TWD: Sables (shortbread cookies)

I’m backed up… busy… swamped. I almost didn’t make these, but I skipped last week and didn’t want to miss another Tuesdays with Dorie.

So, I opened the book and was very happy to see that I wouldn’t have to shop for anything. Butter, sugar, powdered sugar, salt, a few eggs and some flour. Easy enough. To decorate.. an egg yolk and some colored sugar. Even better!

Besides, I really needed a reason to show off my new milk glass plate.

Isn’t it purty??

I found it at a local booth type store, you know the kind. A bunch of different dealers pay for space and display their wares. You can find anything from antique furniture to Christmas ornaments and a mountain of stuff in between. Themes range from Victorian to The Fifties to Grandpa’s garage junk.

It’s so fun sifting through stores like this. It’s really hard to find the time though, so I was really happy when I found this little gem, as well as the other plate pictured here. I’m not done though. I’m still on the lookout for a milk glass cake platter. :)

Anyway, enough about my plates, and more about the cookies. They’re good, very good, melt in your mouth yummy.

I found them very easy to decorate. The dough gives you two logs, I cut each log into thirds and worked with one third at a time. I did different colors and also used Turbinado sugar and nonpareils BUT I had a problem with some of them getting too brown. :( So, I only photographed the starlets.

This is a lovely recipe and can be found on pages 131-133. Special thanks to this week’s host, Barbara of  Bungalow Barbara for choosing this recipe. You can find the recipe in the book or on Barbara’s blog by clicking here.


38 Responses to TWD: Sables (shortbread cookies)

  1. 1
    Romaine says:

    Love the plates. I like to poke around in antique stores too.

    Also good to see how the cookies would look with different colors of sugar. Very festive.

  2. 2
    tastyeatsathome says:

    I love the plates too! And these cookies do look pretty – without the added time to individually decorate each one!

  3. 3
    Katrina says:

    Loves your plates. I also love your colored sugars on the very-round cookies! I can't for the life of me make a nice round log. I supposed I've made up for that with chocolate! ;)

  4. 4
    Tiffiny Felix says:

    Don't you hate being so busy? I wish we all had more time to just play in the kitchen ;) The cookies are very cute…I love the different colos around the outside :)

  5. 5
    Pamela says:

    I love the plates! The open work on that one plate is so pretty and a perfect place to show off your starlet cookies! I'm envious of your colored sugar collection! Nice job.

  6. 6
    Flourchild says:

    Your milk plates are darling! Your cookies look so good and shiny with all that sugar! I enjoyed this recipe too and was happy to have all the ingredients on hand! I hope you find your milk glass cake platter!

  7. 7
    Megan says:

    I love your plate. I tried to see the picture in the google group but it would pull up. It's beautiful!!! So are those cookies!

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    myfamousrecipe says:

    I was pressed for time this week, too; it was a huge relief to see an easy recipe for this week's TWD. Great rainbow colors on the sugar!

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    chocolatechic says:

    They are lovely.

    I didn't use an egg yolk for 'glue'.

  10. 10
    Debbie says:

    They look delicious! I made these last year for Christmas and they are so easy to make and taste great!

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    Tia says:

    Wow, the yellow sprinkles actually look really nice! I wouldn't have thought to use yellow, but they really add a nice color to the platter.

  12. 12
    Lauryn says:

    Your cookies look amazing! Thats what I wanted mine to look like!! :( And I LOVE that plate! Its an early Holiday present to yourself!

  13. 13
    Fallon says:

    I loved the sugar on the outside! I'm slowly putting together a setup of holiday baking and this is going on the list. I really like how simple and delicious these are!

  14. 14
    Megan says:

    Yes – time is flying by this season, isn't it? I did colored sugar too – but only red. I think they look cool all dressed up like that!

  15. 15
    spike. says:

    love love love. love the colors, love the plate!

  16. 16
    Maria says:

    Your cookies are so pretty! Love them!

  17. 17
    jose manuel says:

    Que galletas más bonitas. Gracias.

  18. 18
    Mags says:

    Such festive looking cookies! And yes, LOVE the new plate.

  19. 19
    Teanna says:

    Look at those colors! And that plate! Gorgeous job!

  20. 20
    Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Your plate is beautiful:) I love flea markets. I'm always finding some little type of gem. I also love all the colors on the cookies. It makes them very festive.

  21. 21
    Lillian says:

    I skipped the egg yolk, and I didn't take the time to color sugar. But yours look so lovely that I think I might just have to make another batch (or five!).

  22. 22
    Bridgett says:

    I love all the colored sugars. That really gives them a festive vibe. Excellent idea!

  23. 23
    Cakelaw says:

    These are purty with their coloured sugar rims. I love both of your serving plates as well – so elegant.

  24. 24
    jillbert says:

    They look so pretty with the colored sugar on the white plates!

    I'm NW of Milwaukee (about 40 minutes), so we're not quite neighbors, but also not that far away. Enjoy the snow if you can!

  25. 25
    Mary Ann says:

    Your cookies turned out great! I love all the colors and the plate is pretty too!

  26. 26
    Raelynn says:

    OH…what a great idea to use colored sugar for the holidays….didn't even think of it!! They look great!!

  27. 27
    Susan says:

    Your plates are beautiful and your cookies aren't too bad either! :) Great job!

  28. 28
    Nina says:

    Amanda–your cookies are stunning! Love the beautiful colors you used and that plate….spectacular!

  29. 29
    Clivia says:

    Both plates are beautiful. And your cookies are picture perfect all on their own. Beautifully done!

  30. 30
    Bungalow Barbara says:

    Thank you for baking along with me this week!

    I love all your different colors of sugar. And the plates are fabulous — what a find!

  31. 31
    Jacque says:

    Ooh, yours came out so perfect! Mine were not so much. Nice work!

  32. 32
    foodie ffanatic says:

    Love the plates! Love the cookies – simple but very Christmasy!

  33. 33
    Mimi says:

    Your cookies look fantastic. I love going to antique malls, so many pretty things.

  34. 34
    Jessica {The Novice Chef} says:

    These are beautiful! I love all the fun colors! Out of all the TWD posts I saw today, your sables are the best!

  35. 35
    Ingrid says:

    Luuuuuuuuv the platter. I want one but the cake stand.

    I liked the look of these cookies. They're so pretty and festive rimmed with colored sugar!

  36. 36
    Liz says:

    Wow, what a gorgeous platter! I also love the different sparkling sugar borders, so lovely and festive.

  37. 37
    margot says:

    The plates are so pretty! The cookies look great too, I love all the colors. I was happy for an easy recipe this week.

  38. 38
    dharmagirl says:

    such pretty cookies! i love the heavy sugar edges. and, i love your milk glass plate. my grandma found me a cake stand a few years ago and i love it:)

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