Chocolate Pistachio Sablés

Chocolate Pistachio Sablés RecipeNow that the hustle and bustle of the holidays is over, I finally have time to bake all the things I pushed to the side when the season’s commitments, far too often, took me out of my kitchen.  These early days of January are quieter and I finally have time to re-visit all the recipes I had ear-marked back in December. The rain began to fall today in Southern California and it made for the perfect weather to bake these chocolatey sablé cookies dotted with vibrant green  pistachios and a flourish of flaky sea salt.
Chocolate Pistachio Sablés RecipeWhat exactly is a sablé?  Well, it is a French cookie that dates back to the mid sixteen hundreds. In French, sablé translates to sand, and in a butter cookie, that is a very good thing.  The French sablé cookie is  similar to the Scottish shortbread cookie.  Whereas traditional shortbread consists of only butter, sugar, and flour, a sablé often includes baking powder/soda (but not always) and either an egg, egg yolk, or egg white in its list of ingredients.  It is to be expected that over time, as is often the case with recipes, there have been great liberties taken with both of these centuries-old cookies.
Chocolate Pistachio Sablés RecipeChocolate Pistachio Sablés RecipeThis recipe makes a lot of cookies.  Bake some now and keep a log or two in the freezer and slice and bake as needed.  (No defrosting necessary.)  Don’t skimp on the quality of cocoa you use in this recipe.  As always, I recommend using  high quality cocoa, especially in this cookie where you want the luscious taste of chocolate to shine through.  There really is a difference!
Chocolate Pistachio Sablés Recipe



Slightly adapted from Bon Appetit/December 2013


3 thoughts on “Chocolate Pistachio Sablés

  1. These cookies are so dramatic looking! I love the dark of the chocolate juxtaposed with the green of the pistachio nugget. I also appreciate learning the meaning of the sable. I never knew what it was. Also loving the color palette of the photos. Stunning.

  2. I have the opportunity to taste a bounteous number of cookies from Mary’s oven. This ranks as one of my all-time favorites. I particularly enjoy the delicious contrast of sumptuous, rich, chocolate flavor and the tang of sea salt. One of the best ever!

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