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French Madeleines With Rose Water

Hand holding a madeleines and a rose
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French Madeleines! Yum! Giving a twist to a classic recipe is not always a success. However, this rose water flavour added to the madeleines is perfect! The buttery and airy treat is complemented by a subtile rose flavour. A match is made for this classic French pastry.

During the recipe testing, my goal was to ensure to keep a moist French madeleine and add a surprising flavour but delicious rose flower taste. It took a few batch to find the perfect balance for a subtil taste but not overpowering.

Another goal was to nail the famous bump on the madeleine. I made some before but the bump was a hit and miss. However, now, I understood the science behind it!

Precious tips for great Rose Water French Madeleines


Read carefully the recipe. Follow each steps and here is one I found is really important for a nice and airy madeleine. Do sift the flour and add gradually. The texture will be better.


The rose flower is an interesting taste to your French Madeleines. Three teaspoons is just the perfect amount to some taste but not overpowering. I had done a batch, it was like eating perfume, ahah!


The bump. Ah the famous bump on the French Madeleines. It’s all about temperature, shock of temperature. When your madeleines batter is ready, set it aside in the fridge for a minimum of 30 minutes. At that time, preheat the oven to 420F. Place the madeleines mold filled with the batter in the oven for 6 minutes and then, drop the temperature to 350F. Boom! All this steps will create a beautiful and authentic bump on your rose water French madeleines.

Rose water madeleines with a rose in front of the madeleines mold.
Hand holding a white dish filled with rose water French madeleines and a rose

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Rose Water French Madeleines

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Course: Breakfast, brunch, Snack
Cuisine: French
Keyword: buttery, french, gouter, madeleines, rose water, snack
Servings: 20 madeleines
Author: Mélanie


  • 4 eggs medium size
  • 3/4 cup sugar 125g
  • 3 tsp rose water
  • 1 cup flour 150g
  • 1 stick butter 125g
  • 1 tsp baking powder


  • In a bowl, mix the eggs and sugar until foamy. Add the rose water, 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
    August 27, 2019 at 5:18 am

    Humm !!!very nice !??

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    Byron E Thomas
    August 27, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    Wow – they look perfect! I love madeleines, but I don’t have a madeleine pan. Could I bake these in a small muffin pan? Or would they work on a baking sheet? I’m afraid that the batter would spread too much if it wasn’t placed in a little cavity like the ones in a madeleine pan. What are your thoughts?

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      August 28, 2019 at 1:20 am

      Thank you Byron! I would say mini muffin pans or even a cake pan. I have never tried it but I think it would be safe to try. Keep an eye on the cooking as it might varies depending on the size of the ‘madeleines’.

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    August 27, 2019 at 11:38 pm

    I love these Madeleines. Next time I am doubling it up so my family can enjoy these for longer time.

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    August 28, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    These are so lovely. When I was in France I had so much fun trying all of the different baked goods. These would have certainly been on my list!

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      August 28, 2019 at 7:12 pm

      There are so many French patries, so many to try!

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    August 28, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    I have been trying to find a pan to make these here for months now, I finally lucked out and got a nice one ! Cant wait to try this!

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      August 28, 2019 at 7:12 pm

      Ahhh so no excuse now ;)

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    August 28, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    Oh I love a good madeleine!! Never knew that bump was actually a thing so thanks for teaching me soemthing today!

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      September 1, 2019 at 3:11 pm

      It is a French thing maybe! It makes it look more authentic and I love a little challenge!

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    August 29, 2019 at 12:56 am

    These madeleines are so beautiful and so easy to make. I’ve been wanting to bake something with rose water and this is a good start. Can’t wait to try this recipe.

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      September 1, 2019 at 3:11 pm

      Let me know when you do Linda! The rose water adds such a nice flavour!

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    August 30, 2019 at 2:22 am

    This recipe would be so fun to make for a brunch with friends or book club. Love it!

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      September 1, 2019 at 3:10 pm

      Any event is a good excuse ;)

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    August 31, 2019 at 7:22 am

    This is a great recipe, I’m saving it and will be making it again and again. Beautiful flavours, moist and delicious. Thank you for sharing.

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      September 1, 2019 at 3:09 pm

      Aww thank you Ramona, let me know if you bake them!

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    September 3, 2019 at 10:27 am

    My mom is madeleines expert. I never actually try to make it my self. Looked so complicated. But now with your recipe and step by step instructions I might just give it a try. Love the addition of rose water in these. Sounds yum!

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