Spiced Orange Palmiers

Spiced Orange PalmiersSpiced Orange Palmiers

January has been quite a moody unpredictable month so far, with torrential rain and strong winds one day and languidly humid summer days the next. There’s even been a hint of gentle frost in the morning, a reminder that the autumn season is near.

This is the best time to get cosy on the couch, with a warm cup of tea and tasty sweet treat. It’s also the most inspiring time to bake. As soon as the weather feels slightly chilled or temperamental, I want to prepare some decadent and delicious baked good that has a mesmerizing and comforting aroma that will scent the whole house.

Spiced Orange Palmiers

I tend to get hung up on things… I fall in love with something, or someone, and then get slightly obsessed. But these obsessions do come and go as fast as they arrived, just like the ebb and flow of tide. My latest momentary obsession though? Citrus and spice.

I have a special passion for using both citrus and spices. It’s a complimentary flavour combination that is used most in my cooking, in particular, my baking. The smell is pure comfort, which is exactly what I need right now. So what a better idea than to bake Spiced Orange Palmiers?

Spiced Orange PalmiersSpiced Orange Palmiers

Palmiers are a classic French patisserie staple and a treat I love. I remember the first time that I ate a palmier. The very idea of them seemed quite luxurious (I think it had to do with the exotic French name)… I had no idea as to what I was eating; just that it was a deliciously caramelised and sweetly sublime thing.

These Spiced Orange Palmiers are really, really delightful. They have a brilliantly caramelised and crisp puff pastry exterior, and a sweet but tangy sticky filling that is fragranced by the citric zest and juice of orange and rich flavour of mixed spice.

Spiced Orange Palmiers

Spiced Orange PalmiersSpiced Orange Palmiers

 These palmiers are easy and simple. So easy and simple you can’t believe that they will taste amazing. The only thing that requires a bit of work is the home-made puff pastry, but if you have the time, patience and ability to follow the recipe and step by step instructions exactly… I guarantee no issue.

For those time poor or patience poor, the palmiers can easily be made with store bought puff pastry and taste as equally delicious – but they will not retain the same fantastic buttery crunch that home-made pastry gives.  The assembly of these palmiers is quite simple and quick too, and the final product looks like it came out of a pastry case of a little French patisserie. Just so fancy, just so beautiful.

Spiced Orange Palmiers
Crisp, caramelised, golden... and not too sweet, these palmiers are perfect. They are ideal for dipping into a hot cup of tea. I highly recommend making them.
For the detrempe
  • 350 g / 12 oz. plain flour
  • 150 g / 5 oz. water
  • 110 g / 3.5 oz. butter, melted
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
For the beurre maine
  • 310 g / 11 oz. butter
  • 150 g / 5 oz. plain flour
For the spiced orange palmiers
  • 100 g / 3.5 oz. raw sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
  • Finely grated ring from 1 orange
  • 1 tsp. cardamom
  • 1 tsp .ginger
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon.
  • 20 g / ¾ oz. butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp. fresh orange juice
For the puff pastry
  1. Start by making the detrempe. Place the flour in a large bowl. In a jug combine the water, melted butter and salt. Using a wooden spoon, pour the water mixture over the flour, mixing as you go or until just incorporated. The dough should feel soft but not sticky. Place the dough in cling film and form a rectangle 30 x 20 cm (12 x 8 in) and 6 mm (1/3 in) thick. Wrap in cling film and chill for at least 2 hours.
  2. Now make the beurre maine. Cream the butter then add the flour, mixing briefly until just combined. Transfer to cling film and form a 15 x 10 (6 x 8 in) rectangle. Wrap and chill for at least an hour.
  3. After both dough’s have rested, lightly flour a work surface. Place the beurre maine over the right half of the detrempe. Fold the left half of the detrempe to enclose the beurre maine, like a book. Using your fingers make a few small indents into the dough – this will make the rolling process easier and more even. Starting from the centre-upwards, roll until the dough is less than 1 cm (1/2 in) thick. It should form a rectangle 40 x 20 cm (15 ½ x 8 in). Trim the sides so that you have a neat rectangle.
  4. This next step is called the tour double. Visualise the middle axis of the rectangle, grab the lower third of the dough and fold it over to meet in the middle. Repeat this process with the upper third of the dough – like an open book. Now close the ‘book’ and wrap it in cling film. Chill for three hours or even better, overnight.
  5. This next step is the second tour double. Place the book look-alike dough in front of you, spine on the left and repeat the rolling and folding process as above. Once again, chill for at least two hours.
  6. To give the dough its final tour, place the ‘book’ in front of you, spine on the left and roll it into a rectangle slightly larger than a sheet of A4 paper. Fold into three, like a business letter. Use a sharp knife to cut into 2 equal portions and wrap in cling-film. You can freeze the dough for up to a month for later use, or keep refrigerated for three days.
For the spiced orange palmiers
  1. In a small bowl, combine the sugar, rind and spices.
  2. On a work surface dusted with raw sugar, roll out a sheet of pastry into a 30 cm / 12 inch square. Brush lightly with melted butter and juice scatter with the sugar and spice mixture. Roll the 2 sides of the pastry inwards to meet in the center. Transfer to a lined baking tray and refrigerate until firm, roughly 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 220 C / 420 F. Slice the pastry into 1 cm / ½ inch thick pieces and place on lined baking trays, leaving 5 cm / 2 inches in between. Bake the palmiers, swapping and turning trays partway to cook evenly until light golden – roughly 5 minutes. Remove from the oven, carefully flip palmiers over (the molten sugar will be very hot), then return to oven until bases are glazed and caramelised – 6 – 8 minutes. Cool on trays until hardened and serve on the day of baking.
Puff Pastry recipe adapted from Paris Pastry Club - using these visual instructions
Palmiers adapted from Gourmet Traveller

