Easy Japanese Recipes

Butter Cookies 鳩サブレー

Butter Cookies (Hato Sable) | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

I came to the United States to study when I was twenty years old.  Until then I grew up in Yokohama (横浜; about 20 miles/30km from Tokyo).  Since moving to the US, I miss a lot of things in Japan especially my family.

I also miss the various snacks and Japanese produce that I cannot get in the Bay Area.  Whenever my mom comes to visit me, I always ask her to bring Butter Cookies called Hato Sabure (鳩サブレー) from this traditional Japanese confectionery store.

Hato Sabure (鳩サブレー) is a brand of butter cookies sold at Toshimaya in Kamakura (鎌倉) near Yokohama.  These cookies go all the way back to 1887 (during Meiji Era).  Around that time, Japan started to open itself up to the world and many foreign goods started coming into Japan.  A foreign visitor gave the founder of the store a biscuit, and that was when he first tasted western cookies and became interested in making them.  However, butter wasn’t a common ingredient in Japanese food that time so he had to look for butter in neighborhoods where the westerners lived to start testing and creating his version.

Butter Cookies (Hato Sable) | JustOneCookbook.com

You may wonder why these cookies are a dove shape.  Hato Sabure’s hato means dove/pigeon in Japanese.  This confectionery store is very close to Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu shrine (鶴岡八幡宮), where the founder often went to pray.  He was inspired to make dove shape cookies because children at the shrine adore doves and the shrine’s name contains Japanese character number “eight ” which resembles the shape of two birds facing to each other (more story about Hato Sabure, continue reading in Japanese here).

The other day I was craving for these cookies so I decided to make my own version.  I learned that there are only five ingredients in Hato Sabure: flour, sugar, butter, egg, and baking powder.  I was especially inspired by this Japanese blog where the blogger dedicates his time to make perfect Hato Sabure!  After reading his blog and comparing with sable cookie recipes online, I came up with this simplified recipe that works!  I made the dove pattern with parchment paper (you can download and print out here).  I was extremely happy that they taste just like Hato Sabure!!  Hope you will give this recipe a try, especially if you like Hato Sabure.

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Butter Cookies Recipe
 
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Serves: 4 Hato Sables + 6 small cookies, or 30 small cookies
Ingredients
  • 1½ cup (200g) all purpose flour
  • ½ cup (110g) sugar
  • 6 Tbsp. (85g, ¾ stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • Click here for dove shape pattern.
Instructions
  1. If you want to make the dove shape cookies, save the image to your computer and print out. Then trace the pattern on parchment paper.
  2. Sift the flour.
  3. Fit an electric mixer with the whisk attachment and combine sugar and butter in the bowl. Whisk on high speed until fluffy, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Add the beaten egg and mix to combine.
  5. Change the whisk to the beater attachment. Add the flour and baking powder and mix on low speed until flour is incorporated.
  6. Roll the dough into a ball and wrap it in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  7. Preheat the oven to 350F (177C). Roll out the dough on lightly floured surface, to ¼ inch thickness. I put the long cooking chopsticks (it’s about ¼ inch thickness) on both side of the dough and roll the dough to keep the same thickness.
  8. Cut out the dough around the dove shape, or cut with 2-inch cookie cutters.
  9. Place the cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, about 1 inch apart.
  10. Bake until golden brown, about 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely on wire rack. Store the cookies in an airtight container. Enjoy!
Notes
* Prep time doesn't include 30 minutes that dough needs to rest in refrigerator.

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  • Raymund April 16, 2013, 11:20 pm

    Wow you shaped them perfectly. And YAY! I am the first one here

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  • TheKitchenLioness April 16, 2013, 11:57 pm

    Nami, these are just beautifully shaped butter cookies – what a lovely story too about their history! I am sure that your kids must adore these as well. Isn´t there always a food that seems to bring back sweet childhood memories.
    Have a lovely Wednesday!

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  • Mich Piece of Cake April 16, 2013, 11:58 pm

    Looks easy and delicious, will certainly give it a try sometime. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Nandita April 17, 2013, 12:18 am

    The cookies look great nami. I loved the fact that you got the dove shape just perfect.

