Tuesdays With Dorie: Sablés

Sablés, shortbread — call it what you will, it’s yummy.

This week’s TWD cookie (oh, I love it when it’s cookies!) was the French version of my beloved Scottish shortbread, and honestly, I think I liked it better. (I’m sorry, Scotland!) Dorie gives a basic recipe and then suggests several variations. I combined two of her suggestions (using ground almonds in place of some of the flour and adding cinnamon and nutmeg), and I think the possibilities are limited only by imagination. (Coconut? Cocoa powder? Grated chocolate???) Some I baked plain, some I sprinkled with raw sugar,

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and some I rolled in a combination of raw sugar and almond meal.

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Some I burnt.

They were all good. Really good. There’s not much more to say: They’re shortbread, with a particularly nice texture and flavor. I would make these again. I will make these again. I will use ground nuts in the dough again, probably pecans next time. (Would have been pecans this time, but Trader Joe’s failed me.) And I think I’ll try grated chocolate inside and coconut outside. Wow.

And from the family:

Husband: For being impregnated with almond, they were pretty good.

#1 Son: It was shortbread, a little chewier than shortbread I’ve had before, but nothing special.

#2 Son: Yum, sandy texture. Really good.

I guarantee you some fascinating variations among the many hundreds of bakers on the TWD blogroll. And try them yourself: Get Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan, or visit Barbara of Bungalow Barbara (she chose the recipe for us this week, and she’ll have it on her site for you).

More cookies next week!

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8 Responses to “Tuesdays With Dorie: Sablés”

  1. Amanda Says:

    They look wonderful! The only issue I had with these was some of them browned too much – otherwise wonderful!

  2. chocolatechic Says:

    Alex thought they were nothing special….aaaack!

    They are just so fabulous.

  3. Katrina Says:

    Ooh, that stack of them looks fabulous. I really want to try nuts next time!

  4. Teanna Says:

    Hahahah impregnated with almond!? Love it! Gorgeous cookies!

  5. Tia Says:

    AWESOME… and so different. What a great twist!

  6. Bungalow Barbara Says:

    Thank you for baking along with me this week!

    I’m with #2 son — I think your variation sounds fabulous!

  7. pamela Says:

    Oh, I’m drooling over your photos! So pretty.

  8. Margot Says:

    The sables look great and almond sounds delicious! These really crisped up quickly, I even took mine out extra early.

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