Christmas Madeleines – an easy chocolate peppermint recipe

30 Nov


Christmas Madeleines

In Australia it is unbelievably hot in the lead-up to Christmas but we still borrow traditions from the Northern hemisphere in terms of food we serve. Even people who love baking need a break from standing in front of a hot oven. A quick Christmas recipe is a great Christmas recipe, which is why these Christmas Madeleines are perfect.

They are quick to prepare and bake and you can freeze them, uniced, after the have cooled.

Chocolate and peppermint is synonymous with Christmas. Making these little baked goods even more festive is the addition of crushed candy canes – I hate these sickly sweet things so smashing them with a rolling pin gives me great satisfaction.

These Christmas Madeleines would make a lovely addition to the table on Christmas Day or would be happily received at a yuletide party. You will need a Madeleine pan to make these.



125 grams of butter, melted and slightly cooled

2/3 cup plain flour

¼ teaspoon baking powder

4 tablespoons cocoa, sifted

2 eggs

½ cup caster sugar

2 teaspoons peppermint extract

1 teaspoon best quality vanilla paste

Several candy canes, crushed

Chocolate ganache – In a small pan over low heat melt together half a cup of single / pouring cream with 125 grams dark chocolate broken into chunks. Stir together until melted and glossy then set aside to cool completely.

chocolate peppermint madeleines


Preheat oven to 200C and spray a Madeleine pan with non-stick cooking spray.

In bowl of electric mixer beat eggs, sugar, peppermint and vanilla until thick and creamy.

Sift flour, baking powder and cocoa twice onto a piece of baking paper, then sift it over mixture.

Fold in along with melted butter, then drop dollops of batter into the greased pan.

Bake for 10 minutes, then turn onto cooling rack.

Allow to cool completely before dipping one end in the cooled ganache then sprinkling with crushed candy canes.

choc peppermint madeleines


32 Responses to “Christmas Madeleines – an easy chocolate peppermint recipe”

  1. lapetitepaniere November 30, 2015 at 9:57 am #

    They look absolutely delicious and I like this version with peppermint extract! 🙂

    • The Hungry Mum November 30, 2015 at 10:27 am #

      thanks so much! Don’t tell anyone but I dislike peppermint 🙂

      • Beck @ Goldenpudding December 18, 2015 at 5:32 am #

        I just had to add, me too! Especially with chocolate – like eating chocolate with a mouthful of toothpaste! Apart from that, these sound lovely 😉

      • The Hungry Mum December 18, 2015 at 9:10 am #

        Yes! Urrrgh, choc peppermint is a waste of perfectly good chocolate!

  2. Lisa @ cheergerm November 30, 2015 at 11:19 am #

    Very pretty and Christmassy Mrs H. Like the idea of freezing them. (I need to clean out my freezer…)

  3. Lorraine @Not Quite Nigella November 30, 2015 at 11:28 am #

    Today was so hot here in the North Coast so I totally agree with the staying in front of a hot oven less! 😀

    • The Hungry Mum December 5, 2015 at 10:34 am #

      Ugh, Christmas heat is the worst. AC and fans are the BEST 🙂

  4. Heather @ Sweet Precision November 30, 2015 at 3:01 pm #

    If you can believe it, a Madeleine pan is on my Christmas list this year! I never thought of doing a chocolate twist, what a fabulous idea 🙂

    • The Hungry Mum December 1, 2015 at 8:46 am #

      Excellent news Heather – hope Santa delivers 🙂 Chocolate could and should be added to everything!

  5. Stephanie Leduc November 30, 2015 at 7:00 pm #

    These would be so nice at a christmas party on the dessert table! Love chocolate and peppermint 🙂

  6. Heba vs Reason November 30, 2015 at 8:03 pm #

    Reblogged this on Heba vs Reason.

  7. Mary Frances November 30, 2015 at 8:38 pm #

    Chocolate and peppermint is irresistible, love this recipe! Looks light and fluffy, but so decadent!

    • The Hungry Mum December 1, 2015 at 8:57 am #

      Thanks so much! To be honest I don’t like peppermint with chocolate but I seem to be by myself on this 😉

  8. deliciouslynell November 30, 2015 at 10:44 pm #

    Yum! Very Christmas-y!

  9. Anna November 30, 2015 at 11:55 pm #

    Sounds delicious!

  10. bakeplaysmile December 1, 2015 at 5:47 am #

    These are one of my favourite cookies… and peppermint is just such a brilliant idea! Love this!!

  11. Tandy | Lavender and Lime December 1, 2015 at 6:08 am #

    These look so good! I have to invest in a Madeleine pan soon 🙂

    • The Hungry Mum December 1, 2015 at 7:07 am #

      yes! You must buy one – they are such fun little things to bake 🙂

  12. Antonia December 1, 2015 at 4:40 pm #

    Fantastic and creative recipe! Yummy 🙂

  13. Melanie @ Melanie Cooks December 1, 2015 at 9:27 pm #

    Now is the perfect season for chocolate and peppermint! Your cookies look amazing!

    • The Hungry Mum December 2, 2015 at 10:33 am #

      Oh, thank you Melanie! Love baking season 🙂

  14. Freda @ Aromatic essence December 1, 2015 at 9:47 pm #

    Looks super good!

  15. ChgoJohn December 2, 2015 at 4:16 am #

    I’ve never really thought about all aspects of a very southern Christmas. Baking is sweltering heat mustn’t be very festive. Still, there’a lot to be said for going to Grandma’s in a convertible with the top down and eating Christmas dinner in her yard. (That’s my fantasy. Please don’t mess it up.)
    These cookies look great! Peppermint and chocolate are such a great combo.

  16. My Kitchen Stories December 5, 2015 at 1:07 pm #

    Thats a great idea for Madelines. It’s a bit tricky baking in the heat I guess but thats life in Australia

    • The Hungry Mum December 6, 2015 at 9:28 pm #

      Yep, Xmas is too damn hot but I try to bake first thing in the morn to beat the heat 🙂

  17. Sophie33 December 7, 2015 at 6:31 am #

    I am never fond of normal made lines but your festive one’s look adorable & very appetizing too! x

    • The Hungry Mum December 7, 2015 at 6:47 am #

      Awww, ta! I like to sprinkle a bit of Christmas cheer over all my baking x

      • Sophie33 December 7, 2015 at 6:48 am #

        I love that too! x

  18. A Cookbook Collection December 15, 2015 at 10:54 am #

    Beautiful! They look so lovely and light. I have to agree with you on the sickly sweet candy canes

    • The Hungry Mum December 15, 2015 at 11:46 am #

      Thanks 🙂 Eeeurgh – candy canes are the worst!!

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