Sesame Cheese Sables-French shortbread cookies

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200 Grams Wheat flour
150 grams chilled and diced unsalted butter
150 Grams Grated processed cheese
1-2 tbsp Milk
1 tsp Cayenne pepper
1 tsp Black pepper powder
1 tsp Cumin powder
1 tsp Five spice powder
1 tsp Chili flake salt
2 tsp White sesame seeds
2 tsp Black sesame seeds
Salt as per taste

Sesame Cheese Sables-French shortbread cookies

How to make French Cheese Sables

    • 30 minutes+25minutes baking
    • Serves 2
    • Medium


    A step-by-step process of How to make Sesame Cheese Sables will guide you in baking them accurately.

    The French word Sable means “sand”, which is the term French bakers use when the English use the term “breadcrumbs”, as you rub the cold butter, flour and sugar together at the start of the recipe to make texture like breadcrumbs (or sand). Sablés can be sweet or salty and can be flavored with almonds, lemon or orange zest or variety of cheese.

    Buttery, crumbly, cheesy and tad spicy, these biscuits hail from France’s Normandy region and are perfect with a glass of chilled wine or champagne. Coat it with sesame seeds for extra crunch and flavor.

    This Festive season gift your loved ones with this healthy and delicious French Sables which is a good way to say you care. Afterall homemade goodies are the best gift one can offer.

    Fill the cookies in the jar and decorate with some fancy papers and ribbons and your edible DIY gift is ready to win the heart.



    Tip the flour, chili flake salt, cayenne pepper, five spice powder, cumin powder, black pepper powder into the bowl of a food processor. Add the diced butter and pulse the ingredients.


    Add the grated cheese and pulse again until it has sand and crumbly texture. You may need to add a drop of old water.


    Tip the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and roll into a log and wrap in a clink-film and chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours until firm.
    Now make a big roll like chapatti and take round cookie cutter and cut it into circles and arrange it on the baking sheets spacing the biscuits apart.


    Heat the oven to 180 C and line a baking tray with a parchment paper. Take the log out of the refrigerator. Remove the clingfilm and brush with milk before coating it in black and white sesame seeds.


    Bake for 12-15 minutes or until crisp and golden. Once completely cooled the sables can be packed.
    Store it in an air-tight container. It will stay fresh for 2-3 days.
    You can also refrigerate it for further consumption.



    You can use all-purpose flour instead of wheat flour for a nice crunch. I have baked with wheat flour as I made these for my kids and so did not want to use maida.
    Use Onion seeds (kalonji) or cumin seeds(jeera) or any other nuts and seeds as an option.
    Give any kind of shapes to these sables. They will taste good anyway.
    Either roll it like chapatti and cut with cookie cutters like I have done or directly slice the log into discs.
    You can even use Cheddar or Parmesan cheese instead of the processed cheese.

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