Sablé (biscuit)

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Sablé with Parmesan cheese and green pepper
Place of origin
Region or state
Caen, Normandy
Main ingredients
Cookbook:Sablé  Sablé

Sablé is a French round shortbread biscuit, originates in Caen, in the province of Lower Normandy.


According to the "letters" of the Marquise de Sévigné, the biscuit was created for the first time in Sablé-sur-Sarthe in 1670.

The French word sable means "sand", which is the term French bakers use when the English use the term "breadcrumbs", as you rub the cold butter, flour and sugar together at the start of the recipe to make texture like breadcrumbs (or sand) before adding the egg.


Among the most well-known Sablé recipes are those of La Mère Poulard, and the biscuits of Saint-Michel and Pont-Aven.

Sablés can be flavoured with almonds, lemon or orange zest.