French Recipe – sablés Flocon De Neige

Sablés are a traditional French biscuit made of flour sugar and butter. They often have a crumbly texture and are great as a sweet snack! Especially for getting into the Christmas spirit, we thought why not share a snowflake-shaped recipe? These biscuits are actually pretty simple to make and should look quite pretty.

Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 12 mins
Total: approx 30 mins


  • 230 g of flour
  • 125 g of lightly salted butter, softened
  • 125 g of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 20 g of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon powder
  • 100 g of royal icing mix*
  • Silver sprinkles (optional)
  • Star shaped cookie cutter (optional)

*If you want, you can make your own royal icing by beating together egg whites, powdered sugar and lemon juice!

Step 1
Beat the butter in a bowl, add sugar and mix.

Step 2
Add the egg and mix well.

Step 3
Sieve the cocoa powder in.

Step 4
Add the cinnamon and sugar. Mix with a wooden spoon to start with, then knead the mixture by hand to form a ball.

Step 5
Place the dough between two baking sheets and roll until you form a sheet that’s about half a centimetre thick.

Step 6
Chill the dough for 30 minutes and then cut the star shapes out using a cookie cutter. You could also simply use a knife to cut the biscuits into whatever shape you please. Place the biscuit shapes onto a non-stick baking tray and heat in a preheated oven at 170° for 12 to 14 minutes. Once baked, let them cool on a grill.

Step 7
Put the royal icing mixture into a bowl and add water. Add enough so that the mixture isn’t too watery, but also runs a little bit. Then place this mixture in a piping bag and ice snowflake patterns onto your cooled biscuits. Lastly, finish off with sprinkles!

This recipe is pretty versatile, because you can make any shape with the basic biscuit mix and even add different colours and decorations. You could make Santa sablés, bauble sablés…whatever captures your imagination! It’s also a fun activity you can do with kids because the biscuit mixture isn’t difficult to make and they can really play around with the designs. You could even not add the cocoa powder or substitute it with other flavours instead!

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