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I was all excited about these cookies after I mixed up the dough, which tasted amazing. I was looking forward to how pretty they’d look once they were baked, tall and flat with glittery sugar around their edges.

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Then I saw that there was some flavor variations that I could have played with. Because what’s better than regular sablés? Lemon sablés! Ooh, or orange. Or I could have used vanilla sugar instead of regular sugar! Now I was disappointed in my cookies. Stupid boring plain sablés.

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Except, not really. Because without any other flavors getting in the way, these cookies mostly taste like butter. And sugar. And salt. In other words, like everything good.

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Barbara chose these for Tuesdays with Dorie and has the recipe posted. I didn’t follow the directions quite as precisely as I should have, which is why my cookies don’t have straight edges and and a perfectly even texture.

One year ago: Grandma’s All-Occasion Sugar Cookies

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  1. They’re super pretty, but I might have stuck w/ the dough if it was that good. I’m quite the cookie dough addict 😉

  2. I loved the little hit of salt with the sweet in these cookies. Your photos are lovely!

  3. So what’s your secret? Your log is faaaar better than mine, which was crumbling and coming apart like my shortbread dough always does. The cookies were delicious, but I only got 15 out of the batch. Did you roll with plastic wrap or use some other magic technique?

  4. bridget says:

    Judith – It sounds like the consistency of our dough was different. Maybe my butter was softer, or maybe I ended up using less flour. I measure by weight, so I used 9.6 ounces. I definitely don’t have a special method for forming the log of dough – smoosh in wax paper, roll around a bit until it’s roundish.

  5. These cookies are little bits of heaven for the tongue.

  6. I skipped the flavor variations, too. Yours are really pretty!

  7. They look wonderful! In that first shot, they look like they came straight out of the tin.

  8. Aw, that’s okay! Plain is nice too (or at least with a vanilla bean 🙂 Dipping in white chocolate is also a good last addition! 🙂

  9. Haha these do have everything good! They are gorgeous too!

  10. I really like the simplicity of your sables! They’re gorgeous with the sparkly white sugar. I made the lemon and can tell you those are delicious too!

  11. Ahhh, finally someone who spelled “Sablé” correctly! 😀 Your sablés looks fantastic!

  12. I adored these cookies, but I think you’re right – I’ve just tried sub-par shortbread recipes. Really really need to buy Tartine, don’t I? Your sables look wonderful – love the picture of the cylinder of dough resting in the sugar, it’s just so sparkly!

  13. Reading through all the variations that everyone else did, I know how you feel about just making plain ones. There’s always next time!

  14. Your sables look lovely. I, being a dough lover as well, thought the dough tasted amazing too! :o) This is definitely one of my favorite TWD recipes thus far. Simple and utterly delicious.

  15. Thank you for baking along with me this week!
    I love the plain version too. As you said, all the basic good things!

  16. Plain is good! These were great!

  17. I think these look absolutely lovely! Love the sugar coated dough. I thought about some of the playing around but ended up not even putting the sugar on.

  18. Love the first picture.