These delicious sweet pastries are easy to make using just a sheet of ready-rolled puff pastry and caster sugar. Serve with coffee, or sandwich together in pairs with jam and whipped double cream for an indulgent dessert

Makes approximately 28. Ready in 1 hour


  • 1x 375g pack ready-rolled puff pastry
  • 4 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)

Unroll the puff pastry sheet and trim the edges to a neat rectangle, if necessary. Sprinkle over 2 tbsp of the caster sugar and half the cinnamon (if using). Using a rolling pin, gently roll over the sugar to lightly press it into the pastry.

Fold in the long sides of the pastry rectangle halfway towards the centre. Sprinkle over a little more caster sugar and press down with the rolling pin. Fold each long side in again to meet in the centre.

Sprinkle with the rest of the sugar and cinnamon (if using), then fold the pastry in half lengthways to form one long strip. Transfer to a board and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 220C/425F/Gas 7. Dampen a large baking sheet by sprinkling with cold water.

Cut across the chilled pastry length into about 28 thin slices. Place the slices, cut-side down, on the baking sheet. Flatten each one slightly with the palm of your hand.

Bake in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes, until crisp and golden brown. Turn each slice over with a palette knife halfway through cooking. Transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool.

Make it savoury:
For savoury palmiers, spread the pastry with a little pesto sauce, then scatter over finely grated Parmesan cheese instead of the sugar.

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