Gourmet Madeleine Cookies

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 25 mins

Delicious and soft French cookies. The recipe is from Bon Appetit Magazine (January 2000). "This cookie launched a thousand memories — and a literary masterpiece — for Marcel Proust. The group enjoys madeleines with tea, just as the narrator did in Swann’s Way." Uses a special madeleine pan (a metal mold with scallop-shaped indentations, sold at cookware stores).


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F Generously butter and flour pan for large madeleines (about 3x1 1/4 inches).
  2. Using electric mixer, beat eggs and 2/3 cup sugar in large bowl just to blend. Beat in vanilla, lemon peel and salt. Add flour; beat just until blended. Gradually add cooled melted butter in steady stream, beating just until blended.
  3. Spoon 1 tablespoon batter into each indentation in pan. Bake until puffed and brown, about 10-16 minutes. Cool 5 minutes. Gently remove from pan. Repeat process, buttering and flouring pan before each batch. (Can be made 1 day ahead.).
  4. Dust cookies with powdered sugar.
Most Helpful

Great Recipe! I find that 13 minutes in the oven is definitely the sweet spot! Cookies taste great!! I also added a bit of lemon juice when adding the lemon zest.

ilentini December 18, 2010

super soft, delicious and easy! i love that it is made up of such basic ingredients that i didn't have to make a trip to the store to make these. the lemon zest is the secret...don't leave it out!

vlj06 June 02, 2010

Thank you for this recipe! I made madeleines for the first time yesterday and they turned out wonderful. The recipe was enough for 24 cookies. I can't believe how easy these are to make; might be the easiest recipe I've tried yet!

stroester35 October 19, 2009

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