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Oct 11, 2012

Chocolate Sables

Chocolate Sables
Chocolate sables are a lovely French shortbread cookie that has a "sandy" crumbly texture. Wonderful, pop-able chocolate cookies with a bit of salt. This is another wonderful recipe from the cookbook Miette featured in this past post.

These cookies are both easy and sophisticated. They rock as gifts.

Chocolate Sables

Adapted with permission from Meg Ray, owner of the bakery Miette, and author of the book with the same name. You can also find the recipe here written by Meg herself. 


5 ounces all purpose flour
1 ounce natural (not Dutch processed) unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
4 ounces room temperature unsalted butter
2/3 C sugar
1/4 tsp sea salt
3/4 tsp vanilla
3 1/2 ounces 70 percent cacao chocolate, grated
Sparkling sugar (or granulated if you don't have sparkling) for sprinkling


Whisk the flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda together in a bowl.
Beat the butter, sugar, salt, and vanilla together in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment for about four minutes. 
Add the dry ingredients and the chocolate and mix until just combined. 
Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to a week. (You can also freeze it for three months)
When you are ready to bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 
On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a 1/2 inch thick 6x6 inch square. Cut the dough into one inch squares. Bake them 2 inches apart on a parchment lined baking sheet. Lightly sprinkle the cookies with sparkling or granulated sugar. 
Bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

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  1. those look fudgey good! can't go wrong with anything made with chocolate!

  2. I've never had a sable but yours look delicious. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I hadn't either, but I'm glad I tried them. Thanks Annamaria!

  3. Sables are such a wonderful gift, especially chocolate! Perfect treats!

  4. I've never heard of these but they really look like something I would love! So happy to be baking with you!

  5. Yum...I love sables (and all butter based cookies/shortbreads). I've never made a chocolate version. Yours look perfect - so crispy, buttery and chocolatey. I especially love the big flakes of sugar on top - very pretty.

  6. Thank you, Nancy! You've just help me justify the big container of sparkling sugar in my pantry. =)

  7. I've had savory sables and plain sweet ones too, but never chocolate (she says running to her pantry to make sure she has the ingredients to make these.) Where have you been all my life chocolate sables?


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