Sabl\u00e9 aux Olives Noires

[Photograph: Caroline Russock]

These Sablé aux Olives Noires from Pierre Hermé Pastries take a lovely sablé base and incorporate one of the most unexpected cookie add-ins ever: oil-cured black olives. It's an unlikely duo of sweet-buttery and salty-bitter that works in a way that's innovative and elegant.

Reprinted with permission from Pierre Hermé Pastries by Pierre Hermé. Copyright © 2012. Published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang. Available wherever books are sold. All rights reserved.

Sablé aux Olives Noires

About This Recipe

Yield:makes about 60 cookies
Active time:45 minutes
Total time:2 hours 45 minutes


  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup (140 g) Taggiasche or other oil-cured black olives with pits
  • 3 1/2 sticks (400 g) salted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup (150 g) olive oil
  • 1 3/4 cups (220 g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon (3 g) fleur de sel de Guérande (or other fine sea salt)
  • 4 cups (500 g) all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup (100 g) cornstarch


  1. 1

    Hard-cook the egg in boiling water for 10 minutes. Cool it under running water. Shell the egg, slice it in half; remove and reserve the yolk.

  2. 2

    Pit the olives. Pat them dry to remove their layer of oil and chop them coarsely.

  3. 3

    In a food processor fitted with the plastic blade, add the ingredients in the following order: butter, oil, confectioners’ sugar, sea salt, hard-cooked egg yolk, flour, cornstarch, and finally, chopped olives. Process briefly, then form the dough into a ball, cover in plastic wrap, and chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours.

  4. 4

    Adjust oven racks to upper and lower middle positions and preheat a convection oven to 325°F or a traditional oven to 350°F.

  5. 5

    Divide the dough into two equal pieces. Flour a work surface, and roll out each piece into a ⅜-inch-thick round. Wrap in a piece of plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator until needed. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a 2¼-inch-diameter cookie cutter, cut the dough into rounds and place them as you do so on the lined baking sheets.

  6. 6

    Place the baking sheets in the oven and bake for 18 minutes (if using a traditional oven, rotate the baking sheets back to front and top to bottom once during baking). Transfer the cookies to wire racks and cool completely before storing them in an airtight container.

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