Meyer Lemon Sablés, with their characteristic “sandy” texture, are buttery rich with a delicate hint of lemon from lemon zest.
This post is part of a virtual recipe exchange organized by Olivia at The Girl Can Bake.
Similar to shortbread, Sablés, meaning sand in French, are a simple cookie as popular in France as the chocolate chip cookie is in the US. They not only look amazing, but also taste amazing, making them the perfect holiday cookie.
This year, our Meyer Lemon tree had an abundance of fruit. I thought that these delicious Lemon Sablés would be both a perfect use of our “harvest” and the ultimate holiday cookie.
Typically, Sablé dough is shaped into logs, refrigerated, rolled in sanding sugar, and cut into rounds. I actually prefer to use the same technique as I use when making shortbread, which I’ll describe in a minute.
I used the following ingredients for these delicious cookies: Granulated sugar, vanilla beans or vanilla extract, lemon zest, unsalted butter, confectioners’ sugar, fine sea salt, egg yolk, and all purpose flour. I used vanilla beans since I had some on hand.
Making Lemon Sables:
To start, I put the granulated sugar into a large bowl, and added the pulp from the vanilla beans and lemon zest. Using my fingertips, I rubbed the vanilla pulp and zest into the sugar until it was fragrant. Then, I added the butter, confectioners’ sugar, and salt to the bowl. I beat the mixture on low just until the mixture was smooth and creamy. Next, I added the egg yolk. If I had used vanilla extract instead of the vanilla beans, I would have added it here. I beat the mixture on medium speed for about a minute. Finally, I added the flour, and beat the mixture on low just until the flour was incorporated.
I transferred the dough to a gallon-size ziploc bag. With the ziploc bag on a flat surface, I rolled the dough into a 1/4-inch thick rectangle that completely filled the bag. At first, I left the top open, but as the dough approached the top, I sealed the bag. I refrigerated the dough for several hours.
When it came time to bake the Lemon Sablés, I carefully cut the ziploc bag away from the dough. Using a ruler as a guide, I cut the dough into 1-1/2 inch squares and transferred them to a parchment lined baking sheet.
Into a 325°F oven the Lemon Sablés went for about 20 minutes, until they were lightly browned around the edges and golden on the bottom. I removed them from the oven, and transferred them to a wire rack to cool.
I ended up with about 4-dozen buttery rich Lemon Sablés that had the characteristic “sandy” texture and a delicate hint of lemon. Yum!