Recipe: Palmeritas or Schweineohren or Orejas Pastries

These delicious pastries go by different names depending on where you’re from. The Germans call these Schweineohren (Pig’s Ears)… yes… I know the name leaves a little to be desired…. they are also known as Palmeritas in Argentina and Orejas in Mexico… delicious by any name for sure.

These are very easy to make using commercial frozen puff pastry… many people sweeten them with cinnamon and sugar… mine are sweetened with a mixture of melted butter and honey… they’re lightly sweet and flaky. They aren’t meant to be super sweet… but trust me.. they can be addictive… put a plate down with some coffee and watch them disappear!


The secret to mine is brushing them with the honey butter combination before and after baking… really that’s it… truly… it makes the difference between a good pastry and a great one.

I highly recommend you use parchment paper, then they won’t stick and clean up will be infinitely easier.

Take them off the parchment paper immediately after taking them out of the oven and place them on racks to cool.

Try these… you will love them!

Recipe: Palmeritas or Schweineohren or Orejas Pastries

All you need:

1 (17.3 oz.) pkg. frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons honey

All you need to do:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Put the butter and honey in a small measuring cup, cover loosely with a piece of paper towel and microwave on high for about 15 seconds or until butter has melted. Stir with a spoon.

On a lightly floured surface, unfold the puff pastry sheets.

If any seams are pulling apart, gently press them closed.

Brush liberally with the honey butter mixture.

Roll up each wide end up and meet in the middle.

Brush the top with more honey butter.

Gently cut with a serrated knife ½ inch slices and place on the prepared baking sheet.

Brush a little more honey butter on the dry part of the pastry and dab more on the top.

Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown around the edges.

Immediately remove from the baking sheet and place on wire racks.

Dab each top again with honey butter.

After 5 minutes, dab the tops again with honey butter and allow them to completely cool and serve.

Store in an airtight container.

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