ffwD: Classic Butter Sables

Okay, you got me. I’m pulling a fast one for this week’s French Fridays with Dorie. Earlier this month, I made Dorie’s bonne idee classic sable recipe without realizing that her cocoa sables were a possible assignment for this month. I made two logs of classic sable dough, halved one log, and decorated the slices with green and yellow sugar. I froze the other log and decided to use it this week because there was no way I was going to make another two logs of cocoa sables. I used regular white sugar to coat these cookies, and they ended up quite buttery and

Going forward, I’m re-channeling my energy towards next week’s assignment: crab & grapefruit salad. This one will be a stretch for me because although I absolutely love crab, I cannot stand grapefruit. It’s almost on par with my dislike of mustard. So, I’m in a bit of a quandary, and I’m really having to psyche myself out for grapefruit. It will take some doing, but I’m hoping for a positive result!

To see how others fared with cocoa or classic butter sables, check out French Fridays with Dorie where we make recipes from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.

82 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. hotlyspiced
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 06:45:53

    I think your butter biscuits look pretty good. I’m sure it wouldn’t be possible to stop at just one – they look like the perfect snack! xx

  2. Three-Cookies
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 06:48:46

    I haven’t had shortbread/sables in ages. Thanks for the reminder, and for triggering my craving now:)

  3. ohfishiee
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 06:54:53

    i can smell the aromatic butter shortbread there 🙂 so good for my tea!

  4. Mary Hirsch
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 07:00:52

    I think I would have been happier with just the plain little buttery sablé like yours. And, they looked lovely. Perfect little rounds. How DO you do that. By the way, I remember seeing your Mardi Gras Sablés – they looked darling. With the ube ice cream, not so sure! My hats off to you. You are, indeed a baker. But everything you cook, bake, make looks yummy.

  5. filingawaycupcakes
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 07:03:34

    I love kiddy tuppies! Tis recipe is cute and I bet it’s yummy!

  6. Cher
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 07:13:48

    I would have much prefered the vanilla/ butter sables. I have cookie envy.

    The salad was actually very good – if you aren’t a huge grapefruit fan, I would add avocado and leave the grapefruit off (my one daughter had hers without the grapefruit on it and absolutely enjoyed it).

  7. thekalechronicles
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 07:28:09

    Mmm. Crab and grapefruit with mustard — I might like that. But there’s no help for ingredients you truly dislike: I don’t like either English peas or asparagus so spring is a vegetable nightmare for me.

    • bevwinchester
      Mar 24, 2012 @ 21:57:01

      I hear you on that- split pea soup; I can NOT handle it; this crab/grapefruit combo could be tricky.

  8. Ei
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 07:31:21

    I’m with you. I hate grapefruit. HATE IT. I plan to be a good sport and try it anyway, but I’m going to be really angry if it destroys some lovely crab meat.

    Your cookies look great. I really liked the texture of these, and definitely plan to make the classic version in the future.

  9. Necessity is the Mother of Invention
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 07:36:45

    I love the colored bowls — really makes the cookies look wonderful. I remember that green and yellow sugar post. Nice way to give yourself a little teeny break!

    I have mixed feelings about grapefruit — I do sort of like it with lots of sugar on top, but this will be interesting. I love crab, so hope that helps.

  10. Inger Wilkerson
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 07:44:00

    I love your freezing the log. A great reminder that it’s possible to have “convenience” food that is actually good! Would it help to use red grapefruit in your salad next week? Usually less bitter–I will eat red but not white…

  11. Ms Jelena
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 07:53:46

    Oh yum! You’re making me crave some right now!


  12. Life is Full
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 08:23:38

    Mmm…buttery goodness! 🙂

  13. Gracie ~ Food Fascination
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 08:27:48

    Mmmmmm…your sables look great.

  14. alwaysaddmorebutter
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 08:36:39

    Your sables look so cute in those colorful little bowls! I made some Meyer Lemon sables a few months back & preferred those over the chocolate ones but it’s pretty rare for me to turn down a cookie, whatever the flavor:) I’m also apprehensive about the salad but kind of excited too because I would never make that recipe if I wasn’t in this group. Forcing me out of my buttery comfort zone and all that!

