Monday, December 4, 2017

Mint Chocolate Madeleines #ChristmasCookies


December always means Christmas cookies. Lots and lots of Christmas cookies. I was excited to see that Ellen at Family Around the Table was organizing a week-long event surrounding cookies. She has also created a giveway from one of our event sponsors. More on that soon! For now, I hope you enjoy the recipes my fellow bloggers have shared to celebrate the cookie season. Get baking!


Tuesday's Cookie Tray


Ingredients
  • 3/4 C organic butter plus some for greasing pan
  • 1 C organic granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 T melted dark or semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 T thinly sliced fresh mint leaves
  • 1 t organic chocolate extract
  • 1 t organic peppermint extract
  • 1 C flour
  • 1/2 C roasted, unsalted hazelnuts
  • more fresh mint for garnish


Procedure
Before you start, chop your hazelnuts. While you might be tempted to use pre-chopped nuts - I have done it many times myself - the aroma of the freshly chopped nuts is extraordinary and well worth the effort. I promise!

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease, or butter, your madeleine pan and set aside.

Place your butter and sugar in a saucepan and heat, over medium heat, until the butter is melted and the sugar is blended into the butter.

Let the butter-sugar mixture cool for a few minutes, then spoon it into a large mixing bowl. Whisk in the eggs, extract, melted chocolate, and fresh mint. Beat for a full three minutes to incorporate lots of air bubbles into your batter.

Fold in the flour and 1/2 C hazelnuts with a spatula, taking care not to deflate the batter too much. Using a truffle scoop, or teaspoon, fill the shell molds with batter until almost full.


Bake till the madeleines puff up and the centers are firm to the touch, approximately 15 to 17 minutes.

Remove the pan from the oven and let cool on a wire rack for 3 to 5 minutes. Unmold. You may be able to tap them out; I used a small spatula to ease them out of the molds onto the cooling racks. Garnish with more fresh mint for serving.

If you are interested in purchasing a madeleine pan for yourself, I have included an affiliate link on amazon for your convenience (below). If you are uncomfortable using the affiliate link, feel free to visit amazon on your own and search for "madeleine pan."

  

4 comments:

  1. I look at madeleine pans every time I'm in a kitchen store but haven't been able to justify the purchase

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  2. I was just thinking exactly what Wendy said! Maybe it's time to get one because even my husband asked me just last week while we were on vacation and had some madeleines why I never make them. Then I see these....it's like the world is telling me to buy one.

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  3. Ooooh, yes! I have 2 very underutilized madeleine pans stashed away and can't wait to try this new flavor combination... minty chocolate is always a winner, and will be a tasty change from my usual orange -flavored madeleines.

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  4. I own 5 madeleine pans, so you know I'm a fan! Can't wait to try your recipe!

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