Elegant Madeleines
Madeleine cakes

Today, I thought I would share one of my favourite recipes with you.  I personally love madeleines.  These are so easy to make (I mean, less than 15 minutes prep time!) and they look so elegant, they are sure to impress your guests.

If you’ve never had them, madeleines are little French butter cakes. They are perfect for so many occasions – bridal showers, Easter brunch, Mother’s Day or your coffee in the morning on a random Tuesday.   

Seriously though, these little bite-sized cakes look so pretty on a dessert table.

I personally like to add cinnamon to this recipe because I will eat almost anything if it has cinnamon in it! (Except carrot cake – stop trying to put vegetables in my dessert!!)

easy madeleine recipe

The last time I made them, the Mister and I finished the entire batch in one day!!  They are so good, you just can’t stop yourself from eating them! Plus I usually make the mini madeleines so it feels like you only had two bites, and so you reach for another.  And another…. Before you know it, the entire batch is gone!

I’ve tried various ways of dressing them up by dipping them in chocolate or dusting them with cinnamon sugar - even though they are so pretty on its own.

You can get some really good deals on the pans at places like Winners, Marshal’s and even <Kitchen Stuff Plus http://www.kitchenstuffplus.com/trudeau-structure-silcone-madeleine-pan-fuchsia-grey>. I personally bought the mini pans from Amazon because I feel like eating 20 mini madeleines are not as bad as 10 full sized madeleines. (Yes, my logic is flawed. No, I don’t care).

Here is the recipe that I like to use.

french madeleines
delicious madeleine recipe

Elegant Madeleines

Makes: 24 madeleines

Elegant Madeleines

Prep time:

Cook time:

  • 2 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk
  • 2/3 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cups flour
  • 2/3 cups softened butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease the madeleine pan with butter.
  2. Using an electronic hand beater, beat the eggs and sugar until thick and foamy. Add nutmeg and cinnamon into the egg mixture and blend well. Fold in the flour and use a spatula to mix well. Fold in the softened butter and blend.
  3. Transfer the batter into the madeleine pan and fill about 3/4 of the way. Bake for 10 minutes or until they turn light golden brown.
  4. Remove the madeleine pan from the oven and let cool on a cooling rack.
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