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  • Sue | My Korean Kitchen April 17, 2013, 12:26 am

    Your butter cookies look much better than the recipe that inspired you. :D It sounds very easy and quick to make too. (I think I even have all ingredients in my pantry already) Great!

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  • Jenny April 17, 2013, 12:32 am

    what a charming story, Nami. Those cookies look so crisp and creamy… I want one NOW!

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  • Jayne April 17, 2013, 12:37 am

    I personally haven’t had Hato Sabure brand cookies before but my mom LOVES butter cookies. And Butter cake. I think butter flavoured confections in general. This is really easy! It’s quite similar to my chocolate chip cookies recipe that I just finished writing. Thumbs up :-)

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  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef April 17, 2013, 12:45 am

    I’m going to give these a try so I can say I made one of Nami’s recipes. They look delightful and I love the story behind them. Real memory food in this post, Nami! I know it’s tough to be away from family even though you’re happy where you are. It’s hard to describe to someone. I get told, “so why don’t you move back there?” I don’t want to. I just need a cuddle from a pie or a cookie every now and then. :)

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  • Katerina April 17, 2013, 12:49 am

    I studied in the US too and I remember how much I missed my family and real Greek food! These were two of the reasons I decided to return to my country instead of pursuing a carrier there. To be honest with you now I come to regret it. Anyway, I love the shape of your biscuits and they must be very rich in flavor and texture!

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  • kat April 17, 2013, 1:03 am

    they look perfect!

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  • Mel April 17, 2013, 1:54 am

    Oh wow, looking beautifully baked these butter cookies. I love the dove shape and I really thought you are using the dove shape cookie cutter but instead cutting from the paper stencil shape.

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  • Belinda @zomppa April 17, 2013, 3:04 am

    How can one resist rich buttery cookies? I can’t believe you did these by hand! I was certain it was a cookie cutter!

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  • Baby Sumo April 17, 2013, 3:15 am

    Beautiful cookies Nami, I would probably have to make some other shapes since I dont have a dove cutter.

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  • My Kitchen Stories April 17, 2013, 3:51 am

    These are a great cookie recipe to have in your book. It is wonderful Nami

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  • Purabi Naha April 17, 2013, 4:06 am

    Nice history behind these Japanese dove-shaped cookies! I can guess how crunchy and tasty these cookies would taste. Now I want to make these cute fellas for my kids for sure!

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  • Mandy - The Complete Cook Book April 17, 2013, 4:17 am

    Beautiful cookies Nami, I love butter cookies.
    :-) Mandy xo

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  • Hotly Spiced April 17, 2013, 4:38 am

    Those are gorgeous cookies and I love the cute shape. You were so young when you left your family! I would have been so homesick xx

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  • Sandra's Easy Cooking April 17, 2013, 4:41 am

    Thank you for sharing bit of history behind those yummy cookies. Those cookies look delicious and you did such a great job Nami! I think you became really good baker! Well done!

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  • ashley - baker by nature April 17, 2013, 4:53 am

    You’re such a beautiful baker, Nami! These cookies are so delicate and lovely.

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  • yummychunklet April 17, 2013, 5:36 am

    I love butter cookies, and I love the shapes you made!

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  • Kate@Diethood April 17, 2013, 5:37 am

    I saw these on my Instagram feed and I fell in love! They are so beautiful and elegant and buttery and yummy!!!

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  • carol | a cup of mascarpone April 17, 2013, 5:45 am

    What a lovely story, Nami! Thank you for sharing! These cookies are wonderful…and you formed the dove so beautifully!

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  • Ella-Home Cooking Adventure April 17, 2013, 5:51 am

    I love butter cookies, these looks wonderful. My daughters would love to make them dove shape cookies, great idea.

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  • Ramona April 17, 2013, 5:54 am

    Isn’t it wonderful to make treats from our homelands here in the States. There are so many easy to find foods in Sri Lanka that I miss. These cookies look delicate and beautiful. I can see why you love them so much. :)

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  • Kimmi April 17, 2013, 6:13 am

    These are terribly cute!! =) And thank you for sharing the dove template. I’m tempted to make some of these to give to my friend for his birthday. I guess I’ll be baking tonight~~

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    • Nami April 18, 2013, 11:05 am

      Thank you Kimmi! Hope your friend likes it! I was so persistent to make copycat version… :)

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  • Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover April 17, 2013, 7:01 am

    I like to see the cute pigeon shape of your butter cookies. Oh the taste close to original , then you can sell them in US, hehehe..

