Chocolate-Orange Madeleine Cookies

October 22, 2009

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: Love Madeleine cookies, so decided to try a chocolate version for the contest. This are not too sweet and pretty rich. If you like them not as sweet use only 1/2 a cup of sugar. Cordelia

Food52 Review: Friends, this is a most exquisite dessert, especially given the minimal effort here. The orange zest, a real boon ingredient to any baking, I think, and the liquor, which is more than subtle but not at all a hammer, make an elegant match with the melted chocolate you’ve tossed into the batter. Dusted with a bit of powdered sugar, these are sophisticated, pretty little additions to the table of inevitable brownies and chocolate chip cookies you are bound to find at the buffet.Jestei

Makes: 18 cookies


  • 1 stick of unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • zest from 1/2 an orange
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons grand marnier
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons dark cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 oz of good semisweet chocolate (Callebaut for example)
  • pinch salt
In This Recipe


  1. Heat the oven to 360 F degrees.
  2. Put the butter in the mixer bowl and whip on high speed for 2 min.
  3. Add the sugar and the orange zest, and keep mixing for another minute or so on high speed.
  4. Add the eggs one by one. Add another one only after the previous one is well mixed.
  5. Add the salt, vanilla and the grand marnier and mix for a little longer.
  6. Sift the flour, cocoa powder and the baking powder to a separate bowl. Add to the mixer bowl, while mixing on low speed, in 3 batches. Though every time mix only until the flour is just incorporated, so the dough won't get tough.
  7. Cut the chocolate to small pieces. Melt the chocolate in the microwave for about 1-1.5 min until it just starts to melt. Mix well to melt all pieces. Cool for few minutes and then incorporate into the dough with a spatula.
  8. Oil a Madeleine pan and sprinkle a bit of sugar in each indentation (even if you use silicon pan). Put a very full tablespoon of batter in each indentation to just fill it. the dough is pretty sticky, but try to flatten it a bit.
  9. Bake for 12-15 min, until risen (mostly in the middle) and springy.
  10. Let it cool for 15 min and take out the cookies and put on a plate with the bottom side (shell-like) up. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
  11. Enjoy.

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Reviews (7) Questions (2)

7 Reviews

Anna O. July 10, 2014
Hello! What is the grand marnier?
Bebewatson April 12, 2014
Is Cointreu ok to sub for Gran Marnier?
julie April 12, 2014
I am in Australia and do not know what a stick of butter weighs. Please advise. These madeleines look wonderful.
SwingPuck April 24, 2014
Hi Julie,<br /><br />A stick of butter is 114g.<br /><br />Good luck!
Marc O. November 20, 2012
Olivia, my 12 year old daughter is also a pastry chef and just put out a 3 minute video on how to make madeleines. I've demanded that she make this recipe of chocolate madeleines for me as a gift. Check out her on-camera chops -
dymnyno December 15, 2009
Orange and favorite combo!! And madeleines have such an illustrious history.
Tomer October 31, 2009
I'm having lemon varbna tea with it realy realy Good, thank you ********