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Chocolate Madeleines

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I’ve posted this recipe before, it’s so good it’s worth posting again. The recipe comes from Gale Gand. I love her and have been watching her show, buying her cookbooks and following her recipes for years. The only thing I haven’t done is go to her restaurant in Chicago, Tru, it’s on my bucket list and one day I will.

These madelienes are very simple and always turn out great. I saw her once making these on Martha Stewarts show and she was agast that Gale would add baking powder to madeleines. Gale explained that because of the cocoa being heavy you need a little extra lift and it makes sense. Gale also lightly browns the butter and sieves out the solids for this recipe, it makes a difference trust me.

I made these for several reasons, they are simple and delicious, I just got this oh so pretty madeliene pan at Williams Sonoma and I am bringing these little treats with me Fiesta Friday #109. I had so much fun co hosting last week and this week our lovely co hosts areΒ Josette @ thebrookcook and Lily @ little sweet baker.

Pretty shell pattern

Pretty shell pattern

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Chocolate Madeleines

A recipe by Gale Gand – Makes 2 dozen

1/2 cup, plus 4 tablespoons unsalted butter softened, for buttering madeleine molds
3 large eggs
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons packed dark-brown sugar
1 cup cake flour (not self-rising)
1/4 cup cocoa powder, preferably Dutch-processed
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Brush madeleine pans well with 4 tablespoons softened butter; refrigerate 5 minutes.
In a small heavy-bottomed saucepan, melt remaining 1/2 cup butter over medium heat. Continue to cook until butter turns golden brown, being careful not to let the butter burn. Remove from heat and strain through a fine mesh sieve into a small bowl; set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip eggs with granulated and brown sugars until light and thickened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt, and stir on low speed until combined. Add vanilla and reserved browned butter; mix just until blended.
Insert a 1/2-inch plain tip into a pastry bag and fill with batter. Pipe mounds of batter into prepared pans until each mold is full, mounding batter in the center of the molds but not filling to the edge. Alternatively, you can use a teaspoon to fill the molds with batter (which is what I did). Bake until madeleines are firm and a little mound is puffed up in the middle, 10 to 12 minutes. Madeleines are best eaten the same day they are baked.

Light and elegant

Light and elegant

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126 Comments Post a comment
  1. Oh Yum!!!

    March 5, 2016
  2. This look so tasty .Thank you for sharing

    March 5, 2016
  3. T. Camille Martin #

    I feel inspired!

    TCM

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    March 5, 2016
  4. Suzanne, these are so pretty! I can imagine them melting in my mouth. Just lovely. Mega hugs!

    March 5, 2016
  5. Yumm, my daughter bought me a pan so I have to try them! The kids love chocolate so yumm

    March 5, 2016
  6. I love madeleines and your tin is really pretty. I seem to remember trying these last time you posted and they were delectable!

    March 5, 2016
    • They are wonderful, it’s a recipe I’ve been using for years. Thanks so much.

      March 5, 2016
  7. Oh so delish Suzanne! I have never made madelines, bookmarking their recipe to try my hand at this!! Your new DP is awesome and you are looking ravishing! ❀️

    March 5, 2016
  8. I have never madeleines before but looking at your post I am ready . Blogging is all about giving, sharing and meeting wonderful people like you. Have a great weekend😊

    March 5, 2016
    • You too Gerlinde, thank you so much and yes thats exactly what it’s all about.

      March 5, 2016
    • I just made them and they are delicious, I used my little mini muffin pans since I only have one silicon madeleine pan and wanted to bake them at the same time. I love Gale Gand and make her pear cake when the pears are in season.

      March 5, 2016
      • It is a wonderful recipe and thank you so much Gerlinde. I have never tried her pear cake but will before the good pears completely disappear.

        March 5, 2016
  9. Oh my, these look divine. I can practically taste them, this is heaven ! πŸ™‚
    Hugs to little Percy πŸ™‚

    March 5, 2016
  10. I have a Madeleine pan on my wish list and now you are making it an emergency to buy one! πŸ˜‰ These look SO good. I am a fan of Gale Gand too. Great recipe! πŸ™‚

    March 5, 2016
    • Thanks Josette, I have watched and love Gale for so many years. She is such an excellent cook.

