Mocha Madeleines

Mocha madeleines is perfect with a cup of coffee. They are made with chocolate cocoa and instant coffee granules.  Mocha madeleines only need a little dusting of powdered sugar. Madeleines are really little cakes and less difficult to make then you would think. The trick is getting them out of the special pan that is traditional sea shell shaped.

I shop thrift stores looking for items that I can use in the kitchen.  Molded baking pans can be a real money saving find.  I purchased 3 different madeleine pans over the years and probably did not pay more than a dollar for them.  The first one I bought was a natural aluminum pan that I have been using for a long time.  It was a standard 3 inch size mold but only had 12 wells for the batter.  All the recipes I have used makes 24 madeleines, so I had to wash it after the first 12 was made to finish the second part of the batch.  I found 2 more pans this fall that are red non stick coated. They make a smaller cookie so with the 3 pans I have I can bake the whole batch of batter at once.  I like the natural aluminum pan better over the non stick. It just seems to release the cookie better than the non stick. The pans are rather flat and easy to store with baking sheets.


Madeleines are easy to make like cupcakes.  Don’t be intimidated by the fact that they look so delicate in bakery cases.  You can find youtube videos if you are unsure about how to make them.  There are many variations in the flavors of these little cakes and this chocolate is my favorite.

These cookies are little sponge cakes and take just a little time to mix because you are beating air into the batter.  It is the air that expands to make the cookie rise into a light delicate little cake.  Because of that the leftover cookies have to be stored in the freezer for future use.  I like to make them ahead for Christmas and get them out of the freezer to add to cookie trays that I am giving as gifts.  That is when I sprinkle confectioners sugar on top.

They do look decadent and make a wonderful addition to a cookie tray.

Mocha Madeleines

  • Servings: 24 servings
  • Difficulty: intermediate
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  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee
  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar or confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup melted margarine or butter cooled


Preheat oven 375 degrees.  Prepare madeleine pans with baking spray or grease with shortening.

In a glass or aluminum mixing bowl beat the eggs, coffee and vanilla for 5 minutes. Melt margarine or butter and set aside while waiting for eggs to beat. Gradually add in sugar and beat for another 5 to 7 minutes until thick with a satin sheen. While mixture is beating sift flour, cocoa and baking soda together. To add to wet mixture sift a fourth of the flour mixture over the top of the wet mixture and gently fold in.  Then repeat until the flour mixture is all folded in. Fold in melted butter.

Spoon into prepared pans, filling cups 3/4 full.  Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes until the tops spring back when touched. Cool for a couple of minutes and loosen with a knife.  Flip out and finish cooling on a cookie rack with tops facing up.  Dust with confectioners sugar.  Store in freezer.

10 Comments Add yours

  1. mizqui says:

    Another fine recipe to assist in sweetening the holidays. Thanks so much dear author and MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your family. I look forward to more of our supportive exchange in 2018.

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      You are always welcome to stop in.

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  2. Liz says:

    I bought a madeleine pan three months ago. I’m still procrastinating…these look good!

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      I found a recipe for cornmeal madeleines in a thrift store purchased cookbook. I thought I would give that recipe a try because it is so unusual. I hope you post your first batch when you make them.

      Have a nice Christmas.


  3. These look perfect for pretty Christmas cookies!! And I’m with you on thrift stores– Half the things in our house come from thrift stores!! Merry Christmas to you and our family… xox

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      My decor is Early Salvation Army, We do find some really nice stuff to give a home to.

      Merry Christmas to you and looking forward to the coming year of reading your food blogs.


      1. Hmmm… sounds like we have similar home styles!! Hoping you have a blessed Christmas. xox


  4. Fascinating! Never knew what those pans were for…lol

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      I have a rule to buy pans even if I am not sure about what they are for, at a thrift store This way when I do find out I have the pan to try out the recipe. I have a fun collection that didn’t cost much. It is also fun doing the research You are welcome to stop in anytime. I look forward to our visits.

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