Sables (Norman Sugar Cookies)

Total Time
1hr 45mins
30 mins
1 hr 15 mins

A classic sugar cookie found throughout Normandy, sometimes called a galette or petit beurre. Serve with fruit desserts.

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  1. Sift the flour and the sugar into a large bowl and add the butter, bit by but, mixing with an electric mixer or by hand.
  2. Continue mixing until the dough takes on a sandy consistency.
  3. Add four of the egg yolks, one by one, the salt and the vanilla, continuing to mix.
  4. Form the dough into a ball, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  5. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  6. Roll out the dough to a thickness of 1/4".
  7. With a cookie or biscuit cutter (or a small glass) cut out two inch circles and place on a lightly buttered cookie sheet.
  8. Mix the remaining egg yolk with the milk and, with a pastry brush, coat the top of each cookie.
  9. With the tip of a small knife, score 6 or 7 stripes on each cookie.
  10. Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
  11. Remove from oven, cool on a rack and store in an airtight container.