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Raspberry Sables Recipe-1036

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Originating from Normandy, the name of these rich cookies comes from the French for "sand," as they have a light, crumbly texture. Good with fresh raspberries replacing the preserves and whipped cream for a delicious dessert.

Yield: Makes 12–16
Prep time: 15 Mins, Plus Chilling<Br>
Cooking time: 8–10 Mins


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup confectioners sugar
  • 10 tbsp butter, softened, plus more for the baking sheet
  • ¼ cup almond flour
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • Raspberry preserves

Special Equipment:

  • 3 in (7.5cm) round cookie cutter


1. Combine the flour, confectioner's sugar, butter, almond flour, egg yolk, and almond extract in a food processor and process to form a soft dough. Remove from the machine, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 minutes. (Or, beat together the sugar, butter, and egg yolk, then stir in the flour, almond flour, and almond extract.)

2. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Lightly butter two baking sheets. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured work surface to a thickness of 1/8 in (3mm). Using a 3in (7.5cm) round cookie cutter, cut out rounds and transfer to the baking sheet. Gather up the scraps and re-roll as needed, but do not overhandle the dough.

3. Bake for 8–10 minutes, or until pale gold. Let cool slightly on the baking sheets, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Sandwich the cookies together, using about 1 tsp raspberry preserves for each pair.


Prepare ahead: The dough can be refrigerated for up to 1 week. The unfilled cookies will keep for several days in an airtight container.

 Freezing Information: Freeze the unbaked dough for up to 1 month.

© 2008 Dorling Kindersley

Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

Nutritional information is based on 16 servings and 5 tablespoons added preserves.

145kcal (7%)
7mg (1%)
1mg (1%)
66mcg RAE (2%)
32mg (11%)
4mg (0%)
5g (24%)
8g (13%)
0mg (3%)

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