Butter cookies

Question. What are butter cookies?
Answer. The french terminology for butter cookies is 'Sablé à la poche'. These are delicious cookies that consist of the following main components; butter, heavy cream, flour, icing sugar and flavoring.

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Typical shapes when making butter cookies

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Following proper technique for making the batter for butter cookies (sable a la poche)

  • Sift the flour and set aside for now.
  • Add the flavoring to the cream or to the egg yolks (if using any), and heat the mixture to 43deg.C (110deg. F).
  • Using a paddle attachment, soften the butter.
  • Once butter has softened, add the icing sugar and cream the mixture.
  • Make sure all ingredients are fully incorporated together by scraping the bowl.
  • After 5 minutes, the mixture should be creamy and have a very light pale yellow color.
  • Start adding the warm milk mixture, a bit at a time, waiting for it to fully incorporate in the butter mixture, before adding more cream.
  • If using eggs, you may add them at this point.
  • Add the flour all at once and mix just enough to bind ingredients together.
  • Gently pipe the mixture in a pastry bag, using star tip #6.
  • Pipe the cookies to any shape desired.

Cookie shape ideas when making butter cookies

sable a la poche cookie shape 1

sable a la poche cookie shape 2

sable a la poche cookie shapes

Baking the butter cookies

The butter cookies must be baked initially in high heat for the first 10 minutes so the cookies will 'form a skin' and prevent them from spreading, and then at a lower temperature to bake evenly all throughout.

Storing the butter cookies

These cookies store very well in the freezer in an air tight container for at least a couple of months.

Garnishing the cookies

The cookies may be garnished by melting and tempering chocolate couverture of your choice or if you don't know how to temper chocolate, simply use coating chocolate.

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