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Lemon Sables - Lemon Butter Cookies Recipe

Looking for an easy Lemon Sables - Lemon Butter Cookies recipe? Learn how to make Lemon Sables - Lemon Butter Cookies using healthy ingredients.

Submitted by jolinville

Makes 40 servings

Sable cookies are a classic French cookie originating in Normandy. Sable is French for "sand," which refer to the sandy texture of these delicate shortbread-like cookies.

Recipe Ingredients for Lemon Sables - Lemon Butter Cookies

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons grated lemon zest (from 2 to 3 lemons)
1 teaspoon salt
3 large egg yolks
1/2 cup Granulated sugar (for coating)
1 egg white
1 teaspoons water (for coating)

Recipe Directions for Lemon Sables - Lemon Butter Cookies

  1. * Because the dough is made with powdered (confectioners) sugar, the cookies are softer and more tender than most butter cookies.

  2. ** This is a good place to use your sea salt or Fleur de Sel.

  3. In a small bowl, sift the flour and baking powder together; set aside.

  4. Using the paddle attachment of your mixer, beat butter until creamy. Add the powdered sugar and beat for an additional minute. Add the granulated sugar and beat another minutes until combined. Add the lemon zest and salt; mix just briefly. Add the egg yolks and mix until just combined.

  5. With the mixer on low, gradually add the flour mixture and blend just until the flour is incorporated. NOTE: It is better to under beat than over beat at this point. Be gentle when you mix in the flour, as tender cookies depend on a tender touch.

  6. Divide the dough between two 1-foot long sheet of plastic wrap or parchment paper. The dough will be quite soft at this point. Shape each dough piece into a rough log approximately 1 1/4 inches thick (it is important to get the thickness right). Wrap the plastic wrap around the dough; continue shaping and rolling form a nice round log. Twist the end of the plastic wrap and tuck them under each log. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to a 3 days. The dough can also be stored in the freezer for up 1 month. NOTE: Refrigerating the dough relaxes the gluten and also helps the cookies hold their shape during slicing and baking.

  7. When ready to bake the cookies, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and place rack in the middle of the oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

  8. Lay a 3rd piece of plastic wrap or parchment sheet on the counter and pour out a ridge of granulated sugar, approximately the length of the logs, for rolling them in. In a small bowl, whisk the egg white and water together.

  9. Remove the logs of dough from the refrigerator, unwrap them, and brush them lightly with a little egg white.

  10. Roll the chilled dough logs, one at a time, in the granulated sugar, pressing the sugar gently to get it to stick if necessary. Completely coat the logs with sugar. Using a sharp knife, slice the logs into 1/4-inch thick slices. Lay the slices about 1-inch apart on the prepared baking sheets.

  11. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes (turning the baking sheets halfway through baking) until golden on the edges only. Remove from oven and let cool on baking racks. Store in an airtight container. These cookies are best after sitting a couple of days. Because of the sugar coating, these cookies are not suitable for freezing. For Christmas, roll dough in larger-grained, crystal, or colored sugar.

  12. Makes approximately 40 cookies.


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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 21.7g
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Total Carbohydrates
Dietary Fiber
Vitamin A 3% Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 2% Iron 2%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.


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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
    Bad points
  • High in saturated fat
  • High in sugar
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