  15. Adriana @ GreatFood360°
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 09:18:05

    Love your sablés – and the last time I checked doing the bonné ideé ahead of time is not pulling a fast one. Those browned edges are super pretty, YC.

  16. Trevor Sis Boom
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 09:18:16

    I am absolutely awash in cookies too what with these, 50 boxes of girls scouts cookies and the treats made with them. But regular butter sables will always have a place in my freezer! I’m on a roll so even though this upcoming salad isn’t my thing I’m going to try. I want to encourage the non baking assignments in this group!

  17. Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 09:34:42

    There’s nothing I love more than a simple butter cookie, and shortbread is no exception! These look so delicious and decadent. Thanks for sharing. Also, I’m having a great giveaway today with four potential prize winners, so you should enter!

  18. mireia
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 10:08:13

    Those look delicious!!!!
    Can´t wait to see the crab & grapefruit salad although, to tell you the truth, I don’t really like grapefruit either!!!

  19. Maya@Foodiva's Kitchen
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 10:19:43

    I like both your posts for the classic sables with the colored and plain sugars. I’m also looking forward to next week, and wondering if I have to pick through a cooked crab (urrgh) for this dish. Perhaps you can sub the grapefruit with orange or pomelo?

  20. Kara (@cookeatread)
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 10:21:57

    I wasn’t around for the original sables. These look heavenly!

  21. Amanda
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 11:51:23

    I love those little dishes, and the photos! The cookies look delicious! Good luck with the grapefruit, hopefully it won’t end up being too offensive! 😉

  22. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 12:47:42

    Shove that salad in an avocado! These cookies look great. I love when you toss out the rules.

  23. Dara
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 13:28:34

    These look awesome! I love your presentation in the colored bowls.

  24. kitchenbelleicious
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 13:48:37

    GET IN MY BELLY! Enough said!

  25. Purely.. Kay
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 13:51:31

    Just look at those delicious and wonderful butter sables.. they are the type of snack I wish I had right now 🙂

  26. maha
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 14:44:31

    this looks really delicious n very new also….loved it….

  27. Patty
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 15:14:00

    Your vanilla sables look so pretty in the bright colored dishes! Next time I’m going to try your version although I did really like the cocoa sables. I love crab but agree that I’m not really feeling the grapefruit, I might substitute with another fruit..we’ll see!

  28. Kathy
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 15:34:52

    I love the classic butter sables….they look beautiful! I am a chocoholic though! I would love to give these a try!
    I haven’t looked at the recipe yet for next weeks salad but why not substitute oranges!

  29. oneexpatslife
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 16:29:07

    Yum, I’ve made these sables before as well and loved them. Not so much the cocoa ones tho.

  30. frolickingnightowl
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 16:50:22

    very cool/fun photos!

  31. eatinglikeahorse
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 16:53:41

    I love sables – and I can see from this picture just how short, crisp and buttery these are *drool* – biscuit perfection!

  32. Bizzy
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 17:02:56

    You are amazing and these cookies are too.

  33. Bizzy
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 17:26:33

    I left a comment and it is not here. That must have been when my computer crashed.

    These are intriguing sables and I hope you will link them to Bake with Bizzy. In fact, just link up, all your baked goods. Everything looks great. (I am kidding about all of them.)

  34. Cakelaw
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 17:44:20

    Your sables look great. I am with you on not wanting to make even more cookies, especially when you live alone. Do try the crab salad – I thought I’d hate the raw pepper, chilli and onion, but loved it – the flavours blend wonderfully.