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  • Dina April 17, 2013, 7:09 am

    thank you for the interesting history behind the cookies. i’d love to try them. the dove shape is so pretty!

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  • Denise Browning@From Brazil To You April 17, 2013, 7:47 am

    I love the dove cookies, Nami!!! They are so cute…When I saw them on facebook days ago, I got all excited. I think you were preparing this post to share with us and gave there a peek of what you were doing. What an interesting story about these cookies as well.

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  • Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today April 17, 2013, 7:53 am

    I’m just the same, I miss so many things from Poland, that are obvious there, but you can’t buy it even in a neighbour country. I love the shape of this cookies :)

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  • Danielle April 17, 2013, 8:07 am

    Oh how I miss these cookies! I remember my friend brought me to that shop in kamakura and I bought them for every one in my family. I can’t wait to make these!

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  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) April 17, 2013, 8:21 am

    So pretty, Nami! I love the dove shape, beautifully done!

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  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking April 17, 2013, 8:35 am

    Beautiful, simple and delicious butter cookies Nami! I would love to try your recipe. I love that little bird cookie cut-out too! Very fitting for spring and summer. :)

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  • Gina April 17, 2013, 8:41 am

    I didn’t know that is why you came here. I can imagine how homesick you must get sometimes. Luckily you can recreate all those foods you miss, but it’s hard not having family around. I have a special spot for doves and cookies in my heart.
    -Gina-

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  • Chef and Sommelier April 17, 2013, 8:47 am

    Hi Nami! Simply elegant and beautiful… I thought the doves were made using a mould and never had I thought that you have to trace and cut the outline using parchment paper! Smart idea!

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  • john@kitchenriffs April 17, 2013, 8:56 am

    Love the shape of these! And a terrific looking cookie – butter cookies have so much flavor, don’t they? Really good stuff – thank you.

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  • Belinda @themoonblushbaker April 17, 2013, 8:58 am

    What a wonderful blog post into the history of the butter cookie. My father adores this cookes, Often buying them with the honey almond topping on them. I am sure to make these for him. So cute with the extra details

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  • Malou | Skip to Malou April 17, 2013, 9:19 am

    Wow you do it so perfectly. Things that you miss from back home is so much resembled with this post. I would love to have these with my tea this morning. :)
    Malou

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  • mr. & Mrs. P April 17, 2013, 9:55 am

    Love the dove shape!!!! They came out perfect!

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  • Evelyne@cheapethniceatz April 17, 2013, 10:06 am

    I was surprised to see Japanese Butter cookies but thank you for giving us the history. Love the shape as doves and they look melt in your mouth delicious.

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  • Yelena April 17, 2013, 10:29 am

    O Nami, such a beautiful story about dove cookies. You know that I love when you post about Japan, so much history. The butter cookies look very neat and perfect.

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  • Eileen April 17, 2013, 10:58 am

    These cookies sound so simple and tasty! I love the idea of gentle doves as delicious, soothing cookies. :)

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  • Monica April 17, 2013, 11:01 am

    Sometimes the best things are the simple things. Butter cookies have a special place in my heart, too. They are so good and comforting.

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  • Rosa April 17, 2013, 11:15 am

    What cute cookies! They look delicious too.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  • Mallika April 17, 2013, 11:52 am

    Delicious butter cookies. Cant take my eyes of those cute birdie cookies! Lovely.

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  • nipponnin April 17, 2013, 12:18 pm

    How neat! 名物を手作りしちゃうって、どうなのかしら?こっちの方が美味しいって、クレーム(?)来たらどうする?まだオリジナル食べてないから比較出来ないけど、なみちゃん、すごいよ。作ってみたいけど、本気でこの体重おとさなくては。

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  • Elisabeth April 17, 2013, 12:28 pm

    Beautiful cakes! And what a great way to use chopsticks!