Spiced Orange Palmiers


  • Reply Nagi@RecipeTinEats March 30, 2016 at 12:23 am

    I find these palmiers adorable! These will be the perfect treats!

  • Reply FoodGeekGraze May 8, 2015 at 9:28 am

    palmiers = a personal favorite. orange and spice = yes, please. homemade puff pastry = i need your bravery.

  • Reply Jennifer {Peppers and Peaches} February 25, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    These cookies look amazing! I absolutely have to make them! I think it will be very easy for me to substitute the dairy for vegan options too! Beautiful photos, simply wonderful! 🙂

  • Reply Laura February 11, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    Oh, my friend made palmiers at a cookie swap a few years back and this cookie changed my life. They are my favorite! I’m not much of a baker though, so I usually leave these things to the professionals. My aforementioned friend is now opening up her own bakery business so I’m in luck… palmiers whenever I want!

  • Reply Beeta @ Mon Petit Four February 11, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    I love palmiers! Yours look beautiful. I also love how you gave them the spiced orange twist; I’m sure they were delectable! xx

  • Reply Maureen | Orgasmic Chef February 11, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Now THIS is a treat I would really enjoy. I’d enjoy making it as much as I’d enjoy eating and sharing it with my family and friends.

  • Reply Saffron & Sun February 9, 2015 at 1:22 am

    Mmmm… can’t wait to make them!

  • Reply Jo February 8, 2015 at 4:43 am

    These looks absolutely mouth watering! Goes perfectly with tea!

  • Reply Megan - The Emotional Baker February 8, 2015 at 1:12 am

    I tend to get obsessed, too. I’m sure I couldn’t resist these palmiers. They are gorgeous!

  • Reply Mandie @ Mandie's Kitchen February 5, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    These sounds so good, Thalia! I’ve never made palmiers before, but I have seen them in stores (I’m sure your homemade ones are so much better though). Are they a dessert, or more of a tea-time snack?

  • Reply Debbie @ Cooks with Cocktails February 5, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    I can’t wait to try these i usually pick them up at Costco, but now i will make them from scratch and with the orange spice, they might be a little dangerous.

  • Reply Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust February 4, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    I absolutely love palmiers – orange ones sound perfect!

  • Reply Maggie February 4, 2015 at 6:16 am

    These palmiers are adorable! They are perfect for Valentines’ day. I usually have sweet ones, but the citric zest and orange juice flavor sound irresistible!

  • Reply Debs February 3, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    Thalia, it makes my heart sing that you have used home made puff pastry!!! It is so satisfying to make, isn’t it? And these Palmiers look perfect!

  • Reply Suzy @ The Mediterranean Dish February 3, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    Thalia, I grew up eating palmiers! This post takes me back to some wonderful days. Great recipe as always. I have such a hard time thinking January is summer for you! We have 11 inches of snow on the ground where I live. CRAZY!

  • Reply Kathleen | HapaNom February 3, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    These are absolutely gorgeous! And the orange spice sounds incredible. I wish I had generous handful of these to have with my afternoon cup of coffee 🙂

  • Reply Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom February 3, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Thalia, these are gorgeous! Palmiers are on my bucket list. . didn’t know you could make these with store bought puff pastry but I’m glad you didn’t!

