We in the SideSwipe kitchen have a (small) obsession for super-crunchy peanuts we buy from Costco. And we looove salty-sweet snacks. So when we saw this recipe in Valerie Gordon's book Sweet, we had to give it a try (with a few tweaks, as per usual).
The unusual ingredients create a symphony of textures and flavors that makes these little blondies really sing. Salty and sweet! Soft and crunchy! In some of the photos, you'll see we added a drizzle of melted chocolate. Double chocolate and a final sprinkle of salt really dresses up these bars for a party.
We like this as a small (half) batch bake, and we include baking directions below in our notes section. Enjoy!
Ingredients & Equipment
Optional Chocolate Drizzle
These cookies are the perfect not-so-messy project to bake with your kids or grandkids for the Easter holiday (or if you just want to make cute little bunnies). These tender cuties come together in a flash in your stand mixer with only six ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. It's up to you and your co-bakers to decide which colors to use, which flavor you like best and if you want to make them into cats instead!
Allow two hours total to mix, form, refrigerate and bake these cookies. Recipe makes about 36 bunny cookies.
ingredients & special tools
We've tested a few chocolate madeleine recipes, and most were not very chocolately and tended to be dry. Until we found this recipe, and all we could say is ooh la la! It was partially because we baked these in our new, deeper shell molds. But these mads were tender and bursting with chocolate flavor. Our dark chocolate dip with flaky sea salt put them over the top. These decadent French-inspired treats are a chocolate lovers dream.
Some people think madeleines are tricky to make. They are time consuming, but if you follow good recipes and don't cut corners, anyone can make them.
This recipe is slightly adapted from one from Emma Duckworth and makes 12 of the deeper shell mads or 18-ish of the standard size madeleines. As with other madeleines, these don't have much of a shelf life. They're best the first day, pretty good the second day and "if there's nothing else I'll eat them" on the third. If you bake them in the shallow, traditional pans, we recommend you eat them the first day.
If you want to extend the life of your madeleines, dip them in a glaze. We offer recipes and a how-to video here.
NOTES AND TIPS
This recipe produced the most tender and delicious madeleines we have ever had. No dry and dusty little cakes here! The mandarin oranges gave these the most delightful flavor (you can use clementines as well) and are a great use for this common wintertime fruit. The glaze adds a burst of orangey sweetness and helps keep the mads from drying out too quickly.
Traditional madeleines rely on the whipping for loft. But we used baking powder to get a little oomph and to make sure we achieved the little "humps" on the back. If you use baking powder, they may take another minute or so to bake since the batter will rise higher. They’re done when the cakes feel just set if you poke them with your finger. Avoid overbaking them. There’s nothing better than a SOFT, fresh, buttery, citrusy madeleine.
Don't be tempted to speed the process on this recipe. The chilling of batter AND the pan are the key to perfect texture and shape. You need to be a little zen with these - or maybe channel your inner Parisienne.
If you like the tops of your mads more browned - we don't - bake them in the upper-third of your oven, so the tops get slightly-browned. You can also skip the glaze and eat the mads "naked" if you like.
Recipe makes 12 larger, deeper cakes. There are a lot of this style of goldish pan online.
Glazed madeleines are best left uncovered, or not tightly-wrapped; they’re best eaten the day they’re made. They can be kept in a container for up to three days after baking, if necessary. We don’t recommend freezing them since the glaze will melt. The recipe is adapted from a lemon version by David Lebovitz.
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