sablés

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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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Comments

  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. Julie says:

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

  3. Judith says:

    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. Erin says:

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

  7. pamela says:

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

  8. Manggy says:

    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. Teanna says:

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

  10. Tracey says:

    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. Memoria says:

    Ahhh, finally someone who spelled “Sablé” correctly! :D Your sablés looks fantastic!

  12. Caitlin says:

    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. Clivia says:

    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. Corrie says:

    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. Jodie says:

    Plain is good! These were great!

  17. Karen says:

    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. Romaine says:

    Love the first picture.

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