Pesto Palmiers




We were invited to an open house the night before Christmas Eve, and, of course, we would never show up empty handed. I rolled up some pesto coated puff pastry and created some festive pesto palmiers for the occasion. This quick and tasty appetizer is always a crowd pleaser. This particular batch was not nearly as flavorful as my previous attempts…I think due to a lackluster pesto I found deep in my freezer. My only alteration from the original recipe was to roll up each side like a classic palmier versus just folding.

For easy appetizers, keep a box of all butter puff pastry in your freezer. You summer pesto freezes well, too, so make a double batch when your garden basil is flourishing. If you’re out of pesto, top a small wheel of brie with jam and wrap your puff pastry around that for an irresistible baked brie. Cheese straws can also be whipped up by sprinkling the pastry sheet with grated cheese  before cut into strips, twisted and baked. You’ll be the hostess with the mostess if you serve any of these hors d’oeuvres!

Recipe adapted from Confections of a Foodie Bride

Pesto Palmiers
  • 1 sheet of puff pastry, thawed
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan
  • ½-3/4 cup pesto
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  1. Place puff pastry on sheet of parchment. Roll into a 12 x 12 square (mine was Dufour and probably could have been rolled even larger). Lift up puff pastry to dust the parchment under the pastry with Parmesan. Repeat on other side to make sure the bottom of the puff pastry is all coated with Parmesan.
  2. Spread pesto within ½ inch of the puff pastry using spatula. With your spatula lightly draw a line across the center of the pesto, from top to bottom. Carefully roll up one side to the middle line, then the other. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 15 minutes.
  3. Cut the dough into ¼ inch slices and place onto parchment lined baking sheet. Combine the water and egg to make an egg wash and brush over the palmiers.
  4. Bake for 8 minutes; flip and bake for another 8 minutes. Best eaten freshly baked.
Yield: 12 palmiers or more, depending on size
    Total time: 40 minutes

      Makes 48.

      I also made some brie and raspberry jam pastry “popsicles”…but I will tweak this recipe before sharing…as the combination of jam and brie makes an amazing appetizer.



      1. These look perfect!

      2. I would never of thought of making palmiers with pesto! Great idea!! Very creative!

      3. WOW, Simply Amazing, Thank you for sharing 🙂

      4. Oh, I LOVE the idea of a savory palmier! 😀

      5. Those pastry pops look like so much fun!

      6. Pegasuslegend says:

        I love this one, great idea, they sure look like something everyone will love, I have always wanted to try these… bookmarked for my next party so pretty to serve too! A great new recipe for 2012! Thanks Lizzy~

      7. The Culinary Lens says:

        I love both ideas. I have added to my to try list

      8. Look absolutely dear Lizzy Have a nice day!

      9. This one I can make Lizzy since I made something similar but only with sugar inside. Looks very nice.

      10. Curry and Comfort says:

        Lizzy, you are definitely a very elegant cook! I love how beautiful and sophisticated your dishes look. I would love to make both dishes… I know the jam popsicles would be a great big hit with my kids. 🙂 Hope 2012 is treating you well so far! Have a great week! ~ Ramona

      11. I am adding this to my 2012 list of things to try. They look great. I love pesto. Happy New Year to you Lizzy.

      12. Pesto is one of my favorites, these look great! I have always thought of palmiers and as a sweet thing, but this is a great idea!

      13. they are lovely, Lizzy, love the idea of rolling both sides, so original and creative, and plus using parmesan in tones is the easiest way to anyone’s heart :))) Bravo!
        I’ve posted my COFFEE AND TOFFEE roll cake over at Face 🙂

      14. Joan@chocolateandmore says:

        These look absolutely perfect! I love using puff pastry!

      15. Loveforfood says:

        Thanks for sharing the recipe

      16. Your pesto palmiers are such a creative appetizer. They look so delicious, and perfect with a glass of wine. Looking forward to many great 2012 recipes.

      17. Pacheco Patty says:

        Beautiful appetizer to share at a party, love the recipe and the look of the pesto in your palmiers;-)

      18. Cassie/Bake Your Day says:

        LOVE this, Liz! You inspire me…these are beautiful. Pesto is a favorite of mine and these are so creative.

