December 16, 2016 Kimberlie


Toasted Flour Sablés, their important mission: your complete satisfaction, The Finer Cookie.

You make these cookies with toasted flour to prevent too much gluten from forming. Hard-boiled egg yolks keep the dough light. Toasted Flour Sablés finely crumble and melt with flavour, as perhaps the most tender cookie you’ll ever know. A touch of dark chocolate completes their important mission: your complete satisfaction. Bake them today and leave me your comments below.

This post participates in a very special Canadian Cookie Collaboration between the Canadian Food Creatives and the Canadian Christmas Cookie Exchange. A big thanks to our hosts: Laura, who can be found at Bluenose Baker along with Kacey from The Cookie Writer, and Evelyne from CulturEatz. See other talented Canadian bloggers below who contributed their sweet holiday cookie recipes.

Also, many thanks to Claire Saffitz of Bon Appetit for this inspired recipe. See her original recipe here.

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  • Makes 15-20 cookies


  • 2 cups all-purpose bleached flour
  • 3-4 hard-boiled egg yolks, pressed through a fine-mesh sieve
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ¾ cup (1½ sticks) (6 ounces/170 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • cup (4.6 ounces/130.6 grams) white granulated sugar

  • 1 cup lightly salted ground pistachios (optional)
  • 3 ounces/85 grams dark chocolate (optional)


  • Preheat the oven to 450ºF to toast the flour.
  • Hard-boil 3-4 eggs and let cool to room temperature.
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    Hard boiled egg yolks in cookie dough minimizes gluten formation.

  • Sprinkle flour evenly over a baking sheet and set the tray in the upper portion of the oven.
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    Toasting flour in the oven.

  • Toast the flour, stirring often once top layer of flour browns, until all flour is golden, 10–15 minutes. The flour will burn quickly, so check it frequently.
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    Toasted flour in the oven reduces gluten formation.

  • Sift the toasted flour into a medium bowl, breaking up the clumps and pushing them through the seive. Let cool.
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    Sift the toasted flour to break up the clumps, and lighten the batter.

  • Meanwhile remove the cooked, cooled egg yolks and push them through a fine sieve directly into the bowl with the toasted flour.
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    Pushing the cooked egg yolk through a fine sieve.

  • Add the salt to the flour mixture. Combine thoroughly with a whisk and set aside.
  • Measure 2 tablespoons of water into a small bowl and set aside.
  • Measure sugar and butter in a bowl of an electric mixer and set aside.
  • If you're using the pistachios, lightly salt 1 cup of pistachios and grind them in a food processor until fine. Set aside.
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    Green toasty pistachios are delicious.

  • Tear a sheet of plastic wrap onto a clean surface.


  • With a paddle attachment, beat the sugar and butter together until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  • With your mixer on low, slowly add the flour, egg and salt mixture.
  • Then mix in the water just until combined.
  • The cookie dough will appear crumbly, but will hold together when pinched gently.
  • Pour the dough onto a clean counter and collect it together, until smooth.
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    Cookie dough that’s transforming from a crumbly mass to a smooth cookie dough.

  • Roll the dough into 2.5 inch diameter log.
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    Smooth cookie dough rolled into a 2.5 inch log.

  • OPTIONAL: If you’re using the pistachios, roll the log into the ground pistachios here.
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    Rolling the cookie dough in ground pistachios.

  • Wrap the cookie roll in plastic wrap and set in the refrigerator for approximately 4 hours until very firm, or overnight.


  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a baking liner.
  • Remove the log from the refrigerator and let the dough soften slightly.
  • Unwrap the log and slice a little dough from both ends to square it off.
  • With a serrated blade, evenly slice the dough ¼ inch thick. If the dough is too cold, the slices will crack and sometimes break. If that happens, let the dough sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes.
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    Don’t slice the cookies too thin. Keep them 1/4 inch slices.

  • Place the rounds on parchment lined baking sheets, spacing about 1" apart.
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    There’s more than 1 inch between each cookie. Just being safe.

  • Bake cookies at 400ºF about 10-12 minutes, just until set, rotating baking sheets halfway through, until edges are golden but centers are still pale. Remember the egg is already cooked, so careful not to over bake.
  • Let cookies cool on baking sheets 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks and let cool completely.


  • Stencilling the cookies can be delicate work, but with a few techniques, you should be successful. Find the stencils I used here.
  • Melt the chocolate over steam in a double boiler or in the microwave for 15 seconds at a time. The chocolate must be very liquid when applying to the stencil.
  • To get a nice clean stencilled image, you’ll will need to use the flattest section of the cookie, even if this means flipping the cookie over and stencilling the underneath.
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    Lay a clean stencil on the flattest side of the cookie.

  • Center the stencil of the cookie and drizzle approximately ½ teaspoon of liquid chocolate over the stencil.
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    Pour a small amount of chocolate over a clean stencil.

  • Secure the cookie with your finger so that it doesn’t move.
  • Then with the lightest touch, using an offset spatula, quickly spread the chocolate over the stencil.
  • To keep the chocolate from getting underneath the stencil, pass the spatula as gently as possible, and only once over the open areas.
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    With the lightest touch, smooth the chocolate over the stencil.

  • Lift the stencil with one hand, as though you are peeling tape. This will give you the cleanest edge. Avoid using both hands to lift the stencil, as you might shake and smear the chocolate.
  • Clean the stencil before using it on the next cookie.
  • Repeat until all the cookies are complete.