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  • goboroot April 17, 2013, 12:39 pm

    The sable looks so adorable!!! My mouth started watering just looking at your photos as I recall eating them as a child whenever my family and I visited our relatives in Kamakura. Thank you for sharing, Nami san!

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  • Nobuko April 17, 2013, 1:25 pm

    Hi Nami, I started making your butter cookies but i’m confused.
    In the ingredients you write 1 tsp of baking powder and in the instructions, you write add the salt. Can you let me know which one it is?
    thanks,
    N

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    • Nami April 17, 2013, 1:43 pm

      Thank you Nobuko-san for catching my mistake. The real Hato Sabure doesn’t include salt so it was my mistake in the Step #5. It should have been written as baking powder instead of salt. If you alredy put salt in it, no worries. A lot of butter cookie recipes use salt too, but I wanted to stick with real Hato Sabure ingredients… :) Late night work can cause some mistake! Recipe is updated now. Thank you!!

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  • Lokness @ The Missing Lokness April 17, 2013, 1:31 pm

    Beautiful cookies, Nami! Thank you for sharing the stories about yourself and the cookies. I haven’t had a Hato Sabure before, but yours look so cute and buttery. Must be very tasty.
    I have a similar story like yours. I am always craving for food from Hong Kong. Whenever my parents are visiting, they always bring snacks for me. And sometimes as you said, I just have to figure out how to make my own. When the food I made comes out just like how I remember, that brought back some really good memories.

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  • A_Boleyn April 17, 2013, 1:34 pm

    What a lovely story behind these cookies. I’ve never made French sables but have a recipe which I have to try one day. Innovative solution to getting the shape of the doves … make your own template. :)

    I too use a guide to make my cookies 1/4″ … 2 wooden gadgets for pulling hot dishes out of the oven without having to reach all the way to the back and getting burned.

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  • Nancy/SpicieFoodie April 17, 2013, 3:06 pm

    Hi Nami! As some one who lives far away from home I can really relate to your feelings. That’s great that you satisfied the craving and made your own cookies. The pigeons look beautiful! I would love to try them, they sound so good.Thanks for sharing.

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  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious April 17, 2013, 4:01 pm

    I had no idea that you came to the US at 20! Wow. That’s amazing.

    And these cookies – YES! I’m sure I could eat an entire batch in one sitting!

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  • Sandy April 17, 2013, 7:22 pm

    あああ~~~鳩サブレ-!!!Our family love this cookie. It’s not available in our country so we only get to eat whenever we visit Japan. I will try to follow your recipe later! Thanks Nami san!

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    • Nami April 18, 2013, 11:09 am

      Hi Sandy! はははは!私も鳩サブレー食べたい・・・と思うことがよくあります。あの味は一度食べたら忘れられない・・・。 I hope you like the recipe! The taste and texture is really close!! :)

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  • Rhonda April 17, 2013, 7:56 pm

    I have not moved countries but I do live across the US from where I grew up and miss some of the local products. It is very neat you were able to recreate something that you missed.

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  • Joyti April 17, 2013, 8:02 pm

    It must have been lovely to have grown up in a place as beautiful and rich in culture as Japan. I hope, once I graduate, that I can visit :)
    The cookies are adorable, and they sound delicious.

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  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella April 17, 2013, 8:40 pm

    Nami, you really reach into my subconscious. I hadn’t even remembered that I’d eaten these until I saw your pictures and my memories came flooding back! :D

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  • Bam's Kitchen April 17, 2013, 9:58 pm

    Gorgeous doved shaped Hato cookies and thanks for the history about them. You have so much patience for using a pattern, I would have been scouring the stores to look for dove shaped cookie cutters. I bet these cookies are buttery and delicious. I also miss the foods in Japan and I only lived there a year, I can only imagine the withdrawals you are having! Thank goodness my hubby brought me back some of my favorite Japanese treats from his last visit to Yokohama. Are you going back for a visit home in the summer? I hope you are feeling better. Ja Mata, BAM

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  • Anne ~ Uni Homemaker April 17, 2013, 11:29 pm

    This is so cute! And you shaped it oh so perfectly! :) I love butter cookies so will have to give this one a try. Thanks for the lovely recipe Nami.

