

      I think I would call them dessert…like a cookie. :-) But they are delicious for breakfast! LOL

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — June 3, 2011 @ 10:02 am

    I was JUST thinking of making homemade elephant ears! I used to get them once in a while growing up but my dad and my sister just loved them!

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    Paula at Dishing The Divine — June 3, 2011 @ 12:11 pm

    My husband *loves* elephant ears. May have to make these for him soon… if he finds out I’m holding out, there will be no end to his disappointment!

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    Joanne — June 3, 2011 @ 1:51 pm

    I liked that Mrs. Hamptons herself cross-out down at the bottom of the recipe. I’m considering driving out to the hamptons this summer with the sole purpose of sneaking a peak at Ms. Garten. You want in?

    I love elephant ears! I don’t call them much of anything because they’re usually in my stomach before I have to refer to them at all. Delicious!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — June 3, 2011 @ 4:24 pm

    They’re freaking huge! lol I’ve never had these but I agree anything with cinnamon and sugar has to be delicious.

    • Jessica replied: — June 4th, 2011 @ 6:40 pm

      Haha! I made one giant one with some extra dough 😉

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    Chrissy — June 4, 2011 @ 1:28 pm

    I made these last week, so simple, yet so tasty. In Buffalo, we call them pastry hearts, and they are glazed with icing.

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    Katrina — June 5, 2011 @ 7:27 am

    I never realized how easy these were to make! They are simply beautiful :)

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    Paula — June 5, 2011 @ 10:01 am

    Great looking palmiers (elephant ears!) Enjoy that new Primo Water Dispenser :)

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    Molly at Duchess of Fork — June 7, 2011 @ 8:33 am

    These are beautiful, Jessica!!

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    WineDineDIvas — June 7, 2011 @ 7:26 pm

    Thank you Jessica for this beautiful and delicious recipe. We just love Elephant Ears! In Europe we used to enjoy them for breakfast, delivered from our neighborhood bakery. (They still do that for free of charge)

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    natalie (the sweets life) — June 9, 2011 @ 4:22 pm

    I remember my mom making these once when we were kids…my sister took them in for her birthday treat. I need to try them (and we called them Elephant Ears!!)

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    Margaret — November 25, 2011 @ 8:21 pm

    I just loooove this recipe! I have made it twice this week, and they are just flying off the plate. The first time, every single elephant ear was eaten in about fifteen minutes! I am in the process right now of making another batch for a party my sister is hosting tomorrow. Thank you so much! I know this will be a well-tabbed recipe in this house!

    • Jessica replied: — November 27th, 2011 @ 8:59 am

      So glad you like them Margaret! They are always a hit at my house too!

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    Robyn M. — January 29, 2016 @ 4:13 pm

    Making puff pastry isn’t hard at all, and what they’ve got in the stores around here isn’t even close to the same thing. Our stores only carry Pepperidge Farms, which is made with shortening instead of butter. Anything made with it tastes like sadness. I will totally make this recipe, but only with homemade pastry–google “rough puff” for a super-easy recipe for making it.

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