Pain au Chocolat Palmiers


This recipe is genius, even if I do say so myself! Delicate little pastries, whipped up with no fuss in minutes, that taste just like pain au chocolat. I’ve made authentic method free-from viennoiserie before, but wow is it hard work! Definitely not something to attempt when you’re in a rush. This recipe, on the other hand, enables you to whip up a batch of pastries in a flash, perfect when catering for those who don’t do dairy.

Like an authentic pain au chocolat, these are not too sweet, with the dark chocolate centre encased in flaky layers. They certainly won’t be hanging around for long in the cookie tin.

Pain au Chocolat Palmiers (dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, vegetarian, vegan, soya-free, sesame-free)


makes loads!

  • 1 pack puff-pastry, ensure its not the butter type
  • 2 tbsp dairy-free spread
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • Caster sugar, probably less than 1/2 a cup

– Preheat the oven to 200 degrees centigrade/Gas Mark 6
– Line a baking sheet with parchment
– Mix together the dairy-free spread and cocoa powder and set aside
– Roll out the pastry, using caster sugar rather than flour, until it forms a nice large rectangle. Odd I know, but this is what gives the sweet palmier effect.
– Spread the cocoa mix evenly over the pastry and sprinkle with a fine layer of caster sugar
– Fold up by bringing the short sides to meet in the middle.
– Repeat, until you have done the same 3 times.
– Cut 1 cm slices and place well spaced on the baking sheet
– Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden and crisp.





Cinnamon Palmiers

Palmiers (otherwise known as palm trees or pigs ears) are a classic petits fours, perfect served with a cup of coffee. You can hardly call this a recipe, there are no exact amounts given, and its more a way up of using some puff pastry and turning it into delicate little sweet biscuits. These crisp, sugary cinnamon pastries make a great treat that looks fancy and elegant but take only minutes to make. Therefore it’s a recipe worth having in your repertoire!

Cinnamon Palmiers  (dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soya-free, sesame-free, vegetarian and vegan)


  • Ready made, dairy-free puff pastry
  • Caster sugar
  • Cinnamon

– Preheat the oven to 200 degrees centigrade/ gas mark 6 and line a cookie sheet with parchment
– Roll out the pastry to a rectangle, using the sugar instead of flour and making sure the sugar is well rolled in.
– Sprinkle with cinnamon, to taste.
– Then fold in the long sides to the centre, so that both long edges meet where previously the centre of the pastry was.
– Repeat a couple of more times until you have folded in the pastry enough to makes a sausage shape.
– Rest for a while
– Cut 1/2 cm slices and place well apart on the baking sheet.
– Bake for 8-10 minutes until golden all over.
– Cool on a wire rack.