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chocolate sables on baking sheet

Chocolate sables

  • Author: Amélie
  • Prep Time: 20min
  • Cook Time: 15min
  • Total Time: 35min
  • Yield: 11 cookies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: French
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Chocolate sables (or sablés) are crumbly buttery cookies with just the right amount of chocolate making you want to come back for more.


  • 120g flour (¾ cup + 1 tbsp)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 15g cocoa powder (2 tbsp), unsweetened
  • 100g butter (7 tbsp), cubed and softened to room temperature
  • 45g powdered sugar (⅓ cup)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 40g dark chocolate (¼ cup), chopped into small pieces


chocolate sables recipe instructions

  1. Make the dough. In a small bowl, mix the flour with the baking powder and cocoa powder. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, sugar and salt together with a hand mixer for 2 min until smooth and fluffy. Use the lowest speed first until the sugar is incorporated then raise the speed to medium-high. Sift the dry ingredients into the mixing bowl and beat at the lowest speed until just incorporated. The dough will be creamy and soft. Fold in the chocolate pieces evenly with a rubber spatula.

  2. Shape the log. Press the dough into a ball with your hands, then wrap it loosely in a large piece of plastic wrap. Shape the ball into a log, roughly 5cm (2 in) wide, by rolling in on your counter. Place in the freezer to firm up for 20 min. 
  3. Slice the log. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and set aside. Unwrap the dough, cut it into 5mm (0.2 in) slices and place on the prepared tray, leaving room to spread (but they won’t spread a lot). The slices might crumble a bit while cutting them with some chocolate chips falling off. It’s normal, a sable dough is crumbly and soft, so there is nothing to worry about. Put the chocolate chips back into place and use your hands to shape the slices back into round sables.
  4. Chill the slices. Place the tray in the freezer for the chocolate sables to firm up for 10 min. In the meantime, preheat your oven to 160°C (320°F).

  5. Bake. Bake the chocolate sables for 15 min. The cookies will still be soft so leave them to cool down and firm up on the baking tray for 10 min before placing them on a cooling rack. Sprinkle extra salt on top if you feel like it.


Best eaten fresh but you can store the chocolate sables in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 days.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 144
  • Fat: 8.7g

Keywords: french cookies, french dessert, quick recipe