Recipe 42: Mocha Madeleines

What the hell is a madeleine? That’s a weird-looking cookie, I thought.

I found a madeleine pan at TJ Maxx and got ready. If you know me, you know how much I love coffee, so this was perfect. 

Martha says these are French. parfait…

Step 1: Gather ingredients: eggs, all-purpose flour, melted butter, ground espresso, vanilla, baking powder, salt, cake flour, cocoa powder, sugar.

Step 2: Beat together eggs, sugar, and vanilla until frothy.


Is this frothy? I think this is frothy enough.

Step 3: Whisk together both flours, cocoa powder, espresso, baking powder and salt.

Step 4: Fold flour mixture into egg mixture in 2 additions.

Whenever I see the word “fold” I think “I’m going to be too rough with this and fuck it up.”

This still looks okay.

Step 5: Fold in melted butter until incorporated. Refrigerate one day.

ONE DAY?! Ugh. See you tomorrow.

insert pretty sunset, then pretty sunrise here…

Step 6: Butter madeleine pan, then dust with cocoa powder.

AKA make a mess

Step 7: Fill each mold with a heaping tablespoon of batter.

This works! It will cook down into the perfect shape, right?


Rage was imminent.

Step 8: Immediately turn out madeleines onto a wire rack. 

Oh, those were immediately turned. More like “thrown.”

Step 9: Try to do it again.

This time I pressed the dough into the molds. This has to work.

Okay, what the hell is with these cookies? They are so puffy. Also, the kitchen smells like burnt cocoa powder. Blech, Pepé Le Pew.

Step 10: Gather glaze ingredients: powdered sugar, ground espresso, and brewed espresso.

Step 11: Whisk until smooth.

Step 12: Dip cooled cookies into glaze. Glaze should be opaque.

It wasn’t opaque!

Xander was not impressed.

Neither was I.

Link to original recipe

Yields: 24
I got: 24…not that they were all nice.

Day 1
Start time: 3:15
End time: 3:25

Day 2
Start time: 8:30
End time: 10:00

Total time: 1 day + 1 hour, 40 mins
Martha’s estimated time: 1 day + 1 hour, 13 mins

What did I learn?

  • Madeleines are cake?! They sell them at Starbucks and they say “cake” No wonder they were so cakey! And cake flour! D’oh.

What do I need to learn? 

  • Why is my glaze always wrong? I always follow Martha’s recipe exactly. Do I need to sift the sugar first? Seriously, help me. I’m about to go into the holiday season and I can’t keep screwing up the glazes.
  • What was the point of the cocoa powder if it was just going to burn?

These were frustrating. I’ll admit, I made these a couple weeks ago and am just getting around to blogging about it. I’ve gotten over it, so get ready for more frequent posts. Santa is arriving at the mall in a few days and that means I’ll start the Holiday Cookies section of the app!

5 responses to “Recipe 42: Mocha Madeleines

  1. These were weird. Maybe I’m just not a big enough Francophile.

  2. maybe martha doesn’t know how to make glaze? it seems too thin to me. i know your weather can effect it too and it’s pretty “wet” in oregon, but not enough to make it that crazy. next time start with 1/2 the amount of liquid she says and add little drops at a time until it’s a good consistency.

    my best ratio is 1/2 lb powdered sugar to 3 tbsp + 1/2 tsp milk.

  3. Lindy

    They were tasty though!!

  4. I made madeleines once and they were awesome…cakey though. i used rosewater. Which is weird.

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