  • Pour the ground pistachios onto the counter or into a wide mouth bowl and set in your work area.
  • Roll the edge of each cookie in the remaining chocolate, being careful not touch the stencilled image.
  • Immediately roll the wet chocolate in the ground pistachios.
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    Rolling the wet chocolate edge in ground pistachios.

  • Lay on the rack to cool.
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    Cooling the chocolate and pistachio.


  • These cookies will keep quite a while.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature until all gone, which will only be a few days.
  • Visit these Canadian Bloggers to view all of these sweet holiday cookie recipes:
  • Austrian Husarenkrapferl Cookies by Evelyne at CulturEatz
  • Candy Cane Kissed Chocolate Chip Cookies by Fareen at Food Mamma
  • Chocolate Candy Cane Biscotti by Amanda at Peppers & Pennies
  • Christmas Piñata Cookies by Karin at The Kitchen Divas
  • Coconut shortbread Sandwiches by Taylor at The Girl on Bloor
  • Crispy Spicy Almond Roccoco Italian Cookie Recipe by Maria at She Loves Biscotti
  • Double Chocolate Mint Cookies by Diana at 365 Days of Easy Recipes
  • Eggnog Madeleines by Samantha at My Kitchen Love
  • Eisenbahner (Railroad) Cookies by Vicky at Tiny Sweet Tooth
  • Gluten Free Thumprint cookies by Jenn at One Heart One Family
  • Jewish Shortbread Cookie Pie by Jo-Anna at A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
  • Nanny's Molasses Cookies by Laura at Bluenose Baker
  • Peppermint Macarons by Cristina at I Say Nomato
  • Sablés Bretons with Chocolate Caramel Beurre Salé by Hilary at Cocoa Bean, the Vegetable
  • Stained Glass Gingerbread Cookies by Megan at Food & Whine
  • Stuffed Double Chocolate Turtle Cookies by Cassie at Crumb Kitchen
  • Thumbprint Caramel Shortbread Cookies by Kacey at The Cookie Writer
  • Toasted Flour Sablés by Kimberlie at The Finer Cookie
  • Triple Chocolate Pistachio Cookies by Marie at Food Nouveau
  • Whole Wheat Dark Chocolate Ginger Crisps by Melanie at The Refreshanista
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    Toasted Flour Sablés, The Finer Cookie.

  • toasted flour sables the finer cookie

    Toasted Flour Sablés, their important mission: your complete satisfaction, The Finer Cookie.


  1. Terri 1 year ago

    Pretty, crispy and yummy! Who would have thought to cook the eggs first! These make a beautiful hostess gift for a dinner at a friend’s house.

  2. The Girls on Bloor 1 year ago

    I love the idea of rolling these into a log – and using cooked hard-boiled eggs, what an idea!!! I’ve never tried that before. Part of the cookie process that I love is actually making the cookies, and making them with people I love. These would be so fun to make this holiday season – cheers to participating in this cookie exchange together!!! 🙂

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      Kimberlie 1 year ago

      Hello Girls on Bloor! Thanks so much. Making cookies with people we care about makes them taste better somehow. Rolling cookies is an easy way to make them all the same size. It’s a perfect technique for cookies that need to be chilled before baking. Happy holidays!

  3. Vicky Chin 1 year ago

    What a beautiful cookie! I’ve never tried making cookies with hard-boiled egg yolks, have to try it one day ! The love birds are so pretty and sweet ! Thanks for sharing !

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      Kimberlie 1 year ago

      Hi Vicky, Thank you! I appreciate your support.

  4. The Cookie Writer 1 year ago

    Okay, I am known as the crazy bird lady so you had me right away with these cookies! Not only are they beautiful, but I learned so much today (toasted flour?! I am so trying this!!)

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      Kimberlie 1 year ago

      My husband and I are birders too. We’re keeping a universal list. That’s how crazy we are! I digress. Toasting flour is a technique I learned while studying Creole cooking. Toasting flour reduces its thickening agency, or it inhibits gluten formation. In the low humidity environment of cookies, toasted flour works like a charm to create a crumbly texture.

  5. Samantha Dawn 1 year ago

    Simply beautiful recipe!! Those love birds are the cutest. I love how detailed you are in your recipes … makes me think I can hop right into the kitchen and make these look just as elegant as you have. Happy holidays Kim!

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      Kimberlie 1 year ago

      Thanks Samantha. I’m thrilled to hear you appreciate the step-by-step pics. Happy holidays to you as well.

  6. Adorable! I love the stencil- and the toasted flour!!- what a fun and creative recipe. Loving that we were clearly sharing brain waves about the sables 😉

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      Kimberlie 1 year ago

      Thanks Hilary. Your Sables are so elegant. I’d love to taste them

  7. Maria 1 year ago

    What a beautiful cookie! I just can’t stop staring at it. Appreciate the step by step visuals. I have yet to make a cookie with hard boiled egg yolk …there is a first time for everything! Thanks for sharing Kim 🙂

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      Kimberlie 1 year ago

      Thank you Maria. I hoped the photo tutorial would be helpful. Happy to hear it!

  8. Just wow Kim. i was already so curious when you told me about these cookies over dinner, they look amazing. And the birds, they are adorable! Got to try these one day for sure.

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      Kimberlie 1 year ago

      Thanks Evelyne. Let me know if you try them.

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