These classic French cookies, with a kiss of chocolate & a sprinkle of chopped pistachios, are elegant, yet so easy to make!

INGREDIENTS

• 2 eggs

• 1/2 cup sugar

• 1 tsp vanilla

• 4 tsp honey

• 1 tsp lemon zest

• pinch of salt

• 1 cup all-purpose flour

• 1 tsp baking powder

• 4 Tbsp milk

• 3/4 cup pistachios, finely chopped

• 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted

• 2 3.5 oz bars dark chocolate

INSTRUCTIONS

• Preheat oven to 375°.

• Beat eggs and sugar in a large bowl. Beat in vanilla, honey, lemon zest and salt.

• Add flour and baking powder, alternating with milk, and beat until blended.

• Gradually add cooled melted butter in a steady stream, beating until just blended.

• (optional) Add 1/4 cup chopped pistachios to mix and stir in.

• Spoon approximately 1 T batter into each cookie indentation of Madeleine pan (filling almost to top).

• Bake until puffed and brown (about 5 to 7 minutes).

• Allow to cool for at least 5 minutes in pan, then flip onto cooling rack for an additional 15 minutes.

• Melt chocolate bars in double boiler (or in glass bowl over boiling water in a sauce pan).

• Dip Madeleines in melted chocolate, then dip in remaining chopped pistachios.

• Set finished madeleines on cooling rack for chocolate to harden (about 20 min).

NOTES

BRUSH THE PAN WITH BUTTER: we use a non-stick Madeleine pan, but even the best can use a brush of butter before pouring the batter in. Using a pastry brush, brush the pan with melted butter to ensure that the edges are slightly crispy.