Daring Bakers November 2012 Challenge: Twelve Days of Cookies

27 Nov

I’m excited to once again take part in another Daring Bakers Challenge! The holiday season is the time for sharing and Peta of Peta Eats is sharing a dozen cookies, some classics and some of her own, from all over the world with us.

All twelve of the recipes Peta provided looked delicious and we had the option to bake as many as we wished, but I only selected one: Double Chocolate Sables from The Food Network. I picked this recipe partly due to time constraints, but mainly because I’ve attempted sables before and ended up with less than optimal results. I needed to redeem myself. Would I succeed this time? Thankfully, yes!

These cookies are delicious and so full of chocolate flavor. Their texture is much like a sandy shortbread; sturdy, yet somewhat delicate. For the most part these sables are easy to make. The most arduous part of the recipe was grating the chocolate. It’s amazing how much time and elbow grease it takes to grate 3 oz. of chocolate on a microplane. Per the recipe, definitely freeze the chocolate a bit before attempting to grate it.

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During my previous attempts at making sables, my cookies turned out very flat and thin. I think the difference between my past attempts at baking sables and now is that I took the time, per the recipe, to thoroughly chill the dough at various stages prior to baking the cookies. Another lesson learned: ensuring that the butter doesn’t get too soft before beating it is key. In my past attempts, I allowed my butter to sit too long at room temperature before proceeding with my recipe. As a result, the butter was way too soft and the cookies didn’t/couldn’t hold their shape.

I will definitely be making more of these cookies for the holidays and they will likely be part of my regular cookie repertoire. Give them a try!

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