The madeleine is legendary, a sponge-cake cookie in the shape of a seashell (sort of), whose origin leads to 17th century France and the court of Louis XV. Some food historians say it was created by baker Madeleine Paulmier, and Louis was so impressed that he named it after her.
Fast-forward to 1976 Berkeley, where husband-wife Don and Susie Morris founded their Donsuemor baked-goods company based on the madeleine. Today, the classic is found in three-packs in most major retail stores ($2). Flavors include traditional, chocolate-dipped and lemon.
New to its lineup of goodies is the sablé (pronounced “sah-blay”), which debuted at the recent Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco. The cookie is a “sandy,” meaning shortbread with granular texture. Our taste-testers loved the buttery texture and crunch of both flavors, chocolate-cinnamon and vanilla bean. Sablés will be rolled out in select markets in April, $2 per two-pack.