ffwD: Pierre Herme’s Olive Sables


Anytime I see a recipe for sables, a combination of nervousness and excitement washes over me. My nervousness comes from a concern that these delicious homemade slice-and-bake cookies will crumble to pieces as I’m plunging my knife through the chilled cookie dough log. However, my excitement stems from the fact that sables are delicious whether crumbly or whole, and despite what ingredients might be included. I was also excited that this would be the first time baking something sweet since I finished the three-week cleanse last month!

I did my best to find oil-cured black olives per Dorie’s suggestion, but the best I could find were Kalamata olives in oil. The chewy and salty bits of olive were pretty delicious within the rather sweet cookie. I also found these buttery cookies flaky, tender, and appealingly deceptive in their looks, as from afar they were similar in appearance to the chocolate chip butter cookies found in Christmas tins. Overall, a good recipe!

Pierre Herme’s olive sables were made as a part of French Fridays with Dorie, a group of bloggers who are cooking their way through Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.

63 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bam's Kitchen (@bamskitchen)
    Apr 05, 2013 @ 06:55:46

    Very interesting to add olives in there… guess I will have to give it a try. They turned out so pretty with the little black specks in the white cookie.

  2. Cher
    Apr 05, 2013 @ 07:12:22

    These cookies were deceptively delicious. We really enjoyed them too!

  3. Karen
    Apr 05, 2013 @ 07:16:55

    They sound so interesting with the olives. I always keep a jar of oil cured olives in my refrigerator…they are my husband’s favorite.

  4. chef mimi
    Apr 05, 2013 @ 08:11:08

    Hi there! I’ve nominated you for Lovely Blogger!
    You don’t have to do anything at all – they are a lot of work! I’m now just choosing one blog per award. I think it’s a personal choice.
    But I love your blog!
    And these sables look amazing!

  5. Alison
    Apr 05, 2013 @ 08:17:03

    These look so good!! I have never tried sables, but these look so pretty and sound so delicious. Thank you for sharing!

  6. Mary Hirsch
    Apr 05, 2013 @ 08:17:43

    Agreed. Thought the were spectacular. I didn’t particularly enjoy making and eating the seaweed sables but these were yummy.

  7. Kendra
    Apr 05, 2013 @ 08:25:00

    Great picture of your olive sables! These little “cookies” really are delicious!

  8. kitchen flavours
    Apr 05, 2013 @ 10:09:58

    Looks good! Sounds good with the olives! Sables has always been on my try list!

  9. Balvinder
    Apr 05, 2013 @ 10:38:36

    These cookies sound interesting with olives!

  10. Sara
    Apr 05, 2013 @ 10:45:19

    I kinda like how tricky these little cookies are – when my husband first saw them, he said he hadn’t known I was making chocolate chip cookies! Good thing they taste so good, or he might’ve gotten a little irked. 😉 Yours look great!

  11. dedy oktavianus pardede
    Apr 05, 2013 @ 12:35:05

    never had cookies with olives, interesting…
    btw, i like it more crumbled….

  12. I Wilkerson
    Apr 05, 2013 @ 13:05:03

    These sound amazing. I love interesting taste combinations!

  13. Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today
    Apr 05, 2013 @ 13:29:11

    Cookies with olives sound like an interesting bite 🙂

  14. markd60
    Apr 05, 2013 @ 15:13:37

    I don’t know what sables are, but the picture reminds me of some cookie/crackers that my wife made. They’re good for you.

  15. bakeawaywithme.com
    Apr 05, 2013 @ 15:31:42

    They were surprisingly delicious!! I loved the the melt in your mouth texture! Yours look fabulous…great photo!!

  16. Ronda
    Apr 05, 2013 @ 18:01:28

    They do look a lot like chocolate chips, but I bet the olives were delish!

  17. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    Apr 05, 2013 @ 18:04:52

    I wasn’t paying attention (obviously) and thought, sables with chocolate chips? I think these sound wonderful!

  18. nana
    Apr 05, 2013 @ 18:16:14

    They look scrumptious and I bet those Kalamata olives were delicious in
    these sablés. They are such a flavorful olive, I just love them. Have a great

  19. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes
    Apr 05, 2013 @ 18:21:50

    Many would probably mistake them for chocolate chips, it´s true. I loved them. I hope they were worth it after such a cleanse! Have a good weekend!

  20. betsy
    Apr 05, 2013 @ 19:39:49

    I also thought these could be confused with chocolate chip cookies, for someone not expecting olives. They do look similar.

  21. thatskinnychickcanbake
    Apr 05, 2013 @ 20:20:06

    These were a pleasant surprise! Yours look perfect!

  22. Hotly Spiced
    Apr 05, 2013 @ 22:00:40

    They do look like chocolate chip cookies. I have never seen oil-cured black olives xx

  23. Tandy
    Apr 06, 2013 @ 00:05:02

    I am intrigued enough to give these a try!

  24. Three Well Beings
    Apr 06, 2013 @ 01:27:13

    I am not familiar with the word ‘sables’ and can’t tell if it’s a cookie or cracker. I love the olives, and would love to find this recipe. 🙂

  25. Food,Photography & France
    Apr 06, 2013 @ 05:08:56

    They sound fantastic. Kalamata olives are some of my favourites. You can find beautiful purpley green Kalamata olives in bottles and tins, and the bottles of oil from Kalamata are excellent.

  26. katya kitchen
    Apr 06, 2013 @ 06:15:56

    It sounds delicious, Iv´e never tried olive´s sables before, living in Spain with lots of olives trees around that would be another interesting recipe to make, have a good weekend!

