Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 11 mins

Traditional Palmiers are flaky, buttery cookie-like pastries also known as Elephant Ears or PigTails in some regions. This cheater's method is adapted from a Pillsbury recipe. These are smaller than what you'd find in a bakeries and they taste a little bit different - they are so light and have just a hint of lemon. And these are increbily easy & lightning fast - perfect when you have last minute guests.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F degrees.
  2. Combine 2 Tbsp of the sugar and the lemon zest in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Sprinkle some of the remaining sugar onto a work surface, enough to dust the area well.
  4. Open the dough tube and separate the dough into two rectangular pieces (pressing together any of the triangular perforations so that you have two flat separate rectangles).
  5. Roll out each rectangle separately onto the sugared surface to even out the dough.
  6. Using a pastry brush, paint the beaten egg across both pieces of dough.
  7. If needed, you may use an additional egg white.
  8. Sprinkle the sugar/lemon zest mixture you made earlier evenly over each rectangle.
  9. Starting with one rectangle of dough, roll up the left and right longest sides of the rectangle (jelly-roll stye) into the center, meeting at the center.
  10. With a sharp knife, cut small slices (about 1/4" thick) from the short edge; the cut pieces of dough, when placed flat, should look like almost like a bowtie- with two coils at either side.
  11. Place cut side down, so they lie flat, onto greased cookie sheets.
  12. Sprinkle lightly with some remaining sugar.
  13. Bake in a preheated 375 F oven for 8-11 minutes or until golden brown.
  14. Cool 1 minute before removing from cookie sheets.
  15. Set on racks to cool completely.
Most Helpful

5 5

These were soo good, and gone within a half hour of being done! THANKS SO MUCH!!! I loved them and didnt change anything about them. What a wonderful dessert to make! mmmmmmm

5 5

This is exactly what I was looking for. I took these into work. They are so tasty, yet simple to make. I wanted something inexpensive to bake, easy, but still really good. I added some lemon juice to the egg white to enhance the lemon flavor. I would recommend others try this recipe.

5 5

Delicious-light, super easy, fast, economical-we loved these! The 9 year old declared then "AWESOME!!"