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Orange Madeleines (Williams Sonoma)

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“These are buttery spongey little cookie cakes. They are best served slightly warm. You need a special shell-shaped pan that is generously buttered and floured to prevent the delicate cookies from sticking to the pan. This recipe makes 12 but can be easily doubled. My 2 friends finished 10 of these cookies in no time flat and came looking for more. I didn't tell them that I had saved 2 for myself!”
12 madeleines

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  1. Position a rack in the middle of the oven, preheat to 375°F Using a pastry brush, heavily brush room-temperature butter over each of the 12 molds in a madeleine pan, carefully buttering every ridge. Dust the molds with flour, tilting pan to coat the surfaces evenly. Turn the pan upside down, tap it gently, and discard the excess flour.
  2. By Mixer: In a large bowl, combine the eggs, granuated sugar, and salt. Beat on medium-high speed until pale, thick, and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in the vanilla and almond extracts. Sprinkle the sifted flour over the egg mixture and mix on low speed to incorporate.
  3. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in the orange zest and half of the melted butter just until blended. Fold in the remaining butter.
  4. Divide the batter among the 12 prepared molds, using a heaping tablespoon of batter for each mold. Bake the cookies until the top springs back when lightly touched. 8 - 12 minutes.
  5. Remove the pan from the oven and invert it over a wire rack, then rap it on the rack to release the madeleines. If any stick, use your fingers to loosen the edges, being careful not to touch the hot pan, and invert and rap again.
  6. Let cool on the rack for 10 minutes. Using a fine-mesh sieve, dust the tops with confectioner's sugar and serve. Alternatively, cover with plastic wrap and store at room temperature for up to 3 days. Before serving, heat the cookies in a 250F (120c) oven until warm, then dust with the confectioners' sugar.

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