Valentine Cookie Recipe - Chocolate Madeleines February 09 2021


Nothing is more moist and chocolatey than this lovely little Madeleine cake. This wonderful treat makes the perfect gift for Valentines Day. It is best right out of the oven but will last for a week in an air tight container. 

While going to grad school at NYU, I would stop by my favorite book store the Strand on Broadway once or twice a week looking for rare and out of print books (that I could afford at the time). They also carried new books, and on one of my excursions I found The Joy Of Chocolate Cookbook by Judith Olney. Her book contained recipe after recipe of wondrous chocolate desserts with the most beautiful color photos. I had to have it! Over the course of years I have made many of her incredible desserts, all delicious, but my families favorite is her Chocolate Madeleine recipe. You will need a Madeleine pan to create these little cakes.


1 stick of butter plus 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter 

3 ounces semisweet chocolate

2 tbl. unsweetened cocoa powder

3/4 cup sugar

1 1/4  cup sifted all-purpose flour

1/8 tea. salt

3 eggs plus 2 yolks

1 tea. vanilla

  • Preheat oven to 350. Lightly butter the indentations of the madeleine mold.
  • Melt the butter and chocolate in a double boiler. Making sure the hot water does not touch the bottom of the top pan. Stir until the chocolate is melted. Take off the heat and set aside.
  • Combine cocoa, sugar, flour and salt in a bowl.
  • In another bowl beat the eggs, yolks and vanilla together until well blended.
  • Stir the dry mixture into the melted butter and chocolate, then add the egg mixture and blend well. Place the double boiler over very low heat and, stirring constantly, let the mixture warm for around 2 minutes or warm to the touch. It must not become hot or it will begin cook the batter. Remove from the heat.
  • I like to fill a pancake pen to squeeze consistent amounts of batter in the molds. Fill each mold half full with batter. Do not over fill. 
  • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.



    Line the box with wax paper, fill with Madeleines.


    Cover with the wax paper.


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    They are ready for your Valentine!