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Skull Madeleines

These macabre treats, so sweet yet so sinister, will make even the bravest eaters tremble. The marshmallow skulls top madeleines shrouded in bittersweet chocolate.

  • yield: Makes about 5 dozen

Ingredients

For the Madeleines

  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder, sifted
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 teaspoons boiling water
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 large egg yolk, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons cake flour (not self-rising), sifted
  • 7 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, plus more for pans

For the Glaze

  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate (preferably 61 percent), finely chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Make the madeleines: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously butter mini-madeleine pans.

  2. Step 2

    Whisk cocoa powder and water in a medium bowl until smooth. Let cool slightly, then whisk in egg, yolk, and vanilla until incorporated.

  3. Step 3

    Beat flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt with a mixer on low speed until combined. Raise speed to medium, and add butter and 1/2 the cocoa mixture. Beat for 2 minutes, then scrape sides of bowl. Beat in remaining cocoa mixture on medium speed until completely combined, scraping sides of bowl as needed.

  4. Step 4

    Transfer batter to a pastry bag fitted with a 1/4-inch round tip, and pipe into buttered pans, filling each 3/4 full. (Refrigerate batter between batches.) Bake, rotating halfway, until testers inserted in centers come out clean and madeleines spring back when pressed, 8 to 10 minutes. Unmold onto wire racks, and let cool.

  5. Step 5

    Make the glaze: Place chocolate in a food processor. Bring cream and corn syrup to a simmer in a small saucepan, whisking until combined. Pour over chocolate, and process until smooth.

  6. Step 6

    Set racks with madeleines over parchment-lined baking sheets. Spoon some of the glaze over each madeleine to coat. Transfer to clean parchment-lined baking sheets. Refrigerate until glaze is firm, 15 to 20 minutes. Push sticky side of marshmallow skulls into madeleines, and serve immediately.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, October 2008

Reviews (19)

  • 23 Oct, 2009

    There is ablue link for the skull recipe right at the top--under "makes about 5 dozen."

  • 23 Oct, 2009

    How do you get a clean edge on the skulls when cutting? Using a scissors or knife, the sticky edges of the cut marshmallow cling to the utensil and make a mess.

  • 28 Oct, 2008

    DID I MISS THE PART WHERE YOU MAKE THE MARSHMALLOW SKULLS???

  • 14 Oct, 2008

    Would appreciate larger photo and more detailed instructions. Also, where do I get the recipe for the MINI SWEET POTATO DOUGHNUTS WITH BROWN BUTTER GLAZE?

  • 13 Oct, 2008

    Can the madeleines be piped(star tip) onto a cookie sheet instead of using a specialty pan? I already have far to many single use baking pans/sheets.
    Linda H.

  • 12 Oct, 2008

    the other treats on the table are "Almond Brownie Coffins", "Marzipan Pumpkin Petits Fours", "Mini Sweet Potato Doughnuts with Brown Butter Glaze", and "Square Pumpkin-Cake Petite Fours with Honey and Chocolate Glaze".

  • 12 Oct, 2008

    the other treats on the table are "Almond Brownie Coffins", "Marzipan Pumpkin Petits Fours", "Mini Sweet Potato Doughnuts with Brown Butter Glaze", and "Square Pumpkin-Cake Petite Fours with Honey and Chocolate Glaze".

  • 12 Oct, 2008

    The coffins are martha's "Almond Brownie Coffins" the recipe can be found if you search in the recipe search! happy haunting!

  • 12 Oct, 2008

    What are the cute, little other goodies that are on the table with the madeleines? I'm having a haunted house this Halloween for all the trick-or-treaters and these all would be sure to please!

  • 12 Oct, 2008

    The pictures are too small.

  • 12 Oct, 2008

    The pictures are too small.

  • 12 Oct, 2008

    thanks for sending me always your recipes,

  • 12 Oct, 2008

    I agree with 'lubamiller' step by step photos would be very helpful, or at least a bigger photo of the finished product. Please consider this Martha

  • 12 Oct, 2008

    Pumpkin confections? Where are they hiding? :) I would love to try the pumpkins!

  • 12 Oct, 2008

    What are the coffin and pumpkin confections?

  • 12 Oct, 2008

    Would Martha consider step by step photos of her directions. This would not only benefit the novice bakers/crafters but it would also make it easier to follow her directions.

  • 12 Oct, 2008

    If you click on the blue words that say Marshmallow skulls at the top it will take you to the recipe

  • 12 Oct, 2008

    where are directions to make the skulls?

  • 12 Oct, 2008

    where are directions to make the skulls?