French Fridays with Dorie – Cocoa Sablés

Cocoa Sables

I haven’t baked a cookie since the holidays.  After preparing so many batches right before Christmas, I developed bakers’ fatigue, a made up condition that involves ignoring all recipes that require  the combination of a sifter, stand mixer, and oven.  This week’s recipe for French Fridays with Dorie, cocoa sablés, was simple enough to ease me out of bakers’ fatigue.  I had all the ingredients on hand, including the optional bittersweet chocolate.  I prepared the dough quickly, rolled it out, and left it to rest until this morning.

While taking a quick Twitter break at the office yesterday, I came across a seemingly too-good-to-be-true recipe.  Donna from cookistry.com found a recipe for a lemon curd that’s made in the microwave.  It sounded right up my alley during these busy days at work!  My alleged Meyer lemon tree had plenty of fruit, so I grabbed three lemons, three eggs, butter and confectioner’s sugar, and voilá.  I had no idea what to do with the curd but figured I would come up with something during the weekend.

Meyer Lemon Tree with Identity Crisis

My Meyer lemons only turn yellow after plucking them. Is this normal or are we growing another type of citrus.

After finishing the massive cleanup session (stand mixer/blender/bowls/dinner), it hit me.  Homemade Opera Creme cookies.

Homemade Opera Creme Cookies

Opera Cremes were part of Keebler’s lineup in the eighties.  They were sandwich cookies – one row chocolate, one row vanilla – filled with a lemon flavored creme.  The flavors worked so perfectly together!  We loved them in our household and were definitely upset when they were discontinued.

So I grabbed the flattened cookie dough and cut some small scalloped ones, but broke out the 1.5″ biscuit cutter for a few homemade “operas”.  I have to admit that the combination did not work perfectly as pictured, but I think I know how to tweak it.  The cocoa sablé is not very sweet, especially if it has bittersweet chocolate instead of semisweet.  What I could do is sift some extra powdered sugar into the curd to (1) make the filling less runny and (2) sweeter.

French Fridays with Dorie is an online cooking group where we work our way through Around My French Table, Dorie Greenspan’s award winning cookbook.  I’ll be adding last week’s recipe, Cheese Soufflé, to the official catch-up list.  To check out other cocoa sablés posts for this week, click here.

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Author:Adriana

Adriana is a financial analyst by day, avid home cook in the evenings, and food blogger and runner in the strange hours between those two. When not in the kitchen concocting meals and stories to pass around, she is out looking for the next great bite (or the ingredients to make it at home), checking what's new at the market, or planning a trip around great food and wine.

37 Responses to “French Fridays with Dorie – Cocoa Sablés”

  1. March 23, 2012 at 8:20 am #

    Love your shapes. And the filling looks delicious. Great ideas. I stick to the recipe too often.

  2. March 23, 2012 at 8:49 am #

    What a GREAT idea! They look so good.

    I didn’t know that about Meyer lemond only turning yellow when you pick them – or maybe, indeed you are growing another citrus. In any case, if it tasted good, it’s all good, right?

    • March 23, 2012 at 9:48 am #

      It tasted very good! That’s the one redeeming quality – my citrus tree might have an identity crisis but at least it is a delicious one. 😉

  3. Beverly
    March 23, 2012 at 9:39 am #

    They are so pretty & I adore lemon curd- so impressed that you made some with your own fruit!

  4. March 23, 2012 at 10:45 am #

    I wanted to try rolling and cutting with a cutter as I’m not a huge fan of the ‘log method’ but I decided to just do as I’m told. Its good to see that it would work … next time! Lovely!

  5. March 23, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    Lemon curd is always a great idea. In fact, I would probably scoop out the curd in lieu of any cookie it was sandwiched between 🙂
    Lovely concept & I hope your tree figures out what it wants to be when it grows up.

  6. March 23, 2012 at 11:30 am #

    I love the shapes! They look great!

  7. March 23, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

    They look grand.

  8. March 23, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

    Very nicely done! I love your flower shapes. I added orange to mine!

    I think you should plant your tree in the ground if you can – otherwise, move it into a bigger pot with more soil. It’s probably root-bound & not getting enough nutrients from the soil. You can also feed it citrus tree food.

    • March 23, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

      The soil in my backyard is terrible, to the point that our gardener recommended we keep the tree in the planter. We do feed it every two or three months, but could definitely look into finding a larger planter. Thanks for the advice!

  9. March 23, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

    Yumm…lemon curd and chocolate sounds like a divine combo! Love the flower shapes in your first photo too. I hadn’t realized that Meyer lemons bore fruit so low to the ground, and I’m green with envy that you have so many fresh lemons at your disposal!

