Cheese, pesto, and puff pastry join forces in these pesto palmiers to make an easy appetizer that everyone will love.
pesto palmiers

It’s Wednesday!

But there’s no coffee {talk}. I mean, I’m definitely having coffee because I like not having to strangle everyone I meet, but instead of incoherent ramblings about nonsense, you’re getting incoherent ramblings about food!

You lucky duck.


Fear not, Wednesday Coffee Talk will, in fact, be back tomorrow, but I really felt like it would be selfish of me to keep this recipe from you for one more day, when it is quite likely the be all and end all of rockstar hostessing.

Think cheesy pesto all wrapped up in a buttery flaky puff pastry shell.

In 30 minutes or less.

I like where this is going.


Basically your major responsibility is to pull out the puff pastry a few hours before you want to use it, but after that, it’s all gravy.

Roll, spread, sprinkle, and roll again.

Pop in the oven for a quick bake and then try not to eat them before all your guests arrive.


Easier said than done, my friends.

Stay strong.


Pesto Palmiers
Cheese and pesto join forces in these pesto palmiers to make an easy appetizer that everyone will love.
Yield: 20 palmiers
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 2 (1 oz) packages fresh basil
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry dough, thawed
  • ⅜ tsp kosher salt
  • 4 oz tomato basil cheddar cheese, grated
  1. Heat oven to 400F.
  2. In the bowl of a mini food processor, pulse together the pine nuts, garlic, and basil until finely chopped. With the processor running, pour in the olive oil, letting the machine run until combined.
  3. Unfold the puff pastry and roll into a 10x9-inch rectangle. Spread the pesto over the dough, all the way to the edges. Sprinkle with the salt and cheddar cheese. Simultaneously roll up both long sides of the dough so that they meet in the center. Move to a parchment-lined baking sheet and place in the freezer for 10 minutes.
  4. Cut the dough roll cross-wise into 20 slices. Arrange the slices in a single layer on the parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 16 minutes, or until lightly brown.
Adapted slightly from Cooking Light
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 palmier

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27 Responses to Pesto Palmiers

  1. These are cute enough to eat a dozen:-)

  2. These look super tasty – a nice holiday appetizer or snack! Happy Holidays, Joanne! Enjoy your first Christmas with your husband! 🙂

  3. These are gorgeous Joanne – and such a genius idea – I don’t recall ever having a savory palmier!

  4. Cheesy pastries are always good! And these look so delicious.

  5. yum! I’d need to be sure these only came out of the oven when guests were already onsite…otherwise I might eat them all too early!

  6. Mmm definitely a snack I’d reach for! Yum!

  7. Mira says:

    These are too cute Joanne! Definitey have to try them! Genius!

  8. SallyBR says:

    Cute, lovely, I am sure delicious!

    amazing how frozen puff pastry can be a hostess’ best friend!

    looking forward to the Thursday Coffee talk 😉

  9. oh my gawd, love love love savory apps. . I’m all over this one. . esp when puff pastry is involved .. and dude, that first shot of the garlic. GORGEOUS! Happy holidays, Joanne!!

  10. Julia says:

    I’m glad you didn’t hold out on us with this gem! I have it in my mind that Christmas Eve = The Day We Eat All the Appetizers, so I’d better freaking get started, right? Pesto me, baby!

  11. Your Wednesday coffee talk on a Thursday reminds me of my Taco Tuesday…on a Monday. We’re such rebels like that. And look at you – still posting new recipes. Over achiever! I want these.

  12. Meg says:

    I would crush these in about two seconds — they look awesome. Happy holidays!

  13. Right now I’m pesto obsessed, I’ve been making soybean pesto.. YUM YUM! Happy holidays! Have a great one and eat lots of cookies! 🙂

  14. How unique! I don’t think I’ve ever had a savory palmier. Mmm–Merry Christmas, Jo!

  15. Yum! I love the savory spin on these palmiers! I must try them.

  16. sandra says:

    How lovely! What a fabulous idea!
    Merry Christmas to you!!!

  17. Pam says:

    Wow! That’s my idea of a great appetizer! Pesto works for me and thanks for the recipe.

  18. Cheese + pesto + puff pastry = a few of my favorite things. LOVE these! Happy holidays, my dear!

  19. Oh, I do savoury Palmiers – Joanne – haven’t made them for ages and these one look really good. Thanks for reminding me about them and a very merry and safe festive season to you and The Boy. The day is drawing to a close down here in New Zealand and in Hawke’s Bay it has been hot and sunny – there will be many sunburnt bodies tomorrow I suspect!

  20. Krista says:

    Mmm, what lovely little morsels these are, Joanne. 🙂

  21. Christine says:

    What delicious treats! Hope you have a Merry Christmas!

  22. I’ve made sweet palmiers but never savoury. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  23. well I’m OBVIOUSLY going to make these!!! SO GOOD

  24. These look perfect! Pesto and cheese and puff pastry…oh my! These will be making an appearance for New Year’s Eve, I’m sure!

  25. Kate says:

    I adore pesto and palmiers!

  26. Ala says:

    Hohoho. Saved. Happy 2015, you wonderful sharing gal!

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