Recipes

Chocolate Sables

Ingredients

  • 50g caster sugar
  • 100g light brown sugar
  • 175g dark chocolate (65-70% cocoa solids) roughly chopped
  • 200g unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 tsp flaked sea salt
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 3/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 275g white spelt or plain flour

Method

1) Place the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt together into a
medium bowl and whisk to combine, set aside until needed.
2) Place the butter and sugars into a large bowl and beat together until
light and creamy, remember you are not making a cake so it doesn’t
need to be fluffy just well combined and light and creamy.
3) Add the flour mixture and with the mixer on low speed mix together
until the mixture is sandy. Sable is French for sandy and describes
both the texture of the final cookie and this stage of the baking
process. If you mix until you have a uniform dough the texture of the final cookie will be a bit tougher and they wont melt in the mouth. Add
the chocolate and mix to combine. Tip the mixture onto the work
surface and very gently knead to bring together. Divide the dough in
half and roll into logs, about 4cm inches in diameter. Wrap in clingfilm
and refrigerate. At this point I will normally freeze half of the dough
ready to make cookies when emergency cookies are needed (happens
more than you would expect!). Chill the dough for a few hours until
firm.
4) Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C Fan and line two baking trays with parchment paper. Using a thin sharp knife cut the log into cookies, about 1cm thick but don’t worry if the cookies crumble just press them gently back together. Place onto the prepared baking trays and bake for 10-12 minutes or until spread and lightly set around the edges but still looks undercooked in the middle. Allow to cool on the tray for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Stored in a sealed container these cookies will keep perfectly for a few days.