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Classic Madeleine Cookies Recipe

Classic Madeleine Cookies Recipe

A cookie so classic it needs pretty much no introduction, the classic Madeleine cookie is so easy to bake but so hard to make perfect. One her trip to The Cook’s Atelier in Burgundy, Lisa came across some of the most perfect Madeleines a girl could ask for. Only thing we absolutely insist. That you eat them hot and just out of the oven, because a perfect Madeleine waits for no one (and, frankly, never tastes quite as good when cold). 

Now, go stock up on all your cooking essentials, then head into the kitchen, make this, and share it with us by tagging @saltandwind and #swsociety on social!

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Classic Madeleine Cookies Recipe

Classic Madeleine Cookies Recipe

We all have our own romanticized vision of the perfect day in France. For us, it would be incomplete without a classic French Madeleine to savor at the end of our meal. Buttery and delicate, these are best enjoyed fresh out of the oven. Enjoying a view of the Burgundy countryside with these cookies is optional, but recommended. 
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 5 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Servings 12 Cookies


  • 1 stick plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour plus extra for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 oranges zested (optional)


  • Prepare The Madeleine Molds: Melt the butter in a small saucepan on medium heat until it just starts to turn golden brown. (Be careful not to overheat.) Set aside to cool. Using a pastry brush, generously grease a large (12 well) Madeleine tin with a little of the melted butter. Dust with flour and place the tins in the refrigerator to set.
  • Make The Batter: Using a stand mixer fit with a whisk attachment, whisk the eggs, egg yolk, sugar and the salt until the batter starts to thicken, about 5 minutes. Sift the flour and baking powder and use a spatula to fold the flour into the batter mixture. Add the orange zest to the cooled butter, then slowly drizzle the butter into the batter until you have incorporated all of the butter in the mixture.
  • Chill The Batter: Cover the bowl and place in the refrigerator for 1 1/2 hours. Heat the oven to 425°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Drop the batter in the middle of each mold until about three-quarters full without spreading it.
  • Bake The Madeleines: Bake for 8 to 9 minutes in the upper third of your oven. Bake until slightly brown or just until they feel set to the touch. Remove the madeleines from the oven and place on a cooling rack. Dust with confectioner's sugar.
Keyword classic french dessert
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