      19. Great idea!I’m sure they were a hit at your party.Happy New Year Lizzy!

      20. Wow. I love both of these ideas. So pretty! And, I love that Foodie Bride, she’s so great 🙂 Thanks for the post!

      21. I just love palmiers. They always look so fancy when they’re really quite simple. Anyhow, they look like little pince-nez!

      22. The Mom Chef says:

        I like the palmier version. It looks so classy and elegant. I’m trying to suck it up and just throw out things I find buried in the freezer. Usually if they make it that far back, it’s been waaay too long. 🙂

        Happy New Year, Liz!

      23. The palmiers looks fantastic! I also make puff pastry snacks with pesto, but they are never so elaborate and beautiful. The popsicles sound incredible. Jam and brie??? Wow!

      24. Oooh! Love pesto and palmiers. Happy New Year!

      25. Oh – I love palmiers but have never made them. These looks great – I love pesto. Great job. And, I cannot wait for the popscicles!!

      26. You have been busy! The savory palmiers is something that I really do need to try and you shaping the appetizers like this instead of folding does make for a better presentation. Well done!

      27. Shutterbug says:

        i love pastries! So flaky and delicious! who would have thought of adding pesto? Great idea! 🙂

      28. Now I know what what kind of appetizer to make the next time I need one for dinner club….and I can’t wait for the brie and jam popsicles…yum!

      29. Lizzy-I love your pesto palmiers…easy, yummy, and oh, so elegant!
        Hope your New Year’s Eve was a successful event!

      30. Kelly | Eat Yourself Skinny says:

        Yummy these look amazing! 🙂

      31. Cookin' Canuck says:

        I adore making savory palmiers, but haven’t used pesto yet. You’ve definitely inspired me to try!

      32. “Oh yes,” says my beating heart. Have done Parmesan palmiers but never with the pesto.

      33. Rosita Vargas says:

        Lucen muy ricas y tentadoras una gran receta,abrazos y muchas bendiciones y alegrías para éste nuevo año junto a tu familia,abrazos y abrazos hugs,hugggggs.

      34. Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking says:

        Oooh, I’ve recently fell in love with palmiers and these savory ones would be awesome. Great idea, Lizzy!

      35. Crunchy Creamy Sweet says:

        I am a big fan of puff pastry. Love this appetizer idea! I can’t wait for the brie version! 🙂

      36. Bizzy Lizzy's Good Things says:

        Absolutely delicious and perfect when my basil is flourishing! Happy new year!

      37. Baker Street says:

        I love pesto anything! These look so easy and delicious!

      38. The Café Sucré Farine says:

        YumQ I love pesto and palmiers so this is a no brainer for me – this will have to go on my “to try’ list – thanks Lizzy!

      39. Happy 2012, Lizzy!

        I like these pesto palmiers recipe. They are quick and delicious party food for everybody.

      40. Magic of Spice says:

        Brie pops, oh heavens! And these palmiers look fantastic…love pesto and pastries 🙂

      41. LOVE palmiers – and the popsicles is GENIUS! I’m sure your friends were delighted when they saw you bringing these to the open house!

      42. Great idea!
        Happy New Year!

      43. BragonDorn says:

        That looks sooo delicious!!! You need to be on that tv show 🙂

      44. Oh I would love a savory palmier! These cookies are so delicious – such a great idea!

      45. Wow, They look so good !! Love both the ideas.

      46. Cheap Ethnic Eatz says:

        I am always amazed with the creativity coming out of puff pastry, these sound so good. Love the pops too.

      47. How cool is this? I love pesto, and these look like the best ever savory nibblers! Lovely recipe 🙂

      48. Lizzy! These are so pretty!!

      49. I love this idea oh so much!! Great job, Lizzy!

      50. Your palmiers are so pretty. Can’t wait to see your post about those raspberry jam pocket popsicles!

      51. Both appetizers look awesome! I’ve always wanted to learn to make palmiers, they are so pretty. I have to play w puff pastry!

      52. I like what you’ve done with these and I can’t imagine that there were leftovers. Naturally I’m wondering how the pastry popsicles would look on a buffet table!

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