Page 1
Beauty Style Fitness Wellness Living #RealTalk #EmbraceYourAge
Stay up to date

Get on the List

Unlock our weekly newsletter packed with tips on living authentically, healthfully, and stylishly at every age.Get on the List: The best beauty, fashion, wellness and fitness tips straight to your inbox

Holiday Cookies: Espresso Chocolate Sablés

For us, no cookie party or holiday dessert spread would be complete without a chocolate chip cookie. We consider these beauties from Dorie Greenspan a grown-up version of that favorite cookie treat.


My original recipe for these deeply coffee-flavored and amply chocolate-flecked cookies produced a classic shortbread with the melt-in-your-mouth texture that’s the hallmark of great shortbread and the result of using only confectioners’ sugar in the dough. When I adapted the recipe [for my cookbook] and baked the cookies in metal rings, constraining their spreadability, the change was anything but subtle: The sablés were still tender, but their texture became denser and their flavor more intense.

Of course these are good with coffee and coffee drinks, but they’re surprisingly nice with milk and not at all bad with cognac. — Dorie Greenspan

Espresso Chocolate Sablés

Makes about 40 cookies

1½ Tbsp instant espresso
1 Tbsp boiling water
2 sticks (8 oz; 226 g) unsalted butter, cut into chunks, at room temperature
⅔ c (80 g) confectioners’ sugar
½ tsp fine sea salt
Pinch ground cinnamon (optional)
¾ tsp pure vanilla extract
2 c (272 g) all-purpose flour
4 oz (113 g) bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

1. Dissolve the espresso in the boiling water. Set the extract aside to cool to lukewarm or room temperature.

2. Working with a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, beat the butter, sugar, salt, and cinnamon, if you’re using it, together on medium speed for about 3 minutes, scraping down the bowl as needed, until well blended. Mix in the vanilla and espresso extract on low speed. Turn off the mixer, add the flour all at once, and pulse to begin incorporating it, then mix on low speed until the flour almost disappears into the dough. Scrape down the bowl, add the chopped chocolate, and mix until evenly distributed. Give the dough a few last turns with a sturdy flexible spatula.

3. Turn the dough out onto the counter and divide it in half. Shape each half into a disk.

4. Working with 1 piece of dough at a time, sandwich it between pieces of parchment paper and roll it to a thickness of ¼ in. Slide the dough, still sandwiched, onto a baking sheet — you can stack the slabs — and freeze the dough for at least 1 hour or refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

5. When you are ready to bake the cookies, center a rack in the oven and preheat it to 325°. Butter or spray a regular muffin tin, or 2 tins, if you’ve got them. Have a 2-in-diameter cookie cutter at hand.

6. Working with 1 sheet of dough at a time, peel away both pieces of paper and put the dough back on 1 piece of paper. Cut the dough and drop the rounds into the muffin tin(s). The dough might not fill the molds completely, but it will once baked. Save the scraps from both pieces of dough, then gather them together, re-roll, chill, and cut.

7. Bake the cookies for 18 to 20 minutes, or until they feel firm to the touch and have some color. Transfer the muffin tin(s) to a rack and leave the cookies in the tin(s) for about 10 minutes before carefully lifting them out onto the rack to cool completely.

8. Continue with the remainder of the dough, if you only baked 1 sheet, always using cool tins.

Notes

The dough can be refrigerated for up to 2 days or frozen, well wrapped, up to 2 months; cut and bake directly from the freezer. The cookies will keep in a tin at room temperature for about 5 days or, wrapped airtight, in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Meet the lady behind the cookies: Read our profile of Dorie Greenspan and visit her website at doriegreenspan.com. For more cookie recipes, get Dorie’s Cookies.

Photo: Davide Luciano

You Might Also Like

Women Who Inspire: BRU Bone Broth Founder Soo-Ah Landa
Living

Women Who Inspire: BRU Bone Broth Founder Soo-Ah Landa

Some might say bone broth is having a moment, but don’t tell...

read
‘Gilmore Girls’ and Me
#RealTalk

‘Gilmore Girls’ and Me

The seven-season series Gilmore Girls and its four afterglow episodes, A Year in the Life,...

read
Office Hours: What Should I Wear on a Job Interview?
Living

Office Hours: What Should I Wear on a Job Interview?

