Dark Chocolate Palmiers

These sweet treats are so simple to make because there are only three ingredients and one of them is store-bought puff pastry! This is the little treat you can make at the drop of a hat if you keep the ingredients on hand.

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Chocolate palmiers on a white plate with a pink napkin.

What is a Palmier?

A Palmier is a delicate French pastry made to look like a palm leaf, or butterfly – depending on your perspective. They are made from puff pastry, whose layers separate when baked making this delicious treat light and crispy. Dark Chocolate Palmiers simply introduce dark chocolate into this bite-sized snack. If you were to make your own puff pastry for this recipe, it would indeed be quite a project, but by starting with store-bought puff pastry, dessert honestly doesn’t get much easier.

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Six photographs showing the steps in making chocolate palmiers.

How to Make Chocolate Palmiers

There are two ways to make these chocolate Palmiers. First, you need to coat both sides of the pastry with sugar. Brushing a little egg wash on first helps the sugar to stick to the puff pastry and helps the Palmiers brown when in the oven. Then, sprinkle chocolate dust (made by buzzing bittersweet chocolate around in a mini chopper) over one side of the sugared pastry. Above you’ll see one way to make the Palmiers – by folding. Fold each side of the pastry in towards the center making two folds on each side. Then, fold one half on top of the other. The other way to make Palmiers is to roll each side in towards the middle. Either technique will get you to roughly the same result. Use a sharp knife to slice the log into ½-inch slices and place them flat on a baking sheet before baking. 

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Chocolate palmiers on parchment paper on a baking tray with a log of puff pastry in front of it with a chef's knife.

Air Fryer OR Oven Palmiers

You can make these Palmiers in your regular oven OR your air fryer. If cooking in the oven, increase the temperature to 425ºF and bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until browned. The convection heat of the air fryer helps to crisp and brown them beautifully, so keep the temperature around 400ºF and keep an eye on them because the chocolate can get very dark very quickly. If they reach their ideal color before they have fully cooked through, just flip them over and brown the other side.

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Chocolate Palmiers on a white plate with one palmier on a pink beverage napkin with an espresso.

What to Serve with Chocolate Palmiers

For me, all these chocolate Palmiers need is a little coffee to go alongside, but you could use these as part of a cookie plate next to some shortbread and thumbprint cookies. You could serve them with one side dipped in chocolate or they could be a delicious crispy garnish for some strawberry ice cream

 

Chocolate Palmiers

  • Prep Time: 15 m
  • Cook Time: 10 m
  • Total Time: 27 m
  • Servings:
    18

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet puff pastry defrosted
  • 1 egg beaten (optional)
  • ¼ to ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 ounce bittersweet chocolate

Instructions

  1. Place the puff pastry down on top of the sugar and lightly roll it out into an evenly thick square or rectangle, repairing any cracks where it was folded. Work with the long edge of the puff pastry facing you if you are working with a rectangle. Brush the pastry lightly with some egg wash and sprinkle sugar over the top to cover evenly. Flip the pastry over so that the sugared side is on face down. Brush the top surface of the pastry with a little egg wash and sprinkle the remaining sugar on top.

  2. Blitz the chocolate in a mini chopper until it is a fine dust and sprinkle this on top of the pastry.
  3. Fold the long edge of the pastry nearest you up toward the center of the puff pastry so that it comes a quarter of the way to the other side. Then, fold it again so that it reaches the middle of the puff pastry. Repeat with the long edge of pastry farthest from you. Then, fold one side of the pastry on top of the other. You should now have a log of puff pastry.
  4. Line your air fryer basket with parchment paper. Slice the log into ½-inch slices and place the slices flat onto the parchment paper in the air fryer basket, leaving a little room between each one.

  5. Transfer the palmiers to the air fryer basket and air-fry at 400ºF for 10 minutes, turning them over halfway through the cooking time.

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Comments (4)Post a Reply

    1. Hi Nikki, I’m afraid I don’t use Truvia or sugar substitutes in my testing so I’m not sure. I would expect it would work, but use the guidelines on the package of Truvia for substitution suggestions.

    1. Hi Elena. The recipe is at the bottom of this page. You can click on “Jump to Recipe” at the top of the page for a shortcut.

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