Thursday, December 12, 2013

French Savory Olive Sable Cookies

Sable is a French word for sand, referring to the texture of the cookies. It's a French Shortbread Biscuit or Cookie originally from the city of Caen in the province of Normandy, France.
The cookie was created in Sable-sur-Sarthe in 1670. Among the best known Sable recipes are La Mere Poulard. We've been to the restaurant and shop on the island of Mont Saint Michel in Normandy.

Cookie ingredients:
3/4C + 2 TBS  butter, softened
1/4 C granulated sugar
2 C flour
1/2 C finely chopped black Kalamata olives, drained and patted dry with a paper towel.
1/2 C finely chopped pistachios
1/2 C finely chopped dark chocolate chips

Topping ingredients:
1 C dark chocolate chips
1 tsp vegetable oil
1/2 C finely chopped pistachios

In a bowl:
3/4 C butter
granulated sugar
Mix well
Stir in flour, if the dough seems to be too crumbly, add the additional 2 TBS of butter.
Stir in all remaining cookie ingredients.

On a floured surface, roll dough to 1/4" thick and cut 2" circles with a round biscuit or cookie cutter.
Place the cookies 1/2" apart on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 15 - 18 minutes.
Immediately remove them to a cooling rack, cool completely.

In a small microwavable bowl:
chocolate chips
vegetable oil
Heat until smooth, stirring often.

Dip 1/2 of each cookie into the melted chocolate and sprinkle it with the chopped pistachios.
Place on waxed paper to set.

Peace in the Kitchen!

This is one of the biscuit tins from Mont Saint Michel.

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