When someone requests a French dessert, I normally reach for my madeleine recipe before any other. They require relatively few and simple ingredients, they bake quickly, and they are a melt-in-your-mouth kind of amazing! 


You can call a madeleine a cookie for its size and shape, but it’s really much more like a cake. They’re soft and spongey on the inside with just the slightest bit of crispiness on the outside (think muffin tops). The flavor is light and buttery with just a hint of almond. View below for step-by-step photos and the full recipe: 

Prepping the eggs and vanilla and almond extracts: madeleines.1madeleines.2

 The eggs have to be whipped until they become foamy and lighter in color: madeleines.3 

Put the mixer on a lower speed and beat in the powdered sugar: madeleines.4madeleines.5  

The mixture should still look foamy and pale: madeleines.6 

Next, fold in the flour and baking powder, being careful not to deflate the batter: madeleines.7madeleines.8  

Finally, fold in the melted butter: madeleines.9madeleines.10  

Now, prep the madeleine dish with a thin layer of oil and a bit of flour: madeleines.11madeleines.12  

Spoon the batter into the pan, then, once baked and cooled, use a knife to wedge the cookies out. Sprinkle powdered sugar on top once cooled.

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  1. 2 eggs
  2. 1/2 tsp almond extract
  3. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  4. 1 cup powdered sugar, plus more to top
  5. 2/3 cups flour
  6. 1/4 tsp baking powder
  7. 1/2 cup melted butter, cooled
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease and flour madeleine baking trays.
  2. In a large bowl, combine eggs and extracts. Whip this mixture until thick and foamy; this should take about 5 minutes.
  3. With the mixer still running, gradually add in the powdered sugar.
  4. Sift in the flour and baking powder, and fold these ingredients in with a spatula.
  5. Pour in the melted butter and fold it into the batter with a spatula.
  6. With large spoons, scoop the batter into the cookies molds. Fill the molds only three-quarters full. Bake for about 8-10 minutes, or until they have risen and appear fully set.
  7. Allow cookies to cool in the pans for a few minutes, then gently loosen them with a dull knife. Sprinkle powdered sugar overtop.
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