Sweet and Crumbly Sables: a Grown Up Sugar Cookies for the Entire Family
 
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Serves: makes 3 dozen cookies
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter (5oz)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Egg wash:
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons water
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl mix the flour and baking powder and set aside.
  2. In large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla extract.
  3. Now mix in the dry ingredients until just combined. This will be a crumblier dough than a chocolate chip cookie dough. Don't overwork it. The dough should feel moist, but lumpy. Lump it together with your hands into a rough ball.
  4. On a silpat, cut the dough ball into two halves. Place each half on top of a large piece of plastic wrap. Roll each half into a log of 1.5 inches in diameter, using the plastic to help you shape as needed. Wrap the plastic around the log and refrigerate for two to three hours.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350F. Prepare the egg wash by beating together the egg yolk and 2 teaspoons of water.
  6. Brush the first log with the egg wash and sprinkle liberally with sugar all over. Cut each log into ¼ inch thick disks. Using a fork, make little patterns into the edge of each disk.
  7. Line the cookies on a silpat with at least an inch of space between them. If you'd like to break with tradition and make these cookies more decorated, brush them with a second egg wash made from egg white and water and drizzle colored sugars on top. If colored sugars is not the look you're striving for, drizzle with granulated sugar. The sugar topping will add to the crunch and mouthfeel of the cookies.
  8. Bake on a silpat lined baking sheet for 15 minutes, or until they are lightly browned around the edges.
  9. Cool the sables for 2 minutes on the cookie sheet and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Notes
Variation:

Replace the vanilla extract with 3 teaspoons of lemon zest for Lemon Sables.

Replace the vanilla extract with almond or coconut extract.
Recipe by chefdruck.com at https://chefdruck.com/2013/02/sweet-and-crumbly-sables-a-grown-up-sugar-cookies-for-the-entire-family/