Easy Vegan Palmier Pastry Cookies 💚 Treat yourself to a little something sweet with these petite bite-sized crispy & caramelized French pastries.
Palmiers are popular cookie-like confections made of puff pastry dough. The dough is folded or rolled into tight scroll shapes and coated with coarse sugar before baking. The sugar melts and browns while baking giving them a buttery, crispy caramelized glaze.
Often found in French, Spanish, and Mexican bakeries, these sweet treats are known by a few different names including palm leaves and elephant ears, which explains their common name in Mexico - 'Orejas' or ears. I think these mini palmier pastries look like little heart shaped cookies, which makes them a perfect match paired with a dish of this luscious easy vegan berry mousse and fresh berries, served with breakfast or brunch, or all on their own with a cup of coffee or tea.
What is puff pastry?
Puff pastry is a buttery, flaky, dough that is used to make many of the classic sweet pastries you find in bake shops, such as: Tarts, Danishes, strudel, turnovers, and palmiers. It's also used in savory dishes, like our 5-star mushroom seitan Wellington, and one of my favorite vegan holiday appetizers, cranberry cheese bites.
Are palmier pastry cookies vegan?
Traditionally, puff pastry dough is made by sandwiching multiple layers of dairy butter between folds of dough, which results in a light flaky pastry. Unfortunately, it is not vegan. The good news is, you can purchase packaged puff pastry made without dairy butter or, if you are up to the task, you can make your own vegan puff pastry dough using plant-based butter. For these vegan palmier pastry cookies, I went the easy route and used packaged puff pastry. It's important to note that many packaged brands contain animal fats or palm oil (learn more in the FAQ's below). Be sure to read the labels before purchasing. I look for brands that contain the fewest number of ingredients, if possible.
This simple recipe is made with just a few ingredients:
Sugar - granulated or raw
See the printable recipe card below for quantities & details
Preheat oven to 450ºF
Combine sugar and salt (& cinnamon). Spread onto a large silicone rolling mat or cutting board. Open up puff pastry and place pastry on sugar. Cut dough in half.
Using a rolling pin, roll out pastry dough on top of sugar, rolling up/down and side/side.
Turn dough over. Continue rolling in both directions, until about 14"x14". Repeat with other half of dough.
Make sure both sides of dough are evenly coated with sugar.
Take a rolled dough square and fold each side toward center.
Fold again into long narrow rectangle. Repeat with the second square.
Cut each rectangle (crosswise) into ½" pieces.
Slightly unfold pieces into heart shapes and place on a parchment lined baking sheet or Silpat.
Bake at 450ºF for 3-4 minutes, turn over, and continue baking palmiers for 2 minutes or until golden brown and caramelized.
Enjoy these crispy cookies with a scoop of vegan ice cream, berry mousse, or any light dessert, or as a coffee break snack.
What are vegan palmier pastry cookies?
Vegan palmier pastry cookies are a type of sweet pastry made from vegan puff pastry dough, sugar, salt, and cinnamon. They are also known as elephant ear cookies.
How long do they stay fresh?
Freshly baked palmier cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2-3 days.
What kind of sugar should I use for these cookies?
You can use regular granulated sugar, organic cane sugar, or any other vegan-friendly sugar of your choice.
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Easy Vegan Palmier Pastry Cookies
- Rolling Pin
- Parchment paper (optional)
- baking sheet
- 1 package puff pastry dough
- 1 C sugar granulated or raw
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon optional
- Preheat oven to 450º
- Spread sugar, salt, and cinnamon on silicone mat or cutting board.
- Open up puff pastry and place on top of sugar on board.
- Cut dough in half.
- Using a rolling pin, roll out pastry dough on top of sugar, rolling up/down and side/side
- Turn dough over. Continue rolling in both directions until dough is about 14" x 14". Repeat with other half of dough.
- Make sure both sides of dough are evenly coated with sugar.
- Take dough squares and fold sides to center.
- Fold again to create long narrow rectangles.
- Cut the long rectangles crosswise into approx ½" pieces.
- Slightly unfold or open up each piece to form heart shapes.
- Cover surface of baking sheet with parchment or a Silpat.
- Place palmiers on baking sheet.
- Bake at 450º for about 3 minutes, turn over with a flat metal spatula, and continue baking for an additional 2 minutes, or until palmiers begin to caramelize and look golden brown.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool on baking rack.
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