Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Super Easy Puff Pastry Cinnamon Palmier Cookies and Garden Planning

This last weekend the whole family had various fun activities.  My son, along with his school Drama group, competed at their regional competition, Gary went along as a chaperone.  My daughter attended the school's fund raising dance to raise money for a local family with a medical need.  Sunday the kids watched the Super Bowl with their youth group, and Gary and I stayed home and enjoyed the game at home with a pizza, some hot wings and an apple pie.  It was a fun game to watch.

Monday I was preparing a snack for our bible study, and I wasn't sure what to make, I wanted something easy that wouldn't make much of a mess in my kitchen.  I had a thawed out box of Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry in the fridge that I was going to use for a Groundhog day treat, but since the whole family was out that day I hadn't used it yet.  I had remembered reading that you could use it to make Palmier Cookies, so I thought I would give it a try.  They were so easy to make I thought I would share the recipe.

Super Easy Puff Pastry Cinnamon Palmier Cookies

I started with this recipe from Food.com as a guide, but modified it a little to make it even easier.

Preheat oven to 400 F.


1 box Pepperidge Farms Puff pastry Sheets thawed out according to package directions and
about a cup and a half of cinnamon sugar ( We always have cinnamon sugar made up for toast, add cinnamon to sugar in a small container with a lid and shake until combined, I never measure the cinnamon to sugar, just eye it, and adjust it to taste)

Lay out a sheet of wax paper on your counter, and unfold one of the sheets of puff pastry, shake a good layer of cinnamon sugar over the entire surface of dough.  Then roll the dough from the short end, like you are rolling up a cinnamon roll, but only roll it to the middle, then start a new roll from the opposite side until they meet, you can see from the shape of the cookie the general idea.  Cut into 12 slices.  I then took each slice and pressed each side into a little pile of more cinnamon sugar, so the whole cookie was held together and had a thin layer of cinnamon sugar on the surface.

Place the slices onto a cookie sheet lined in baking parchment paper, bake for 6-7 minutes, then flip the cookies over and return to oven for 4-6 minutes. Possibly flip one or two more times with another 2-3 minutes per side, depending on how fast your oven is cooking them. Make sure they are cooked through before removing to a cooling rack.  You can keep the second sheet of dough chilled in the fridge until you are ready for the second batch, this recipe makes 24 cookies. My first batch wasn't as cooked through as I would like, so I gave the next batch a few more minutes, and they turned out wonderfully. Definitely keep your eye on them as they get closer to being done, the sugar can burn very quickly.

We all loved these cookies, they were so easy to make, and so pretty, I will definitely have to keep a box of Puff Pastry in the freezer, this is a perfect easy recipe to make for company or just a special family treat!


Today I have begun my garden planning, I have been gathering the seed catalogs as they arrive, and thought I would read through the Farmer's Almanac for fun too.  This year I will be devoting more garden space to greens like Kale and Swiss Chard, I am considering giving some root veggies a try again, I love root veggies like beets, turnips and carrots, but I have difficulty with pests destroying them.  Of course I will pick out a few varieties of summer squash, and various peppers.  I have decided to grow less tomatoes this year, we don't eat very many of them, so I will pick out a few special tomatoes to try.  I am also hoping to plant potatoes this year in potato growing bags, which should be a fun addition to the garden.

I love picking out my seeds and plants every year, I am really looking forward to springs arrival and a new year out in my garden!

What are you looking forward to growing this year?


  1. Hi April! You're cookies look delicious. Hard to believe it's time to start thinking about the garden again. Very little rest for the farmer! (Even the ones who do it on a very small scale.)

  2. The cookies look great. I'll have to try those. Love anything cinnamon.

    No garden for us. My husband would love to have one but we have a few complications. We have a lot of trees in our yard and not a good spot that gets plenty of sunshine. We also fight the critters: deer, rabbits, ground hog and raccoons. Our neighbors have a garden and they've tried all kinds of crazy stuff to keep the critters out. They have some success but I'm not sure it's worth it.

  3. Thank you Jane. I am really looking forward to starting my garden planning this year, this winter did seem to go by pretty quickly, I am always eager to get back to the garden at the first sign of spring. :)

    Thanks Homemakersdaily.com, I love cinnamon as well. :) It can be a lot harder to garden when trees block the sun and animals are always in your garden. I do love wildlife, but it is sad when they nibble away at the garden.

    Hope you all are having a nice week! :)


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