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French Shortbread Cookies recipe

Recette: Petits sablés
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Sleep Time: 30 min
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Servings 6 person(s)
Difficulty level 1 out of 5
Calories Per Serving: 206 kCal (824 kJ)
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  • For 1 baking sheet (about 24 cookies) :
  • 1 cup (150g) flour
  • 1/3 cup (75g) butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/3 cup (75g) sugar
  • 1 small egg
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • Flavoring of your choice: vanilla, lemon, cinnamon ...


  • 1 bowl or 1 kitchen counter
  • 1 rolling pin
  • 1 spatula
  • 1 cookie cutter


  1. To prepare the shortbread dough:

    Carefully mix the flour, sugar, butter (cut into small pieces), salt, and flavor of your choice all together by pressing and rubbing the palms of your hands against one other to create a sand-like texture.

    (Note: the butter should not be soft, but not too hard either!)

    Quickly stir the egg into the mixture

    Shape the dough into a ball. Crush and flatten the dough with the palm of your hand several times to thoroughly mix the ingredients together.
  2. Dust with flour and let stand in a cool place for about 30 minutes, covered with a cloth.

  3. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  4. Place the dough on a floured surface. Keep some flour nearby to add to the rolling pin and to your hands, then roll the dough 1/4 inch (1/2cm) thick.
  5. Cut the dough into rounds using a cookie cutter or a cup.

  6. Place the cookies on a buttered baking sheet.
  7. Bake for about 10 minutes in a hot oven, keeping an eye on the cookies: take them out of the oven when they turn golden-brown

Final Thoughts...

Don't forget to flavor the dough with vanilla, lemon or cinnamon ...

A variation: chocolate shortbread cookies

See also: recipe for easy lemon shortbread cookies using a mixer

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