Sablé (biscuit)

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Sablé with Parmesan cheese and green pepper
Place of originFrance
Region or stateCaen, Normandy
Main ingredientsShortbread

Sablé is a French round shortbread cookie that could have originated in Sablé-sur-Sarthe in Sarthe.[1]


According to the letters of the Marquise de Sévigné, the cookie was maybe created for the first time in Sablé-sur-Sarthe in 1670.[1]

The French word sablé means "sandy",[2] which is the French term that takes the place of the English "breadcrumbs". Generally, the baker begins the process by rubbing cold butter into flour and sugar to form particles of dough until the texture resembles that of breadcrumbs or sand.[3]


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

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b East, George (2012-01-03). French Impressions The Loire Valley. la Puce Publications. ISBN 9780956269171.
  2. ^ Herbst, S.T. (1987). The Joy of Cookies. Barron's. p. 51. ISBN 978-0-8120-5839-0. Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  3. ^ Moskin, Julia (7 November 2004). "Cookie Master". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-08-30.

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Sablés at Wikimedia Commons