Tuesday, March 29, 2011
You start with plain old store bought puff pastry. (You find it in the freezer section.) Let it defrost in the refrigerator and then place it atop sugar with just a pinch of salt in it.
Generously pour (not sprinkle) cinnamon-sugar over the pastry and roll it out to ensure that the spicy sweetness sticks to the dough.
Now here's the important step: Put the cookie sheet into the freezer for about 10 minutes so the pastry dough can firm up a bit. This will help the cookies keep their shape when they are baking and not turn into puffy messes.
As the cookies bake, the sugar will caramelize and your house will be filled with a wonderful aroma. Be prepared to fight off husbands and children that will be drawn to the delicious smell. Palmiers are the perfect treat to enjoy with a front row friend over a cup of tea and lots of good conversation.
Cinnamon Elephant Ears a la Ina Garten. Click here for the recipe.