The recipe for these buttery sugar cookies, called sablés, has been a closely guarded secret since 1904, when Charles Bansard opened this tiny biscuiterie just a few blocks from the beach in Asnelles-sur-Mer. The current owners, Antoine et Marie Laure Cormier, took over in 1983 and have preserved M Bansard’s original recipe of only four ingredients; AOC Beurre d’Isigny, flour, sugar and eggs. In 1997 the couple introduced the “salé fin,” a sablé made with Normandy salt butter and in 2009 a chocolate sablé was invented, the “choco fin.”
Short visits are free and by appointment only, Monday through Friday.
Address: 17 rue de Southampton, 14960 (in Asnelles-sur-Mer)
Closed: Closed Saturday and Sunday from September through May, and during school holidays
Reservations: Shop open 9:00-12:30 and 14:00-17:30. Reservation required to visit the biscuiterie
Telephone: 02 31 22 32 09 (country code +33) Website