Cardamom, Ginger & Orange Palmiers
Recipe type: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: French
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Serves: 2 dozen
These cookies are so many good things: crispy, buttery, flaky, subtly spiced, and a snap to make!
  • ½ c. + 2 Tbsp. Sugar
  • ½ tsp. ground Cardamom
  • ½ tsp. ground Ginger
  • zest of 1 Orange
  • pinch of Salt
  • 1 sheet Puff Pastry, defrosted
  • 2 Tbsp. Butter, melted
  1. Combine ½ c. sugar with the cardamom, ginger, orange zest, and a pinch of salt in a small bowl.
  2. Sprinkle 2 Tbsp. sugar over a large board or clean counter. Unfold the puff pastry and place over the sugar. Roll into a 10 in. x12 in. rectangle. Brush the dough with the melted butter. Sprinkle the sugar and spice mixture evenly over the top of the dough. Use your palms or a rolling-pin to press the sugar into the pastry dough. With the short side of the dough facing you, tightly roll the dough over itself until you reach the center. Now do the same from the other side until you have 2 tight rolls, side by side. Cover and chill for at least 30 minutes before proceeding.
  3. When you are ready to bake the palmiers, place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 400°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Cut the rolled puff pastry crosswise in ¼-½ in. intervals. Place the cookies on the lined baking sheet and bake for 7-8 minutes. Remove the pan and flip the cookies. Return the pan to the oven for another 7-8 minutes until the pastry is golden. Total baking time will be about 15 minutes and you’ll want to keep a close eye, as the puff pastry can burn easily. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. The palmiers will keep pretty well for a day or 2, in an airtight container at room temperature.
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