Peanut Butter Chocolate Palmiers (aka Elephant Ears)

Peanut Butter Chocolate Palmiers (Elephant Ears)

My kids surprise me sometimes. Choosing to eat things I never imagined they’d like (anchovies, for example), and then loving them. Begging for delicious, exotic foods. Polishing off a whole batch of palmier cookies.

That last one? It happened last month when I was working on a recipe for palmiers for Tablespoon. Palmiers, which are also called elephant ears, are crispy layered cookies with sweet fillings. That batch was a basic sugar recipe, and I was shocked – SHOCKED – to find out they ate the whole batch while I was out one afternoon.

Talk about recipe success.

Almost immediately after, Will asked if we could make more. But he wanted to try a different filling. Together, we devised a plan to fill them with peanut butter and chocolate. I didn’t immediately have time to try it out, but Will didn’t let me forget (his memory takes after mine!). So, I finally did whip up a batch to take to a dinner party for dessert recently.

Oh my. They were good (and were gone super fast).

Peanut Butter Chocolate Palmiers (Elephant Ears)

Making these is easy. Really, really easy. You start by spreading peanut butter all over puff pastry dough (I use the frozen dough from the supermarket — make sure it’s good and defrosted).

Peanut Butter Chocolate Palmiers (Elephant Ears)

Then you sprinkle it all over with mini chocolate chips. The mini ones are the perfect size for this, since they form an even layer without lumpiness.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Palmiers (Elephant Ears)

Next, you roll the dough up — start at one end and roll, stopping at the center point. Then repeat with the other end.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Palmiers (Elephant Ears)

Cut the rolled dough into slices.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Palmiers (Elephant Ears)

Arrange it on a cookie sheet. And then bake.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Palmiers (Elephant Ears)

Hands on time? About five minutes … 10, if you move slowly.

Nothing like a dessert that can be ready to eat in 30 minutes or less. Right?

Do you have a favorite palmier variety? Share!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Palmiers (aka Elephant Ears)
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: about 21 cookies
  • 1 sheet puff pastry (defrosted, if using frozen)
  • about ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with either nonstick aluminum foil or parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Lightly flour a cutting board and lay out the defrosted puff pastry dough. Use a butter knife to spread a generous layer of peanut butter all over the dough. Sprinkle with the chocolate chips, taking care to make sure the chocolate chips are evenly spread out all over the dough.
  3. Next, you roll the dough. Start on one end and roll towards the center (stopping at the center). Then repeat with the other end of the dough. Use a sharp knife to cut the dough into ¼ inch slices. Arrange on the prepared baking sheet, leaving about 1-inch between the cookies.
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the dough is fully cooked and lightly browned.
  5. Let cool for a few minutes. Serve immediately, or cool completely and store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.


  1. kitchentinker says

    This will be a sure it to my grandkids and myself too….We all love peanut butter..i’m new here and i find your posts interesting and informative…more power!!!

  2. says

    I’ve always thought palmiers were ridiculously difficult to make (though I’ve never attempted them!). But now that you’ve shown me how doable they are…my kitchen is in for a flour hurricane. With peanut butter and chocolate chips on top. Oy.

  3. says

    Sarah, this is one of those super easy dishes that’s also delicious. You’ve created a real winner here. I’m new to your blog but have just spent some time browsing through your earlier entries. I so glad I did that. I really like the food and recipes you feature here and I’ll definitely be back. I hope you have a great weekend. Blessings…Mary


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