Hello everyone! It’s me, Julia, your guide on this culinary journey. Today, we’re diving deep into the world of French cuisine. And no, it’s not another complicated Coq au Vin or Beef Bourguignon recipe. We’re taking a detour from the main course and heading straight to dessert – French Palmier Cookies.
French Palmier Cookies Recipe
French Palmier Cookies Recipe
- 1 large bowl
- 1 pipping bag
- 1 baking dish
- 1 oven
- Half teaspoon of nutmeg
- One teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Three and a half cup of flour
- Half cup of sugar
- A cup of salted butter
- One tablespoon of baking powder
- Half cup of palmier sugar for sprinkling
- Two large eggs
- Half teaspoon of kosher salt
- Take a large bowl.
- Add the dry ingredients in a bowl.
- Mix all the ingredients well.
- Add the butter and the rest of the ingredients into the bowl.
- Add the formed mixture into a pipping bag.
- Make small heart shaped cookies on a baking dish and sprinkle the palmier sugar on top.
- Bake the cookies for twenty minutes.
- Dish out the cookies when done.
- The dish is ready to be served.
French Palmier Cookies in an Air Fryer
- Prepare your puff pastry dough as per the original recipe. Remember, quality butter and keeping everything cold is key!
- Once your dough is ready and properly chilled, slice it into thin pieces, about 1/4 inch thick.
- Preheat your air fryer at 180 degrees Celsius (or 350 degrees Fahrenheit) for about 5 minutes.
- Arrange the sliced dough in the air fryer basket, ensuring they don’t overlap. You might need to do this in batches depending on the size of your air fryer.
- Air fry the cookies for about 15 minutes or until they’re golden brown and crispy. Keep a close eye on them as cooking times can vary between different air fryer models.
- Once done, let them cool on a wire rack before serving.
Tips for making French Palmier Cookies
For those who aren’t familiar, Palmiers are also known as ‘Elephant ears’ due to their distinctive shape. These sweet puff pastry cookies are flaky, buttery, and simply melt in your mouth. It’s like having a little taste of France right in your kitchen.
You might be thinking, “But Julia, isn’t puff pastry difficult to make?” Well, I’m here to dispel that myth and show you just how easy it can be. Sure, there’s a bit of technique involved, but once you get the hang of it, it’s a piece of cake…or should I say cookie?
Cooking Tips for Perfect French Palmier Cookies
Before we start, let me share some tips that will ensure your palmier cookies turn out perfect every time.
- Tip 1: Always Use High-Quality Butter This is not the place to skimp on quality. The butter gives these cookies their rich, melt-in-your-mouth texture. So, go for the good stuff!
- Tip 2: Keep Everything Cold When working with puff pastry, colder is better. Keeping your dough cold will ensure that the butter doesn’t melt until it hits the oven, which is what creates those beautiful, flaky layers.
- Tip 3: Don’t Rush the Chill Time Patience truly is a virtue when it comes to baking. Make sure to chill your rolled dough properly before slicing and baking. This step is crucial for achieving the desired flaky texture.
Now that you’re armed with these tips, let’s talk about serving. These French Palmier Cookies are a treat on their own, but if you want to take it up a notch, here are some suggestions.
- Pair them with a cup of coffee or tea: The buttery sweetness of the cookies complements the bitterness of coffee and tea perfectly, making for an indulgent afternoon treat.
- Serve them with ice cream: This may sound a bit unconventional, but trust me, the contrast of the cold, creamy ice cream against the warm, crisp cookie is divine.
- Dip them in chocolate: This needs no explanation. Chocolate makes everything better, right?
To ensure I cover all bases, here are some frequently asked questions about the French Palmier Cookies recipe.
- Can I use store-bought puff pastry? Absolutely! If you’re short on time, store-bought puff pastry works just fine.
- How long do these cookies last? Stored in an airtight container, they can last for up to 5 days. But honestly, they’re usually eaten long before then!
- Can I make them ahead of time? Yes, you can prepare the dough, shape it into the palmier shape, and freeze it. When you’re ready to bake, just slice and pop them in the oven.
- Why aren’t my cookies flaky? This could be due to the butter melting before baking. Remember to keep everything as cold as possible.
- Can I add other flavors to the cookies? Of course! Feel free to experiment with different flavors like cinnamon, nutmeg, or even some orange zest.
And before I sign off, here’s a fun twist. Let’s say you don’t have an oven or you just want to try something different. Did you know you can make these cookies in an air fryer? Yes, you heard right! Just follow the same recipe, but instead of baking, pop them into your air fryer at 180 degrees for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Voila!