  27. Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.)
    Apr 06, 2013 @ 06:25:39

    These are SO pretty!! Love the big chunks of olives – I fear I cut mine too small. Your dough also looks like it was perfect!

  28. Simply Life (@SimplyLifeBlog)
    Apr 06, 2013 @ 06:51:35

    I love all types of olives so this is right up my alley!

  29. moderngirlnutrition
    Apr 06, 2013 @ 10:29:24

    These look so cool! I’m on an olive kick

  30. Betty
    Apr 06, 2013 @ 13:06:50

    Interesting combination of flavors! I bet they have the “sweet/salty” tastes going on. Something to try when I’m feeling adventurous! 🙂

  31. Thu
    Apr 06, 2013 @ 15:32:43

    These look too pretty to eat! How are you my dear, it has been a while 😉

  32. tracy
    Apr 06, 2013 @ 17:33:59

    These look so delicious. I haven’t spent nearly enough time baking lately.

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  33. cecilia
    Apr 06, 2013 @ 21:20:51

    looks like yours sliced just fine!. c

  34. Cakelaw
    Apr 06, 2013 @ 22:58:46

    I agree – these were good and yours look scrumptious.

  35. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    Apr 06, 2013 @ 23:52:20

    I’ve never made sables.. I just love the sound of them.. and the look of yours! xx

  36. muppy
    Apr 07, 2013 @ 00:34:48

    oooooh i like the look of these

  37. Melolimparfaite
    Apr 07, 2013 @ 00:35:21

    Nice ! I’ve never seen these in the boutique here, but I’m sure my BF would so love it !

  38. The Sketched Chef
    Apr 07, 2013 @ 04:41:57

    What an interesting combination !
    I think Pierre Herme is one of the best pastry chefs.
    The first macaron I’ve ever eaten was from his boutique, when I was in Paris last year.

  39. Gloria - My Pretty Paris
    Apr 07, 2013 @ 05:18:20

    Mhhh they look so good!!!

  40. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Apr 07, 2013 @ 07:38:54

    I have never tried an olive sable but I think I must now. These look fantastic!

  41. Lola
    Apr 07, 2013 @ 09:53:13

    These were delicious weren’t they? I wonder how the dough would work as a sweet cookie if we left out the olives. Yours look good!

  42. Ameena
    Apr 07, 2013 @ 11:04:08

    Olive cookies? Genius. I think this is an amazing idea. They look delicious.

  43. Asmita (@FoodieAsmita)
    Apr 07, 2013 @ 11:40:37

    Amazing cookies! Love them!

  44. Beth
    Apr 07, 2013 @ 14:16:55

    These cookies sound delicious and interesting!

  45. Daniela
    Apr 07, 2013 @ 18:23:07

    This is a recipe I’ll try on the spot!
    My husband loves everything with olives and the Sables look amazing.

  46. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    Apr 07, 2013 @ 22:36:47

    Love the look of these sables. The only savory ones I’ve had before were gruyere, but these make so much sense and they’re so pretty, too!

  47. Jessica
    Apr 07, 2013 @ 23:21:45

    so unique!


  48. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes
    Apr 07, 2013 @ 23:52:03

    These look so cool! I love how different they are with the olives…

  49. atasteofmadess
    Apr 08, 2013 @ 00:32:02

    Ooh, yum! i love anything with olives, this sounds fantastic!

  50. rsmacaalay
    Apr 08, 2013 @ 03:51:21

    Those sables look delicious, I havent tried this yet but I am really curious with the olives in cookies. Got to try and make some of this

  51. Amy (Savory Moments)
    Apr 08, 2013 @ 05:38:53

    What a very interesting savory cookie – I’ve never seen olives in a cookie before! Very unique.

  52. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    Apr 08, 2013 @ 06:01:15

    I’ve never eaten olives in a cookie before but I’m willing to give these a go, they look marvelous.

  53. squishymonster
    Apr 08, 2013 @ 12:32:37

    How nice and different!

  54. Dana @ Simply Romanesco
    Apr 08, 2013 @ 12:55:06

    I have Kalamata olives in the fridge and I know what I’m going to do with them. I’m going to make these sables 🙂 They look delicious!

  55. Sara
    Apr 08, 2013 @ 15:22:40

    These sound fantastic! I love a good mix of salty and sweet. 🙂

  56. Elaine
    Apr 08, 2013 @ 17:53:56

    That’s a great photo of your sables. Glad you enjoyed them!

  57. SandraM
    Apr 08, 2013 @ 19:34:27

    What lovely looking sable cookies. I love the idea of olives in them. Yum!

  58. Geraldine Saucier
    Apr 08, 2013 @ 20:34:37

    Great job:) I skipped this recipe. My slice and bakes and I do not do well. They always seem to crumble.

  59. eatinglikeahorse
    Apr 09, 2013 @ 00:37:42

    I made sables for the first time last year and they’re so addictive, the texture’s amazing… yours look perfect and I’m intrigued by the addition of olives…!

  60. Amelia
    Apr 09, 2013 @ 10:39:40

    Hi, your sables look addictive. Guess hard to stop eating. :))
    Best regards.

  61. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Apr 10, 2013 @ 15:18:04

    I love sables, but never tried with olive. Make me curious how it’s like. 🙂 Your shape is perfect. I always have issues with the shape when I make sables.

  62. Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories
    Apr 22, 2013 @ 20:15:45

    I’m a big savory sable fan. These are soooo cute!

  63. Meenakshi
    Apr 25, 2013 @ 05:02:22

    Beautiful picture! Is sable like shortbread?

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