Palmiers are sophisticated and elegant heart-shaped classic French cookies that are surprisingly easy to make at home with just two simple ingredients – puff pastry sheets and sugar! They have a delicate crispness from the buttery puff pastry and a subtle sweetness from the sprinkled sugar. They are great snacks to serve with coffee or tea, delightful when paired with a scoop of vanilla or your favorite flavor of ice cream, or a wonderful base for making canapés with brie cheese and fig preserves or honey. While homemade puff pastry dough is excellent for making them, they are also great with store-bought puff pastry sheets readily available in the frozen section of most grocery stores.

Cardamom & Rose Palmiers

Cardamom and Rose Flavor Pairing

I love pairing cardamom and rose flavors for recipes that I create, especially for Valentine’s Day. So after treating myself to my favorite Flourless Dark Chocolate Cake infused with the cardamom and rose flavors, I delighted my husband with his beloved Valentines – sweet little hearts, i.e. the parlmiers, also flavored with the duo. These delicately sweet, heart-shaped pastries are his all-time favorite cookies and I wanted to make them for him again this Valentine’s Day, just as I do every year. However, instead of following my usual recipe, I made a slight tweak by substituting the cinnamon sugar with a cardamom-rose sugar… and he absolutely LOVED it! 

Cardamom & Rose Palmiers

Perfect Last-minute Valentine’s Treat

My Cardamom-Rose Palmier cookies offer a delightful aroma and flavor, achieved by infusing sugar with a hint of cardamom spice and the floral sweetness of rose petals. Alternatively, you can use ground cardamom, instant espresso, cocoa powder, crushed dried berries or the zest of orange or lemon to infuse the sugar and create a variety of flavors. So, if you’re in search of a simple yet impressive sweet treat for Valentine’s Day, this one’s for you! Whether you plan to make them for that special someone or decide to indulge yourself (and why not!), they’re the perfect last-minute Valentine’s treat. What are you waiting for? Go ahead and make them now! I’ve linked a short video below that I put together for you that you can follow and easily whip up this signature concoction in your own kitchen.

Cardamom & Rose Palmiers
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Cardamom & Rose Palmiers

  • Author: Vasanti
  • Yield: Makes about 910 cookies 1x


An Indian spin on the classic French cookie, Palmier, with the use of cardamom-rose sugar.


  • 1 sheet puff pastry, (I used Pepperidge Farm)
  • all purpose flour (only for dusting and rolling the pastry)
  • 34 green cardamom, seeds only (alternatively use 1/2 tsp ground cardamom)
  • 1 tbsp rose petals + more for garnishing
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • powdered sugar, for sprinkling


  • Thaw the pastry sheets according to the instructions on the package.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Prepare the cardamom-rose sugar by grinding the cardamom seeds to a fine powder in a small mortar and pestle. Crush dried rose petals and combine with the ground cardamom. Stir in the sugar and combine well, grinding slightly the sugar. Set aside until ready to use.
  • Unfold the pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface. Slightly roll the sheet out with a rolling pin. Sprinkle generously with a thin layer of the prepared cardamom-rose sugar, spreading it evenly throughout the sheet.
  • Starting at the short sides, fold pastry toward the center, leaving a 1/4-inch space in the center. Fold one side over the other, making a 4-layer rectangle. Repeat with the remaining pastry sheet.
  • Cut each rectangle into 1/2-inch slices. Place cut-side down 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Sprinkle it with any leftover sugar on top.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown and the sugar is caramelized.
  • Transfer from the baking sheets and let them cool on a wire rack.
  • Decorate by dusting with powdered sugar and sprinkle rose petals.
  • The cookies will stay well and crisp up to 5 days, stored in an airtight container at room temperature, away from direct sunlight.

Keywords: Baking Recipes, Puff Pastry Recipes

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Recipe Variations

Substitute cardamom with ground cinnamon or instant espresso powder for a different flavor and skip the rose petals.

Substitute rose petals with dried berries or orange/lemon zest along with cardamom to brighten up the flavor of the palmiers.

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Hi I’m Vasanti
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