  • Reply Monica February 3, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    You are amazing. I’ve made orange palmiers and they are delicious but these are so special. You’ve taken it up so many notches with the spices and homemade puff pastry. It must be insane and they are so perfectly shaped. : )

  • Reply Prash@YummilyYours February 3, 2015 at 4:35 am

    Oh my! These flavors sound woderful! A must try.

  • Reply Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron February 3, 2015 at 2:48 am

    These are just gorgeous! I have never eaten a palmier before, but now I definitely need one in my life!

  • Reply Lucy @SupergoldenBakes February 2, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    I love palmiers… Never baked them though. These look so delicious I wish I could have some with my late night cup of herbal tea…

  • Reply Allie | Baking a Moment February 2, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    I adore citrus and spice and palmiers seem like such a perfect way to spotlight those flavors. These are just as pretty as can be, Thalia! So nice to see your beautiful face in the new profile pic too 😉

  • Reply Mike@TheIronYou February 2, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    I love palmiers but I’ve never tried orange spiced ones. Can you send a box of these my way asap? 😉

  • Reply Amanda @ Cookie Named Desire February 2, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    These palmiers are stunning! They absolutely do look like the perfect treat to have with some tea and a good book! My puff pastry technique needs work. I will have to try your recipe!

  • Reply Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen February 2, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    These look so delicious and perfect alongside tea <3 🙂

  • Reply Tessa | Salted Plains February 2, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    These are just the cutest, Thalia. Love the orange spice with these – and how easily they come together!

  • Reply Sarah@Whole and Heavenly Oven February 2, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    How totally gorgeous are these?! I’ve never made palmiers before and I seriously don’t know why, because these look purely incredible! Love all the orange flavor!

  • Reply Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy February 2, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    I have always wanted to make this type of dessert, as it looks so pretty. I never knew it was so easy too.
    I am stumbling this!

  • Reply Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice February 2, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    How gorgeous are these?! I’ve never made palmiers before, so this looks incredible. The spiced orange flavor sounds perfect Thalia!

  • Reply mjskit February 2, 2015 at 3:52 am

    Every time I go to World Market I buy a box of palmiers. I’m sure yours are SO much better than the ones I buy. Love the orange and spice flavors!

  • Reply liz February 2, 2015 at 2:29 am

    One of my favorite treats! Your orange version looks fantastic!

  • Reply Kathleen @ yummy crumble February 2, 2015 at 12:31 am

    these are beautiful Thalia 😉 they’re so dainty and they definitely look luxurious!

  • Reply Kelley @ Chef Savvy February 1, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    Wow these look amazing! You are always so creative with your ideas I love it!

  • Reply Mariana @The Candid Kitchen February 1, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    Gosh I love palmiers, it reminds me so much of my childhood. Can I also just say that I am loving the illustration on your blog header, super sweet x

  • Reply Renee @ Two in the Kitchen February 1, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    These look so dainty and sophisticated! It’s hard to believe you can make these at home!! 🙂

  • Reply CakePants February 1, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    These are absolutely stunning! I love the idea of flavored palmiers (I’ve only ever tried regular ones) – and spiced orange sounds exquisite 🙂

  • Reply Emily February 1, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    Palmiers are wonderful! I’ll have try with orange and spices sometime too!

  • Reply Thea @ Baking Magique February 1, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    These look gorgeous!

  • Reply marcie February 1, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Your palmiers are beautiful, Thalia, and I love the sound of the orange and warm spices! Your photos are just lovely, too!

  • Reply Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen February 1, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    I have never made puff pastry before, but these palmiers look worth learning how. Citrus and spice is such a wonderful combination!

  • Reply Gourmet Getaways February 1, 2015 at 8:23 am

    These palmiers are perfect for a cuppa tea or coffee in a siesta at the porch. Crunchy and zesty!

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

  • Reply Traci | Vanilla And Bean February 1, 2015 at 3:47 am

    Well done, Thalia! You’ve accomplished a nice ‘puff’ and caramelization in the pastry, a testament to your folding method, patient resting and baking method! Lovely flavor combination too in these palmiers; one I’d never thought about trying. I agree, this is the best time of year to bake.. when it’s cold and rainy! I’ve been doing a bit of the same. Thank you, Thalia.

  • Reply Mira February 1, 2015 at 3:19 am

    Love palms but never made them at home! These look beautiful, great flavor! Pinned to try them soon 🙂

  • Reply kate February 1, 2015 at 2:15 am

    thalia – your recipes, photography, styling, and writing are flawless. i hope to be able to blog as well as you someday.

