Today we have a special guest blogger. And yes, she is also another Jersey Girl. Kate Donahue is a paramedic, foodie and amateur fotog in New Jersey sharing her love of food on her blog Food Babbles. Kate is a big fan of baking and all the sweet things that life has to offer. You can follow her on Twitter @KDBabbles or find her on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/FoodBabbles/130884216989446). Here she gives us a simple recipe for what may be the world’s most addictive cookie. Enjoy! Let’s hear it for Kate!
When entering a bakery, have you ever noticed that good “bakery smell?” They all have it. I love walking in, taking a nice big breath and then setting out to feast my eyes on all the delectable treats that await. I have such a hard time exercising self-control and not buying more than any one human could possibly eat. However, the one thing that I know no amount of personal strength can keep me from is palmiers. Palmiers, also called elephant ears are light, golden puffed pastry rolled in sugar and they are absolutely addictive! By far, they are my favorite bakery treat.
I decided to see if I could create this delectable pastry at home. Mission accomplished!! It couldn’t be easier. Well, it couldn’t be easier the way I did it. If you’re ambitious you can make your own puff pastry dough from scratch. I looked into it, considered it briefly and then promptly decided that was not a project I had any desire to undertake. So to the grocery store I went to buy a the frozen puff pastry dough and I’m not the least bit ashamed to admit it. Kudos to anyone making puff pastry dough from scratch but that’s just not for me. But by using store-bought puff pastry dough this project becomes very easy.
All you have to do to have these light, airy sweets at home is simply roll out the puff pastry dough, sprinkle some sugar on, roll it up, cut and bake. Easy! I added cinnamon and a dash of cloves on the inside of mine and thought it came out wonderfully. I think my family agreed because of the three dozen cookies I made, nearly two dozen of them were gone in a matter of hours. Yes, they’re that good! So give them a try. You won’t spend all day making them and they won’t last long.
*Makes about 2 dozen
1 package frozen puff pastry dough, defrosted (will have 2 sheets of dough)
1 c. sugar, divided
3 Tbsp cinnamon
2 dashes of ground cloves
– Mix together all of the sugar, the cinnamon and the cloves.
– On a your work surface, spread about a 1/4 cup of the sugar mixture. Lay the first sheet of puff pastry dough down and roll to about 10×12. Then sprinkle another 1/4 cup of the sugar mixture over the rolled dough. Repeat this process with the second sheet of dough.
– Next, position your dough vertically and roll the left side up until you reach the center.
– -Then roll the right side of the dough up to the center until the two sides touch. Press them together gently. Repeat with the rest of the dough. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for an hour or until cold.
– Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
– Remove the dough from the refrigerator. Starting at one end, cut off 1/2 inch slices.
– Place the slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Be sure to leave plenty of space because they puff up a lot during baking.
– Bake 10-15 minutes (mine took about 12 minutes each batch… just watch them after the 10 minute mark because they brown fast).
– Remove from oven and cool on baking pan or remove to wire cooling racks to cool.