Homemade Puff Pastry and Palmiers

Since the social distancing went into effect basically world wide, I’ve joined the baking bandwagon. One of my favorite things to make from scratch is puff pastry. There is something that I find just so relaxing about making the lean dough where you slowly add water a tablespoon at a time to flour that you toss in the air. Pounding out the butter is fun too.

My go to recipe with puff pastry is palmiers. They are super simple to make but tricky to get their shape just right. Essentially, you make a log out of your pastry which you then cut into these cookies. You definitely need to use parchment paper to keep them from sliding around in the oven as the butter melts however, that isn’t enough to give them that perfect heart shape. There is something that I have yet to figure out about how to shape them just before popping them in to bake. As you can tell, it is still a work in progress for me. The whole family loves them just the same. It’s a shame you can’t make a healthy version of these cookies given all the butter. That really limits how often you can make them or in my case, work on getting that heart shape.

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