Diamond Delight Cookies by Pierre Hermé

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Experience the enchantment of crafting Pierre Hermé’s renowned Diamond Delight Cookies, named for their sparkling sugar facets. While the visual mastery might take a bit of practice, the taste is pure ecstasy. These delicate confections boast a crisp exterior and a tender, crumbly heart that simply melts in your mouth.

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Diamond Delight Cookies by Pierre Hermé

Ingredients:

  • Unsalted Butter, at room temperature — 230 g (1 cup)
  • Confectioners’ Sugar (not granulated sugar!) — 105 g (1 cup)
  • All-Purpose Flour — 330 g (2.5 cups)
  • Vanilla Extract — 1/2 teaspoon
  • Salt — 1/4 teaspoon
  • Granulated Sugar — for sprinkling
  • Egg — 1

Diamond Delight Cookies by Pierre Hermé

Instructions:

  1. Cream room-temperature butter with confectioners’ sugar until the mixture is creamy and smooth. A spatula or mixer works well; intense beating is not necessary. Note: Confectioners’ sugar is essential for achieving the delicate texture of the dough.
  2. Add salt, vanilla extract, and sifted flour to the butter mixture.
  3. Knead into a soft and smooth dough using a spatula or a food processor.
  4. Shape the dough into small cylinders with a diameter of 2 cm (about 0.8 inches), keeping the length around 15-20 cm (6-8 inches) for ease of handling.
  5. Chill the dough cylinders in the refrigerator until fully set; ideally, overnight. The longer it rests, the more manageable it becomes. I placed mine in the freezer for 15 minutes.
  6. Remove the chilled cylinders. Gently mix the egg (do not beat) and generously brush each cylinder with it.
  7. Sprinkle granulated sugar generously over the surface of each cylinder. It’s easier to sprinkle the sugar on the surface and roll the dough over it a few times.

Diamond Delight Cookies by Pierre Hermé

Let’s Shape the Cookies:

  1. Slice each cylinder into small pieces approximately 2 cm (about 0.8 inches) thick. Prepare a very sharp and thin knife in advance for this.
  2. Grease a baking sheet with butter and neatly place the cookie pieces on it.

Diamond Delight Cookies by Pierre Hermé

Baking:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F).
  2. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until the cookies turn golden brown.
  3. Keep a close eye on the oven, and once the cookies are golden, remove them promptly.
  4. Behold your Diamond Delight Cookies – a sparkling triumph!

Diamond Delight Cookies by Pierre Hermé

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