Sablé my favorite cookie

Do not worry I am going to write about the real Sablé cookie you can eat and not the ones, that are saved in a Web browser. Sablé is a French round shortbread cookie. Its origin is way back in 1670. According to Wikipedia it was created the first time in Sablé-sur-Sarthe, a commune in France.

Why is Sablé my favorite Christmas cookie? Because of the buttery taste and the crunchy, sandy consistence when you bite in a Sablé. I really get addicted to Sablés. That is why I must bake them for every Christmas season. Every time when I bake Sablés I get a flashback to my childhood. I am glad that I wrote down grandmother’s recipe.

Sablé cookie
Homemade Sablés

How to do you bake Sablés? The recipe is quite easy. All you need is butter, sugar, flour, vanilla sugar and a little bit salt.

Ingredients for 80 Sablés

  • 350 g butter
  • 500 g flour
  • 150 – 200 g sugar
  • 8 g vanilla sugar
  • a pinch of salt


Do not forget to get the butter out of the fridge way ahead before you start! The butter must be incredibly soft. Start with mixing the sugar together with the butter. You want to get a frothy consistency! Add vanilla sugar and salt. Mix everything for 15 minutes! Finally, you add the flour and work everything together into a dough. Cover the dough and let it rest for an hour. After resting, create (roll) two sausages out of the dough. The diameter of the roll should be approximately 4 cm. Be careful the dough is very fragile! After you got two nice dough sausages, put them for 30 minutes in the freezer or outside on the balcony. It is much easier to cut 1 cm rounds when the dough is harder.


Start your oven and set the temperature to 190 Celsius, upper and lower heat. Put the Sablés on a backing tray with baking paper. Bake the Sablés for 10 minutes. Take care, they should not get a lot of color. After backing let the Sablés rest until they are cold and hard.


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