      March 5, 2016
  11. Woooow look at those beauties πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ love’em and the cute pan πŸ™‚ I’ll try out for sure…

    March 5, 2016
    • Thanks so much, I love how madeleine look, small and delicate and elegant.

      March 5, 2016
  12. I love madeleines. They are so yummy specially when you eat them warm, just out of oven. I loved the shell pan also.

    March 5, 2016
  13. These look delish and gorgeous. Although I will need to invest in a madeleine pan before I can make them! Using the dark brown sugar do they have a bit of hint of treacle taste to them?

    March 5, 2016
  14. They look so perfect, and lovely photos πŸ™‚

    March 5, 2016
  15. Madeleine perfection, Suzanne! Maybe a couple of these after your delicious tart from last week’s FF would be the perfect lunch! Mmm, mmm

    March 5, 2016
    • Thank you so much Nancy. They are nice and light and perfect with a cup of tea just a touch of something sweet

      March 5, 2016
    • Oooo that does sound like a lovely combination. Yum!

      March 6, 2016
  16. Your Madeleine pan is exquisite! Lovely recipe, too Suzanne! xo

    March 5, 2016
  17. These look amazing and I do love Madeleines, brilliant with chocolate. I hope you make it to Tru, it is a real treat! I have been twice and would love to go back.

    March 5, 2016
    • Oh I have to go to Chicago and visit Tru, It’s such a short plane ride there and I would love to go just for dinner Thanks so much Stacey.

      March 5, 2016
  18. So pretty and elegant, Suzanne! I’d love to make these… just need the pan. 😊

    March 5, 2016
    • I have many madeleine pans assorted sizes. I get them from Williams Sonoma, they are inexpensive and come in handy from time to time. I watched Gale Gand on Martha Stewarts show making them and she used Julia Childs Madeleine pan that she inherited after Julia passed away. How special was that.

      March 5, 2016
      • That is amazing! I’d be thrilled just to use her measuring spoons!
        Thanks for the tips on where to buy the pans… 😊

        March 5, 2016
  19. Your photos are beautiful!! I would love to make these! I have to check out the cookbook you mentioned too!

    March 5, 2016
  20. I don’t mean the cookbook..I meant Gale Gand!

    March 5, 2016
  21. My madeleine pan has all of the same size shells… that’s a fun pan! And the chocolate is a nice twist!

    March 5, 2016
  22. Do you recommend any cookbook? Xxx

    March 5, 2016
    • Butter sugar flour and egg is my favorite and I use it often

      March 5, 2016
      • Thank you! I will look for it! πŸ˜™πŸ˜™πŸ˜™πŸ˜™πŸ˜™

        March 5, 2016
  23. Madeleines never looked more delicious and inviting. I did not know that there are special pans to make these. Awesome!

    March 5, 2016
  24. These madeleines are gorgeous! I love that the pan has different shapes, and that you simply dusted them with powdered sugar. I am glad you reshared!

    March 5, 2016
    • Thanks Julie, I saw the pan and knew I had to have it. Love the shell shape.

      March 5, 2016
  25. Your pan is so pretty Suzanne, I need one too! The madelaines look awesome!

    March 5, 2016
  26. Time to bring out the mini madeleine trays – these look fabulous Suzanne and I’ve never made a chocolate variation before. Love that your new tray has 2 different designs in the one – very swish! 😍

    March 5, 2016
    • Lol, yes it is isn’t it. I love the shapes. Thank you, I have a mini pan also they are like Pepperidge Farm goldfish they are so tiny, LOL. Thanks Margot.

      March 5, 2016
  27. These look lovely! And I love the pan with the different scallop shapes! At Cafe Boulud next door to the Surrey hotel in NYC they would bring warm Madeleine’s with the bill. This was 5 years ago, but I’m sure they’re still doing it!!!! You almost didn’t mind paying the check!

    March 5, 2016
    • So funny you mention that, I watched a video yesterday of Gale Gand on the Martha Stewart show and she spoke about just that, the warm madeleines that come with the check. Thank you so much.

