Cinnamon Palmiers (Elephant Ears)

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palmierI’m a self-admitted self-help junkie.  I can barely stand to read fiction at all.  Even the tv shows I watch are all about making life better, improving your business, or solving puzzles.

It’s a disease, but I love it.

The Animal Planet channel recently appeared on our channel selection out of nowhere.  Since we are recent new dog owners, I was hoping to come across It’s Me Or The Dog, which by the way hasn’t happened yet.  {Still watching episodes on YouTube.}  I’ve had to settle for My Cat From Hell instead.  I actually really enjoyed this show, despite the fact that I hate cats.

Don’t worry, Carla.  I’m still voting for Murray.

Elephant Ears

Here’s the thing: the host of this show refers to the people as “cat guardians.”  This really rubs me the wrong way.  Why does he do that?  Robb says it’s because cat people love the idea that you can’t really own cat, but a cat allows you to care for it.  I don’t know if that’s really true, and maybe the cat people of the world can chime in and explain this to me, but if it is…

…SERIOUSLY!  You own the cat, you are responsible for the cat, you are a cat owner.

Sorry, Jackson Galaxy.  We’ll have to agree to disagree on this one.

phyllo dough

Talking about cats makes me want to eat elephant ears.  Okay, no, not really.  I just couldn’t think of a good segue between cats and Palmier cookies.  {By the way, if you’re wondering about the pronunciation, it’s PALM-EE-AY.  You can thank the French for that one.}

I learned about these cookies a while ago, and I was way excited to try them.  And not because they are the easiest cookie of all time, and possibly created for lazy women in yoga pants who want to make cookies during commercial breaks.  It’s because they sounded so tasty.


puff pastry cookies

Palmier cookie


Puff Pastry is a touch fussy to work with, but if you work with it when it’s about halfway between frozen and thawed, it’s not too bad.  I love the cute heart shapes these create.  I mean, yes, they would be adorable for Valentine’s day, but who needs an excuse to eat something like this?  I personally love eating them with a cup of hot Wassail, but they are equally as enjoyable with no beverage at all.

Plus, they look like you worked really hard and fussed over them all afternoon, when probably you were just watching old episodes of CSI.

Icing on the cake!

{Grab these cute PalmiersGift Tags here}

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Cinnamon Palmiers (Elephant Ears)
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A simple cookie made from puff pastry and sugar.
Category: Cookies
Yield: 24
  • I piece of puff pastry (*see note)
  • about ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  1. Sprinkle work surface with about ¼ cup sugar. Combine remaining ½ cup sugar with cinnamon in a small dish.
  2. Place thawed puff pastry on top, and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture.
  3. Roll out slightly, then roll both sides toward the middle. Let this chill for about 15 minutes.
  4. Cut ½" slices, brush each side with water, and sprinkle with more cinnamon and sugar mixture. Place on baking sheet.
  5. Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Remove immediately, and allow to cool.
*I bought a box of frozen puff pastry, and there are two pieces of dough in the box. I used one pieces for this recipe. You can also make your own pastry, if you prefer.

If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:

Lemon Palmier Twirls from Sophistimom

Pesto Palmiers from Eat Out Loud

Cheese Straws from Sprinkles of Parsley

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  1. Ive made savoury palmiers several times (with pine nuts, sun dried tomato and goat’s cheese) but these look delicious! I definitely want to make sweet ones now!

    Happy SITS day!

  2. Wow! Those do look easy and yummy!

    I think you have to just own cats to get the statement. I have had cats that definitely have simply allowed me to take care of them and then ones that would probably fit your definition of being owned and were loyal to me. Our current cat is totally loyal to me… except he only drinks cold water, straight from the fridge and honest to goodness, I cannot figure out how he “trained” me to do that. *sigh*

    Happy SITS Day!

  3. Hi Jen,
    I saw you on SITS this morning. I’m a mom of teens, too, and I love sweets, so we have lots in common! It’s so nice to meet you!!

  4. They look fab – and easy 😀
    Incidentally, I’ve never had a cat, but I do feel bad about referring to “ownership” of animals… they’re living beings, after all, not property. Probably just me being weird but I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one 😉
    Happy SITS day!

  5. Yum! I love any cookie heavy on cinnamon and sugar. Have a great SITS Day!

  6. Happy SITS Day! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  7. Who knew these beautiful cookies would be so easy!?! My daughters will love them!

    Congrats on your SITS Day!

  8. Yum, I would LOVE those. I love cinnamon and sugar things.

    Happy SITS Day to you!

  9. Oh wow, I’m in heaven looking at these pictures. Yum. I hope you have a great SITS day! (Cat hater? Naw, you just don’t understand them, maybe? Can you tell I’m a cat lover? Well, and a dog lover too. Siamese cat or Yorkie–which one would I rescue from a burning building first? I have both.)

