Lemon Sablé Cookies

Sablés are a type of French cookie that's incredibly tender and delightfully sandy or crumbly. This is a zesty version that's delicate and light — these lemon cookies are a perfect finish to a summer lunch or afternoon tea. They can be served without the glaze, but the glaze enhances the lemon flavor substantially.

10 mins
12 to 15 mins
1 hr 22 mins
3 dozen cookies
Lemon Sablé Cookies


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  1. Using a food processor or mixer, combine the flour, almond flour, sugar, salt, and lemon powder.

  2. Add the butter, and process or mix until the mixture is crumbly.

  3. Add the egg white, lemon juice (if you're using it) and zest, and process or mix until the dough comes together.

  4. Shape the dough into a disk, wrap it in plastic, and refrigerate for 1 hour or more.

  5. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

  6. Roll the chilled dough 1/4" thick.

  7. Using fluted cookie cutters about 2 1/2" in diameter, cut out as many cookies as possible, re-rolling the dough as needed. Note: If at any time during this process the dough becomes sticky and hard to work with, simply refrigerate it for about 20 minutes, until firm.

  8. Space the sablé cookies 1/2" apart on lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheets — you'll need a couple of pans.

  9. Bake the sablé cookies for 12 to 15 minutes, until their edges begin to brown. Remove them from the oven, and transfer them to a rack to cool.

  10. For the glaze, stir together the lemon juice and confectioners' sugar until smooth.

  11. Brush a thin layer of glaze onto the surface of each sablé cookie; garnish with sparkling sugar. Serve the sablé cookies at room temperature. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for several days; freeze for longer storage.

Tips from our Bakers

  • If you're making these sablé cookies in the summer or a humid environment, adding an extra 2 tablespoons of flour to your dough may make the dough easier/less sticky to roll out.