A few days ago it was snowing here in Switzerland - thick and heavy snow flakes, slowly turning the world into a winterwonderland. Julie and I were home, lighting the fire place, playing. And all of a sudden we decided to make cookies. For spontaneous cravings and baking sprees, it is advisable to have your fridge and pantry well stocked these days with butter, eggs, flour, sugar and nuts. Of course I was prepared, so all I had to do was pull out my favorite recipes and get started.
sugar cookies, Swiss almond cookies and these wonderful chocolate sables with fleur de sel. The salt really gives these chocolately dreams a wonderful twist and gets even me (I am not a big chocolate lover) excited!
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 pinch regular salt
1 stick (about 125g) butter (room temperature)
6 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate shards
1/2 to 1 teaspoon fleur de sel (can be omitted if you prefer your sables plain)
In a medium-sized sift flour, cocoa powder and salt together.
In a larger bowl, cream butter and sugar until mixture is light and fluffy. Add the yolk and mix well.
Slowly add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Add the chocolate shards and fleur de sel and incorporate with your hands.
Shape the dough into two logs about 1 1/2 inches (4-5cm) in diameter and wrap in plastic foil. Refridgerate for at least 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C.
Cut the dough into 1/4 inch (1/2 cm) slices and place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for about 12 minutes. Let cool completely.