Sables on a sheet tray next to a plate full of sables.
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Sablés – French Butter Cookies

Sables are an easy french butter cookies recipe, this holiday classic gives a perfect sablé cookie every time. Buttery, light, and a sandy texture.
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Keyword french butter cookies, sables cookies
Prep Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 36 minutes
Servings 40 cookies
Calories 50kcal
Author Longbourn Farm • Alli Kelley


  • 10 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg separated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups flour


  • Cream butter and sugar together.
  • Add the salt and mix.
  • Separate the egg, set the egg white aside.
  • Add the egg yolk and vanilla to the dough. Mix well.
  • Fold in the flour. I prefer to do this by hand, it will take a few minutes and the dough will be crumbly but should come together when pressed.
  • Shape dough into a log about 12 inches long. Roll tightly in parchment, making sure the dough is pressed together well. 
  • Twisting the ends of the parchment will help this. Roll the wrapped dough on the counter a few times to ensure it is a smooth log shape.
  • Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • After 1 hour, slice into cookies about 1/4 inch thick. I get about 32-40 each time I make this.
  • Whisk 1 teaspoon water into the egg white to create an egg wash.
  • Place cookies on parchment lined baking sheets and brush with reserved egg white.
  • Sprinkle tops with turbinado sugar or festive sprinkles.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 14-16 minutes. The edges should be pale golden brown.


Another classic shape is a pretzel shape, refrigerate the dough after shaping and then brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar before baking.


Calories: 50kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 41mg | Potassium: 6mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 95IU | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.2mg