Madeleines Recipe

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Recipe by Madeleine Ignon

Apart from being my namesake dessert, Madeleines are among my favorite cookies because they have a wonderfully airy, cake-like texture, and have a uniquely beautiful shell shape. They’re delicious dipped in chocolate, or with chocolate chips mixed right in, but I prefer them plain, so the real flavor of the cookie can shine.

This recipe comes from a hotel in Avignon, France, and is probably among the more authentic versions. Enjoy warm with your favorite afternoon tea!

Prep Details

Servings: 24 cookies

Calories per serving: 80 per serving

Prep time: 15 mins

Cooking time: 12 mins

Total time: 27 mins


9 tbsp (1 stick plus 1 tbsp) unsalted butter

4 egg whites

1 1/3 cups powdered sugar

6 tbsp all-purpose flour

1/4 cup almond meal

1 tbsp honey(preferably flavored--I used local wild blackberry honey)

*You also need a special Madeleine pan, available at cookware stores


Photo: Madeleine Ignon

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter each cookie mold and dust with a little bit of flour to prevent sticking.
  2. Melt better in pan over medium heat, until the butter starts to brown.
  3. In a bowl, beat the egg whites, sugar, flour, and almond meal until the ingredients are well-blended.
  4. Melt the honey and beat it into the batter, then add the melted butter.
  5. Spoon 1 tbsp of the batter into each cookie mold.
  6. Bake for about 12 minutes, let cool, and then tap out each cookie. Serve warm.