Holiday Cookies – France – Chocolate Sables

choc sables

We were introduced to these chocolate sables by our friend Laure of Frog Mom fame.  She brought them along on a hike we went on (fondly remembered as the Banana Slug Hike adventure) and we have been hooked since.  I requested that Stacie make them for our recent International Cookie Making Extravaganza.

Sable in French means “sandy” and apparently this is a classic French cookie, a sort of crumbly chocolate shortbread.  Food network recommends sandwiching two of these sables with peppermint ice-cream for a super special treat.  YUM!! The hint of salt adds a nice counterpoint to the dark chocolate.  Stacie likes to make the dough and freeze it or keep some in the refrigerator, which is genius if you want these delectable cookies on demand.  🙂

Chocolate and Sea Salt Sables (adapted from Sunday Suppers at Lucques)


  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 8 tbsp (1 stick) salted butter
  • 6 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 extra large egg yolk
  • 1 tsp coffee extract (optional)
  • 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips and cocoa nibs
  • 1 to 2 tbsp light brown sugar


  1. Sift the flour and cocoa powder together.  Add the salt.
  2. In the stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and confectioner’s sugar at medium-high speed for 3-4 minutes, until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  3. Add the egg yolk and coffee extract (if using), and beat until fluffy again.
  4. Add the dry ingredients slowly, and mix at slow speed.  The dough should be crumbly and not quite bound together.
  5. Right before dough comes together, add the chocolate chips and cocoa nibs just to incorporate
  6. Shape the dough into logs about 1 1/2 inches in diameter.
  7. Roll the logs in the light brown sugar and wrap each one in plastic
  8. Refrigerate until very cold and firm
  9. Preheat oven to 350F
  10. Slice the dough into 1/4 inch thick rounds and place them 1/2 inch apart on on parchment lined baking sheet.  Bake 12-15 minutes until set.

3 thoughts on “Holiday Cookies – France – Chocolate Sables

  1. I don’t know if it’s just a San Francisco thing, but I had never heard of the salt and chocolate combo until I moved here. They go great together. And these sound delicious!

  2. Pingback: Holiday Baking: Ina Garten’s Salty Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies | A Little Yumminess

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