Classic French Madeleines Recipe

Amanda Powell | A Cookie Named Desire

Light, buttery Classic French Madeleines are a melt-in-your-mouth cross between cake and cookie. Learn how easy it is to make these irresistible little treats.

There is nothing better than settling down with Madeleines and a mug of tea, especially if there is a good book also involved.

Classic French Madeleines are at their peak when they are fresh out of the oven.

If you’ve never had them that way, you are about to have your life changed.

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What do Classic French Madeleines Taste Like?

Classic French Madeleines are soft, airy, buttery bites of bliss. They are not quite cakes, yet not exactly cookies either.

You can flavor Classic French Madeleines in any way you prefer, but they are often made with vanilla and/or citrus zest.

If you want to be adventurous, you can try something like chocolate French Madeleines.

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Are Classic French Madeleines Hard to Make?

Classic French Madeleines are actually very easy to make. The batter is no harder than making cookies or cake.

The hardest part is prepping your pan and knowing just how much to fill the wells so they don’t overflow.

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My recommendation is to grease and flour your pan, then put it in the freezer until you are ready to bake.

I usually keep my pan prepped in the freezer so it is always ready when I need it, but it’s not necessary to do that unless you make them as often as I do.

As for how much to fill the wells… adding less is always better than adding too much. In general, about 2/3 full is always a good rule to follow.

Can You Freeze French Madeleines?

Yes, you can definitely freeze your madeleines. All you need to do it put them in an airtight freezer-safe container.

They should last at least a month in the freezer.

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How to Serve Madeleines

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to serving Madeleines. I prefer pairing them with tea or coffee.

You can also decorate your Madeleines and add flavor in the process.

I love dipping mine in chocolate and topping with food items such as candied lemon or ginger, nuts, or even crushed cookies.

If you are feeling adventurous, try these brown butter pecan madeleines or these vanilla bean rose madeleines

It is the perfect time to get creative and figure out what you like best!

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Classic French Madeleines Recipe

    6 Servings


  • 8 tablespoons Unsalted Butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 3 large Eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease and flour your madeleine pan and place it in the freezer.
  2. Melt the butter and the sugar together and stir well to combine.
  3. In a bowl, whisk together the salt, flour, and baking powder together.
  4. Make a well in the middle of the flour and beat in the eggs one by one.
  5. Drizzle in the butter mixture and vanilla, then stir until just combined.
  6. Scoop the batter into the madeleine pan until the pan is about ⅔ full.
  7. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes, or until there is a nice dome in the middle of the madeleines and the edges are a nice golden brown.
  8. Enjoy the madeleines while they are still fresh. 


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Author: Amanda Powell
Recipe Yields: 12 cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 2 cookies
Servings Per Recipe 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 135
Calories 316

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g
  Saturated Fat 10g
Sodium 232mg
Total Carbohydrate 33g
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 17g
Protein 5g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
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