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The palmier is a quintessential French dessert. A sweet and buttery pastry that resembles a cookie, made from puff pastry and homemade vanilla bean sugar.
Vanilla sugar is very easy to make. Simply split open a vanilla bean (I like to use Madagascar or Tahitian), scrape out the vanilla caviar and combine with the sugar. After the vanilla is combined with the sugar, I like to spread it out onto a baking sheet and let the sugar and vanilla dry out overnight. I then place the completed sugar into a lidded jar with the scraped vanilla bean pod for added flavor. The vanilla sugar adds a wonderful depth of flavor to the palmier.