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  • Laura|My Little Gourmet April 18, 2013, 12:14 am

    I can definitely relate to being abroad and missing family and foods from home. Looks like you’ve found the perfect solution to the food issue…just recreate! Love those little doves.

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  • Giulietta | Alterkitchen April 18, 2013, 12:33 am

    Nice cookies! A lot of baking in this 2013 :)

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  • Adora's Box April 18, 2013, 2:15 am

    I just love old fashioned biscuits. I still remember the taste of my favourite butter cookies when I was little. Unfortunately, it went out of circulation and I have never tasted anything like it again. Your dove cookies looks so delicate and delicious, Nami. Love the shape!

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  • Nuts about food April 18, 2013, 2:47 am

    Isn’t it the best feeling when, as an expat, you find an previously unfindable ingredient or recapture a taste that reminds you exactly of home? Something you haven’t had in ages and look forward to on every trip… it always makes me feel like home isn’t quite as far away.

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  • Jeannie April 18, 2013, 7:27 am

    Love those dove shaped cookies, butter cookies was the first type of cookies that I baked when I first picked up baking interest! they are pretty easy and delicious too!

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  • Minnie@thelady8home April 18, 2013, 8:08 am

    Perfect cookies, and I know I can make these. You have no idea how happy that makes me :D Bookmarking. Btw, do you know, we Asians have very similar taste in cookies?? I have found Japanese cookies to be very similar to those we love fresh from the bakeries back in India. Even if I don’t get the shapes right, I will be happy to have them round, or any other shape for that matter, as long as they taste as delicious as they look.

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  • Nazneen|Coffee and Crumpets April 18, 2013, 10:28 am

    I’ve never tried the traditional dove cookies but I am quite sure they taste wonderful and that yours probably taste even better! You did a great job shaping them…they are so cute!

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  • donna mikasa April 18, 2013, 10:30 am

    I love the dove shape and the story behind it! And 5 ingredients makes it hard to resist trying out the recipe! Will give it a go soon. Thank you for sharing!

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    • Nami April 18, 2013, 11:13 am

      Thank you Donna! I hope you will like this recipe. It’s the closest thing I can make when I cannot get the real Hato Sabure… :)

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  • Linda | The Urban Mrs April 18, 2013, 11:29 am

    I adore butter cookies – everything with butter always tastes good. :) And you just mastered the art of baking, they look so neat and perfect! Delish!

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  • Kristy April 18, 2013, 7:11 pm

    These are so cute Nami! And how wonderful that you were able to recreate a taste from home. That’s so hard to do. I’m so happy it worked out on your first try! Now you can have a little taste of home whenever you need one. I am positive we would enjoy these as well!

    By the way – we had your honey soy chicken for dinner. It earned the highest reviews from both of the kids and Mike and I were licking our fingers clean too. :)

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  • Tania @ A Perfect Pantry April 18, 2013, 7:23 pm

    These look so adorable, and I love the bird shapes.

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  • Florence April 18, 2013, 7:29 pm

    Hi Nami,

    I’ve been following your blog, great recipes!

    I will be in the SF area next week, could you recommend any authentic Japanese restaurants?
    Thanks!

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    • Nami April 22, 2013, 10:18 am

      Hi Florence! So sorry for my late response. I’ve been a little behind in replying my email… please email me with what kind of Japanese food you are looking for ie sushi, ramen, izakaya food, etc. I’ll do my best. :)

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      • Florence April 22, 2013, 10:30 am

        Hi Nami,

        Thanks for getting back to me! I’d love some recommendations on sushi or ramen restaurants.
        Thanks!

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  • Hannah April 18, 2013, 7:36 pm

    Nami, your cookies are just beautiful! I love simple butter cookies like these. What a lovely meaning behind their dove shape!

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  • Monet April 18, 2013, 8:06 pm

    The dove shape is so beautiful. Goodness, I wish I had a few right now. They would go perfect with my evening pregnancy tea! Thank you for sharing…I love coming to your blog. Each time is a treasure.

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  • Candice April 18, 2013, 9:38 pm

    Yum! this cookies reminds of this Japanese cookie I bought at a Japanese market. It’s manufactured by Fujiya and the box says Milky (it’s a girl with two pigtails). Have you seen it before?

