Dark Chocolate Sables

Om nom nom via Southern Living.

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  • 1 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 1/2 (4-oz.) 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate baking bars
  • Sea salt or chopped toasted pecans (optional)
  1. Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until creamy; add vanilla, and beat until combined. Stir together flour, cocoa, and salt. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating at low speed until combined after each addition. Finely chop 1 of the bittersweet chocolate baking bars, and stir into cookie dough until well incorporated. [As you can see from my pictures, I didn’t chop my chocolate too finely. If you want a really smooth looking cookie, like Southern Living’s, I would grate the chocolate.]
  2. Divide dough in half; shape each into an 8-inch-long log. Wrap each log tightly in plastic wrap, and freeze until firm, about 30 minutes. (Dough may be frozen up to 1 month.) [I had a few problems with my dough being dry or breaking apart. Sables are meant to be sandy. Don’t stress about this. Just push the dough back together, or even add a tiny bit of water if needed.]
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Cut dough into 1/4-inch-thick slices, and place 2 inches apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. (Keep dough logs refrigerated while cookies bake.)
  4. Bake in preheated oven until bottoms are lightly browned, 11 to 13 minutes. Cool on pans 5 minutes; remove cookies to wire racks, and cool completely, about 20 minutes.
  5. Chop remaining 1 1/2 bittersweet chocolate baking bars, and place in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH until chocolate is melted and smooth, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds. [I melted mine on the stove in a heatproof bowl placed over a pot with about an inch of boiling water.]
  6. Dip half of top side of each cookie in melted chocolate. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt or chopped toasted pecans, if desired. Place cookies on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, and chill just until chocolate sets, about 15 minutes. Layer cookies between wax paper, and store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 5 days.
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