Cakes & CookiesDessertProvencal RecipesTaste

Classic Recipe for Grandmother’s French Butter Cookies

French Butter Cookies – Les Sablés. Long ago when my grandmother was still of this earth, she shared with me her French butter cookie recipe, Sablés Normand. She had been making it for years, but the recipe dates even further back than that

…Continue reading here for GGG’s post on these traditional French cookies that are just as delicious as shortbread. This is not a classic Provencal recipe, but how could we resist? In her post you can see the step-by-step recipe process in photos.

Recipe Grandmothers French Butter Cookies

Grandmother’s French Butter Cookies

A traditional French sweet treat.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Servings 2 Dozen


  • 250 gr (1 ½ cups) Flour
  • 150 gr (1 ½ sticks) Unsalted Butter melted
  • 65 gr (1/3 cup) Sugar
  • 1 Egg Yolk


  • Melt the butter and set aside.
  • Mix the sugar with the egg yolk until you get a wet crumbly mixture.
  • Add the flour until you get a dry sandy texture.
  • Add the melted butter and stir until the dough sticks together (do not over mix).
  • Chill the dough 1 hours or until firm, or not! I never have the patience
  • Take a pinch of dough and form a 1” ball that you place on a lightly buttered cookie sheet.
  • Flatten each cookie to ¼” with the flat bottom of a glass, or a cookie stamp as I did.
  • If they stick, lightly flour the dough rather than oiling like I did!
  • Bake at 375F (190C) for 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden around the edges.
  • If you want a more even look, try shaping the dough into a cylinder in plastic wrap and chilling thoroughly before slicing and baking.


By the way, “sable” also means sand – the texture you get from mixing the butter, sugar, flour, and egg yolk.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!


Please share this with friends and family.

All rights reserved. Perfectly Provence articles and other content may not be published, broadcast, rewritten (including translations into other languages) or redistributed without written permission. For usage information, please contact us.
Syndication Information
Affiliate Information
As an Amazon Associate, this website earns from qualifying purchases. Some recipes, posts and pages may have affiliate links. If you purchase via these links, we receive a small commission that does not impact your price. Thank you in advance for supporting our work to maintain Perfectly Provence.
Previous post

Discover 3 Wet Places to Cool Down in Provence this Summer

Next post

Ten Ways You Know You’re in the South of France

Girl Gone Gallic

American? French?

Our Girl Gone Gallic says "It’s always been a difficult question." Born in the US of French parents, and living in France in her earliest years has left her permanently been torn between the two countries. For now, she splits her time between the Pacific Northwest and Southern France. Evelyn says "If only I could meld the two countries together I would save a ton of money on airfare!"

A new dawn, and with it, new adventures… With this uniquely intimate view of both cultures, Girl Gone Gallic records the tales of her travels throughout France while working and traveling. She loves exploring the differences between cultures and everyday life. What better reward then to share these experiences with family, friends, and fellow travelers? So join Girl Gone Gallic whether through her blog or as part of her small experiential beginner immersion tours to France, a little company is always welcome!

No Comment

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating

The reCAPTCHA verification period has expired. Please reload the page.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.