These Chocolate Palmiers or French cookies make a delicious dessert or sweet snack! Made with puff pastry sheets and Nutella, these flaky, crunchy cookies are easy to make!
These little gems are so flaky, airy, crunchy, and chocolicious. Plus, making these adorable palmiers aka French Cookies is so easy and delicious.
Palmiers or heart-shaped cookies are fun to make and so fun to devour. You can also make them with kids!
They would shine on any festive dinner table. So you can make them as a dessert for Christmas, Easter, or even Valentine’s day. You can even serve them as a quick treat at high-tea parties or serve them as Sunday brunch.
What is a Palmier?
Palmier is a super flaky, rich, and buttery French pastry which tastes very buttery and delicious. This bite-sized sweet snack looks similar to Elephant ears, heart, or palm leaf. These pastries or French cookies are made using puff pastry. After baking the layers of this pastry separate and they turn out very light and crispy.
About Chocolate Palmiers
This Puff Pastry Chocolate Palmiers have a layer of chocolate. You can call them chocolate Palmiers, Nutella Palmiers, or cocoa Palmiers.
These sweet treats are so simple to make because there are only three ingredients and one of them is store-bought puff pastry!
I have used Nutella as a chocolate filling, but you can also use any of your favorite melted chocolate, or a mix of cocoa powder + butter + sugar. I have used store-bought puff pastry sheets, but you can certainly make your own puff pastry sheets.
If you have pastry sheets ready, then making this chocolate palmier is super easy. Just spread the chocolate filling, roll cut and bake! Can’t get any easier. Isn’t it?
You can definitely enjoy them as they are, or, to make a decadent dessert you can pair them with , sweetened whipped cream, or dip them in or . Or pair them with a or any other coffee when you are serving them as a brunch or tea-time snack.
How to make Chocolate Palmiers
Making Nutella chocolate palmiers at home is very straightforward.
You just need to spread chocolate filling over the pastry sheets then roll the sheet from each long side of the sheet inward to meet in the middle. Using a sharp knife cut the roll into about 1/2 -inch thick slices to make cookies.
Then transfer the cookies flat to a baking sheet and brush each cookie with egg wash. Bake or air-fry them in a preheated oven/air-fryer for 12 minutes, or until crisp, and golden brown. Make sure to keep an eye on them after 10 minutes, because the chocolate filling can get dark very quickly. Let them cool before serving. That’s it!
These Chocolate Palmiers
✔ are easy to whip up
✔ are perfect for a holiday gathering
✔ make a wonderful festive treat
✔ are made with just 3-ingredients
✔ are so buttery, flaky, and crisp
✔ has a melt-in-mouth texture
More puff pastry dishes you might want to check out are: Joulutorttu - Finnish Christmas Tarts, Raspberry Crème Fraîche Puff Pastry, Caramelized Peach Pesto Tart with Blueberries, Mini Apple Pear Tarte Tatin, Puff Pastry Cheese and Pesto Swirls, and Puff Pastry Apricot Galette.
You will need only 3 simple ingredients for making Chocolate Palmiers. The ingredients you will require are:
Puff Pastry – I have used two 7 cm x 11 cm pre-cut sheets for making about 11 cookies. You can use any size. Just remember to always thaw the sheets in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes at the counter or 4 hours in the refrigerator. This way the sheets would be chilled but won’t be too soft.
Chocolate filling – For making chocolate layers, I have used Nutella. You can use any hazelnut spread you have on hand. You can also use melted baking chocolate (dark chocolate for making milk chocolate palmiers, and milk chocolate for making milk chocolate palmiers), or a mix of cocoa powder, sugar, and melted butter.
Egg – 1 egg is used for making egg wash. You can also brush the cookies with melted butter.
You will get the entire ingredient list in the recipe box on this page.
Tips, tricks, and variations to make the best Chocolate Palmiers
Double Chocolate Palmeries – To make them look even more fancy and festive, you can drizzle them with melted chocolate or dip them half in the melted chocolate.
Puff Pastry – Always thaw the puff pastry sheets before rolling or else the sheet will crack while rolling. Also, use chilled sheets, so that they are pliable yet firm. If for some reason pastry sheets have gotten too warm, place them back in the freezer for 5 minutes and then start working with them.
If you are not so good with cutting/slicing. Then I would recommend you freeze the rolled sheets for about 10 minutes before slicing.
To make them look perfect, reshape the sliced cookies after slicing. You can also open them up slightly after placing them on a baking tray.
Chocolate gets very hot after baking, so you might burn yourself. So be extra careful while removing chocolate palmiers from the baking sheets.
Chocolate shaving – You can also sprinkle baked cookies with chocolate shavings while they are hot.
Icing sugar - To make the palmiers look more festive, you can also dust them with icing sugar right before serving.
Can I Freeze Chocolate Palmiers
Yes, you can freeze them. They can be stored raw in the freezer. Once you’ve sliced the cookies, place them in a freezer-safe tray and freeze them for 4 hours. Once they are frozen, transfer them to a sealed bag.
You can bake them whenever you want to eat chocolate palmiers. To bake the palmiers, put the frozen palmiers 2 inches apart, and then bake them for 12-14 minutes or until they are golden, crisp, and perfectly baked.
How to make Vegan Chocolate Palmiers
Making a vegan version of Chocolate Palmiers is quite easy. To make vegan Chocolate Palmiers, use vegan pastry sheets and replace egg wash with vegan butter.
Other filling ideas
Other than chocolate filling, you can fill palmiers with the following fillings:
Sugar palmiers - You can sprinkle white sugar, brown sugar, or raw sugar instead of chocolate over puff pastry sheets.
Sugar and cinnamon palmiers - Cinnamon sugar can also be sprinkled on puff pastry sheets.
Shortbread palmiers - You can also spread crushed shortbread cookies over puff pastry sheets.
Chocolate Palmiers (Step-by-step photo instructions)
How to Make Chocolate Palmiers
- Preheat the oven to 400˚F /200˚C. Lay the thawed puff pastry sheets on a wooden board. I am using them without rolling, but you can also roll the sheets slightly before spreading the chocolate hazelnut spread. Use a knife/spatula to spread the chocolate hazelnut spread over the pastry sheets. Roll each side of the puff pastry sheet inward to meet in the middle.
- Using a sharp knife, cut each roll into 1/2-inch thick slices. You will get 11-12 slices. To make them look perfect, reshape the sliced cookies after slicing. If you are not so good with cutting/slicing. Then I would recommend you freeze the rolled sheets for about 15 minutes before slicing.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Transfer the rolled puff pastry slices flat to the prepared baking sheet. Brush each slice with egg wash or melted butter. Bake in a preheated oven @ 400˚F/200˚C for 11-12 minutes, or until crisp, and golden brown. Keep an eye on them after 10 minutes, because the chocolate filling can get dark very quickly.
- Once baked, remove the baking sheet from the oven and let them cool at room temperature. You can serve chocolate palmiers as it is or sprinkle them with powdered sugar before serving.