  35. Terra Baltosiewich (@CafeTerraBlog)
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 18:42:57

    Okay those look like buttery happiness in every bite:-) YUM!!! Hugs, Terra

  36. Liz
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 18:46:05

    Perfectly done…and you sure lucked out 🙂 I’m thinking you could substitute orange for the grapefruit next week….I’d hate you to ruin a whole bunch of crab b/c of your dislike of the stuff. If you need permission, I’m giving you mine 🙂

  37. Just A Smidgen
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 20:21:06

    I think these look so perfect, it would be tough to stop at one! Good luck with your grapefruit.. I adore it, probs because we grew up eating it with a special serrated spoon and tons of brown sugar:)

  38. kitchen flavours
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 21:11:18

    Your sables looks wonderful! There’s one recipe too in BFMHTY that I have always wanted to try! I think I should do it soon! Have a lovely day!

  39. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 22:34:35

    I adore sables…I just MUST make some of these soon. Yours look perfect.

  40. Choc Chip Uru
    Mar 24, 2012 @ 06:01:42

    These sables look perfectly – soft, buttery and beautiful 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  41. Bam's Kitchen
    Mar 24, 2012 @ 06:54:00

    Buttery bliss. I will get the kettle going, please bring the butter sables. YUM.

  42. RebeccaSubbiah RD (@chowandchatter)
    Mar 24, 2012 @ 08:32:43

    love butter cookies like this 🙂

  43. nana
    Mar 24, 2012 @ 12:13:22

    Those sablés look wonderful, I think I would have like the vanilla type
    better too, because I love Bretonne cookies and I think these are quite similar.
    I think the way you displayed them in those little dishes is adorable.

  44. Anita Menon
    Mar 24, 2012 @ 12:18:37

    These look lovely!

  45. Marie
    Mar 24, 2012 @ 12:44:27

    I liked the chocolate version, but there’s nothing better than a plain vanilla shortbread – with lots of butter.

  46. Asmita (@FoodieAsmita)
    Mar 24, 2012 @ 12:50:18

    Omg, how yummy is that?

  47. Elaine
    Mar 24, 2012 @ 13:11:38

    The cocoa sables were such a hit at my house, I’m going to have to make these next. They look wonderful and so buttery!

  48. betsy
    Mar 24, 2012 @ 15:55:20

    You are the first one I’ve seen that tried the bonne idee. Your cookies look amazing. I can’t wait to try the variation. I’m a huge fan of slice and bake cookies because of the instant gratification when you have a log in the freezer.

  49. Heather
    Mar 24, 2012 @ 16:10:17

    looks delicious!!

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  51. Kristin
    Mar 24, 2012 @ 17:34:58

    Sorry you don’t like grapefruit, but I sure do. Ha! Can’t wait to see the post!

  52. Gourmantine
    Mar 24, 2012 @ 17:50:05

    Nothing can beat a good buttery cookie! Looks lovely!

  53. kathleen
    Mar 24, 2012 @ 18:32:24

    Those sables look delicious! Yeah, I am not sure how the grapefruit will taste with crab either. I haven’t eaten grapefruit in years, guess I am not a big fan of it either, lol.

  54. Amy (Savory Moments)
    Mar 24, 2012 @ 19:14:08

    MMMMmmm.. so buttery and delicious – perfect with a hot cup of tea.

  55. bygore
    Mar 24, 2012 @ 21:50:16

    Oh my gosh, these look absolutely delectable. I want one ! So you do Tuesdays with Dorie and French Fridays too? Wish I had more time, I’d bake and cook more often 🙂

  56. Dolly
    Mar 24, 2012 @ 23:51:35

    ahhh butter shortbread.. these babies can get deadly..

    i scoff shortbread down like theres no tommorow… this recipe needs to be hidden away from me before i become waisty 😦

  57. cooking-varieties (wan)
    Mar 25, 2012 @ 03:00:20

    hi yummy chunklet, never heard of anyone who cant stand grapefruit the way you do. ha ha. i have never eaten this sables before, looks soft and yummy tho’.
    best of luck in you cooking assignments.
    have a nice day

  58. mykitchenstories
    Mar 25, 2012 @ 04:50:44

    Yum delicious, a Sable is as close to heaven as you can get.

  59. mykitchenstories
    Mar 25, 2012 @ 04:52:17

    Your sable biscuits as delicious looking. They are about as close to heaven as you are going to get!

