Grandmother’s French Butter Cookies
A traditional French sweet treat.
Servings Prep Time
2Dozen 15Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10-12Minutes 1Hour
Servings Prep Time
2Dozen 15Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10-12Minutes 1Hour
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Melt the butter and set aside.
  2. Mix the sugar with the egg yolk until you get a wet crumbly mixture.
  3. Add the flour until you get a dry sandy texture.
  4. Add the melted butter and stir until the dough sticks together (do not over mix).
  5. Chill the dough 1 hours or until firm, or not! I never have the patience
  6. Take a pinch of dough and form a 1” ball that you place on a lightly buttered cookie sheet.
  7. Flatten each cookie to ¼” with the flat bottom of a glass, or a cookie stamp as I did.
  8. If they stick, lightly flour the dough rather than oiling like I did!
  9. Bake at 375F (190C) for 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden around the edges.
  10. If you want a more even look, try shaping the dough into a cylinder in plastic wrap and chilling thoroughly before slicing and baking.
Recipe Notes

By the way, “sable” also means sand – the texture you get from mixing the butter, sugar, flour, and egg yolk.