Glaze 1 Steps
In a small bowl, whisk the confectioners’ sugar and water until combined and smooth.
Madeleine 8 Steps
Place rack in the centre of oven; preheat to 350°F.
Melt 1/2 cup, plus 2 tablespoons butter in a microwave for about 30 seconds. Add molasses and mix well. Grease pan with the extra butter and lightly dust with flour, knocking out the excess.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine sugar and eggs. Mix on medium speed until light and pale, about 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, ground black pepper, ground cloves and Dutch cocoa powder into a bowl and set aside.
Add melted butter and molasses to the sugar and eggs mixture and continue to mix for a few more seconds.
Stop the mixer. With a rubber spatula, scrape down the sides of the bowl. On low speed, add the flour mixture in three additions, ensuring batter is evenly combined and smooth.
Fill each cavity of the pan with about a tablespoon of batter. Bake for about 12-14 minutes. Immediately remove from pan and allow to cool on a wire rack.
Brush lightly with glaze or dust with confectioners’ sugar. Let it set for a few minutes and serve immediately.