French Sablé Cookies

French Sablé Cookies from the Normandy region of France are thin and buttery, also  known as French butter cookies or Breton biscuits.
French Sablés

French Sablés

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

I’m back with my second  offering for the 12 Days of #ChristmasCookies which today is joining up with a second blogging group called the #InternationalCookieExchange. I chose these French cookies because for the exchange, each blogger chose a country and found a cookie from that cuisine to prepare. I love French food and also butter cookies, so this was a natural choice for me.

French Sablés are a type of French cookie from the Normandy region which is also called French Butter cookies and also Breton Biscuits. Sable refers to the sandy texture of the cookies itself.

These are usually rolled very thin and cut out with a round cookie cutter, but I really don’t have a lot of space  on my countertops for that so I simply rolled up the dough, refrigerated it and cut the cold dough into wafers. It all comes out the same in the end.

I also used high quality imported French butter in this. Use that if you can, otherwise select the best butter you can find.

I hope you enjoy these and look at both groups of bloggers and the respective cookie recipes below the recipe printout.

Tomorrow I am taking a day off from cookie posting to take part in a blogger charity event called Foodies for FoodBanks with my recipe for German Sauerbraten. Sunday I will be joining in with #SundaySupper bloggers with my recipe for another Starbucks knockoff: Gingerbread Eggnog Latte (perhaps the perfect thing to enjoy with your cookies!) And Monday I will be back with my recipe for Lemon Sprinkles Cookies for the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies and yet another blogging group called the Food Blogger Cookie Exchange. Until next  time-


French Sablés

French Sablés

  • Servings: 30
  • Difficulty: moderate
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French Sablés

Dough Chilling time: 3-4 hours

Yield: 2-1/2 dozen cookies


  • 8 ounces unsalted French butter 
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla paste
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg white
  • coarse sparkling sugar


  1. Cream together the butter with the sugars in an electric mixer.
  2. Add in the salt, vanilla paste and egg yolks (add yolks one at a time).
  3. Add flour little by little until  it makes a smooth dough, scraping down the bowl if needed.
  4. Place dough on waxed paper and form into a cylindrical roll 10′ inches long by 2″wide. Wrap wax paper around it and refrigerate for 3-4 hours until very firm.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  6. Remove dough from fridge and brush with beaten egg white using a pastry brush then roll  into coarse sugars to coat the edges.
  7. Cut into wafers 1/3″ wide and place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  8. Score with a fork, clawing at the cookie like a cat. Don’t try to press the fork into the dough like peanut butter cookies- it won’t work. ~Or~ if you like extra sugar  you can press some more sugar on the tops like sugar cookies, but I find that too much sugar detracts from the taste of the butter. Trust me.
  9. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until just lightly browned around the edges.
  10. Cool  on the pan ten minutes then slide the parchment onto a wire rack and finish cooling there.

From the kitchen of

French Sablés

Welcome to 12 Days of Cookies, hosted by FamilyAround TheTable and CookingwithCarlee. We’ll be sharing delicious cookie recipes for 12 straight days in celebration of the holiday season. Perfect for your holiday cookie trays or party dessert table. Search #ChristmasCookies to see all the goodies these 12 days. Follow the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies Pinterest board for more cookie ideas. Please visit all the blogs sharing cookie recipes today:

Day 2

Welcome to the second annual International Cookie Exchange

Hosted by Sarah from Curious Cuisiniere

Today a group of cookie-loving food bloggers is sharing recipes for cookies from around the globe. Get ready to break out your mixing bowl, because these recipes are sure to inspire you to fill your cookie
jar with cultural treats!
 You can follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #IntnlCookies, and you can find these great recipes and more cookies from around the world on the International Cookie Exchange Pinterest Board.
Here’s the #IntnlCookies Tray…
listed in alphabetical order of the cookies’ country of origin

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