• Mama Shell


A deliciously elegant, sweet treat.

2 puff pastry sheets

1 c sugar

2 tsp cinnamon

1 ½ tsp cardamom

1 tsp nutmeg

¼ salt

Follow package directions to defrost the puff pastry sheets.

Stir all of the dry ingredients together.

Place ¼ of the sugar mixture on a clean surface in the size of the pastry.

Place one sheet of puff pastry on top of the sugar.

Cover with more sugar.

Roll the two pastries together into a larger rectangle.

Roll the short sides of the pastry until they reach the middle.

Freeze for 45 minutes to an hour.

Preheat oven to 375*

Cut the rolled dough evenly

Place 12 palmiers on a parchment-covered baking sheet

Bake for 10 minutes then turn them over

Bake for another 5 minutes.

Cool them on a cooling rack.


I love making things from scratch. This isn’t one of them. We have been wanting a sweet treat and I wanted something easy. Making puff pastry from scratch was not on that list. It is delicious homemade but I wanted deliciously lazy. I was lucky enough to find puff pastry on sale so I bought two.

I found a recipe for Palmiers years ago in a magazine. I couldn’t find the recipe this time so I made my own. I burned the first batch. Thankfully I bought two packages of puff pastry even though the other one was supposed to be for my daughter. Guess I’m buying more, but it’s so good and so versatile that I’m looking forward to it. The holidays are usually a good time to find puff pastry on sale. Good luck.

Palmiers are french and pronounced so. There are so many other names for them like palm heart, elephant ear, pig's ear, glasses, and so on. Any way you say them they are just a lovely, crisp, sugared treat. Right about now we all deserve a sweet treat and these look soo elegant don’t they?

Making these with the shortcut of buying puff pastry makes this a welcome holiday treat. Maybe it’s a purely selfish treat that is just for you with a leisurely cup of coffee. That’s where I am today. I enjoy the warmth of this dessert. The spices really make this really delicious.

I hope that you enjoy these as much as I do.


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