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Orange Cinnamon Palmiers

These orange cinnamon palmiers are light and flaky with a mild hint of orange, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Using the pre-packaged puff pasty makes them ever so easy to make! 

I was looking for a sweets recipe one day that was simple to make and light in taste.  I found and adapted this recipe from Anne Burrell from over at the Food Network and was very pleased with the results.

They’d be absolutely perfect with a spot of tea in the afternoon or for a ladies’ lunch or shower.  Just lovely!

**Note – This recipe (as written) yields about 1 dozen palmiers. However, I doubled the recipe (as shown in my pictures).  You can adapt the number of ingredients to suit your needs.


1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1/8 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
2 tablespoons orange zest
2 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 package frozen puff pastry, thawed
All-purpose flour for rolling out pastry

-Combine the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and orange zest in a bowl.
-Using a rolling pin, roll the puff pastry onto a floured surface and into an even rectangle about 1/8″ thick.
-Gently brush the surface of the pastry with the melted butter.
-Sprinkle the cinnamon, sugar mixture evenly over the surface of the puff pastry, making sure to press the mixture gently into the pastry.

-Starting with the short side, roll up each side of the rectangle to meet in the center.
-Brush the middle (where the two ends meet) with melted butter and press the pastry together to seal the dough.
-Place your rolled dough (baking sheet and all) in the freezer for approximately 30 minutes.  This makes for easier cutting where you;re ready to bake your palmiers.
-Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
-Cut the dough into 1/4″ thick slices and lay them on a parchment lined baking sheet, allowing room for them to grow.
-Bake your palmiers for 12 minutes and then, using a spatula, turn your cookies over and bake for an additional 6 or 7 minutes or when your cookies are a nice golden brown.
-Allow to cool on a cooling rack before serving.
Orange and Cinnamon Palmier Recipe
Orange and Cinnamon Palmier Recipe

-Grab your cup of tea and a few moments to relax, and then savor the flavors.

Until we eat again,

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Thursday 17th of May 2012

Dear Anonymous,I can hardly believe I left the orange zest out of a recipe with orange in the title! I am so sorry. I've since corrected my error (thank you so much for pointing it out to me). It's 2 tablespoons orange zest from two oranges.I hope you make them and they turn out well. They were quite delicious (especially with the zest :)


Thursday 17th of May 2012

These sound delish and I'd love to make them (and also share recipe with a friend who adores orange zest.) Reading the recipe, I'm not sure I see how much zest you used (ingredient list). Could you share that piece of info? Thanks so very much.:o)


Monday 26th of September 2011

I've always wanted to try this type of cookie but have been a little intimidated! Thanks for the pics!

The Vanilla Bean Baker

Monday 26th of September 2011

I've never made palmiers before and you make it look so easy. Love the combination of the spices with the oranges. I'm betting these disappeared in a hurry.

Lana @ Never Enough Thyme

Monday 26th of September 2011

I love making palmiers - the puff pastry is so easy to use. I make several sweet versions and some savory, too. Love your combination of spices with the orange zest in these!