Tuesdays with Dorie (Baking Chez Moi): Viennese Sablés

Dorie Greenspan Viennese SAbles on eatlivetravelwrite.comThe Tuesdays with Dorie recipe from Baking Chez Moi this week was a fairly simple whipped shortbread-y cookie that you might recognise as “the cookie from the blue tin (of Danish butter cookies)”. These tasted absolutely fantastic but I had a little trouble with the dough which is supposed to be piped out of a 1/2-inch diameter star tip into little “W” shapes (as a nod to either Wittamer, a cookie store in Brussels or Wien – Vienna – where they are said to have originated). I could not pipe anything from the small tip so switched to a larger one but still had some trouble – the dough was very stiff initially, hence my shapes have nothing to do with any letter!

Viennese sables from baking Chez Moi on eatlivetravelwrite.comAs the dough warmed up in the piping bag, it became a little easier to pipe and eventually it flowed more or less smoothly but because of the larger tip it was hard to get the cookies the right size (the photo in the book makes them look bigger than the directions say to pipe them) so I only got 36 from a double batch. But the taste so much like those “blue tin” cookies that I will definitely make them again. Next time, I’d just make sure my butter was ever MORE room temperature so it pipes a little easier. But these disappeared before 9am in my staffroom one Monday morning, so I’d say that was a win!

Get the recipe for Dorie Greenspan’s Viennese Sablés on page 341 of Baking Chez Moi.

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7 thoughts on “Tuesdays with Dorie (Baking Chez Moi): Viennese Sablés”

  1. I am glad it wasn’t just me that found them hard to pipe – I destroyed not one but two fabric piping bags making these. (They were 10 years old, but still …) They were delicious biscuits though. Love the chocolate dip.

  2. I think the dough would have been easier to work with if the weather was warmer when I made them – it was chilly and rainy and my kitchen never seems to warm up in cool weather. I love the shape you achieved, especially with the addition of chocolate!


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