Chocolate Sablé Brownies for French Fridays

The crumbly nature of the dough for these cookies, inspired by both Pierre Hermé and Dorie Greenspan, left me thinking about another way, besides the traditional rolled, sliced and baked method, to form these cookies.  I decided to press the dough into a baking sheet, bake and cut the sablés into squares.  I picked up a graduated set of square cutters that I use for cutting everything from cookies to scones, in fact anything that I want cut in uniform small serving size pieces.  They’re fun to use and leave a very small amount of scraps behind.  In Around My French Table  Dorie refers to Pierre Hermé’s recipe as inspiration for her chocolate sable cookies.   So I went to check it out and noticed that Pierre’s recipe had half the butter called for in Dorie’s recipe so that interested me but there were things about Dorie’s recipe that I liked too.  Et voilà, a hybrid sable recipe in the form of a brownie was born, with a few tweaks thrown into the mix by me.  This week I’m happily sharing the recipe because it’s not from Around My French Table.  Please check out the links to all the cocoa sables at French Fridays with Dorie, if you haven’t already done so, consider picking up a copy of Around My French Table and cooking along with the group.

Ingredients and Directions for Chocolate Sablé Brownies
Adapted from Pierre Hermé and Dorie Greenspan
3/4 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup spelt flour
1/3 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 stick & 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate baking chunks
In a medium bowl stir together the flours, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt, set aside.  Place the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer and on medium speed beat until creamy and light in color.  Add the sugar and vanilla extract, beat for 1-2 minutes.  Reduce the speed to low and add the dry ingredients.  Dough will be crumbly, stir in the chocolate chunks.  Turn the dough out onto a greased 1/4 baking sheet and press evenly into the pan.  Wrap and chill for a couple of hours or overnight.  When ready to bake, pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and bake for 16-18 minutes.  Cool in the pan until barely warm and with a square cookie cutter, cut into brownie shapes.  Make some new friends or call me and I will come over and help you eat what’s left over in the pan!
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  1. Delicious brownies!!! I Loveeee your photos!xoxo

  2. Well my goodness…these sure do look delicious. Wouldn't one be perfect with my morning cup of coffee? I certainly think so! Thank you for all the lovely photographs too. As always, I'm happy I stopped by. I hope you have a joy-filled weekend. Hugs and love from Austin.

  3. Aren't you just clever :-)
    Very nice!

  4. These look so soft and absolutely delicious, Patty! Beautiful photography, too. Thanks for sharing. Also, I’m having a great giveaway today with four potential prize winners, so you should enter!

  5. Dorie was very much inspired by Dorie for this recipe as well! I like the idea of rolling and pressing these out…. That would be easy and make for interesting shapes. Good, GREAT job!

  6. Leave it to Patty to come up with something completely fabulous inspired by Dorie's recipe. I've bookmarked your original! I haven't met a brownie I didn't like and these look scrumptious. :)

  7. very nice and of course, perfect! would love one for an after lunch snack and as always, great photos

  8. Nice adaptation! These look great!

  9. Great idea to make a brownie sable….They look delicious! Have a great weekend!

  10. Hermosa receta ambos son muy ricos y su adaptación es perfecta,una exquisitez como decimos acá de chuparse los dedos,abrazos hugs,hugs.

  11. What a great idea – I can never turn down a brownie!

  12. Fantastic and tasty brownie twist on these cocoa cookies! Great post!

  13. Lovely brownies, and photos. I've never used spelt flour and wonder what texture it brings to your baked goods?

  14. Spelt flour is similar to whole wheat pastry flour, not as heavy as whole wheat flour, thanks!

  15. I love Pierre Herme's recipes–they have never disappointed. I bet these are awesome, Patty and I love the perfect squares.

    Have a great weekend!

  16. Looks great, nothing like a brownie to enjoy life. Love the combo of
    the spelt flour and the all purpose flour. It is wonderful to experiment
    with these recipes.

  17. I like your thinking Patty! These are a great way to shape the dough. Have a fab weekend.

  18. I just love coming to your blog to drool over your photos and marvel at your creativity! Over the top on the brownies! I do admit to sneaking a few slices of raw dough on this one – so good!

  19. yum! great idea!! brownies are always a winner!!

  20. i'm really having chocolate overload because of everyone's chocolate post…but this may be my fave – sable and brownies mixed together! ooh la la!

  21. What a great idea! I am going to a bridal shower in May and making the desserts and these might have to make an appearance!

  22. I love your adaptation Patty and the use of spelt flour which I've yet to use. The best part of a recipe is being able to make it your own by tweaking it to suit your taste.

    I've been a member of FFWD for a long time and always forget come Friday to do her requested recipe. I need to remember. It's fun trying recipes you may not try otherwise. Thanks for sharing.

  23. Beautifully done, Patty…and your method would have saved me the frustration of piecing my cookie dough back together after cutting :)

  24. WhAT a gorgeous twist making classic cookies into brownies – they look superb :D

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  25. What a great idea, Patty! I want to try these next time as a brownie. Great inspiration.

  26. Gorgeous {as usual}

    You have an incredible blog, and I am passing the Liebster Award to you.
    visit my blog for all of the award details

  27. I love your twist on this recipe. I plan to try out your method next time I have a craving for chocolate cookies. I love your photos with the words on it. What do you use for that? I'd like to try.

  28. Patty – such a creative way to approach this recipe! Love your photos and you certainly have me craving chocolate!

  29. Hmmm! I love these. I will never leave the house as long as they are sitting on the table. :-) I love your fonts on the pictures!

  30. I love anything with chocolate. Your photos are mouthwatering Patty. I'm wanting chocolate and it's breakfast time here.

  31. Love how you made it your own, Patty! Also the perfect cutter is a genius idea to make brownies out of the Sable recipe.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe, as well. The photos are spectacular, as always:DDD

  32. I'm so glad you shared this recipe! This looks even better than the cookies made from that recipe. It makes my mouth water just looking at the pictures.

  33. Oh Patty they look to die for! I love that you found inspiration in both recipes and made it your own. The sables look cute in squares too :)

  34. What a fantastic and clever twist!!! Super creative, Patty, and they looks so GOOD.

    Hope you're enjoying your Sunday – I can only imagine what you're baking today!

  35. I too am impressed by your amalgam of Dorie and Pierre's recipe, and by the fact that you turned it into a (sort of) brownie, too! Congratulations!

  36. Yummy! I bet the entire family was fighting over these! Great photos!!! Hope your Sunday is going well!

  37. Yummy is right, if I hadn't already made chocolate souffle tonight, I'd make these. Bookmarking this one.

  38. I must bake these! They look heavenly and irresistible with your photos.

  39. I love the idea of sable brownies. I'll have to try your method…very clever.

  40. Brilliant! Your sable brownies look delicious, what a great idea. And your photos are gorgeous as well.

  41. These look amazing! I've made chocolate sables cookies before and love the idea of a sable brownie! Oh, how I wish I could grab one to eat :)

  42. I pinned these a couple of days ago and just had to come back and take another peek. they are stunning. I am adding these to my easter menu!! yummy!

  43. That's my idea of a hybrid! These look so good and devilishly chocolaty :)

  44. What a delicious and clever twist! These look so good and delicious. I find it hard to resist anything chocolate.

  45. Dorie…Pierre…chocolate in one place…and of course with Patty's sweet touch…just perfection!

    Can you tell I love brownies?

    Ciao for now,

  46. Hi Patty,

    Just stopped to say thanks for being a part of the YBR :)

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