Rosemary Pine Nut Sables Recipe

These butter sables are accented with rosemary and pine nuts. They're an interesting mix between sweet and savory, and just perfect with a cup of tea.

Note: Because sables derive so much of their taste from butter, use the best quality you can find.

Recipe Facts

Active: 15 mins
Total: 2 hrs 35 mins
Makes: 30 cookies

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  • 16 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (3 1/2 ounces) granulated sugar
  • 2 egg yolks, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (10 ounces) all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped rosemary
  • 1/3 cup toasted pine nuts


  1. In a large bowl, cream together butter and and sugar with a handheld electric mixer, about 2 minutes. Beat in egg yolks and salt. Add flour and beat just until combined. Add rosemary and pine nuts and stir until evenly distributed. Roll dough into a 1 1/2-inch wide log, cover with plastic wrap, and chill for two hours in the refrigerator.

  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Use a sharp knife to slice log into 1/3-inch thick pieces. Bake cookies until golden, turning sheet once during baking, about 18 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool.

Special equipment

handheld electric mixer