30 January 2018

Almond Sablés (Almond Shortbread Cookies)

These buttery sablés (French shortbread cookies) are made using ground almonds and a couple of drops of almond extract to take the almond flavor up a notch. Only four ingredients and no eggs required !

almond shortbread cookies
I've had a bag of ground almonds in the cupboard for months now ; I received it in the Vahiné box I won last Spring (which also had the chocolate caramel chips I used for these brown butter cookies). I've been wondering what to bake with the powdered almonds ever since, and I finally got around to using them (and no, they thankfully weren't expired, ha !).

I made almond sablés ! Sablés are the French version of shortbread cookies : think roll-out sugar cookies, but more crumbly. These almond sablés only require four ingredients, and they're made without eggs ! These almond cookies are buttery and out-of-this-world delicious, believe me. I added just a couple of drops of almond extract to kick the almond flavor up a notch, but that's optional as the ground almonds already give that amazing almond taste to the sablés.

If you're making these almond shortbread cookies, here's an important piece of advice : don't overbake them ! For me, 10 minutes in a preheated oven were enough ; the almond sablés will definitely look like they aren't fully baked, but that's how you keep them soft for days. If you bake them until they look, well, baked, they'll just become rock-hard as they cool, and that's not what we want. We want soft crumbly almond cookies, not break-your-teeth-hard cookies.

Are you going to try them or do you still need convincing ? If you still need convincing, here goes : my little brother was the first one to taste them and he kept saying they were really good, so delicious, can I have more ? Haha ! Oh, and also : do you know how hard it is to look at the pictures I took of the almond sablés, craving one (or four) but knowing they're all gone ? It's torture. I just had lunch but I'm hungry now :(

almond shortbread cookies
Here's how to make these almond sablés (or shortbread) :

almond shortbread cookies

Ingredients :
300g of flour
230g of butter, softened
100g of sugar
125g of ground almonds
Almond extract (optional)

Instructions :
  • Whisk together the flour and sugar. Cream the butter
  • Gradually mix the flour/sugar to the butter.
  • Add in the ground almonds and a couple of drops of almond extract and knead until everything is incorporated. The dough will look very crumbly but it will come together the more you mix it.
  • Cover the dough with cling wrap and chill in the fridge for an hour.
  • Preheat the oven.
  • Roll out the dough on a floured surface using a rolling pin (about 5mm/¼ inch thick) and cut out shapes using cookie cutters. Place the cookies on a baking paper covered baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10 minutes (300°F/150°C). Don’t overbake (the cookies wouldn’t stay soft as they cool) ! The edges on the cookies should barely look golden. The cookies will harden as they cool.

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    Let me know in the comments if you make these ground almond cookies ! You can also share a picture on Instagram by tagging @acupofsprinkles and using the hashtag #acupofsprinkles !

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    1. Love these! So pretty and yet, so simple. My kind of biscuit - and perfect for Valentine's Day!! Eb :-)

    2. Thank you ! I want one step further with some of the cookies to make them even more appropriate for Valentine's Day but kept it for next week's post, haha ! ;)

    3. These sound delicious, and pretty uncomplicated to make, which is always a plus with dessert recipes. Thank you for bringing your lovely cookies to #CookBlogShare:)

    4. These sound so good - lovely and buttery and short just like they should be - and the addition of a couple of drops of almond extract sounds a winner to me. #CookBlogShare
      Angela x


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