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Recipe of Sesame Cheese Sables-French shortbread cookies

Hetal Kamdar
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 a texture like breadcrumbs (or sand). Sablés can be sweet or salty and can be flavored with almonds, lemon, or orange zest or a variety of cheese.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Evening Snack
Cuisine French
Servings 4
Calories 615 kcal


  • 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


  • 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 a 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.


1. Store cheese sables in an air-tight container.
2. These French shortbread cookies will stay fresh for 2-3 days.
3. You can also refrigerate it for further consumption.


Sodium: 636mgCalcium: 450mgVitamin C: 1mgVitamin A: 1515IUSugar: 1gFiber: 2gPotassium: 159mgCholesterol: 119mgCalories: 615kcalSaturated Fat: 26gFat: 44gProtein: 13gCarbohydrates: 42gIron: 4mg
Keyword cheese sables, french shortbread cookies
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