A few years ago, I had the pleasure of visiting King Arthur Flour in Vermont for a few days of baking and fun with some fellow bloggers. We baked all sorts of things, but one of my favorites was palmiers made with a simplified puff pastry. They were simple in preparation and in flavor, being made with just pastry and sugar, but the taste was fantastic.
For any of you not familiar with the term, palmier (pronounced PALM-yay) is French for palm tree. The name is a reference to their appearance. They are also sometimes called elephant ears. While they are a pastry, I also think of them as a cookie. No matter what you call them, they are absolutely delicious.
I’ve made those palmiers several times since then, but I’ve never shared a recipe with you. It’s taken me far too long to do that, but I’m remedying that with these Chai Spice Palmiers that feature a wonderful blend of spices.
Before you decide that you don’t want to make your own puff pastry, hear me out. King Arthur Flour calls it Blitz Puff Pastry, and it’s a very appropriate name. It’s so quick to make that you go from ingredients to chilling the dough in about 30 minutes. Don’t let the number of steps make you hesitant to make these. I can assure you that it comes together very quickly and easily.
And the best part is that it’s fantastic. It’s perfectly light and flaky. And SO much easier to make than traditional puff pastry. In fact, I adore their puff pastry recipe so much that I keep the printed version they gave me under a magnet on my refrigerator so that I can quickly reference it whenever I need it.
I opted to share the recipe scaled to make a double batch of palmiers. If you prefer, you can make half the recipe. Just skip the step for dividing the dough in half when you get ready for the final rolling. Honestly, I make the larger amount because they are such popular cookies that the small batch doesn’t last very long at all.
You can easily change the spice blend for the filling to reflect your taste preferences. I used a simplified Chai spice blend, but feel free to use your favorite blend. Or keep things simple with just a sprinkle of cinnamon.
I feel fairly certain that if I only ever made Quinn one kind of cookie, this would be his choice. They’d be pretty high on my list, too. And with this simple way to make them, it’s easy to have them whenever the craving strikes!
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