It was a small coincidence this beautiful Madeleines: Elegant French Tea Cakes to Bake & Share recipe book by Quirk Books arrived just as I was working on a recipe for bear claw cookies.
Barbara Feldman Morse's book is absolutely gorgeous. From sweet chai tea madeleines to a savory pine nut pesto version, her creative recipes elevate these lovely French origin tea cakes to an art form. The book will be officially released on October 21st. I've already earmarked some favorites, including Hazelnut and Frangelico madeleines to make for the holidays.
Regarding these bear claw cookies, I had already figured out the recipe. However, the book had some great tips in it for using the pan as well as different methods for making madeleines and tips to make perfect results.
The bear claw cookies, or Bärentatzen in German, contain both almond and cornmeal. The two parts are glued together with tangy apricot preserves and then the whole cookie is dipped in chocolate. It is a potent cookie for sure The recipe is German and can be found at my German Food Page at about.com