Cocoa Sablés

French Fridays with Dorie – Haiku

Cocoa Sablés

Pretty much the same…
World Peace, Korova, Sable
Dorie must love ’em

Three cookbooks!
Chocolate short breads in each.
Redundant cookie!

Eh, what can you do?
You cannot stop with just one
So grab some cold milk

Shout from the rooftop!
Evangelical cookies
Dorie preaches them.

Cocoa Sablés

Cocoa Sablés

And preach she should!   So if it seems as if I’m giving Dor’ a bit of a hard time its because I am.  This cookie variant has been featured in quite a few of The Dor’s books but the tasty truth of the matter is this particular cookie deserves it.  Its that good.

This week it is the assignment for French Friday’s with Dorie and even thought I’ve made it before several times you didn’t need to ask me twice to join right in.  In previous posts I’ve shared a bit about my adaptations and secrets for keeping things round as well…


Cocoa SablésHaiku French Fridays with Dorie

This is what you will need:

  • 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 10 ounces unsalted butter (2 ½ sticks), at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ pound semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped (Dorie says these are optional but they quite simply are not.)

This is how you make it:

  1. Fit a stand mixer the paddle attachment and then mix the butter with the sugar until it comes together.
  2. Add the vanilla extract and mix until just combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder and salt.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the butter and sugar mixture until just combined, scraping 1-2 times but do not over mix.
  5. Divide the dough into two portions and make them into logs about 1 ¾ inches in diameter.
  6. The dough will be a bit dry, so work with it a little to get it into a solid log. If you don’t you will get some creases and it might break when cutting at times. I speak from experience. Form them into logs, wrap them in parchment and then chill the logs.
  7. I wrapped the logs in pita bread so that they would stay round while chilling.
  8. Cookies are generally best if they have some time to rest, so chill the logs at least 3 hours or overnight.
  9. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Remove the logs from the refrigerator and slice them into ½ inch rounds.
  10. Dorie suggests painting the logs with an egg wash and then rolling in sanding sugar to finish before baking. I would just skip the egg wash. Its not needed and will clump the sugar. Also, granulated would be just fine. Place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet about 1 inch apart and bake for 10-14 minutes.
  11. I’ve found that the cookies are done when they feel dry on top and are somewhat firm to the touch.
Cocoa Sablés

About Trevor Kensey

To be truthful, I don't know what “Sis. Boom. [blog!]" means either. The name implies something explosive just happened I suppose I would like it if each post would make made a small 'boom' in your day or at least a fizzle. Even though a recipe is included with every post I have a hard time calling this a "food blog" or even myself a "food blogger".

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  1. Oh, choco cookies
    I don’t have patience for you
    But I will eat you

    There once was a lad named Trevor
    The Doristas all thought he was clever…
    Some weeks he would post short poems
    Sometimes he would write a tome
    Can’t wait to see his next endeavor!

    Have a great weekend!

  2. ^^^^^^^^^ What Cher said! You’re just too clever for words Trevor!!!

  3. Oh clever Trevor!
    What would I do without you?
    Be hopelessly bored.

  4. I agree that the chopped bittersweet chocolate is a must not an option

  5. Oh, Trevor, it’s wayyyyy too early in the AM to try to top your Haiku and Cher’s reply. So I’ll just enjoy the banter. These cookies didn’t wow me but I do think I would have been happier had they been round. Mine were not! I think I will wander over to Pinterest and see what you have been up to. Mary

  6. You’re so right, Trevor!! Extra chocolate should NEVER be an option!! You’re SO tempting me with these, being not only a cookie lover but even more of a chocolate fiend!!!
    You ARE a clever Trevor, I agree! Have a great day, as you’ve brought a smile to mine.
    lot of love.

  7. A recurring theme
    Is not that big of a deal…
    It’s effing choc’late!

    Your cookies look good
    My eyes seem to focus on
    That sugary edge

  8. Ah, all poets & they don’t know it.
    Sables, Chablis, serendipity .

  9. Is it possible to leave a comment here without taking the time to make it rhyme? (I don’t think so!) Oh Sables… I would climb out on a million ledges to spy your sandy edges, I can’t begin to address your chocolatey bottoms that only a metal rack will caress but according to Dorie- even if hell freezes over a cookie jar will never contain your glory!

  10. I could go for a few dozen of these right now. Too much?

  11. Oh Haiku Master,
    you made up four.
    Plus cocoa sables, we adore!

    Why do you
    make us think so?
    Until we make comments that make no sense :/

  12. Sorry Trevor….I love all the Haiku…but I’m not so clever! Your sables look gorgeous…perfect sugary edge! Have a great weekend! Love your posts…they always make me smile!

  13. If only I could come up with haikus like you! Your cookies look delicious. I’m glad you put chocolate bits in your dough.

  14. HAHA–“evangelical cookies.” I like it. I’m impressed you worked that into a haiku. I need to try these World Peace Cookies that everyone keeps talking about.

  15. I agree that the extra chocolate is NOT optional!! 🙂

  16. That makes sense, because I was having flashbacks (and sadly, not in a good way) to the World Peace Cookies as I was making these. For some reason, neither cookie worked out for me. I feel confident that I am just doing something wrong with them, or it’s my cocoa powder, but I always feel like the only person in the room who doesn’t get the joke when it comes to these cookies.

  17. World Peace/Korova,
    I thought I’d never made them.
    I guess I have now.

    I notice you didn’t call this Haiku *French* Fridays – haiku en français might be a little much.

  18. I can’t even think about keeping up with all you “young” people and your Haiku, whatever,
    but your Cocoa sablés look great.

  19. Wow! Delicious chocolatey goodness! I couldn’t haiku to save my life, but these cookies are worth a try!

  20. Dor does love her chocolate, and these were definitely worthy of love! Glad you enjoyed, even if they are redundant.

  21. Gorgeous, Trevor! I’m very intrigued by the pepper chocolate version…

    Have a great weekend!

  22. Beautifully done, Trevor…and you definitely don’t want this science major to attempt any poetry 😉

  23. I flunked poetry in Kindergarten, but have learned to cope over the years. The sables are quite a delicious endeavor in the making. I’m sure that you enjoyed all the baking. Wait, I think I’m getting it back…..! I love your little chocolate bits and of course, the monolithic sugar crystals. I heart them.

  24. You’re right–there’s never too much
    Chocolate. But that’s also true
    Regarding world peace.

  25. I can certainly understand why Dorie preaches about these cookies. They were certainly a hit at my house and disappeared faster than most cookies I have made. A glass of cold milk is a must with these!

  26. I love how you have decorated the outside of each cookie by rolling in sugar – it looks so pretty 😀

    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: Colossal Caramel Peanut Monster Cookies

  27. Chocolate cookie rolls,
    Lovely with a cup of tea
    Or any way at all

    I was blind to the word optional next to chocolate in the recipe… Thanks for the tip on rolling pita.

  28. Your cookies are gorgeous! (sorry, poetry is not my strong suit…but I enjoyed yours)

  29. You wrapped them in pita bread? How interesting. I’ll have to try that, I always struggle with getting my cookies round. For some reason I like the World Peace cookies a lot better than these, although I was thinking while I was making them that they are extremely similar.

  30. Just Brilliant!