Recipe: French Madeleines

Are you in need of a quick and easy, sweet treat to take to your next gathering? Madeleines are a classic that nearly everyone will enjoy.

Their spongy texture and hints of lemon will be sure to make them a hit with guests, and the quick prep and cook time will make them a winner in your book.

Photo by Emily Creighton
Photo by Emily Creighton

Ingredients & Supplies

⅔ c sugar

2 tbsp lemon zest

½ c butter, softened

4 eggs

1 c AP flour

¼ tsp salt

2 tsp vanilla

Madeleine pan 


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Prep pan with cooking spray and flour.
  2. In a small bowl, add sugar and lemon zest, rubbing the zest into the sugar with your fingertips until it is fragrant. For more of a lemony flavor, add an extra teaspoon or two of zest.
  3. Slightly soften butter and use an electric mixer to combine butter with the sugar and zest until creamy. Add vanilla.
  4. Next, add eggs one at a time, mixing until they are fully incorporated.
  5. Lastly, sift the All Purpose flour into the bowl containing the liquid ingredients. Add salt. Then, fold together with a spatula by hand. The result should be a light, fluffy and smooth better.
  6. Spoon batter into madeleine forms, filling them ⅔ of the way. Bake for 7-9 minutes. Baking time will vary depending on the size of the pan (we used a mini). You’re looking for a golden brown color around the edges and a little “belly” on the bottom of each cookie.
  7. When done, remove from pan (they should pop right out) and let cool for a few minutes.