French Dessert Recipe Chocolate Madeleine

Hey, everyone, this is Caitlin. I am so excited about this weeks recipe because it is not common, I chose a French dessert recipe. This dessert recipe is a chocolate Madeleine recipe. You might be wondering why I chose this recipe.

I had a French Class Project that we had to make a French Dessert recipe. I worked with 2 other friends on this and it took a while to decide on a recipe but this is the recipe we all agreed on.  Sponge cake-like French Madeleine cookies in shell-shaped molds.

How to make a simple French Dessert Recipe

The Madeleines are good if you a light snack or treat. They are not rich and they don’t fill you up. This was a very easy recipe. I really liked the moistness of them when they were done.

You have to use a special Madeleine Pan to bake them in so that might be tricky to find. Also, the pan gives the Madeleines a pretty design.

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I now have a Madeleine pan if anyone needs to borrow one!! My mom reminds me of this:)


Madeleine cookies, french dessert This French dessert recipe was super easy, at least the batter. That came together in no time.

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It took one batch to realize we needed to pay a little closer attention to the amount of batter in each cavity as well as making sure it did not overflow! Mom came into help for this one.


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We doubled the recipe not knowing how many it would make and I needed to serve 18 kids in my class.

We had the smaller Madeleine pan and this made 5 pans worth. More than enough for the group and allowed for some error. Mom also purchased the pan that was not nonstick, to save a few dollars, so be sure and spray each individual cookie slot well with some non-stick cooking spray.

Have you made a French recipe before?

Chocolate Madeleine Recipe 

Chocolate Madeleines

Chocolate Madeleines

Yield: 24 Cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes

A french cake like cookie made in a special Madeleines pan


  • 1/4 cup sifted flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 oz butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Butter one Madeleine pan.
  2. Sift the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt together.
  3. Cream the butter with the vanilla and the sugar. Add the egg and egg yolks, beating to mix. Stir in the dry ingredients until just combined only, do not over mix. Place rounded teaspoon of batter into the prepared Madeleine shell forms.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees F for 12 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately invert onto a wire rack. Once cool sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 24 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 47Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 28mgSodium 35mgCarbohydrates 5gFiber 0gSugar 4gProtein 1g

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  1. I’ve never had Madelines but now I want to make my own!! Now, all I need is to find the right pan 🙂

  2. Oooh! I want some! It looks great!

  3. too funny, they were a little bland in my opinion but the kids loved them. (my opinion being mom)

  4. I would love to try this with my kiddos who LOVE helping mom bake. Can’t wait!

  5. I love Madeline cookies–but even one for each hand is never enough!! I have never attempted making them but did work (as a bookkeeper) for a French Bakery at one time)-Oh La La!!!!!

  6. These look delicious! Hope you had fun making them!

  7. not a stupid question. The madeleines are known for the shell like shape. Yes you could put them in a mini muffin pan for round cookies if you just wanted the taste of them.

  8. This might be a stupid question, but is it possible to make them without the madeleine pan? What if I pressed them into the bottom of a muffin pan to get round cookies?

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