      March 5, 2016
      • At Cafe Boulud? How funny! It definitely left an impression on me!!!

        March 6, 2016
  28. Oh wow they looks brilliant Suzanne. .. love it…

    March 5, 2016
  29. These look so good Suzanne. makes me want to reach out and grab one πŸ™‚ Btw I used to watch Gale Gand a lot too several years ago. Does she still come on TV?

    March 5, 2016
    • I don’t think she is still on Food Network or if she is I haven’t seen her. I used to love watching her show, she was on when Sara Moulton and Martha Stewart and other greats had shows. That was when I watched a lot of that channel. Thank you so much Indu.

      March 5, 2016
      • yeah that’s what I thought I don’t see her now. And yes I loved Sara Moulton and Martha Stewart too!

        March 5, 2016
  30. These Madeleines are perfect ! Gorgeous photos , Suzanne πŸ™‚

    March 6, 2016
    • Thank you Freda. I do love madeleines, they are just so delicate and delicious.

      March 6, 2016
  31. Diet, what diet?
    xxx Massive Hugs Suzanne, xxxxxxxx

    March 6, 2016
    • I wish I didn’t need to diet, massive hugs back David and thank you.

      March 6, 2016
  32. Love these photos and the Madeleine’s look gorgous. I really need to go get me a Madeleine tin! Stat!

    March 6, 2016
  33. Great success for Madeleines πŸ™‚ chocolate, with honey, vanilla : always exquisite πŸ™‚ Happy Sunday , Suzanne and all of you !

    March 6, 2016
  34. These look delicious! Also love the new profile picture Suzanne πŸ™‚

    March 6, 2016
  35. YUM!

    March 6, 2016
  36. I love your pan and the chocolate madeleines, Suzanne! So beautiful! πŸ™‚

    March 6, 2016
  37. These look so delicious Suzanne! The pictures are wonderful and so very pretty with the dusting of icing sugar. Also love the two different shapes, the wider shells are so unique! I haven’t had much success making madeleines (and just regular madeleines!) without baking powder–I never seem to get the characteristic rounded hump without it.

    March 6, 2016
    • I don’t always get the characteristic hump, but as long as they taste good I overlook it. Thank you so much. I really love the shell shape.

      March 6, 2016
  38. Oooo another eye-catchy pan that I’m envious about Suzanne. I keep promising to buy myself a madeleine pan and also the rectangular pan that you have in your kitchen :). I don’t believe I’ve tried the chocolate version of these beauties before, but wow, they’ve got me salivating for sure. I do like the two different shapes too. πŸ™‚

    March 6, 2016
    • I love buying kitchen things and have way too much in my kitchen I’m afraid but I use them even if not that often. I am looking for the muffin tins that have the beautiful etched or decoratie metal work. I think they are antiques. Thank you Loretta.

      March 6, 2016
  39. okiewinegirl2015 #

    Suzanne, what can I sub for the Madeleine pan? I know crazy to make “madeleines” wo the proper pan but the day is turning into a cloudy windy Sunday and these look like the perfect pick me up. I’m going to try it w a mini muffin tin and let you know. Thanks for posting!

    March 6, 2016
    • Let me know how it goes, I think although they won’t have the characteristic shape they will still be delicious made in a mini muffin tin.

      March 6, 2016
  40. It is very funny Suzanne… I have the impression that lately we are on the same level about food. I made madeleines just a few days ago, and it wasn’t my first time, because as you said, it was so good that it is worth post (for me on Instagram) again. I’am sure for both of us won’t be the last time either. Love your madeleine’s pan!

    March 6, 2016
    • Thank you so much it is a great compliment to be on the same page as you. I also love madeleines, they are light and delicious and make such an elegant presentation.

      March 7, 2016
  41. Stunning! xx

    March 7, 2016
  42. Madeleines are a favorite of mine too! I attended a class taught by Gale Gand last year – I love her too and she brought an old madeleine pan that was Julia Child’s – she was so proud to own it. I have both of her cookbooks and hope to make it to Tru the next time I’m in Chicago πŸ™‚

    March 7, 2016
    • I would just love to take a class from Gale Gand. I saw that Madeleine pan she brought it to the Martha Stewart show. I would be so proud of it also, I so want to eat at Tru. Thanks so much Judi.

