Monday, December 20, 2010

Baking With Dorie: Sablés

I love Sablés - especially chocolate ones. But since we're baking World Peace Cookies  next & they're almost Sablés-like (and may I mention they are the best cookies, ever!), I decided not to tinker with this recipe too much and wait to get my chocolate fix next time.

So I went ahead with the spice version suggested by Dorie Greenspan & while I was fumbling around in my kitchen cabinets looking for coarse sugar, I came across a packet of peppermint candy & thought what fun it would be to roll these cookies in crushed candy . . forgetting the fact that the candy would melt in the oven . . . and so 20 minutes later I was scraping all of this from the bottom of the cookies . . 

Just remind me to stick to the recipe next time! 

That said, the cookie dough was slightly tricky. I haven't made this kind of cookie in a while & Dorie's instructions said to not over-mix the dough. So I was over-cautious but then I was using a hand-held mixer so I had to beat just slightly longer than I was supposed to, and my resulting cookie-dough was just a little smoother than it was probably meant to be. 

I divided the dough and used just one half to make cookies this morning. They're really good: buttery (though not very crumbly because I figure I overmixed the dough), sandy, and taste somewhat like a snickerdoodle. But since I'm not very fond of snickerdoodles, I have a feeling I would have loved the lemon version more and intend to try it out some time between now and the next BWD challenge

Please do check out the other BWD bakers here. For the recipe, head over to Laurie's blog Cookin' up North, or page 131 of Baking from my home to yours by Dorie Greenspan

Next up, we're baking World Peace Cookies, picked by Rebecca. If you'd like to join our baking challenge, please email me at needfulthings at ymail dot com. We'd love to have you bake along with us!


lostpastremembered said...

I'm with you I love sables and I love playing with recipes save for things I bake since I am never confident that small changes won't wreck the chemistry ( i will never learn the lesson that cutting down the sugar can have disastrous results) These look great and a perfect holiday nibble!

Sweet and Savory said...

We experiment and we learn. I think the green makes your cookies more attractive.

These are so buttery. Melt in your mouth describes them.

Sweet and Savory said...

I left a comment and it disappeared.

I was saying that I liked the remaining green that showed up. It makes for a pretty cookie.

Also, these are really melt in the mouth cookies.

♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ said...

And now i totally love Sables too , and its my first time with Sables!
Actually i did ,make somethin once , dat were sables , but nothing like these!
Oh so good!

Oh im soo looking forward to the World cookies too!
Oh am sorry for the crushed candy:-(
but sables look oh so good!
Way way good!
and i totally am in love with these melt in mouth goodness, will put up the post asap , coz need to get the pics up:-)
Thannkxx for the link , didn know which one was Laurie's:-(

laurie said...

I bet they taste awesome! It was a fun bake!

Sage Trifle said...

Very pretty cookies. But it doesn't sound like you liked them very much?

Beth said...

Your cookies look great. I'd love the lemon version too, as I think lemon makes everything taste better!

rebecca said...

your photos look great! I'll be trying the recipe in the next day or two!

tina_bakes said...

I agree with Chaya that the green makes your cookies look more attractive. It looks festive and suitable for Eid in my side of the world :)

Spot on the lemon version - I didn't make mine that but I think it would be wonderful!

tasteofbeirut said...

I always think sablés when i am craving a cookie and these look delightful, despite the little misshap with the melted candy!

Kitchen cabinets said...

I tried out your cookies and I tell its amazing.I served it with cream biscuits and everyone at my home liked it.

Grapefruit said...

You are all too kind - calling my disastrous cookies pretty! Thank you so much for stopping by!

Magdalena said...

I love sables, for their buttery taste; both sweet, although I prefer savory ones (as, in general, I do not like sweets).
Thanks for sharing and best regards.


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