Crescent Roll Dough Palmiers

"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."
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Ready In:
24 palmiers




  • Preheat oven to 375 F degrees.
  • Combine 2 Tbsp of the sugar and the lemon zest in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Sprinkle some of the remaining sugar onto a work surface, enough to dust the area well.
  • 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).
  • Roll out each rectangle separately onto the sugared surface to even out the dough.
  • Using a pastry brush, paint the beaten egg across both pieces of dough.
  • If needed, you may use an additional egg white.
  • Sprinkle the sugar/lemon zest mixture you made earlier evenly over each rectangle.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Place cut side down, so they lie flat, onto greased cookie sheets.
  • Sprinkle lightly with some remaining sugar.
  • Bake in a preheated 375 F oven for 8-11 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Cool 1 minute before removing from cookie sheets.
  • Set on racks to cool completely.

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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. Delicious-light, super easy, fast, economical-we loved these! The 9 year old declared then "AWESOME!!"



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