Thursday, March 3, 2011

Cranberry and Pistachio Sablés

I was looking for a good Sablés recipe ( french cookies ) and after having googled for it , I found this blog Le Pétrin that had me drooling over her french cookies and telling myself .. I must bake these !!!. I have it translated and thus this came about. I love cranberry and I can go nuts over pistachio ... lol! With these two ingredients, that sealed the faith of making this sablés . I had wanted to make this for Jo last Sunday but could not make it in time for her friend to take back together with the very berry muffins. You can guess who were the lucky angels to recieve a tupper of these delectable sablés .........:) 

Yea, Claire and her gal :)  I promised Fernie I will bake some cookies for her and these came just nice since I could not make them in time for Jo . And you can guess as much that it was Claire who almost finished half the tupper before the tupper reached home. * head shaking ** and I have to remind her , " please don't finish all , keep for Fernie " :p and the tupper at can also guess who gobbled all...the Wild Boar of course !!!

Below are pictures showing the steps taken to make these sablés ..... it is not that hard to make...just remember to place the pistachio coated rolled dough in the refrigerator preferably overnight to allow it to be more firm so that it is easy to cut them into 5 -6 mm thick slices .  A beautiful and flavorful french cookie. 

I have them as after dinner dessert...2 pieces with a cup of steaming hot apple tea....this is what life is all about...after all the hard work .... time to enjoy them with a cuppa hot apple tea watching my favourite tv show  :p and below I allow my photos to tell the rest of the story........and a BIG THANK YOU to Sandra Avital for sharing this delectable french cookies :)

 Cranberry And Pistachio Sablés  ( taken from Le Pétrin  and translated )


170g softened butter

125g white sugar * I reduced to 110 g
2 egg yolks
2cc lemon juice
190gm all purpose flour
110gm almond powder  * I used hazelnut powder
110g dried cranberries

a handful minced pistachios or almonds for the crust


Cut the softened butter into pieces and beat it with a wooden spoon in a large bowl until creamy. Add in the sugar and beat until it’s well incorporated with the softened butter.

Add in the egg yolks and the lemon juice and beat until it’s mixed well with the other ingredients.

Add the sifted flour and the almond ( hazelnut )  powder, and mix until incorporated with the wet ingredients but avoid overworking the dough (it would make the cookies harder during the baking process).

Add in the dried cranberries by hand and mix them to share out equally.

Divide the dough in two pieces and form a roll.

Put the minced almonds/pistachios onto an aluminium paper and roll the cookie dough, elongating it to a length of 20-22cm. Repeat likewise with the second roll.
Wrap the dough rolls into aluminium paper, making sure the ends are closed tight. Put the rolls into the fridge, leaving it there for several hours, preferably over night. You’ll see that the dough will be really firm and ready to be cut the next day.

Preheat your oven to 180°C. Put parchement paper onto two baking trays.

Unpack one roll from the aluminium paper and keep the second one still in the fridge , cut it into 5-6mm thick slices. Put the slices onto the parchment paper, making sure there is enough space between the cookies (they spread a little).

Bake the sablés for about 12 minutes depending on their size and the temperature of your oven, until the edges are lightly toasted. Leave them on the tray for a couple minutes before transferring them onto wire racks to cool completely.

You won't believe this..IT is one of the best Sablés in the world
and you can't stop
at ONE....!!!!!

Enjoy !

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  1. These cookies definitely look addictive... ohh.. makes me hungry for one now...

  2. THese look GORGEOUS !!! I want I want I want !!! hahahaha ...

  3. Hi,
    A god-sent recipe as I have about 2kg of pistachio in my pantry.Do you toast the pistachio before using?Thanks.

  4. Joyce...yea this sables are addictive...can't stop at one :)

    Joanna....don't worry , will send some over you when Josh comes back :p provided he doesn't them by the time it reaches you :) are welcome , l am glad this came in time for you. No , you don't need to toast them. Just chop them up into nibs :)

  5. SO pretty with the contrasting red of the cranberries and green of the pistachios!!

  6. I've never had sables before! Thanks for sharing these beautiful French cookies with us!!!

  7. Elin, this is a terrific recipe. Your sables look delicious. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  8. Look SO good! Never had a Sable Biscuit before - I will HAVE to have one now! Must dream of some tasty combinations....

  9. Lizzy....yea...taste good too besides the contrasting color red and green :) are welcome...french cookies are delectable :)

    Mary....yea this is a terrific recipe from Sandra. A keeper for sure! Try this Mary, I am sure your family would love it :) You too, have a wonderful weekend :)

    Lynne....oh when you are well again , do try this :) It is awesome !

  10. oh elin, i wish i cld just have a piece of this now. I can see that the dough all covered up with pistachios, that must be so crunchy and tasty..sounds like really one of the best sables in the world!

  11. Elin, the sables looks terrific! Oh... loving the outer layer so much. Simply gorgeous. Thanks for sharing. Hope you're enjoying your weekend.
    Best regards, Kristy
    p/s nice that Jo isn't staying too far! You can FedEX over at anytime. :o)

  12. elin, those sables look so fantastic and delicious!! i cant stop looking at those lovely pictures and is making me crave for it! ;D

  13. Elinluv, tomorrow returning tupperware to u.. empty, of course! hahaha... ok, this time i better furnish you with the ingredients and labour charges.. :)

  14. My husband would eat anything with pistachios!! I've not had a sable before, but you have me so tempted. Nicely done!

  15. Lena...yup it is crunchy on the outside and has a melt in the mouth texture...haha great french cookies :)

    Kristy...I am a bit busy thus no blog hopping yet :p thanks for dropping by. This french cookie is great :) Do try it you it will finish fast :) try it out if you have the will not regret it :) are my free taster...LOL!

    Kim Kelly...thanks for dropping by. I am sure he will loves this sables...crunchy on the outside and melts in the mouth texture :)