  10. Those look delicious!! Thanks for sharing. Happy SITS Day!

  11. These look delicious! Happy SITS day to you!

  12. Congratulations on your SITS day. I hope it’s a wonderful day for you.

    These look so yummy! They look like the treats my mom used to make from the edges she cut off of pie crusts. Makes me a little nostalgic.

  13. Happy SITS day. Who doesn’t love cinnamon, these look delicious. I am right there with ya in the yoga pants cooking in between commercial breaks :)

  14. Oh my goodness! These look yummy, and easy to make too. I pinned it and will definitely try it later! I love the look of your blog and will definitely be coming back. Happy SITS day!

  15. Allison Serr says:

    Ohhh, this is my kind of baking.

  16. As a long-time cat OWNER, I’ understand what they’re saying about the cat letting you take care of it, because cats tend to be so much more independent than other pets, but when it comes down to it you are still the OWNER, and you s hould be running the show. Period.

  17. Hi, Jenn…..Happy SITS Day! I am so excited to meet another mom with teenagers and a cooking blog. All your recipes are making me crave some sweets with my coffee….

  18. Happy SITS Day! I bake a lot of cookies for a group who has bake sales to buy Autistic children iPads. I will be baking those for the next sale…yummy!

  19. Wow! You have so many great recipes! My mouth is watering. I am so hungry and I desperately need to go food shopping : ) Happy SITS Day!

  20. Happy SITS day! You are so funny and I love sweet things, so I’m going to really enjoy trying some of your delicious recipes. I’m now following you on Twitter and FB.

    Tina – mom of 4 and author of 5 blogs

  21. I love this post – cats and sweets, my two favorite things ; ) I have two cats, but having just adopted a puppy, I can say there is a pretty big difference. Cats are way more independent, at least in comparison to this (somewhat crazy!) puppy stage. You don’t have to constantly remind a cat who is in charge (because they think they are). So in that sense, I guess “guardian” makes sense, but yeah, a little weird to say it that way. Happy SITS Day! Off to read more recipes.

  22. Those look amazing! I’ve made a savory version of those before using Parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning in place of the cinnamon and sugar. SO GOOD!!

    Happy SITS day!!

  23. Whenever we were listening in on my parents’ conversations, and they caught us, my mom would call us, “elephant ears.” Made me think of it when I saw your post! Happy SITS day – you have so many pin-able recipes here!

  24. Oh my gosh, your site is awesome! I’m stopping by from SITS and drooling!! :) SO many good recipes. Must…resist…haha!

  25. Thanks for sharing… I can’t wait to try out many many many of what you posted!

  26. Oh! I loved it:)

  27. Thanks for sharing the ingredients! your site is so awesome :) Happy SITS day to you dear!


  28. Congrats on your SITS Day Jen! Your blog is delish! :)

  29. Those look amazing!! Pinning asap! :)

  30. Giggle. I think the cat owner thing is that in spite of the fact that you are responsible for the cat’s every need, many cats seem aloof and distant, as if they are, in fact, the owners and we just don’t know it yet. I love cats, but my husband and son are allergic, so we have a dog (I also love him.) . Elephant ears make me think of fair time and these look so good (though not quite like the fried fat-fest that is a fair elephant ear.)

  31. I have always wanted to try to make these! Yours look wonderful. Thanks for the recipe!

  32. Who could have known these would be so easy! I think I was expecting a complicated recipe when I clicked on the link! So fun! Thanks for linking up with us for Tasty Tuesday!

  33. These are so cute and sound so tasty!

  34. Thanks for sharing your recipe on foodie friday. I had a cat once who was very dog like. Very cuddle and would hunt and bring us gifts of birds etc… Most cat we had were very aloof.

  35. These are great. Remind me of my childhood when my Mom used to make these for the holidays

  36. Love them! It’s funny: I never tried to do them.

  37. I love and adore Palmiers!!!! I think yours are adorable and love how you did the O <3 Palmiers! I'd like to invite you to my blog party that started today for the first time. Please share any recipes including this one! Spread the word!

    Warmest Regards,

  38. Cool, I have never heard, seen or of course tasted Elephant Ears before. They certainly look yummy and the recipe does not seem that hard, so definitely something to try out one of these days. :)

    Thank you for sharing.

    (Found you through Katherine’s Blog Hop by the way.)

  39. Mmmm I love palmiers and these look so beautiful and delicious! Perfect with a nice cup of tea!

  40. Jen,
    Your Cinnamon Palmiers look delicious we would really enjoy them. Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  41. Jen,
    I remember these from when I was little and my mom and I would get them at the bakery by my Grandma’s house. Thanks so much for sharing this yummy recipe at Creative Thursday. I can’t wait to see what you link up this week. Have a great week.

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