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Have you volunteered to bring something to a game day party? These Easy Pesto Palmiers only take 4 ingredients and will be a smash hit appetizer even before kickoff, and yet elegant enough for a special dinner party!

Easy Pesto Palmiers on a white tray

Easy Pesto Palmiers

Did your basil grow like crazy this summer?? Were you lucky enough to make a batch or two of pesto to store in the freezer? Then you’ll be thrilled with this easy peasy 4-ingredient pesto appetizer. Made with store-bought puff pastry, Parmesan and either store-bought or homemade pesto, these easy pesto palmiers are the perfect football party finger food, but also a fun appetizer to kick off a special meal.

Easy Pesto Palmiers on a small appetizer plate with basil garnish

Versatile Appetizer

Years ago, we brought these to a Christmas Eve open house. Of course, we would never show up empty-handed. I rolled up some pesto coated puff pastry and created these festive, not to mention super-simple, savory palmiers for the occasion. This quick and tasty appetizer is always a crowd-pleaser.  My only alteration from the original recipe was to roll up each side like a classic palmier versus just folding.

Fast forward a few years and we were headed to a Labor Day party. It was time to revive this recipe. Again, these were a huge hit! Both the men and women in attendance sang their praises. So I got to thinking that these would be marvelous for almost any occasion, even on game day!

Easy Pesto Palmiers lined up on a white ceramic tray with sprigs of basil

Tips for Making Pesto Palmiers

  • For easy appetizers, keep a box of all butter puff pastry in your freezer. I like to use Dufour brand, but it can be pricey. Trader Joe’s has a butter puff pastry that can often be found around the holidays.
  • Summer pesto freezes well, too, so make a double batch when your garden basil is flourishing. But a good quality store-bought pesto works well, too. Just read the ingredients and if you see basil, olive oil and Parmesan listed, that’s a good sign.
  • Put your frozen puff pastry in the fridge to defrost the night before you plan to make these savory palmiers.
  • Puff pastry bakes up best when it’s cold, so after you shape your palmiers, pop them into the refrigerator or freezer for a few minutes if they’ve warmed up while rolling them up.
  • Puff pastry also puffs best when baked in a hot oven, so 375 degrees works well.


You’ll be the hostess with the mostess if you serve these hors d’oeuvres at your next gathering! These easy pesto palmiers are guaranteed to get rave reviews!

Recipe adapted from Confections of a Foodie Bride (no longer an active blog)

More Football Party Foods:

I love making these Chocolate Football Cookies filled with buttercream and caramel to balance out the savory offerings. Plus these 20+ Best Game Day Recipes will also inspire your game day menu! Plus, check out this Sausage Cheese Dip from A Daily Dish of Life.


Easy Pesto Palmiers on a white tray

Pesto Palmiers

A simple appetizer made of pesto and puff pastry!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 36 minutes
Yield 24


  • 1 sheet of puff pastry, thawed
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/2-3/4 cup pesto
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Place puff pastry on sheet of parchment. Roll into a 12 x 12 square. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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


If you used Dufour brand puff pastry (the all butter brand I prefer), the sheet of pastry is larger than ordinary grocery store brands. I rolled it to approximately 12 x 15-inches, then cut it into two 12 x 7 1/2-inch pieces. I spread half the pesto on each of the puff pastry pieces and continued with the recipe.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

2 palmiers

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 163Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 181mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 4g


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69 comments on “Easy Pesto Palmiers”

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

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

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

  4. Those pastry pops look like so much fun!

  5. 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~

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

  7. Look absolutely dear Lizzy Have a nice day!

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

  9. 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

  10. 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!

  11. 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 🙂

  12. These look absolutely perfect! I love using puff pastry!

  13. Thanks for sharing the recipe

  14. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

  20. 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!

  21. 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!

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

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

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

  25. 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!

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

  27. 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!

  28. Yummy these look amazing! 🙂

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

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

  31. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

  37. 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!

  38. Happy 2012, Lizzy!

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

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

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

  41. Great idea!
    Happy New Year!

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

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

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

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

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

  47. Lizzy! These are so pretty!!

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

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

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

  51. 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!

  52. I always have a box of puffed pastry in the refrigerator. It has saved me many times. I absolutely love these savory bites filled with homemade pesto. YUM

  53. Oooo – I have the homemade Pesto in the freezer and just need to pick up the pastry to try these yummy looking beauties! I have never heard of palmiers but I think I’ll like them! Yours look so perfect.

  54. Pesto is easily one of my favorite things-ever! These look delicious will have to try for our next football party for sure.

  55. Such and easy yet flavorful recipe!

  56. What an elegant game day treat!

  57. lloks beautiful Lizzy ! Love t5his idea!!

  58. I love pesto, these are on my list of recipes to try!

  59. I bet you start with one and before you know it the plate’s empty! Gorgeous recipe Liz!

  60. Love everything about these, easy and tasty!

  61. I can’t resist anything pesto!! And I have all of the ingredients 😉

  62. ahh palmiers are always so tasty and I love pesto!

  63. I love palmiers and your savory version is the perfect appetizer!

  64. I love that you added pesto! Double yum!

  65. The pesto with the puff pastry has got to taste amazing! So pretty!

  66. Easy, yummy and so versatile! You can add your favorite cheeses (kefalotyri and pecorino came immediately to mind) and make so many variations! Thanx so much Liz, loved it!

  67. This recipe sounds wonderful, but I don’t know the oven temperature.

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