Friday, December 20, 2013

Cinnamon Sugar Palmiers

Cinnamon-Sugar Palmiers
The last full week before Christmas is coming to an end, and so are the list of cookies I have baked. Remember not so long ago Pinterest and Facebook were stocked with pictures of pies and pumpkin flavored everything, not to mention sides, sides, and more sides? Remember that? It was only a few weeks ago. Well, now we have come to the peak of cookie season. Cookies are everywhere. So many ideas but not enough days to bake them all.  All of our ideas and inspiration are winding down. And so...I leave you with a very simple cookie.  It will be the last one I share before the season ends (and then we'll move on to New Year's...Yikes!). And, when I say simple, I really mean it.


Nutella-Walnut Palmiers ready to go in the oven
The idea for this recipe comes from a fellow blogger named Vikalinka at http://vikalinka.com/2013/12/14/nutella-and-hazelnut-palmiers/.  It jumped out at me when I saw it on Pinterest because my daughter currently is on a kick with Nutella. I swear she'd dip her asparagus in Nutella just to get it down if I let her.  So, when I came across this recipe for palmiers that was so super easy and brilliant, I decided to give it a try.

Now, I've never worked with puff pastry before.  You ask why? I have no idea because I absolutely fell in love with this stuff.  Trader Joe's sells two rolls of puff pastry in a box in their freezer section. I can't wait to try different recipes with this wonderful dough.  It's like it's been missing from my life all this time.  For now, I am sticking to variations of palmiers, thanks to Vikalinka's inspiration, but new recipes with puff pastry are on their way.

Palmiers with Nutella and Walnuts
Nutella-Walnut Palmiers
My first go around was almost exactly like Vikalinka's recipe except I substituted walnut pieces for hazelnuts, partly because it's what I already had in the pantry and partly due to personal preference.  The result was a light and crispy cookie with a slight hint of the chocolate hazelnut from the nutella and the crunchy bite of the walnut pieces.

What I've always liked about palmiers is that they are a cross between a cookie and toast. They are sweet but also dry and crispy.  Perfect with coffee in the morning or espresso in the afternoon.  So...this got me thinking that if I enjoy these palmiers with my coffee, why not make them taste like one of my favorite breakfast treats, cinnamon toast!  I laid out my puff pastry, sprinkled sugar and cinnamon across it, and rolled it tightly to form a log.

Cinnamon-Sugar Palmiers
They baked up nice and golden, sweet and crispy.  They are easy to pop in your mouth as a cookie or served with a nice bowl of fruit for a light breakfast in the morning. You decide.  And no matter what you decide, you'll enjoy the ease and simplicity of such a simple treat.

For a print-friendly version of the recipe, go to: https://sites.google.com/site/cinnamonsugarpalmiers/

Ingredients:
1 sheet of Puff Pastry (I used Trader's Joe's brand from their freezer aisle. Comes in a pack of two.)

2 to 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar

2 Tablespoons cinnamon (more or less depending on your taste buds)

Directions:
1.  Roll out your puff pastry sheet onto a sheet of parchment paper.

2.  Sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon over the top of the pastry dough.
Dough with cinnamon and sugar sprinkled on top

3.  Begin tightly rolling one end of the pastry dough until you reach the middle.  Roll the other side until it meets the middle.

4.  Wrap your log in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.

5.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

6.  With a sharp, serrated knife slice your log into 1/2 inch slices.  Place each cookie onto a cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.

7.  Bake 15 minutes until golden.
 For Vikalinka's nutella recipe, go to her blog at http://vikalinka.com/2013/12/14/nutella-and-hazelnut-palmiers/.