TWD: Lemon Sables

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

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I call this week’s TWD recipe the Clark Kent of cookies.  These sables appear to be unassuming little wallflowers of a cookie.  Yet, one bite is all it takes to realize that they are quite special.  Sables are basically a butter cookie.  While they are sumptuously rich and buttery, they’re delightfully crunchy and sandy too.  In my opinion, these are the perfect characteristics for a butter cookie to possess! 

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Dorie’s sables are basically slice and bake icebox cookies.  Once the dough is prepared, it is rolled into logs and chilled for several hours.  When you are ready to bake, you just cut slices off of the logs and pop them in the oven.  It doesn’t get much simpler than this.

I flavored my cookies with Meyer lemon zest (from the very first Meyer lemon off of my tree), and a teensy bit of pure lemon oil.  In the spirit of the season, I also decorated them with some red and green sanding sugar.  That’s the beauty of these sables.  They’re like a blank canvas. You can flavor them and decorate them any way you like.  And, they always taste wonderful!

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Many thanks go out to Barbara of Bungalow Barbara for choosing this recipe for this week.  I so much appreciate that she picked one that is so versatile and easy to whip up!  If you’d like the recipe for these sables, you can find it on Barbara’s site. Also, if you’d like to see lots more sables variations, check out the blogroll  on the Tuesdays with Dorie site.

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Now, I’m off to try to get a running start on my Christmas shopping!  ;)

25 responses to TWD: Lemon Sables

  1. On December 08, 2009 at 12:04pm, Amy S said...

    I love Dorie’s sables recipe! Cute idea with Christmas colored sugars!

  2. On December 08, 2009 at 1:29pm, City Girl said...

    Love love love the pictures, and the penguin is too cute :) Have fun shopping!

  3. On December 08, 2009 at 1:45pm, HoneyB said...

    Love, love, love your photos!

  4. On December 08, 2009 at 2:12pm, pamela said...

    Absolutely beautiful! Loving that penguin!

  5. On December 08, 2009 at 2:58pm, Rosa said...

    those are adorable! very pretty, delicious and festive!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  6. On December 08, 2009 at 3:44pm, Teanna said...

    OK, just stop! Can any cookie be any more perfect than yours are!? I’m serious!!! How did you do that?! Can you send me some!? Love the penguin bowl by the way!

  7. On December 08, 2009 at 4:04pm, Jenni said...

    The sables are lovely, but I have to say that I am completely enamored of your little penguin guy–how cute is he?! I see I am not alone in my adoration of the bowl, but if you’d like to give it away, please consider me. I will give him a good home! :)

  8. On December 08, 2009 at 5:26pm, The Italian Dish said...

    The perfect little Christmas cookie, Susan! So pretty.

  9. On December 08, 2009 at 5:41pm, Gera @ SweetsFoods said...

    So cute cookies -the superman of the mini-sweets- ideal for these festive days :)

    All the best,

    Gera

  10. On December 08, 2009 at 7:58pm, Stephanie said...

    You are so right about these cookies! You wouldn’t expect them to knock you off of your feet. I love the penguin bowl.

  11. On December 08, 2009 at 8:05pm, Caitlin said...

    Lucky you, to have a meyer lemon off your very own tree! I keep thinking about getting a dwarf one for my apartment, but keep putting it off :P Your cookies look beautiful and oh-so-seasonal!

  12. On December 08, 2009 at 10:02pm, Jennifer said...

    I am so envious that you have a Meyer lemon tree! And those cookies are the epitome of Christmas. LOVELY!

  13. On December 08, 2009 at 10:38pm, MaryBeth said...

    I love a good rich buttery cookie so these must be over the top delish!!

  14. On December 08, 2009 at 11:10pm, sarah said...

    i love your little penguin! the cookies look great too!

  15. On December 09, 2009 at 2:15am, Bungalow Barbara said...

    Thank you for baking along with me this week!

    You’re so right about these being the Clark Kent of cookies.

    Oh, how I wish I had a Meyer lemon tree too! I wait all year for them to come into the stores…Enjoy!

    I’ll chime in with everyone else to say your pictures are superb and the little penguin bowl is darling.

  16. On December 09, 2009 at 12:32pm, Rachel (S[d]OC) said...

    Mmmm…they look great. I have often seen chocolate sable cookies, but never lemon ones. I love that texture, but they seem like they’re tricky to me, so I’m afraid to try a recipe. You are inspiring me to attempt.

    How great to have your own lemon tree. Can’t wait to see more recipes from it.

  17. On December 09, 2009 at 3:33pm, ingrid said...

    They’re so pretty and festive looking! A welcomed yummy addition to the holiday tray!
    ~ingrid

  18. On December 09, 2009 at 4:48pm, pigpigscorner said...

    Love the pictures! They are so cute!

  19. On December 09, 2009 at 6:39pm, Jodie said...

    I LOVE that bowl!!! Where did you get it? Love the cookies, too!

  20. On December 11, 2009 at 12:27am, CookiePie said...

    Meyer lemons are the best – love those cookies! And the penguin is too cute!

  21. On December 11, 2009 at 10:32am, The Food Hunter said...

    your cookies look very festive and I love the snowman dish.

  22. On December 12, 2009 at 2:20pm, Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) said...

    The cookies sure sound delicious! And I am in LOVE with that bowl!!

  23. On January 06, 2010 at 10:02am, Joy said...

    These are just beautiful and what a wonderful gift for friends and neighbors. So glad I found your website and the many links!
    joycee at grannymountain

  24. On November 25, 2011 at 11:54pm, Colorado Kitty said...

    You suck! You don’t tell what degrees to cook these cookies at nor for how long! Your cute comments ate not cute! Quit messing around and get serious about giving recipes or get out of the business!

    • On November 26, 2011 at 1:04am, Susan said...

      The members of the TWD group have been asked by Dorie herself not to publish the recipes on our blogs. However, if you had bothered to look, I did include a link to the site where you can find the entire recipe. If you don’t like my web site, no one is forcing you to visit. Meow!

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