There are not very many cookies that I will buy from the store. Oreos are one. Pecan Sandies are another. There's something about the crunchiness of these cookies that I crave.
I decided it's time to expand my cookie collection...I really, really wanted a pecan sandie. The crispy cookie with the melt in your mouth "sandy" texture and this is the recipe I found.
Sables. The name for a classic French Butter cookie, "Sable" literally means "sand." Kind of unnerving to think of eating sand in anything, but this is a delicate, crumbly, smooth, melt in your mouth kind of sandy texture. You'll have to try it for yourself and see.
It begins with an unlikely ingredient. A hard boiled egg.
I know what you're thinking, but the yolk is what gives this cookie it's sandy texture! All you need is one perfectly boiled and peeled egg. Too bad I didn't find this recipe around Easter time!
The yolk is pushed through a mesh strainer into a creamed mixture of butter and sugar.
I chose to make two batches: one vanilla, and the other chocolate. Check this post for a neat cocoa measuring tip!
I took half of each dough and rolled them into a 3" log, wrapped in plastic and chilled for one hour.
The rest, I rolled each dough into a rectangle 1/4" thick, wrapped them in plastic, and chilled them in the fridge for one hour.
The plain chocolate and plain vanilla logs were cut into 1/4" slices,
while the layered doughs were rolled into a tight log and cut into 1/4" slices.
The tops were brushed with a mixture of egg white, (the raw liquid kind) water, and sprinkled with coarse (turbinado) sugar.
I couldn't wait to taste these decadent, pretty cookies!
This cookie is rich, buttery, and has just the right sandy texture. These cookies were not very sweet, so the sugar topping complimented these cookies very well. My favorites were the vanilla and the swirls. The all-chocolate ones were just a wee bit cocoa-y for me, but you may like them!
My mom said these would be pretty enough for a bridal or baby shower. I thought they would make an excellent addition to a Christmas cookie platter.
In any case, they were way much better than the store bought sandie cookie!
French Butter Cookie (Sables)(4x6 recipe download) (full page printable recipe)