how to make elephant ear pastries

Pieces of Elephant Ear Pastry

what is an elephant ear cookies

Elephant ear cookies is a French pastry made from puff pastry and sometimes referred to as Palmiers, and it comes in the shape of elephant ears or heart-shaped and can even be likened to the ears of a butterfly.

This is an ideal recipe when you have a little leftover puff pastry that you don't know what to do with, and it's because I empty my freezer, and I had to use a leftover dough that I decided to offer you this recipe. You can also use scraps of dough to make these elephant ears, but be aware that they may not look beautiful, but the taste remains the same!

what are elephant ear made of

I think everyone knows the elephant ear cookies or palmier at a famous brand of cookies. Palmier cookies are very easy to prepare; you only need puff pastry and a little sugar with cinnamon or vanilla flavor.

To prepare the elephant ears, you don't need a lot of the ingredients if you have dough pastry, it is made only of puff pastry and sugar, and you can also change the sugar with chocolate granules. Or cracked wheat for those who want a healthy diet, and if you like salts, you should change it with black olives and spread it with cinnamon, for example.

For the puff pastry, I recommend that you make it yourself. If you do not want to prepare it, opt for a pure butter dough of good quality and preferably rectangular.

Today, I'm going to explain to you how to prepare elephant ear pastry (like desserts,) which you can cook with puff pastry.

Of course, you can buy them ready and apply the filling only as you want

Elephant's ear with sugar

Cooking time is         35 minutes
Preparation time is   15 minutes
Difficulty level            Very easy.


  • Coarse granulated sugar
  • The dough is leafy
  • Pinch of salt
  • A pinch of cinnamon for flavor or vanilla

how to prepare Elephant Ears Pastry:

Prepare the oven and heat it to 180 ° C.

We layout puff pastry in the form of a rectangle with a suitable thickness of 10 mm

Mix the sugar and vanilla or cinnamon.

Sprinkle the sugar mixture over the surface of the dough.

Roll the dough left and right until they meet in the middle evenly, and with each roll, you can sprinkle a little bit of the sugar and vanilla mixture.

When you're done, gently press down on the sides.

Put the dough roll in the refrigerator for at least half an hour.

Take it out of the fridge and cut it into slices about ½ inch thick.

Sprinkle some double-sided sugar mixture after cutting, pressing lightly on both sides of the rollers to ensure consistency while baking.

Repeat these steps if you have more puff pastry.

Place it in the baking sheet, leaving enough distance between one roll and the other.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the sugar is caramelized.

After maturation, let it cool for 10 minutes and enjoy the sweetest taste as a family.

Tips and advice to remember to have good elephant ears:

The sugar and brown sugar mixture is not essential. It gives a little more caramel flavor and a slightly more pronounced color to your palmiers.

If the sugar does not adhere to your elephant ears, it may be because there is a little flour left on your dough. Wet them with a bit of water using a small paintbrush or your finger.

To have good elephant ear pastry, do not bake your palmiers pastry on a smooth silicone, the puff pastry slides over it while cooking and does not keep the heart shape you gave it. Prefer baking paper or an open silicone mat that will hold the dough.

Let the rolls of dough cool before cutting. Then it is true that when cutting, you have to go slowly to crush the shape of the palmier trees as little as possible by using a very sharp knife, for example.

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