  • Reply Jess February 1, 2015 at 1:50 am

    Thalia – I love, love palmiers. I spent a semester in Paris in college, and these were always one of my favorite treats from the local bakery. I’m a bit intimidated to make them myself, but they do look so lovely, that perhaps this is the inspiration I need!

  • Reply Rebecca @ DisplacedHousewife January 31, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    Beautiful post and recipe!

  • Reply Trish @ Well Worn Fork January 31, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    So faaaaaancy! I’ve been several years since I had a palmier, maybe I’ll give these a try! They look beautiful : )

  • Reply Christina @ Bake with christina January 31, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    Those look so pretty! And not to mention, absolutely delicious! And I’m loving the flavor choice, spiced orange sounds awesome!! Pinned 🙂

  • Reply Marissa | Pinch and Swirl January 31, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    I’m always half afraid to click over to your blog because it always makes me HUNGRY. And just look at these Palmiers! Gorgeous. And yes, that’s my tummy rumble that you hear. 😉

  • Reply Tina @ Just Putzing Around the Kitchen January 31, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    These look absolutely mouthwatering! BTW, did your change the look of your blog? If yes, I love it! If not, I still love it 😉

  • Reply Angela - Patisserie Makes Perfect January 31, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    I’ve never made palmiers, but I’ve made puff pastry many a time. These look delicious, I’ll definitely have to give them a try.

  • Reply easyfoodsmith January 31, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Its been pretty long since I made palmoers and your citrusy spiced version is beckoning me to try these in my kitchen.

  • Reply Medha @ Whisk & Shout January 31, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    I love your posts so much! The desserts are always so lovely and delicate. I wish you owned a small French bakery in Paris or something 🙂 I am sipping some warm tea now and dreaming of these palmiers! 🙂

  • Reply The Blonde Chef January 31, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    I have never tried palmiers before but, obviously, I am missing out! These sound so delicious! Especially with the touch of citrus! I have never made my own puff pastry but will have to try it out if it produces something like this!

  • Reply Shinee January 31, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    So cute and beautiful!

  • Reply Millie | Add a little January 31, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    This looks wonderful and so much flavour Thalia!

  • Reply Sam January 31, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    Lovely and inspired.

  • Reply Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop January 31, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    These are so sweet! They look like yummy little hearts!

  • Reply Liz @ Floating Kitchen January 31, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    I am 100% obsessed with citrus and cardamon right now. It just feels “right”. These Palmiers are gorgeous and love the fun photos!

  • Reply April @ Girl Gone Gourmet January 31, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Another perfect pastry and maybe one I can actually try… with pre-made puff pastry, of course 🙂

  • Reply Rachel @Vagabondbaker.com January 31, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    I love absolutely everything about this post! Oh my! The spices and the orange, and all that butter *swoons*.

  • Reply Krystal January 31, 2015 at 11:15 am

    I used to live on palmeritas once upon a time. I’m sure these homemade ones are to die for!

  • Reply Chineka @ Savor the Baking January 31, 2015 at 6:33 am

    These look perfect and I love all of the spices in the recipe.

  • Reply Susan | Simple Healthy Kitchen January 31, 2015 at 6:05 am

    absolutely gorgeous! palmiers are my go-to sweet treat, but not always easy to find. I’m going to have to try making them … the addition of orange+spice sounds devine!

  • Reply Cecily @ Burnt Butter Bakery January 31, 2015 at 12:13 am

    Like everything that comes out of your kitchen, these look just perfect.

  • Reply Susie Gall January 31, 2015 at 12:02 am

    Gorgeous Palmiers – lovely post and terrific recipe.

  • Reply Tori@Gringalicious.com January 30, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    Loving the citrus and spices here! So pinning!

  • Reply Maggie @HomeSweetJones January 30, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    Thalia, you’ve blown me away again. Palmiers are some of my favorite pastries and the spiced orange touch sounds unbelievable. You’re a true artist!

  • Reply Kristin @ Tasty Joy January 30, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    These are delightful, just like something you would find in Paris!

  • Reply Stephanie January 30, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    Oh boy, Palmiers happen to be one of my favorite pastries! I have only made them once many years ago when I had my restaurant. Would love to make some again and these being orange and spice sound amazing!

  • Reply June Burns January 30, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    Those look really terrific! Perfect for snuggling up with tea indeed 🙂 The orange + spice combination is just perfect for this time of year.

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