    Thanks for sharing the history behind these cookies. =)

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    • Nami April 22, 2013, 10:53 am

      Hi Candice! Yes I think I know what you are talking about! :D I haven’t had those for AGES. Glad to hear you enjoy my post!

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  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com April 18, 2013, 11:35 pm

    These are perfectly shaped, delish cookies! I would love dunking it into my tea, everyday :)

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  • Tataya Kudo April 19, 2013, 1:21 am

    I’ve been to Kamakura and got to try these cookies (free samples). They tasted quite delicious and were so pretty that I couldn’t resist. So at the end, either my brain or my desires betrayed me I bought 2 boxes.

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  • The Ninja Baker April 19, 2013, 1:31 am

    I visited Toshimaya in Kamakura after visiting the shrine. Of course, I purchased their famous cookie. So, お疲れ様でした。Thank you for finding and making the Hato Sabure maker friendly.

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  • Ola Jane Gow April 19, 2013, 6:57 am

    Hi! Made the cookies last night and they are delicious. But you show in your ingredient list as using baking powder, but in your written description you don’t mention baking powder but say to add the flour and the “salt”. You might want to review and adjust if necessary. I used the baking powder and put less than a 1/4 t of salt, just to be “safe.”

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    • Nami April 22, 2013, 4:58 pm

      I think I sent you my response via email, but I’ve updated the recipe – there is no salt in this recipe. Sorry about my mistake!

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  • Reese@SeasonwithSpice April 19, 2013, 10:31 am

    Nami, thanks so much for sharing such a fun, great looking cookie recipe. I love that you shared the origin of the recipe and such detailed instructions. As a recent transplant to the US, I can’t help but to smile when I learn that so many of us share the same emotions and experience. Recreating foods we grew up with become the easiest way for us to feel connected to home.

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  • Patty April 19, 2013, 3:51 pm

    Love the sweet shape of your butter cookies- and I can imagine how much you miss some of the special treats from Japan! Great job creating these lovely birds at home-please pass the tea ;-)

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  • Mi Vida en un Dulce April 19, 2013, 5:24 pm

    What a wonderful recipe. And you really have patient to make the cookies using a template. But the doves look wonderful.

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  • Kristi Rimkus April 20, 2013, 6:55 am

    How wonderful that you were able to recreate a cookie that brings back such lovely memories of your home growing up. With such simple ingredients, I bet even this non-baker could make these.

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  • Raymond April 20, 2013, 10:16 pm

    Hello!! I was just wondering for step 5, since I don’t have a paddle attachment, can I just use the beaters I used to beat egg/butter/sugar?

    Thank you!!

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    • Nami April 22, 2013, 8:06 pm

      Yes beater is fine. Recipe updated. :)

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  • Charles April 21, 2013, 2:42 pm

    Such sweet little cookies Nami – I must admit I thought you were making “Twitter” cookies when I saw the first picture, hehe :D. That’s the second time I’ve seen someone rolling dough out against two wooden blocks or chopsticks to gauge the thickness recently. I never would have thought of that before… so glad I could learn the tip!

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  • Laura @ Family Spice April 22, 2013, 5:03 am

    Okay, I love that you made your own cookie template! Just beautiful!!!

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  • Lail | With A Spin April 22, 2013, 7:26 am

    Lovely story and great shaped cookies, Nami.

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  • Jean (Lemons & Anchovies) April 22, 2013, 10:17 am

    I still remember you saying a while ago that you weren’t a baker (I used to say the same thing)…but seeing all the goodies that have been coming out of your oven lately, I’d say you’ve got that covered, too. These cookies look darling and I liked reading about its history. :)

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  • Gemma @andgeesaid April 22, 2013, 8:45 pm

    these are stunning! (: xx

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  • Sissi April 23, 2013, 8:17 am

    Nami, your cookies look beautiful. So buttery, light, mouth-melting and so neatly shaped… You do have a lot of patience and dexterity!

