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Recipe Grandmothers French Butter Cookies

Grandmother’s French Butter Cookies

A traditional French sweet treat.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
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.
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