Chocolate-Dipped Orange Madeleines (French Cake-like Cookies)


"Madeleines" are a famous bunch of french cookies, that have spread their magic around the world. The French are known for their love of food, exquisite desserts, their romanticism, and their perfumes. They tend to be exotic in whatever they do, and so there's no doubt you'll see a similar touch in their cuisine too!! "Madeleine" is a french name for Magdalen (Mary Magdalen - The Holy Grail from the Da Vinci Code, ring any bells??) There are several legends attached to these delicious cookies with a unique shape and taste, one of them being that Madeleines come from the little French town of Commercy, whose bakers were said to have once, long ago (18th century), paid a "very large sum" for the recipe of these little cakes which became a specialty in the area. Commercy once had a convent dedicated to St. Mary Magdelen, and the nuns there supported themselves and their schools by making and selling cake-like cookies, and historians believe that when all the convents and monasteries of France were abolished during the French Revolution, they were forced to sell their recipe to the bakers. There have been several other stories, but whatever may the truth be, aren't we all glad to have been blessed with these delicious beauties that add so much sweetness to our lives?? So here's to the famous French Madeleine Cookies, and my recipe only make them better by adding a touch of orange flavor and chocolate!!

Ingredients
Makes 24 cookies

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tspn baking powder
A pinch of salt
3 large eggs
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla essence
1 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
1 tbsp grated orange zest
2 bars (1.5 ounces each) Godiva Dark Chocolate - coarsely chopped
Madeleine Pans (you can buy one online here)

Method
Heat butter in small heavy saucepan over medium heat just until very light golden brown and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.

Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt. Beat eggs and sugar in a large bowl with a hand blender until tripled in volume. Lower speed to medium and beat in the vanilla, orange juice and orange zest. Fold in flour mixture a little (1/3rd) at a time. Finally fold in the cooled butter. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until slightly firm.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Apply butter or non-stick cooking spray to two 12-mold madeleine pans and dust them with flour. Drop a generous spoonful or two of batter into center of each prepared mold, leaving the batter mounded in the center. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until edges are golden brown and centers spring back when lightly touched.

Remove the pans from oven and tap them sharply against a countertop to release the madeleines, then leave them to cool on wire racks.

Place chocolate in small microwave-safe cup. Microwave on medium (50% power) for 1 minute or a little more, stirring every 30 seconds, until chocolate has almost melted. Whisk a little to make it smooth. Do NOT overheat.

Dip each madeleine into melted chocolate, coating bottom third part of the cookie. Shake off excess chocolate and place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Repeat for all the cookies and leave at room temperature for 1 hour or until chocolate is set.

This is the perfect recipe for Chocolate-covered Madeleines, and beleive me, they are so great you are sure to get addicted to them. Enjoy these as simple desserts, but they are great with tea or coffee too.

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Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Coconut Cookies with Vanilla Icing
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22 comments :

Rina said...

Wow!! these are lovely Mansi. I always cherish these.

Anonymous said...

I have eaten and relished them so many times, yet your description is so nice it makes me crave them even more!!!

thanks for sharing the recipe! I am growing into a bigger fan of your site with every passing day:)

-Jennifer

Joseph said...

wow, I really liked the addition of orange to this traditional cookie mansi! it's a great variation!! looks fabulous.

-Joseph

musical said...

I love Madeleines!! especially the ones covered with chocolate! Feel like grabbing some! Lovely one, Mansi!

Siri said...

I am in love with the pics Mansi! the cookied mouthwatery. I am so bad at baking..:( I can just admire seeing such lovely posts..:)
Thanks for the treat.

~ Siri

Happy cook said...

Wow much be really delicious with the orange and chocolate taste.

aparna said...

Really nice. Chocolate and orange is always a great combination

Lissie said...

madeleine pans have given beautiful shape to the cookies! loved the combination of orange and chocolate...yummy!!

Dee said...

Love the story, attached to the cookie.
And ofcourse the Madeleines look delicious.

katiez said...

I've never made them - but with orange and dark chocolate I'm inspired... And I know just where I can get a silicone madelaine pan!

Lily said...

these darlings are just fabulous!!! I was so looking for this recipe for my kids party at school, and now I'm sure this will work out great:)

Thanks Mansi!

Lily

Cris said...

I just love madeleines! I prefer mine with orange juice too.

Nora said...

mansi! thanks for responding to my email about these madeleines and writing back to me:) I made these, and they turned out great!! my family just loved them; i wouldn't have been able to bake these without your constant support through email!!

Thanks so much from all of us, esp my kids here!

-Nora, Jack, Charlie and Sue

Mansi Desai said...

Nora - you and your family are most welcome! it gives me immense pleasure to know that I contributed to your happiness in a small way!!

Thanks so much for taking time to leave your precious comments here!

remya said...

i love this madeleines...once tasted at my friends house...love all orange n choco flavour...

Kribha said...

Donno which to chose the best...Your write-up or cookies?

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Hi Mansi! Your citrus twist is brilliant! I loved the history about madeleines as well. What a beautiful addition they are to Eat Christmas Cookies! -Susan

Meeta said...

I love Madeleines. The orange flavoring here is truly awesome. Thanks so much for the submission. Hugs!

Anonymous said...

wow, these are purely heaven!!orange and chocolate could not have come together in any better way!

~DK

Vitor Hugo said...

I'm dying for madeleine pans! I wish I could find it in my country. =/

Suzana said...

I love Madeleines - I have loads every time I go to Paris! Those look delicious! Unfortunately I don't have a proper tray to bake those beauties at home.

Thanks for dropping by my blog. :)

Becky said...

orange and chocolate are perfect flavors for a dainty madeleine. nice job!