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Madeleine Recipe: A French Classic

Madeleine Recipe: 2 madeleines and another half eaten on brown paper
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Would you like my Madeleine recipe? Say no more, I’ll share!  It’s French so it’s good, right?  Well, I’m might be biased. But I made it so it’s good!  How about that? And I’m French! Hehe, and quite modest, I may add.

As you might have understood, madeleines were a good that used to be personally imported.  Special request for my breakfast.  In France, it’s also sold in a ”finger” shape, oh-my-god, the perfect shape for dunking!  That’s a little pleasure of life that warms up my heart and makes me feel like I am having a coffee in my Dad’s house with him and my not-so-little-anymore brother.  

In order to warm up my heart some more, I always have this delicious madeleine recipe!

Madeleine Recipe From France Or Your Kitchen

About those madeleines…  Where shall I start from?  The perfect buttery taste that warms up your mouth?  Or the simplicity of the recipe?  Really, have some butter out of the fridge for an hour or so, so it’s easy to work with.

Easy and quick?  Yes m’dame!  Just a bowl and elbow grease, although you can use your electric hand mixer but don’t be lazy, it’s fast enough that you won’t need it.  Make sure your oven is preheated while your prepare the madeleines mix and there you have it.  Perfect French Madeleines!

Some important tips about the recipe


The bump on the madeleines is all about the thermic choc. Your madeleine batter needs to rest in the fridge while the oven pre-heats.

Half way in the baking, drop the temperature.


When you incorporate the flour, sift it gradually. It really helps having airy madeleines.


Butter your madeleine pan, it will be really helpful for the next batch.

Madeleine Recipe: little hand grabbing a madeleines already bitten.

See, Little Princess had enough of my talking to convince you there are super tasty, she just grabbed it while I was taking a picture.  She is a 2-year-old-opportunist like that! :-)

What is your little weakness that reminds you of home? Even if home is around the corner.

I highly recommend making my recipes using a scale but for your convenience I have also converted the recipe using this website.

French Madeleines

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time32 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: French
Keyword: butter, french, gouter, kids, madeleines, snack
Servings: 6 madeleines
Author: Mélanie


  • 4 eggs medium size
  • 150 g sugar 3/4 cup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 150 g flour 1 cup
  • 125 g butter, soften 1 stick
  • 1 tsp baking powder


  • In a bowl, mix the eggs and sugar until foamy. Add the vanilla, mix some more.
  • Sift the flour and make sure there are no lumps.
  • Incorporate the butter. Mix well. Use a hand mixer if you prefer.
  • Add the baking power and mix.
  • Allow the preparation to rest in the fridge for 30 min to an hour.
  • Preheat the oven at 420F (or 220C)
  • Put one tablespoon of the mixture in each madeleine mold and place in the oven at 420F (220C) for 6 minutes and drop the temperature to 350F (180C) and bake another 6 minutes.
  • Take out of the oven and allow to cool.


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  • Reply
    Laura @ Raise Your Garden
    January 2, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    These look absolutely fabulous. When away from home, I miss peanut butter, but not just any peanut butter. It has to be Peter Pan peanut butter!

    • Reply
      January 2, 2015 at 5:41 pm

      Thanks Laura! I discovered Peanut butter in Canada and ate wayyy too much of it :)

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    Our Fresh Kitchen
    January 2, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    this Madeleines look tender and so Fresh!! I think I have a task for Kim to make.

    • Reply
      January 3, 2015 at 3:22 am

      So Kim is cooking and Hector is eating? :)

  • Reply
    January 2, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    Lol I have 2 Madeline pans that I have never used! Now I will… thanks!

    • Reply
      January 3, 2015 at 3:22 am

      Ceecee, no excuses now, give it a try!

  • Reply
    January 2, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    I am French Canadian so these little cookies appeal to me as well!
    Lovely recipe – thank you !

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    Sarah | (Cooking for) Kiwi & Bean
    January 2, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    These look beautiful! Whenever I leave home I miss the coffee. I don’t care what anyone says, North Americans have coffee figured out. A glut of hipsters to thank for that :-).

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      January 3, 2015 at 3:20 am

      Mhhh Sarah, I would argue that one, have you ever been to Europe? Coffee is pretty amazing there, although you need to like strong expressos :)

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    January 3, 2015 at 12:11 am

    These are really fabulous Melanie! I love your photos too – Light and airy just like your beautiful madelines!

    • Reply
      January 3, 2015 at 3:20 am

      Thank you so much Candice!

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    January 5, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    Thank you !

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    Donna Shelton
    July 23, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    I have never seen “set your oven at 405 F. Is that right or did you mean 450 F or 400 F. I really would like to try these, but I’s like to set the temperature properly first time. Thanks, I can’t wait to try these. I’m on my way to see my mom, we lived near Paris when I was young so I know she will love these.

    • Reply
      August 14, 2015 at 2:44 pm

      Hi Donna,
      I am so very sorry I did not answer before! I left for France and took a break from computers… I did write 405F because in my notes, my recipe was in Celsius and I wanted to be accurate. I am sure 400F will work fine too since from one oven to another there are differences anyway.
      Let me know how it turned out!

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