Simple and Delicious Madeleines Recipe for Any Occasion

This simple and delicious recipe for Madeleines is perfect for any occasion, whether it’s a special event or a quick afternoon snack.

Madeleines are a classic French pastry that are perfect for any occasion, from a fancy dinner party to a cozy afternoon tea. These small, shell-shaped cakes have a light and fluffy texture and a delicate flavor that pairs well with coffee or tea. While they may seem difficult to make, this recipe is simple and easy to follow, and will yield delicious results every time.


  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • Powdered sugar for dusting


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C) and grease a madeleine pan with butter or cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and granulated sugar together with an electric mixer on high speed until light and frothy, about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Add the vanilla extract and beat for an additional 30 seconds.
  5. Sift the flour mixture over the egg mixture and gently fold in with a spatula until just combined.
  6. Fold in the melted butter until just combined.
  7. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (or up to 12 hours).
  8. Spoon the batter into the prepared madeleine pan, filling each mold about 3/4 full.
  9. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the madeleines are light golden brown and spring back when lightly touched.
  10. Remove the pan from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes before removing the madeleines from the pan.
  11. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Be sure to use a madeleine pan for the best results.
  • Don’t overmix the batter, as this can cause the madeleines to become tough and dense.
  • Chill the batter before baking for the best texture and shape.


  • Add lemon or orange zest for a citrusy twist.
  • Dip the madeleines in chocolate or glaze for a different flavor.

Madeleines are a classic French pastry that are easy to make and perfect for any occasion. This recipe yields light and fluffy cakes with a delicate flavor that will impress your guests. Serve with coffee or tea for the ultimate French experience.

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