This week's TWD was chosen by Barbara of Bungalow Barbara: sables! Sables are shortbread-style cookies that are apparently very popular in France. I was tempted to make the basic, plain sables but in the end I couldn't resist the temptation of the various "playing around" options Dorie offered. I went with the lemon sables because it seems like it's been way too long since I baked anything with lemon.
I was thankful for a simple recipe this week. This dough comes together quickly, is shaped into a log and then has to chill in the fridge for at least a few hours; I made the dough before bed and popped it in the fridge overnight. Though I only made 1/2 recipe of the cookies, I used the full amount of lemon zest so my cookies would have a ton of lemon flavor. I rolled the log in festive red and white sugar since it is December after all.
My sables didn't retain their shape in the oven quite as nicely as I'd hoped despite the long chill in the fridge before I baked them. It didn't really matter though, as they were delicious! The sables were very lemony and had the characteristic sandiness Dorie promised. I've been sampling way too many cookies lately so I will have to find someone to share these with. That said, I'm really tempted to try some additional flavors (vanilla bean, spice, parmesan??) so these may have to be added to my Christmas trays so I have another reason to make them :)
Many thanks to Barbara for a fun (and easy!) pick this week! You can find the recipe on her site or in the book. Visit the TWD blogroll if you'd like to see all of this week's sables.