Reindeer Palmiers

These ultra-crispy puff pastry cookies are coated in raw sugar and warm, seasonal spices including cinnamon and nutmeg.

Reindeer Palmiers
Photo: Con Poulos
Prep Time:
10 mins
Chill Time:
4 hrs
Bake Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
10 mins


  • ½ cup turbinado (raw) sugar

  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • pinch ground nutmeg

  • 1 17.3 ounce package (2 sheets) frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed

  • Gesine's Favorite Royal Icing

  • Semisweet chocolate pieces and/or round red candies

Gesine's Favorite Royal Icing

  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • 1 teaspoon dried egg whites

  • 2 tablespoon water


  1. In a small bowl stir together the sugar, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Spread half of the sugar mixture onto a piece of parchment paper. Unfold one of the puff pastry sheets and place on the sugar mixture. Roll pastry to a 12 x10-inch rectangle. (Dust the top of the pastry with flour to prevent sticking to the rolling pin.) To form log, roll the short sides of pastry toward each other to meet in the center. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 4 to 24 hours. (Or, freeze for 1 hour.) Return excess sugar mixture from parchment to a bowl; set aside. Repeat rolling with remaining pastry and remaining half of the sugar mixture.

  2. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Slice the puff pastry roll crosswise into 1/2-inch slices. Dip the cut sides in reserved sugar mixture. Place 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets, sugared-side up. Gently unroll both sides of the pastry and pinch in center to form the nose. Bake 15 to 17 minutes or until golden. Cool on wire rack. Carefully peel cookies off parchment paper. To decorate, add Royal Icing dots for eyes and attach semisweet chocolate pieces with Royal Icing for nose.

Gesine's Favorite Royal Icing

  1. In a small bowl combine powdered sugar and dried egg whites. Add water 1 tablespoon at a time until smooth. To store, cover with plastic wrap touching the surface for up to 1 week.

Layer undecorated reindeer between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for 2 days or freeze for up to 1 month. Decorate before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

93 Calories
5g Fat
11g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 38
Calories 93
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 33mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 2mg 0%
Iron 0.4mg 2%
Potassium 11mg 0%
Folate, total 10.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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