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Madeleine Cookies

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Refrigerate30 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Baked Goods, Dessert
Cuisine: American, French
Keyword: best madeleine cookie recipe, easy madeleine cookie recipe, Madeleine cookies
Servings: 18


  • madeleine pan


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour sifted
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter softened
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs room temperature


  • Melt the butter in the microwave or on a stovetop.
  • In a medium sized bowl: add eggs and sugar. Use a hand held mixer, beat on high speed for 5 minutes (until consistent). 
  • Add vanilla extract, lemon zest and beat on medium speed for 1 minute.
  • Add ½ cup of sifted flour, salt, baking powder and mix. Continue with the rest of the flour and mix.
  • Slowly pour melted butter in the bowl. Using a whisk and mix until everything is combined (do not recommend using a mixer for this step). Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • Smear softened butter on madeleine pan. Scoop out about 1 ½ tbsp batter in the center of the shell (no need to spread to the edges). You should have 18 cookies total.
  • Bake for 10-13 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them rest on the baking sheet for 2-3 minutes, then transfer to the cookies to a wire rack and let cool completely.
  • Optional: Sprinkle with powdered sugar.