The 5 Best Madeleines

Raspberry madeleines

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Known as madeleine cookies, madeleine cakes, French tea cakes or French butter cakes, madeleines are soft confections that originated in France and are often served with afternoon tea or with coffee.

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    French Madeleines

    Fresh baked madeleines

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    This is a traditional French madeleines recipe, perfect for baking these darling, delicious cookie-cakes from scratch. They are wonderful for pairing with teas for afternoon tea. We particularly recommend trying them with Earl Grey or Ceylon black tea.

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    Vanilla French Madeleines

    Madeleines served on a plate

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    This vanilla French madeleines recipe includes vanilla, which is not always used as an ingredient in French madeleines but is delicious nonetheless! It also includes a tip for getting your madeleines out of the pan without breaking them, which is very useful for those new to baking madeleines.

    For an added treat, try these madeleines alongside a vanilla Earl Grey, such as Creme de la Earl Grey or Earl Grey Cream, or with a vanilla black tea.

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    Easy Madeleines

    Easy madeleine recipe french tea cake

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    This quick, easy madeleines recipe takes less than half the time that most Madeleines take. The recipe also includes tips for storage and freezing.

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    Gluten-Free Madeleines

    Madeleine cookies

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    If you are sensitive or allergic to gluten, try this gluten-free madeleines recipe. They are great paired with green tea.

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    Chocolate Madeleine

    Chocolate madeleines

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    If vanilla isn't entirely traditional in Madeleine recipes, then chocolate certainly isn't! However, this chocolate madeleines recipe is undeniably delicious and they can be a welcome change from classic French Madeleines from time to time.