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    • POH chin April 24, 2013, 5:51 am

      Hi Nami,
      Thanks for sharing great recipe here. I baked the soufflé cheesecake last night , it was great but crack at the corner of the cake , I think I should not beat the egg white till stiff .,,,today I will like to try this butter cookies , may I know 6tbsp of butter equivalent to how many grams ?

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      • Nami April 24, 2013, 9:05 am

        Hi POH! I’m sorry to hear the souffle got cracks. Hope next try will be successful. Hope it was still tasty. :)

        6Tbsp of butter = 85grams = 3/4 stick of butter
        (1 Tbsp butter = 14.18 gram)

        Hope that helps. I’ll update the recipe with gram as well.

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  • Christine @ Cooking Crusade April 26, 2013, 6:47 am

    Aww wow these biscuits are so cute! I love the dove shape you made with them :)

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  • Lynna April 28, 2013, 4:44 pm

    That`s a really cute story! I love butter cookies. I wish I had a dove shape cookie cutter to make this easier. LOL. But, I think using a print template is a smart idea.

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  • Daisy@Nevertoosweet May 7, 2013, 6:25 am

    I’ve seen these Hato cookies in Japan before but I had no idea the reason behind while they were made into this shape :) It’s very meaningful to know that it’s because of the character ’8′ hehe

    Looks like a great simple recpie ~

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  • S May 15, 2013, 1:23 pm

    Thank you so much for this recipe! One of my good friends always brings back these “bird cookies” from her Japan trips and they are my favorite!!!

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    • Nami May 16, 2013, 1:29 pm

      So happy to hear you enjoy Hato Sable cookies! They are my favorite too and I can finish the whole package very quickly… :)

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  • Stephanie May 17, 2013, 7:38 am

    Thank you for sharing the back story! It’s always interesting to hear about the origins/history of some traditions.

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  • Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) May 20, 2013, 8:31 pm

    Butter cookies are my absolute fave cookie! I grew up on them. I adore these!

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  • Katherine August 11, 2013, 5:48 am

    I tried out this recipe, today and the cookies turned out amazing. I’m so bad at baking, particularly making cookies, but today is a success. Thank you

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    • Nami August 11, 2013, 11:18 pm

      Hi Katherine! Yay! So happy to hear you enjoyed my favorite cookie. :) These are very simple butter cookies but quite addicting. Thanks for trying this recipe and for your feedback! :D

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  • Maya September 2, 2013, 6:59 pm

    I made it into flower shapes. Everyone loved it. Thank you.

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    • Nami September 2, 2013, 11:04 pm

      Hi Maya! So happy you enjoyed this recipe. Thank you for letting me know. :) xo

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  • Elizabeth @Mango_Queen March 27, 2014, 9:49 am

    How did I miss this delightful butter cookie post? I love baking cookies. This is so pretty. I remember going to one of the large department stores on Ginza st. in Tokyo — and in the lower level where there was a food section, I bought a box of sables. The packaging was so pretty, and inside the cookies were even more beautiful. I will try your recipe here. As always, thanks for sharing, Nami.

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    • Nami March 27, 2014, 10:43 am

      Oh the food section under the department stores in Japan is SO FUN! Each department stores have different shops too (some popular ones are always same), and I can spend hours looking for gifts and food that I want to buy for myself. And the packaging – some are “excessive” and waste of materials (LOL) but it certainly looks nice especially if it’s gifts. Wrapping after one another… :) Thank you Elizabeth! Hope you enjoy these cookies – very nostalgic taste for me from the Hato Sable store. :)

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  • Esther Tan April 7, 2014, 8:11 am

    Hello! May I know if I can leave the dough in the refrigerator overnight instead of 30mins?:) I’m planning to bake these for 310 people so may I know how many cookies can I make with this recipe? :) thank you and great recipe!

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    • Nami April 8, 2014, 9:09 am

      Hi Esther! 310 people! Wow. This recipe will yield 30 round small cookies (you see in the photos). You might want to see how many you want to make based on that. I usually follow this recipe to make the cookies, and haven’t refrigerated overnight for this recipe (obviously I can’t wait to bake so that I can eat. haha). I assume it’ll be okay, but I just hope that dough won’t become too hard. You have to try it to see as I’ve never refrigerated for that long. Sorry I wish I could help. Good luck with baking many cookies! :)

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