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Chocolate Football Madeleines

  • Author: Posh Little Designs
  • Prep Time: 3 hrs 15
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 56 minute
  • Yield: 20-24 1x
  • Category: Baking
  • Method: Madeleines
  • Cuisine: Desserts


Soft and delicate chocolate madeleines, dipped in dairy free chocolate, with football decorations made from royal icing. Perfect for Super Bowl Sunday! Dairy free and gluten free option!



Chocolate Madeleines:

  • 1 cup vegan butter, melted (I use earth balance)
  • 3 large eggs at room temp
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cups All purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 tsp Baking Powder
  • Madeleine baking pan (silicone pans will work better for chocolate coating)
  • Oil for coating pan

Dark chocolate coating:

  • 1 bag of dairy free dark chocolate chips melted

Royal Icing football decorations:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp meringue powder
  • 2 tbsp warm water – a few drops at a time
  • tipless piping bag
  • edible silver leaf for decoration (optional)


Chocolate Madeleines:

  1. Melt the vegan butter in a pan.
  2. Transfer the melted butter to a dish and pour in the vanilla.
  3. Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder in a bowl and set aside.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk the eggs on medium and gradually pour in the sugar.
  5. Whisk the sugar and egg mixture on medium high for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Then use a rubber spatula to fold the flour mixture into the eggs and sugar, just until combined.
  7. Next fold the butter into the batter until well combined, cover or place in piping bag, and transfer to the fridge for at least 3 hours or overnight.


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 370 degrees.
  2. Spray each cavity of the madeleine pan with cooking spray or coat in butter .
  3. Pipe Madeleine batter into the center of each madeleine cavity. The batter will spread in the oven.
  4. Bake for 7- 8 minutes.
  5. Resting the madeleine batter will help them rise properly in the oven, creating the round bellies when done baking.
  6. Repeat steps for remaining Madeleine batter.
  7. Transfer baked madeleines to a cooling rack.
  8. Once cool the madeleines are ready the chocolate coating.

Dark Chocolate coating:

  1. Heat dark chocolate chips over a double boiler until fully melted.
  2. Spoon melted chocolate into each of the Madeleine cavities, making sure chocolate is covering the entire cavity.
  3. Place madeleines back in the chocolate covered cavities, belly side up, pressing them down gently to ensure they are fully coated in chocolate.
  4. Transfer to the fridge or freezer to set. (about 5 minutes in freezer, 10-15 minutes in fridge)
  5. Remove from fridge/freezer and gently release from molds. Keep refrigerated until decorating.

Royal Icing football decorations

  • Pour water and meringue powder into a bowl of a stand mixer.
  • Whisk on medium for about 2-3 minutes until light and foamy.
  • Switch to a paddle attachment and mix in powdered sugar.
  • Mix until the royal icing is a toothpaste like consistency, stirring in a few drops of water at time to thin slightly, until piping consistency is achieved. 
  • Transfer to a tip-less piping bag.

Football decorations:

  • Snip the tip off the royal icing and pipe a one inch vertical line in the center of the chocolate coated Madeleine.
  • Then pipe 4 horizontal lines across the vertical line to create the stitches.
  • Next pipe a curved horizontal line on the top and bottom of the Madeleine to complete the look of the football.
  • Repeat steps for all madeleines and finish with silver leaf.
  • Serve immediately, or transfer to a sealed container until Super Bowl Sunday!


The batter can be made 24 hours in advance.

Rest batter for at least 3 hours, or overnight for properly risen madeleines.

Regular butter and flour will work well with this recipe.

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