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Named "palmiers" (the French word for palm trees) these ornate confections really do resemble palm leaves. Making them is a labor of love, but not that difficult. Just be sure to allow dough plenty of time to chill.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Recipe Summary

35 mins
4 hrs
8 mins at 375° per batch
about 72 cookies


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  • For filling, in a medium bowl beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, cocoa powder, the 2 tablespoons flour, and the liqueur with an electric mixer on low to medium speed until smooth. If desired, stir in nuts. Cover; set aside.

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  • For dough, in a large bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping bowl occasionally. Beat in egg, milk, and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the 2-3/4 cups flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour. Divide dough in half. If necessary, cover and chill about 30 minutes or until dough is easy to handle.

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  • On a lightly floured surface, roll dough, one portion at a time, into a 12x8-inch rectangle. Spread each rectangle with half of the filling, spreading to within 1/2 inch of the long edges. For each rectangle, roll up the two long edges to meet in the center. Brush the seam where the dough spirals meet with water and lightly press together.

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  • Wrap each roll in waxed paper or plastic wrap. Place on a tray or cookie sheet. Chill for 4 to 24 hours.

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  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease cookie sheets; set aside. Using a thin-blade knife, cut rolls into 1/4-inch slices. Place slices, cut sides down, 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets. Bake about 8 minutes or until edges are firm and bottoms are lightly browned. Transfer to wire racks; cool.

To Store:

Layer cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts

63 calories; total fat 3g; saturated fat 2g; polyunsaturated fat 0g; monounsaturated fat 1g; cholesterol 9mg; sodium 34mg; potassium 22mg; carbohydrates 8g; fiber 0g; sugar 4g; protein 1g; trans fatty acid 0g; vitamin a 97IU; vitamin c 0mg; thiamin 0mg; riboflavin 0mg; niacin equivalents 0mg; vitamin b6 0mg; folate 12mcg; vitamin b12 0mcg; calcium 10mg; iron 0mg.


21 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
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  • 3 star values: 3
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When I saw the photo I thought, these look like cookies, not Palmiers. Then I read the recipe and found that I was right. True Palmiers are made with a laminated pastry dough (such as puff pastry). These look good, but not real Palmiers.