Fluffy dough from the creaming method

Why the Creaming Method is Essential for Cookies

Ever wonder why cookie recipes require room temperature butter?

Pastry & Baking Arts Chef-Instructor Kathryn Gordon demonstrates the creaming method, a fundamental technique for cakes, tart dough and cookies, using a recipe for pecan sablés from her second book "Les Petits Sweets."

Temperature and timing are key when emulsifying, or mixing together, the fats and the water in butter and eggs, two of the most common baking ingredients. Chef Kathryn demonstrates how to turn a fluffy batter into perfect cookie dough, which can be frozen for up to two months to slice and bake when desired.


Pecan Sablé Cookies with Cinnamon and Orange

Recipe adapted from "Les Petits Sweets," co-authored with Anne E. McBride.


  • 113 grams unsalted high-quality butter (I used cultured butter), room temperature
  • 60 grams confectioners’ sugar (10X)
  • 1/4 orange (2 grams), finely grated zest
  • 1 large egg yolk (18 grams), room temperature, whisked
  • 33 grams pecans, very finely chopped (to resemble almond flour texture)
  • 100 grams all-purpose flour
  • 1 gram ground cinnamon
  • 0.5 grams baking powder
  • 0.5 grams fine salt
  • 50 grams pearl sugar
  • 1 gram fleur de sel


  1. In KitchenAid stand mixer, cream butter, confectioners’ sugar and orange zest with paddle attachment until fluffy. Slowly trickle in the egg yolk and mix until fluffy, stopping and scraping with a spatula as required. Add the pecans, flour, cinnamon, baking powder and fine salt.
  2. Roll the dough into a log on parchment paper, using the pearl sugar to help you form a 2-inch diameter log. Wrap up and freeze for 20 minutes or refrigerate for 30 minutes, until firm (or freeze up to 2 months).
  3. Preheat oven to 400 F. Slice the log into 1/3-inch (1 cm) slices and place on parchment paper (using 2-inch wide rings if desired). Bake 8-10 minutes.

Watch more pastry demos on YouTube @iceculinary, and explore studying with Chef Kathryn in Pastry & Baking Arts.

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