Madeleine Cookies

Fresh-baked madeleines

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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Chill batter for: 3 hrs
Total: 3 hrs 30 mins
Servings: 18 to 24 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
85 Calories
5g Fat
9g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 18 to 24
Amount per serving
Calories 85
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 79mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 1g
Calcium 19mg 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.)

Are they cookies or are they cakes? Madeleines or Madeleine cookies are like little cookie-shaped cakes. They are baked in their own special pan called a Madeleine pan, with shell-shaped molds.

They are light, soft, and buttery, which makes them perfect with a cup of tea or coffee.


  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 small orange (zest)
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter (melted and cooled slightly)
  • Garnish: powdered sugar

Steps to Make It

  1. Sift cake flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir in zest. Set aside. 

  2. Combine eggs and sugar. With an electric mixer, beat on high for 3 minutes. The  mixture will be thick.

  3. Add the melted butter and mix by hand. Fold in flour mixture using figure-8 motion. Refrigerate for 3 hours.

  4. Preheat oven to 400 F. Either coat the Madeleine pan with cooking spray, or brush with melted butter.

  5. Divide batter between two 12-cup Madeleine pans. Bake Madeleines for 8 to 10 minutes or until browned around edges.

  6. Remove pans from the oven. Tap on the counter, and dump out onto cooling racks.

  7. Sprinkle fluted tops with powdered sugar just before serving.

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