Cookies are one of my favorite things about the holiday season, and the sheer variety of cookies available at this time of year is mind boggling.  Some are intricately decorated or filled with delicious things.  As much as I enjoy all of those kinds, I adore the simple elegance of sables.  A buttery, crisp cookie dotted with flecks of vanilla bean and crunchy sugar adorning the edges.   Lovely for gifting to others, or for a personal indulgence.  The other great thing about them is that you freeze the dough and then slice and bake, so you can store the dough and then bake them any time you like.  The ingredient list is short and sweet, so it’s a good idea to whip up a batch or two now and then have the dough ready for any last minute people you may have forgotten on your gifting list.

Last year I tried a few different recipes but none turned out quite the way I was hoping so this year I started from scratch and experimented a little more.  Thankfully this time around I was able to achieve the sable bliss I was looking for.  Now my only problem is keeping away from them so there are some left over for sharing.  I guess they need to go up on the top top shelf with the caramel corn.

Note: This recipe was developed as part of my ongoing contribution to the Go Bold with Butter blog.  Head over to see my posts as well as more great recipes from the other awesome bloggers involved with the project!

Thanks for all of your enthusiasm about the charity donation “giveaway” – it means so much to know that my readers appreciate the true spirit of the season.  I’ll be contacting those winners today and can’t wait to hear which charities they select.  Don’t forget, today is the last day of holiday giveaways here on the blog.  Today’s giveaway is a fantastic prize courtesy of Nespresso.  Head on over to the giveaway page to learn more and enter!