Classic Chocolate Madeleines

Explore a true bakery classic and learn the techniques to create the batter and to achieve the perfect madeleine bump on top. The bold taste and crunch of the cocoa nibs is a great contrast to the rich chocolate madeleine that is underneath.


Created by
  • Russ Thayer - Lead Digital Chef, Chocolate Academy™ North America

Chocolate Madeleine Batter

Ingredients Preparation
  • 204g
  • 4bean(s)
    Vanilla beans
  • 120g
    All purpose flour
  • 8g
    baking powder
  • 150g
    whole eggs, room temperature
  • 92g
  • 4g
  • 75g
    inverted sugar
  • 9g
    Grapeseed oil
  • 50g
    whole milk
  • As needed
    Butter, Softened
  • As needed
    All purpose flour
  1. Melt the butter together with the vanilla bean scrapings and the vanilla bean to infuse in a saucepan. Keep warm.
  2. Sift together the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder.
  3. Whip the eggs, sugar, salt and invert sugar to ribbon stage in the mixer.
  4. Once the mixture is fluffy, add in the oil and mix using a spatula.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the whipped egg mixture and fold it just until it comes together.
  6. Strain the infused butter and add it to the egg mixture in several additions. Mix well after each addition.
  7. Warm the milk to 50°C (122°F) and add to the batter. Mix until perfectly combined and smooth.
  8. Pour the mixture into a bowl, cover with plastic film and make sure the plastic touches the surface of the batter to prevent a skin from forming.
  9. Refrigerate the batter overnight.
  10. Butter the madeleine mold using a brush. It is very important to apply a thin, even layer of butter into the mold.
  11. Sift the flour onto the molds. Tap the mold on the side in both directions to ensure the molds are evenly floured and then remove the excess flour.
  12. Pour the batter into a piping bag. Flatten it on the table and let the batter warm up, if needed, in order to pipe more easily.
  13. Pipe into the prepared madeleine molds. It is important that the molds are all uniformly filled from the front to the back.
  14. About 90% of the mold should be filled.
  15. Place the mold into the freezer for 10 minutes.
  16. After 10 minutes in the freezer, immediately bake at 180°C (356°F) for 8-10 minutes, depending on the power of your oven. For the best result, put the madeleine tray from the freezer straight into the hot oven onto an already hot tray.
  17. Remove from the oven and unmold immediately. Allow to cool completely on a rack.


Ingredients Preparation
  • As needed
    powdered sugar
  1. Fold the candy pad in half and cut a half circle in the middle to fit the tops of the madeleines.
  2. Dip each madeleine into the pre-crystallized chocolate and then into the roasted cocoa nibs.
  3. Place the madeleines onto a parchment lined tray, and then use the candy pad as a stencil and sift some powdered sugar on top of each madeleine.
  4. Madeleines are best enjoyed the same day as they are prepared, however they can be stored for up to 1 day in an airtight container at room temperature.

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