Haman’s Ears (Palmiers)

Recipe contributed by Elizabeth Schwartz; photo by Tami Ganeles Weiser Yield:  96 pastries
Prep Time:  20 minutes Cook Time:  20 minutes

Haman’s Ears (Palmiers)

These simply delicious pastry bites are a cinnamon-rich treat at Purim and year ’round.


3 cups (612 grams) granulated sugar, plus extra for rolling

½ cup (64 grams) ground cinnamon

2 boxes (4 sheets) puff pastry, thawed according to the manufacturer’s instructions



  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpats.
  2. Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a mixing bowl and mix well.
  3. Sprinkle about ¼ cup of the cinnamon sugar on a work surface and place 1 sheet puff pastry sheet on top. Sprinkle ½ cup of the cinnamon sugar evenly over it, and, with a rolling pin, roll out the pastry into a 10- by 12-inch rectangle (see Notes from the Test Kitchen in Kitchen Tips). Fold 2 opposite sides in toward the center so that they meet without overlapping. Fold the same 2 sides of the pastry in toward the center again, so that they also meet without overlapping. Fold once more, so that 1 side covers the other, to form a “log.” Slice crosswise into ⅜-inch rounds and place the slices, cut side up, on the prepared baking sheets. Sprinkle the leftover sugar from your work surface over the palmiers.
  4. Repeat with the remaining puff pastry and cinnamon sugar. You will need to work in batches.
  5. Place the baking sheets on the center rack of the oven and bake for about 10 minutes, or until golden-brown and caramelized on the bottom. With a spatula, turn and bake for 8 to 10 minutes more, or until caramelized on the bottom. The baking time may vary depending on your oven, so be careful to check them so they don’t burn. Transfer them to a rack to cool completely and bake the remaining palmiers.

Kitchen Tips

Notes from the Test Kitchen:

  1. Some brands of puff pastry make sheets in the shape of rectangles, while others go for squares. Both are fine. If you use a brand that makes squares (or near squares) of puff pastry, roll each sheet out into a 10-inch square.
  2. If you wish, you can brush the dough with a little egg wash (1 egg lightly beaten with 2 teaspoons water) before you spread the cinnamon sugar to help it stick.

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