French Madeleines

Last summer, my husband bought a cookie from Starbucks.

Offended? Me? No.

My husband just bought a cookie wrapped in plastic from a store. Which is basically code for “I wish my wife would make these cookies at home”.

And make them I did! I’ve been making them since. And now

  I am sharing the recipe with you :)

French Madeleines

This Valentine’s Day (as with many before) I prefer to make those I love, including my store bought cookie eating husband, a homemade treat. Because to me, there is no better way to say “I love and care for you” then by taking time to create something; a labor of love <3

I had tried several Madeleines and even more recipes before landing on this one, that I believe I have perfected. I do not like a lemony Madeleine, so I omitted that from my recipe.

This is not an easy cookie. If you over mix, you can get a super doughy center, if you under mix, you may not get the proper rise. I strongly recommend using an electric mixer, or better a stand mixer!

french madeleines

This recipe was adapted in part from Williams-Sonoma.

French Madeleines
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Serves: 12 cookies
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting
  • Melted chocolate, for dipping (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Spray Madeleine pan with non-stick baking spray, ensuring all ridges are coated.
  3. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to whisk together eggs and sugar until thick and pale in color.
  4. Beat in the salt and vanilla extract.
  5. Sift flour and fold into the egg mixture.
  6. Gently fold in the butter until just combined.
  7. Pour batter into molds and bake for 8-12 minutes, until golden brown.
  8. Allow Madeleines to cool and dust with powdered sugar or dip in melted chocolate.
  9. Enjoy :)



I also purchased this beautiful heart shaped pan at Williams Sonoma.

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  1. Any suggestions on the best chocolate to dip them in / best method to melt chocolate.

    What is the best way to dip the cookies in chocolate. I have seen them half dipped, how did you cover just the tops?


    1. Any chocolate will do. My favorite is ghiredelli. I melt it in a double boiler on low heat and just dipped the cookie in :) I used a fork to lift it out of the chocolate. Very simple! πŸ’—

  2. I love love love Madeleines, just never got around to making them. I’m not really a baker, but, I will have to try these!

  3. I just did this and it was great! I got 18 though. I have to make a second batch because as soon as I wanted to dip them in chocolate, they were all gone!

    Am waiting for the second batch to cook as I am writing this. Hopefully, I get to taste at least one!

    Thanks Amanda!

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