  10. March 23, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

    Love your sandwiched cookies! Fresh lemon curd sounds so yummy! I wondered how this dough would roll out…obviously quite well! Have a great weekend!

  11. March 23, 2012 at 2:13 pm #

    I think I’ll have to make these sables again as a sandwich cookies, double the deliciousness that’s for sure!

  12. March 23, 2012 at 3:06 pm #

    I like your rendition of these cookies. Great filling and cute shapes!

  13. March 23, 2012 at 4:24 pm #

    Ooooooh. I don’t remember those cookies, but they sound good. I have lemon curd in the fridge. Heeeere, cookies!

  14. March 23, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    How adorable! I don’t remember those cookies either, but I can only imagine how delicious they were (and are, with your ‘remake’!)! 🙂

  15. March 23, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

    Cute! I would’ve never thought of putting lemon with these cookies, but I’m sure it was great!

  16. March 23, 2012 at 5:50 pm #

    Too cute! I love your sables.

  17. March 23, 2012 at 6:16 pm #

    What a great idea. I bet if you add just a touch more sugar, these will be great. I’m so jealous that you have a lemon tree!

  18. March 23, 2012 at 8:06 pm #

    Adriana, I just knew where this was going when you mentioned lemon curd. In fact, I could taste where this was going. A great idea and the lemon tartness totally conteracts the intense chocolate flavor of the sablé, doesn’t it? As for Bakers Fatique? I am sure it is a legitimate illness. I loved your Post this week. Mary http://www.lightsonbrightnobrakes.com/

  19. March 23, 2012 at 10:53 pm #

    Even though we both had the ingredients on hand, you were much more creative and ambitious! Beautiful shape and, I’m sure, lovely combination of flavors.

  20. March 24, 2012 at 7:02 am #

    I filled mine, too!!!! What a delicious flavor combo!! Have a great weekend, my friend~

  21. March 24, 2012 at 9:14 am #

    Your fruit tree gives me hope that mine will look like that someday! I got a lime tree for a wedding present about 9 months ago and I’ve managed not to kill it and it’s bloomed a lot, but no limes yet 🙁 I really like your idea! Adding citrus to anything is usually a good notion in my book!

  22. March 24, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

    Wow! You really took an inventive turn this week. As a follow-the-recipe person, I’m always impressed at the creativity I see in FFWD.

  23. March 24, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    The scalloped shape is so pretty. The lemon curd with the chocolate sounds like such an interesting combination – don’t think I have had it, but definitely want to give it a try.

  24. March 24, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

    I’ve never heard of baker’s fatigue before, but I think I get in every January 🙂
    Lemon curd in the microwave, how cool is that? I made some the traditional way a little while ago and it involved so much stirring. I’m going to try the microwave technique.
    And, I love the scalloped edges on your cookies. They add a nice touch of elegance.
    P.S. I’m glad to know you enjoyed Sweet Cheeks Q too. I agree that the sides might be the highlight, though it’s all good. Have a good weekend.

  25. March 24, 2012 at 7:15 pm #

    Love your operas! And your cutouts are cute. I bought a meyer lemon tree last year so I am hoping this year it will fruit. I haven’t baked since the holidays either and you are right on that this recipe can ease the return of the baker.

  26. March 24, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

    They’re so pretty as a cut out cookie. I love lemon curd. Just wish one of those trees would grow in my backyard.

  27. March 25, 2012 at 11:52 am #

    Sandwich cookies, great idea!

  28. March 25, 2012 at 1:50 pm #

    Love the shape and the sandwich twist! 🙂 I adore the consistency of sables, looks great!

  29. March 26, 2012 at 6:22 am #

    I couldn’t go a week without baking cookies; it’s a weakness. Your lemon filled chocolate cookies are beautiful and look so yummy. I have a Meyer lemon tree and the lemons do turn yellow but not until Christmas time. I have a weird type of lime tree that produces limes that turn yellow after I pick them??? There are so many varieties of citrus, who knows? It is fun to grow delicious fruits.

  30. March 26, 2012 at 8:45 am #

    Those look so yummy! I love the idea of lemon curd and the shapes are awesome!

  31. March 26, 2012 at 6:20 pm #

    I love the look of your scalloped cookies – they are so pretty!

  32. March 26, 2012 at 7:16 pm #

    They look delicious and your tree is just adorable….has a lot of fruit.

  33. March 27, 2012 at 8:50 am #

    This is a terrific idea! They must have been so delicious!

  34. March 30, 2012 at 10:24 am #

    I love the look of the scalloped cookies, so pretty! The first time I had lemon with chocolate I was amazed by how good they are together. Your sandwich cookies are a great idea!

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