Chocolate Pistachio Sables with Flaked Salt (makes about 5 dozen-ish)

My daughter wanted to make something sweet and a bit grandiose that would last to the New Year so decided on cookies. She knew she could make lots at one time and that they could be stored and eaten as the occasion (or urge) arose. With very strong enthusiastic encouragement from me she choose a recipe from my December issue of bon appetit magazine. My mouth watered over these ever since I saw they were generously decorated with my favorite salt in the world; Maldon Sea Salt Flakes!

Ide's Cookies

Ide’s Cookies

There is nothing difficult about these cookies and the proof is that my 12-year-old daughter made them with no help from me whatsoever. I know that when you think of kids in the kitchen, all you can imagine is the mess that is made, and that’s understandable. But, if you can get past that and realize it’s nothing a dish cloth can’t mop up later, you open up a whole wonderful world of teaching your children what it means to make something from scratch and the pure pleasure it never fails to give the ones cooking and the ones looking on. Your kids will never learn to cook if they are not allowed into the kitchen!

A fun Job for any kid!

A fun Job for any kid!

The thing that Ide liked doing the best was chopping the pistachios to bits with a rolling-pin and the challenge of separating the yolk from the white of an egg.  These buttery, chocolate-y, salty, nutty sables were mouth-wateringly delicious and more than worth the modest mess that was made during her stint in the kitchen.

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You will Need:

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (I use king Arthur’s brand)

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

3/4 tsp fine salt (Ide used a fine grain celtic sea salt)

1/4 tsp baking soda

2 1/2 sticks (10 oz or 282 grams) unsalted butter – room temperature

1 1/4 cups soft light brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 large egg white

5 oz bittersweet chocolate (Ide use 3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips)

1 cup unsalted shelled pistachios – coarsely chopped (Ide put the nuts in a plastic bag and bead then with a rolling-pin!)

sea salt flakes (Ide used Maldon salt)

Method:

Preheat oven 350* (do this 5 minutes before baking)

Measure dry ingredients

1 – Measure dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking soda, cocoa powder) and add to a medium bowl

Mix dry ingredients

2 – Mix dry ingredients together with a whisk

In another bowl add butter, sugar and vanilla extract

3 – In a large bowl add butter, sugar and vanilla extract.

Cream butter and sugar with electric mixer

4 – Cream these ingredients together for about 4 minutes with an electric mixer

Add dry ingredients

5 – Add dry ingredients to the creamed butter mixer using a wooden spoon or on the lowest setting of your electric mixer. Then, mix in the egg white.

Add nuts and chocolate

6 – Add the crushed nuts and chocolate

Mix everything together

7 – Mix everything together

Divide dough and roll into four logs. wrap each one in parchment paper or cling film and place in the fride for an hour 9or into the freezer if not using straight away. They can be left out until thawed enough to slice whenever you want to have them.

8 – Divide dough and roll into four and roll into logs as best you can. Wrap each one in parchment paper or cling film and place in the fridge for 4 hours before using. (or into the freezer if not using straight away. They can be left out until thawed enough to slice whenever you want to have them.

Slice dough into rounds about 1/4 inch thick and place on cookie sheet or baking tray.

9 – Slice dough into rounds about 1/4 inch thick and sprinkle with sea salt flakes. Place on cookie sheet or baking tray and place in preheated 3508 oven and bake for between 10 to 12 minutes.

Bake for about 10 to 12 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack.

Cool on a wire rack before serving.

4 responses to “Chocolate Pistachio Sables with Flaked Salt (makes about 5 dozen-ish)

  1. They look delicious, We wish you a very happy new year!

  2. I’m very happy to see the young baker back in the kitchen! They look lovely x

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