Welcome to Office Hours, where each month a Fairygodboss expert answers a question from...

read
Women Who Inspire: Beauty Industry Titan Bobbi Brown
Living

Women Who Inspire: Beauty Industry Titan Bobbi Brown

When makeup artist Bobbi Brown created 10 simple brown-based lipsticks at her...

read
The ‘I Am’ Project Showcases Ageless Beauty
#RealTalk

The ‘I Am’ Project Showcases Ageless Beauty

Angelika Buettner is on a crusade to celebrate the natural beauty of...

read
Women Who Inspire: The F-Factor Diet Founder Tanya Zuckerbrot
Wellness

Women Who Inspire: The F-Factor Diet Founder Tanya Zuckerbrot

Food was always an important part of Tanya Zuckerbrot’s life growing up,...

read
Get Glowing With 8 Highlighters We Love
Beauty

Get Glowing With 8 Highlighters We Love

The solution to chronic fatigue requires a holistic deep dive into your...

read
Eat This Now: Overnight Pumpkin Oatmeal
Wellness

Eat This Now: Overnight Pumpkin Oatmeal

We at The Fine Line eat lots of oatmeal. Especially in the...

read
Women Who Inspire: BRU Bone Broth Founder Soo-Ah Landa
Living

Women Who Inspire: BRU Bone Broth Founder Soo-Ah Landa

Some might say bone broth is having a moment, but don’t tell...

read
‘Gilmore Girls’ and Me
#RealTalk

‘Gilmore Girls’ and Me

The seven-season series Gilmore Girls and its four afterglow episodes, A Year in the Life,...

read
6 Good Reasons to Eat More Fiber
Wellness

6 Good Reasons to Eat More Fiber

Fiber is the indigestible part of a carbohydrate that packs a powerful...

read
Learn to Embrace Active Recovery Days
Fitness

Learn to Embrace Active Recovery Days

In today’s “go big or go home” mentality, it is easy to...

read
Give Yourself a Gray Hair Makeover
Beauty

Give Yourself a Gray Hair Makeover

As your hair’s pigment seemingly evaporates into thin air, you might notice...

read
7 Ways to Strengthen Bones Naturally
Wellness

7 Ways to Strengthen Bones Naturally

For many, bone density holds cause for concern: Osteoporosis is a diagnosis...

read
Beauty Buzzwords: Beta Hydroxy Acids
Beauty

Beauty Buzzwords: Beta Hydroxy Acids

When you were younger, your skin functioned more nimbly. It produced loads...

read
9 Little Black Dresses That Work Around the Clock
Style

9 Little Black Dresses That Work Around the Clock

We’ve been contemplating the idea of a uniform. These little black dresses...

read
Digital Fitness: Yay or Nay?
Fitness

Digital Fitness: Yay or Nay?

The music’s pumping, the sweat is dripping, and the high-energy instructor is...

read
Why I Hold On Tight to Old Friends
#RealTalk

Why I Hold On Tight to Old Friends

One of the biggest arguments I ever had with my father was...

read
Office Hours: What Should I Wear on a Job Interview?
Living

Office Hours: What Should I Wear on a Job Interview?

Welcome to Office Hours, where each month a Fairygodboss expert answers a question from...

read
Women Who Inspire: Beauty Industry Titan Bobbi Brown
Living

Women Who Inspire: Beauty Industry Titan Bobbi Brown

When makeup artist Bobbi Brown created 10 simple brown-based lipsticks at her...

read
The ‘I Am’ Project Showcases Ageless Beauty
#RealTalk

The ‘I Am’ Project Showcases Ageless Beauty

Angelika Buettner is on a crusade to celebrate the natural beauty of...

read
11 Water Bottles We’re Thirsty For
Fitness

11 Water Bottles We’re Thirsty For

Above the political din, the conversation about saving the planet rises. Innovative...

read
My Second Awkward Stage
#RealTalk

My Second Awkward Stage

A couple of weeks ago, I took my eldest son and my...

read
3 Foam Roller Exercises to Limber You Up
Wellness

3 Foam Roller Exercises to Limber You Up

Pretty much everyone can benefit from a few foam roller exercises, says...

read
Every Little Reason to Use a Foam Roller
Wellness

Every Little Reason to Use a Foam Roller

If you experience stress or regularly exercise, your muscles will thank you...

read
‘Aging Isn’t for Wimps’ and Other Quotes From Our Readers
#RealTalk

‘Aging Isn’t for Wimps’ and Other Quotes From Our Readers

We asked our Facebook followers what part of aging has surprised them...

read
Beauty Buzzwords: Vitamin E
Beauty

Beauty Buzzwords: Vitamin E

We’re always on the lookout for products that multitask, so if an...

read
Road Test: Elle Macpherson’s SUPER ELIXIR Greens
Beauty

Road Test: Elle Macpherson’s SUPER ELIXIR Greens

I was preparing to write this story when I met a long-time...

read
Women Who Inspire: The F-Factor Diet Founder Tanya Zuckerbrot
Wellness

Women Who Inspire: The F-Factor Diet Founder Tanya Zuckerbrot

Food was always an important part of Tanya Zuckerbrot’s life growing up,...

read
8 Red Lipsticks for a Luscious Pucker
Beauty

8 Red Lipsticks for a Luscious Pucker

Think you can’t rock red lipstick in your 40s and beyond? Think...

read
Load More
share
To Top