      March 7, 2016
      • You can check out my post “Lunch and Brunch with Gale Gand” – I took a picture of her with the madeleine pan – she sure does treasure it.

        March 7, 2016
      • I think I remember that post how cool!!

        March 7, 2016
  43. Delightful Suzanne! Your new pan is so cute and useful! How many different treats you can make in it!! πŸ˜€

    March 7, 2016
  44. I’m still swooning over these gorgeous pictures! They are just spectacular and make my mouth water. I love madeleines. I sometimes make spiced chocolate ones and serve them with espresso cream. Yum!
    Your pan is gorgeous- mine is just the standard, but I love the various shell shapes of yours. xo

    March 7, 2016
    • Thats so funny you mentioned chocolate spiced madeleines I was just thinking how delicious that would be like Mexican chocolate. Delicious and espresso cream sounds wonderful with them. Thanks so much Em.

      March 7, 2016
  45. Little bites of heaven! I’d love to have a few while sipping on tea πŸ™‚

    March 7, 2016
    • Thank you so much Mary Frances, yes coffee or tea and madeleines is wonderful.

      March 8, 2016
  46. Hi Suzanne, what perfection you have baked here, love Gale as well she is amazing. Will add a madeleines baking dish to my list next, going to have to bake these. Take care!

    March 7, 2016
    • She is one of my favorites, I love her recipes they are really good and always turn out well. Thanks so much Cheri.

      March 8, 2016
  47. Oh how I wish I had some of these now!!!!!!!

    March 8, 2016
  48. Pretty and delectable!

    March 8, 2016
  49. These look so pretty and scrumptious! I have never eaten a madeleine, but I would sure like to try them. I bet you were so happy to get the madeleine pan. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe, Suzanne!

    March 8, 2016
    • Oh you must try them Shari, they are delicate and delicious and you can make different flavors. Love them. Thank you so much.

      March 8, 2016
  50. It is worth posting again Suzanne πŸ™‚ I love madelienes and chocolate ones are out of this world. So amazing with a cup of coffee! They look amazing!

    March 8, 2016
  51. Omg now I’m craving for them! They looks so pretty and delicious πŸ™‚

    March 8, 2016
  52. Ohh your madeleine tray is so pretty! Still haven’t gotten mine, shall enjoy your virtual ones first!

    March 9, 2016
    • You know a madeleine pan is not something you use a lot but it’s small and doesn’t take up any room in the kitchen and when you want to make them you need the pan so it’s a good investment. Thanks so much Jasline.

      March 9, 2016
  53. Suzanne, I agree, they are worth posting them again. I love the variety shaped mold and also the recipe you used. I had 5 plain/vanilla madeleines last night πŸ˜‰ and now I can have 5 of yours. πŸ˜€ )))

    March 9, 2016
    • Thank you dear Fae, I am making some lemon madeleines, I saw a recipe from Williams Sonoma and instead of butter it uses coconut oil, hmmm….. I have to try it.

      March 9, 2016
  54. I love Gale Gand and used to watch her show every week! But those madeleines look absolutely beautiful! and can I say that I am in love with your Madeleine tray??

    March 10, 2016
    • I watched her show also and miss it. I found so many wonderful recipes and so much inspiration. Thanks so much Dini.

      March 11, 2016
  55. I am a fan of Gale Gand, too! Those cookies are gorgeous! πŸ™‚

    March 11, 2016
  56. Madeleines are so delicate and pretty. Definitely a recipe worth making regularly… particularly for tea parties. I have to agree with others that your madeleine tray is BEAUTIFUL Suzanne! x

    March 11, 2016
  57. Yum, chocolate madeleines: now I am hungry!

    March 13, 2016
  58. I have a madeleine pan that a friend gave me and now a chocolate (!) madeleine recipe! thanks friend. xo

    March 20, 2016

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