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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Valentines Palmiers

Want some fast and easy cookies tonight?? 
Want cookies that will impress friends and co-workers??
Want cookies that will make other Mom's wonder how you possibly have the time to bake such a wonderful treat?? 
Should I keep my day job and NOT go into "pitch- man" school?? 

If the answer is YES to all these questions, then you should make these PALMIERS!! 

According to Epicurious:
Also called palm leaves , this crispy delicacy is PUFF PASTRY dough that is sprinkled with granulated sugar, folded and rolled several times, then cut into thin strips. After baking, these golden brown, caramelized pastries are served with coffee or tea or as a dessert accompaniment.

Or, you can poke a stick through them and then add your own graffiti, like I did!
'Cuz, you know, they are for my kid...

Here's what you need:
sugar for the counter - I used white and red sugar for the holiday
1/2 package of frozen puff pastry - 1 sheet
1/2 cup sugar in a bowl
melted chocolate - I used some red
lollipop sticks

Preheat oven to 450 and cut parchment paper to fit in your cookie sheet.  I preheated to 450 and then reduced the heat to 425 to bake. 
Sprinkle sugar all over your working surface and lay thawed puff pastry on sugar. Pour more sugar over the pastry. DO NOT use all red sugar. I did and it was not pretty! Trust me on this one.

Roll pastry out to 13 X 13 inch square, should be 1/8 inch thick.
Fold edges in 2 inches, then in again, then over on itself. Place back in the fridge for 15 minutes before slicing. Keeps you from smooshing it.
Cut dough in 1/4 inch slices and coat cut sides with more sugar. For a picture, look here
Place on cookie sheet and slide lollipop stick in the middle. Give it a little pinch around the stick, but the sugar will keep it from being sticky.

Bake for 6 minutes, flip over and bake for another 3 - 5 minutes until cookies start to turn golden brown.

They burn quickly and will look ugly and taste nasty - blech! See??

Cool completely and then dip into melted chocolate (for your high tea service).
Or have fun with the decorations and let your kids play Picaso with their food!

I loved how the sugar caramelizes on the edges. It really makes them look so lovely and elegant.
The red lightened to a beautiful pink which I thought was just perfect for Valentine's Day.
I can see making these again without a stick and dipping them into chocolate.

For more Valentine's Day Inspiration, Check out this Blog Hop hosted by One Tough Mother
Kristen has 11 great bloggers ready and waiting to share something new every day! 
Feb. 1 – One Tough Mother 
Feb. 2 – DIY Dreamer
 Feb. 3 – Pitter and Glink
Feb. 6 – The Brown Eyes Have It 
Feb. 7 – One Tough Mother 
Feb. 8 – Pint-Sized Baker - Hey, that's ME!!
Feb. 9 – J Yipp Photography                             
Feb. 10 – Bird & Tree
Feb. 11 – Growing Up Gabel                              
Feb. 12 – Scrapity Anne
Feb. 13 – My Life and Kids                                
Feb. 14 – One Tough Mother

Enjoy and have a Great day!

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