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Oct 30, 2013

Mini Hazelnut and Cacao Nib Madeleines

Hazelnut and Cacao Nib Madeleines

These mini hazelnut and cacao nib madeleines are super tiny (1 inch by 1 1/2 inches) and so "pop-able." They are dense and moist, and have a wonderful toasted hazelnut flavor. 

Cacao nibs you ask? They are essentially raw chocolate beans that have been chopped and roasted and are ready to be processed into chocolate. They don't really taste like chocolate. Instead, they add a hint of chocolate. While I'm not into food fads, the purveyors tout their "super food" healthiness. I just think they make these madeleines look pretty. 

Mini Hazelnut and Cacao Nib Madeleines

I think these cookies would also be great dipped in melted chocolate. Either way, they are the perfect dessert cookie perched elegantly on a saucer next to your after dinner espresso, coffee, or digestif.

Mini Hazelnut and Cacao Nib Madeleines

Mini Hazelnut and Cacao Nib Madeleines

Yield: about 38 tiny cakes.


Nonstick cooking spray
2 room temperature extra large eggs
1/3 C granulated sugar
3 ounces all purpose flour (about 2/3 cups)
1/8 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
2 ounces (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 T cacao nibs, finely ground in a clean coffee grinder
3/4 ounces toasted ground hazelnuts 
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp confectioner's sugar


  1. Spray two 20-cavity mini madeleine pans with the nonstick cooking spray, and place them on a baking sheet.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whip the eggs at medium speed for one minute.
  3. Add the sugar, and whip at medium high speed for 5 minutes. The mixture should be thick and pale. 
  4. Sift the flour and baking powder together into a medium bowl. Whisk in the salt.
  5. Fold the flour mixture into the egg mixture in two batches. 
  6. Add the vanilla to the butter and fold into the mixture, one half at a time. 
  7. Combine the cacao nibs and hazelnuts, and fold into the batter, 1/3 at a time, completely blending. 
  8. Cover the mixing bowl with plastic wrap and let the batter thicken for one hour.
  9. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  10. Fit a pastry bag with a 1/2 inch plain pastry tip and fill it with the batter. Pipe the batter into the cavities of the pan, filling them. 
  11. Bake for 13 minutes. 
  12. Tap the pans over a cooling rack to remove the cookies to cool. 
  13. Sift the powdered sugar over the cookies right before serving.
  14. The cookies will keep for 3 days in an airtight container. 
Adapted from Bite-Size Desserts: Creating Mini Sweet Treats, from Cupcakes to Cobblers to Custards and Cookies.The mini cheesecake recipe in the book is amazing.

Would you like to comment?

  1. They are very pop-able, and finally a recipe without pumpkin! :-) The madeleines sound very sophisticated too, great recipe.

  2. Wow, these madeleines sound amazing. I have two pans, and tried them only once. I just saw cocoa nibs in the natural food store that sells my bread. A good reason to buy yet another baking ingredient :)
    Have you baked more things from Abby Dodge's "Bite Size Desserts", yet? I made the ice cone cupcakes, but didn't like the ratio of too much (store bought) waffles to actual cake.

    1. Hi Karin. They are not light like true madeleines, but have a sweet and toasty flavor from the hazelnuts. Cocoa nibs are supposed to be healthy so a great excuse, right? This one is from Carol Bloom's book. I haven't gotten Abby Dodge's book. Now you make me want to get it! :)


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