Saffron Sablés

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Saffron Sablés
Photo: © Antonis Achilleos
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
2 dozen 3-inch cookies


  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt

  • ¼ teaspoon saffron

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 stick plus 3 tablespoons unsalted butter (softened)

  • ¾ cup sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 325°. In a small bowl, whisk the flour with the baking soda and salt.

  2. In a bowl, crumble the saffron into the vanilla extract. Beat in the butter until creamy. Beat in the sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the flour mixture. Pat the dough into a 6-inch disk. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate until chilled.

  3. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough a scant 3/8 inch thick. Using a floured 2 1/2-inch cookie cutter, stamp out as many cookies as possible. Carefully transfer the cookies to parchment paper-lined baking sheets, leaving 1 inch of space between them. Reroll the scraps, chill and stamp out more cookies. Bake the cookies 1 sheet at a time until lightly browned around the edges, about 16 minutes. Let cool slightly, then transfer the cookies to a rack to cool.

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