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Cheese Sables Recipe

Cheese Sables Recipe

Cheese Sables Recipe

This recipe card below gives you a cheese sables recipe. Cheese sables are a savoury cheese biscuit, and are very much an English treat. It is perfect for a pre-lunch snack or drinks nibble.

This savoury cheese sables recipe is in no way similar to the sweet sablé shortbread cookies that originated in Sablé-sur-Sarthe, in Sarthe, France.

So how these cheese biscuits obtained the ‘sable’ name I am not sure. It could be because the process of crumbling the butter into the flour is the same for both types of biscuit? I do not know.

In any case, this recipe has been in our family for many years. I even have a copy of the original recipe card, written on a very old typewriter, with this name for the biscuit on it.

dough on baking sheets

Christmas Appetizer

This recipe is another one that has been passed down in our family. My Mum makes a perfect version of this, and it is something we will always have on the table as snacks before Christmas dinner, for example.

They are a perfect accompaniment to a good gin and tonic or a glass of red wine – the perfect pre-lunch nibble.

finely chopped


These really are the perfect savoury Christmas cheese biscuits – but they are quite a crumbly cheese biscuit. You may end up having to hoover your carpet after the party!

Make sure that you do not eat too many before lunch or you could ruin your Christmas dinner!


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They are also a very good recipe if you are having a dinner party and want to prepare some cheese biscuits canapes beforehand.

Although they are really good to eat when still warm, they are meant to be eaten cold, so you can make them up front without a problem. (Just try not to eat them all while they are cooling!)

savoury cheese cookies

Ready for the oven


We also eat them in our house just as a snack when watching a rugby game – the ideal game-day food. 

It is a perfect recipe when you are a little bit peckish and fancy some savoury cheese cookies. They are very moreish, so make sure you make enough!

cheese cookies recipe

Cheese Sables Recipe – the perfect appetizer


The recipe is very easy to master, but remember to make sure you get a consistent mix so that the biscuits get the correct texture.

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Cheese Sables


Good luck making them and let me know how you get on in the comments section below!

cheese sablés

How to make savoury cheese cookies

Cheese Sables Recipe

Cheese Sables Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

This delicious and easy cheese sables recipe gives you some wonderful crumbly savoury cheesy biscuits. These are perfect for your pre-Xmas dinner or Thanksgiving drinks.


  • 85 g plain flour
  • 85g cheddar cheese, finely grated (or parmesan if you so wish)
  • 85g salted butter
  • 1 whisked egg (to glaze)
  • Some flaked almonds, crushed


    1. Sieve the flour into a bowl. Then turn the butter into the flour with your hands to create a type of crumble.
    2. Then add the grated cheese to the mix and keep mixing until you have a homogenous mix. You can also do this in the food processor if you prefer.
    3. Roll this dough then on a lightly floured surface into a thin roll about 1 ¼” in diameter. Then place this roll into the fridge in grease-proof paper for 30 minutes (or more) to cool down. Do not omit this step - it will not turn out well.
    4. When you are ready to make the cheese biscuits, pre-heat the oven to 190C. Then slice the roll into rounds about 3mm thick (1/8“). Do not cut them too thick.
    5. Place the rounds on a baking sheet and baste them with the lightly beaten egg. Then place some crushed almonds on top.
    6. Place in the oven for approx. 10-15 minutes until golden brown and cooked. The cooking time may vary depending on the type of cheese you use and your oven. Keep an eye on them so they do not burn.


I make about 35 sables out of these ingredients quantities.

Remember the basic ingredients are one part flour, one part cheese and one part butter, so it is easy to determine your quantities, depending on how many you want.

Make sure you make enough. This quantity goes in an evening in our house!

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 35 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 38Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 34mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

This nutrition information was automatically calculated by Nutritionix, but may not be 100% accurate.

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Michelle Everett

Monday 9th of November 2020

morning! I'd love to include this in homemade foodie Xmas hampers this year. Do you know how long they'll keep fresh after cooking if I put them in a KILner jar or cellophane cone?

Kind regards



Monday 9th of November 2020

I don't know about a cellophane cone, but in an airtight Kilner jar they should be good for a few days. We keep them in a biscuit tin on baking parchment, but to be fair I don't know as they never last a day in our house.

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