  60. Jana
    Mar 25, 2012 @ 06:24:07

    Tienen una pinta deliciosa 😀
    Un besito y feliz domingo!

  61. Helene (@MasalaHerb)
    Mar 25, 2012 @ 09:06:00

    yay! butter cookies! they look wonderful u did a great job. Are there any left? 😉

  62. Simply Life
    Mar 25, 2012 @ 10:17:10

    oooh, these look perfect for any time of day- especially with a cup of tea!

  63. promenadeplantings
    Mar 25, 2012 @ 10:19:43

    These look simply wonderful!

  64. Ameena
    Mar 25, 2012 @ 10:30:59

    I’ve never heard of a sable before but it looks like a fantastic sister to shortbread.

    Hope you are having a fantastic weekend so far! I wish I had some of these to brighten up my Sunday. 🙂

  65. sally
    Mar 25, 2012 @ 10:38:29

    I love those cute little bowls–so colorful! The cookies look great too! Good luck with the crab and grapefruit salad.

  66. Robin
    Mar 25, 2012 @ 11:03:01

    Delicious looking cookies and great photos. Love your little colored dishes. If you don’t like grapefruit, substitute oranges. I am looking forward to next weeks recipe because I love crab.

  67. Louise
    Mar 25, 2012 @ 12:49:21

    Aren’t those Sables just picture perfect! I can just imagine their buttery taste. Each snap a delight:)

    I’m not too fond of grapefruit myself. Although I do imagine it would probably “marry” well with the crab and some sort of herb such as mint. Wait, what about “roasting” the grapefruit before using it. I recall I once had roasted grapefruit and I liked it!

    Thanks for sharing, Yummy. Have fun with the next one!!!

  68. Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious
    Mar 25, 2012 @ 20:40:36

    This is really my fave kind of cookie, just simple flour, sugar, and butter. Oh, and of course Chocolate Chip Cookies! 🙂 Yours look great!!!

  69. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Mar 25, 2012 @ 22:12:51

    I would love one of those with coffee for a snack tonight!

  70. Maureen (@OrgasmicChef)
    Mar 26, 2012 @ 00:24:14

    These look fantastic! Simple and delicious.

  71. Kris Barlow
    Mar 26, 2012 @ 05:45:01

    I love these vanilla sables. Yours look so good. Sometimes, like now, I crave simple butter cookies. Well done.

  72. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Mar 27, 2012 @ 01:09:24

    To tell you the truth, I love butter sables more than chocolate chip cookies – wait, I like both… but if I can only eat one… I probably choose sable. 🙂 Your butter sables are exactly what I want to eat right now. Sounds like what this recipe is perfect!

  73. Lisa Nocera (@LisaNutrition)
    Mar 27, 2012 @ 18:40:02

    This would be perfect w/ some coffee or tea right about now!

  74. Deepti
    Mar 27, 2012 @ 19:58:55

    Love it! The sables looks superb and yummy.

  75. Baking is my Zen
    Mar 28, 2012 @ 11:04:13

    Oooh, I’d like to have a few of these right about now…

    ~ Carmen

  76. Deanna
    Mar 28, 2012 @ 12:57:37

    Oh, I would love one of those cookies to go with my coffee right now. Can you ship some? Please?

  77. Kanan
    Mar 29, 2012 @ 16:05:03

    this cookies looks so great. You have so many yummy recipes collection. I will spend some time here now:)

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  79. jora
    Mar 30, 2012 @ 09:09:27

    Your photos always come out great – I love the cute containers! I wish I had made the classic sables instead of the chocolate ones, they look so much better to me.

  80. Alice
    Mar 31, 2012 @ 11:54:14

    it looks like part of your post was cut off, about the second paragraph or so, just before the crab & grapefruit …. 😦 that has happened to me before on other things and boy is it disheartening! … oh well, at least you enjoyed some delicious cookies nonetheless!

  81. Gartenmöbel
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 08:26:12

    Haha so true.

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