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Chocolate Madeleines


Pastry chef Gale Gand shares this recipe for chocolate madeleines from her cookbook "Chocolate and Vanilla."

  • Yield: Makes 2 dozen

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, February Winter 2007


  • 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
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Brush madeleine pans well with 4 tablespoons softened butter; refrigerate 5 minutes.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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. 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.

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  • Sandra7824
    1 JAN, 2012
    Quite good, slight chocolate taste, easy to make but I prefer the Vanilla Madeleines.
  • MS11205192
    5 SEP, 2010
    Very yummy little chocolate cookies. Children love these, they just aren't a pretty as the lemon ones. They tend to just look like blobs of chocolate cupcakes. The little grooves aren't as prominant... but still yummy.
  • tlcocco
    23 MAR, 2010
    The video is working now.
  • mariposakb
    29 MAR, 2009
    Does anyone know how to contact Martha and let her know that this video isnt working? Someone should be monotoring this web site. I have been trying also since the 25th! Does anyone know another place to see this video?
  • dkcarey
    28 MAR, 2009
    I have trying since 3/25/09 to get this video to is still not working. Really would love to see this video.
  • Co0kielo0ver
    26 MAR, 2009
    Hehehehe, the video is supeR stupid. It lo0ks chocolalicious though. Go0ing to try these so0n!
  • patriciamsmith
    26 MAR, 2009
    Those are not "papers." It's the butter in the madeleine pan.l
  • sukatz
    26 MAR, 2009
    Video doesn't work. Where can I buy the papers shown in the picture? It would be a good idea ($ for YOU) to add links to related products from your recipes.
  • cynditurtle
    25 MAR, 2009
    The video won't play - all I saw was MS's milk commercial......
  • babaLaurie
    25 MAR, 2009
    It isn't down loading on my computer, either. It's frustrating.