Easy Pesto Palmiers take only 4 ingredients and will be a smash hit appetizer on game days, and yet elegant enough for a dinner party!

There are so many uses for store-bought pastry that make cooking a breeze. Palmiers Recipes are impressive and super easy!

Easy Pesto Palmiers on a white tray

Why You Must Make this Palmiers Recipe

  • 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? Use some to make these palmiers!
  • This is an easy peasy 4-ingredient recipe.
  • This pesto appetizer is made with store-bought puff pastry, Parmesan, and either store-bought pesto or homemade pesto. They’re perfect football party finger food, but also fun  to kick off a special meal.
Easy Pesto Palmiers on a small appetizer plate with basil garnish

Easy Appetizer Recipe

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! You might also enjoy these Pumpkin Palmiers in the fall!

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

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

A simple appetizer made of pesto and puff pastry!


  • 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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