Friday, March 23, 2012

FFwD Cocoa Sablés


The Cocoa Sablé….Oooh la la!

Well, here we are again! Another French Friday! Has anyone noticed how fast the weeks pass by? With all the beautiful spring weather we’ve been having here in the northeast, I spent most of the week outdoors cleaning out my flower beds. Something I usually don’t get to do until the end of April. I’m loving this weather!  Back to French Fridays. This week our recipe was Cocoa Sablés. Sablés are a classic French cookie, flavored with cocoa and coated in sugar. Dories recipe is for a traditional Sablé cookie. It has no eggs and is essentially a French Shortbread. As with any shortbread, the main ingredients are butter, flour and sugar. However, the sablés also have cocoa powder, salt and vanilla. Dorie gives you the option to add ¼ lb. of chopped chocolate…which I did!! Optional  chocolate….really? The word sablé actually means sand in French, which accurately describes the texture of this cookie.
These cookies were easy to put together…creaming the butter…adding the sugar gradually, then adding the dry ingredients. Mix in the chopped chocolate and shape into two rolls. Wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours. When they are ready to bake, brush them with a beaten egg, roll in sugar and slice. Then be prepared for the incredible taste of the Sablé! The chocolaty flavor is strong...the melt in your mouth, crumbly, sweet, and yet a bit salty cookie is one of the best things I’ve eaten. A perfect accompaniment with my tea! One problem….I can’t seem to eat just one!!
Happy French Friday everyone!
This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspans’ cookbook “Around My French Table” and several people have posted it on their blogs. You can check out what other Doristas are doing by clicking here.

Beating the butter and sugar till creamy…don’t whip
Add dry ingredients in three additions…then stir in the chopped chocolate
Shape into two rolls and refrigerate for 3 hours
Slice
And bake
Delectable….Perfect with your tea, coffee or a glass of milk

33 comments:

  1. These lovelies look perfect, impossible to eat just one! Enjoy your warm weather this weekend,;-)

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  2. Very lovely, Kathy.

    This weather has been just ridiculously amazing. Although, being at work all week, I didn't take advantage of it the way I would have liked to. Sigh.

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  3. I had to smile - extra chocolate is definitely never optional. I'm wishing I hadn't chopped mine so finely. These larger chunks look so nice.

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  4. I didn't think the chocolate was optional either! No way! Looks great!

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  5. Kathy, they look beautiful and ever so yummy:) You did a fantastic job:) Have a great weekend!

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  6. Wow, Kathy! These are the best photos I've seen. They look absolutely perfect!

    Have a great weekend!

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  7. Kathy, these look really wonderful. Your photos are terrific. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  8. I really thought the chocolate WAS optional, but after looking around at everyone's post, I fear I may have been wrong! I know my cookies would be in a different league if only those chocolate bits were in there. I love how perfect your cookies looked, even the sugar coating looks so elegant!

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  9. Your cookies look delicious! Yummy!

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  10. The weather is crazy. My daffodils bloomed before the crocus or forsythia. It's sort of upside down. Your cookies look so delicious. I love how you sprinkled them with (more) cocoa for the photos. I made tiny ones, looks like about 4 of my rolls are the same as one of yours! Then you can eat more with less guilt. Have a great weekend.

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  11. Absolutely perfect, Kathy! I didn't have such luck with mine, but I managed to salvage the dough in a special way! :)

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  12. I agree that extra chocolate is NOT optional!! :)

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  13. As far as computer literate, I'm not so sure, a lot of trial and error on my part. Way back when I was still employed, my most
    favorite button on the key board was the delete button. I could clear more files than was called for. Your sablés look great, and as far as cooking goes, I have been outside all week cleaning up the leaves and everything else in the
    yard. If the temperatures are this high now, guarantee the summer will be dried grass for sure.

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  14. Love that you added the chocolate bits! Your process photos are gorgeous!

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  15. Your sables turned out perfectly Kathy. I agree they are pretty good. Have a great weekend!

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  16. Kathy, Beautiful cookies. Total explanation of the simple slice and bake. Agree about the chocolate. Never an option. Spring is my favorite time of the year - love to be outdoors. So glad this recipe was simple. Mary http://www.lightsonbrightnobrakes.com/

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  17. I can't eat just one either! Your sables look beautiful, and I love your "beating butter and sugar" picture!

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  18. Beautiful, Kathy! I love how you can see the little chunks of chocolate...mmmmmmm.

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  19. What gorgeous sable cookies :D
    I love the chocolate wrapped in chocolate - Also, don't you just adore the cut method?

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: Colossal Caramel Peanut Monster Cookies

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  20. I love the chocolate chunks in these! They sound so delicious!

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  21. Your cookies look so beautiful, Kathy. I love that you can see all the bits of chocolate in yours. So glad that you are out enjoying the weather you are having. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  22. Such beautiful and perfectly done cookies. As for me, cutting and baking is not an issue, since I bake a lot of biscotti that also requires cutting, and baking.
    Kathy-I would love a slice or two of these amazing cookies right now, with a hot cup of tea:DDD

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  23. I've been out cleaning out my gardens as well. I am weeks ahead of schedule just like all the flowering trees and bulbs in my yard.
    Your sables look lovely and I had mine with tea, too!

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  24. I have seen a few posts out there, but your close ups here really are amazing. Definitely showcases just what a great cookie recipe this is. I have not made them in a while, but that needs to change. Hope you are enjoying the weekend!

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  25. I agree Kathy, the weeks just fly by. It's either Monday or Friday. I love how easy these are to make, can't wait to have mine. Happy gardening :)

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  26. Those cookies push all my buttons. Shortbread...chocolate...Ahhhhh! I've always had a thing for icebox cookies too and that's what these remind me of. I was tempted to clean my gardens too, but didn't quite get to it. I did however, move a couple plants outside to drink up some sun and warmth! Hope you had a relaxing weekend!

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  27. You are the third blog that I visited that participates in the French Fridays with Dorie. It makes this vast web of food bloggers feel that much more intimate! Those sables look like the perfect pairing for a hot cup of coffee. Just saying the word "sable" would be worth making them.

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  28. These sables look great, Kathy!
    By the way, thank you so much for buying my books. If you'd like me to personalize them for your granddaughter, I'd be more than happy to send you a couple of book plates. Just let me know!

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  29. Love your photos almost as much as I love these cookies. I could eat these every day. Your cookies look perfect. Well done.

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  30. I love making cut and bake cookies... this use to be the only kinds I'd make when I started out at 11 baking. my goodness the memories you just brought back to me... I cant wait to get into the baking mood this is bookmarked! thank you :) have a great week!

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  31. I really enjoyed these also! Perfect with coffee or afternoon snack!

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  32. finally got to mine today - yours looks great!

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  33. They look extremely delicious but then again how can they not be since they contain chocolate?

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