Chocolate Sablés

By Connie
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Sandy chocolate sablés with a slightly chewy center and bite from crystals of golden turbinado sugar. A dutch-processed cocoa lends a rich flavour and colour to these chocolate buttery cookies.

What is a sablé?

A sablé is a shortbread cookie with origins in France. The word itself “sablé”, means sandy, which describes the melt-in-your-mouth and crumbly texture of these cookies.

I would say that a sablé is a type of shortbread since it also uses the same base ingredients and process to make them.

Christmas and Holiday Baking

How is it already the end of November? I swear, time goes by faster the older I get! Do you guys feel the same or is it just me? By the time I’m in my 70’s, the years will probably just pass by in blinks.

This year, for the first time ever, I FINALLY got ahead of time and baked Christmas cookies! In the past, I wouldn’t have time to bake before the whole holiday season was over.

This holiday, I’ve partnered up with Bulk Barn to bake up some Christmas and holiday treats! Bulk Barn is a sustainability-focused, Canadian specialty foods store that carries pretty much everything under the sun and things you never even knew you needed. Christmas log cake pans, more types of baking chocolate than you can count and every single kind of Christmas candy you can think of! And since everything is in bulk, it means you can buy as much or as little as you want!

Ingredients for chocolate sablés:

The ingredients for this chocolate sablé recipe can all be found at Bulk Barn and they’re currently having a sale on all of their Christmas baking ingredients! Best part, from now until Nov 28th, you can use my coupon link to get $3 off your purchase of $10+, all you have to do is click here and present it at check out 🙂

I hope you’ll enjoy these chocolate sablés as much as my coworkers and I have! These have the deepest chocolate flavour embedded in a classically sandy shortbread texture, all thanks to the cocoa and dark chocolate chunks. The turbinado sugar coating on the outside gives it a nice crunch and added element.

  • all purpose flour and cornstarch
  • baking soda
  • cocoa and espresso powder
  • butter
  • white and brown sugar, optional: turbinado for rolling
  • dark chocolate

More cookie and holiday recipes like this:

Matcha Shortbread Christmas Trees

Peppermint White Chocolate Fudge

Gingerbread White Chocolate Blondies

Hazelnut Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

Recipe for Chocolate Sablés:

Chocolate Sablés

Buttery, crumbly, and full of chocolate, these chocolate sables are the perfect holiday cookie or daily accompaniment to a coffee.
Servings 12
Prep Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup dutch processed cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp espresso powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate finely chopped
  • turbinado sugar for rolling


  • In a bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, cocoa, baking soda, salt and espresso powder. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of stand mixer, on a low speed, beat butter until smooth. Add both sugars and beat on low speed until well combined. Important not to overbeat to avoid incorporating too much air!
  • Add in half of the flour mixture and half of the chocolate, beat on low until flour is almost all blended in.
  • Finally, add in the rest of the flour and chocolate, beat on low until everything is JUST combined. Stop there, do not over mix.
  • Transfer the dough onto a cutting board or your countertop. If there is still some flour, gently knead it in with your hands.
  • Divide the dough into 2 and roll each portion into a log of approximately 2 inches wide and wrap in saran wrap or parchment paper. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Take logs out of fridge and cut into 1.5cm thick slices with a sharp knife.
  • Place slices on lined baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes. They will look soft/undone in the center and will harden as they cool.
Author: chocolate + connie
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: chocolate, christmas, cookies, holiday, sable, shortbread

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This post was sponsored by Bulk Barn but all opinions, photos, and recipe are my own.

Adapted from Pierre Hermé’s World Peace Cookie

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  1. girrrrl-so chocolatey and pretty!!!! The ultimate Christmas cookie!

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