Gluten-Free French Madeleine Cookies

Madeleine cookies on rack

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 13 mins
Total: 28 mins
Servings: 24 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
98 Calories
6g Fat
9g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 24
Amount per serving
Calories 98
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Sodium 86mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 2g
Calcium 15mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Just like classic French Madeleines, gluten-free Madeleines are soft, golden scalloped cookies, rich with butter and the flavor and scent of lemons. Enjoy this cookie with a cup of green tea!


  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour mix (with xanthan or guar gum in the mix) See note!
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted but cool)
  • Optional: 2 tablespoons powdered sugar to dust Madeleines

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F/190 C.

  2. Generously grease 2 standard madeleine pans with butter or vegetable shortening.

  3. Combine eggs and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Use an electric hand or stand mixer to beat on high until creamy, about 4 minutes. Add vanilla, lemon peel, and salt and beat to combine. Gradually add the gluten-free flour mix and beat just until combined. Slowly drizzle melted butter into the mixture and beat until combined.

  4. Spoon batter into prepared madeleine molds. Smooth tops of each madeleine with a spoon. Bake for 10 to 13 minutes or until tops are puffed and golden brown. Invert the pans onto wire racks and give them a hard tap to remove the cookies from the molds. Serve warm dusted with a bit of confectioner’ sugar for the best flavor.

NOTE: If your gluten-free flour mix DOES NOT contain xanthan gum or guar gum, add 1/4 teaspoon of your favorite gum to this recipe.

Reminders for gluten-free cooking: Always make sure your work surfaces, utensils, pans, and tools are free of gluten. Always read product labels. Manufacturers can change product formulations without notice. When in doubt, do not buy or use a product before contacting the manufacturer for verification that the product is free of gluten.