Puff Pastry Cookies

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These puff pastry cookies are so nostalgic for me. They are one of my all-time favorite puff pastry cookies in the world. My grandma would call them elephant ear cookies, but their official name is “Palmier” cookies, traditionally originating in 🇫🇷 France.

Why You’ll Love Puff Pastry Cookies

You’re going to love incorporating these into your family holiday 🎄 traditions. These puff pastry cookies are the real deal – flaky, 🧈 buttery, and sweet, hitting all the right spots for a perfect puff pastry dessert. And guess what? They’re just two ingredients! You know me, I’m keeping it so, so simple for you. It’s all the goodness you dream of without spending hours in the kitchen – so you can live your best life. You’re in for a treat that’s easy to make and even easier to love.

How to Prepare Puff Pastry Cookies

🧊 Defrost the puff pastry according to package instructions (about 45 minutes on the counter).

🔥 Preheat the oven to 425°F.

🪵 Sprinkle granulated white sugar on a wooden board.

⭐ Unroll the puff pastry sheet and roll it in sugar on both sides, pressing gently. Roll or fold each side of the puff pastry toward the middle, ensuring both sides meet.

🖤 Cut the pastry into 12 equal pieces and place it on a parchment-lined cookie sheet or silicone mat, forming heart shapes.

♨️ Bake for 15 minutes, flip them and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes or until golden.

🌟 Enjoy, and share the recipe with your loved ones.

Nonna’s Tip

Puff pastry is different than filo dough, so be sure to purchase puff pastry. It will be in the freezer section of the grocery store. 

Puff Pastry Cookies

Variations and Substitutions for Puff Pastry Cookies

You can try these amazing puff pastry cookies in different shapes, with some sprinkles, or even with a drizzle of glaze. As always, don’t forget to tell me how you make these your own in the comments!

  1. You could drizzle the baked hearts with a simple powdered sugar glaze (mix powdered sugar with a bit of milk or water).
  2. Feel free to brush the pastry with 🧈 melted butter before baking.
  3. Instead of hearts, you could shape the pastry into twists or knots for a different presentation.
  4. Put a filling in your cookies – spread a thin layer of Nutella, 🌰 nut butter, or fruit preserves on the puff pastry before rolling.
  5. Add some ground cinnamon or nutmeg with the sugar to add a bit of spice.

Here are some more holiday recipes that would be perfect for your next Christmas gathering. And don’t forget the drinks, like my Holiday Candy Cane Prosecco.

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Common Questions

Can I use a different type of sugar for sprinkling on the pastry?

Yes, you can experiment with different sugars like brown sugar or powdered sugar.

Can I add a filling to the puff pastry before rolling it up?

Yes, you could consider adding Nutella, fruit preserves, or chopped nuts for a tasty filling.

Is there a way to make this recipe gluten-free?

I have not tried this, but you could attempt using gluten-free puff pastry or alternative gluten-free pastry dough for a gluten-free version.

What’s the purpose of flipping the pastry hearts during baking?

Flipping ensures even browning on both sides of the pastry hearts for a golden and crispy texture.

How long do the pastry hearts stay fresh after baking?

They are best enjoyed fresh, but you can store them in an airtight container for up to 2-3 days. Reheat for a few seconds in the oven or airy fryer to crisp them up.

Elephant Ear Cookies

These cookies are one of my all-time favorite puff pastry cookies in the world. My grandma would call them elephant ear cookies, but their official name is “Palmier” cookies, traditionally originating in France.
4.60 from 5 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Bulgarian, French
Servings: 12 Cookies
Author: The Modern Nonna
Prep Time: 9 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 34 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 1 puff pastry, 10 by 10 inch roll
  • granulated white sugar, or cinnamon sugar

Instructions 

  • Defrost the puff pastry as per the package instructions. I left mine on the counter for 45 minutes and it was perfect.
  • Preheat the oven to 425F. On a wooden board, sprinkle granulated white sugar all over.
  • Unroll the puff pastry sheet, roll it into the sugar on each side and gently press. Now tightly roll each side of the puff pastry towards the middle or you can simply fold it like I did — both methods work. Both sides should meet at the middle.
  • Cut it into 12 equal pieces and place them onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or use a silicone mat. Make sure they look like little hearts and optionally pinch the middle together so they hold their shape.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, flip them and bake for another 5-10 minutes or until golden. Enjoy!

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Nutrition

Calories: 112kcal, Carbohydrates: 9g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Sodium: 51mg, Potassium: 12mg, Fiber: 0.3g, Sugar: 0.2g, Vitamin A: 0.2IU, Calcium: 2mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Bulgarian, French
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