Cinnamon Sugar Palmiers are a traditional French pastry made from a rich, buttery,
and flaky dough. Traditionally, the recipe is time consuming and labor intensive,
but commercial puff pastry makes an almost identical substitute. These quick and
easy pastries make a lovely wonderful dessert treat to serve with a pudding or ice
cream, or as a great snack with cafe au lait. The Palmiers can be made two days in
advance and refrigerated in a tightly sealed container. They should be warmed to
room temperature or reheated in a 300 degree F oven before serving.
Heat the oven to 400 degrees F and lightly grease two baking sheets.
In a small bowl, mix together the sugar and cinnamon. Unfold one of the puff
pastry sheets on a clean surface. Sprinkle evenly with a quarter of the cinnamon
sugar mixture. Gently press the cinnamon sugar into the pastry. Flip the pastry
over and repeat. Roll up each long side of the puff pastry jellyroll fashion to
meet in the middle, forming the V-shaped Palmiers. Tightly wrap and place in the
freezer. Repeat with the other sheet of dough.
Remove the first sheet from the freezer and slice the log into 18 1/2-inch thick
slices. Place each slice two inches apart on one of the cookie sheets. Repeat with
the other log.
Place in the oven and bake for 10 minutes.
Flip each of the pastries
over and continue to bake for 7 to 8 minutes, or until crisp and pale golden brown.