Classic French Madeleines.
I have tried several recipes for madeleine cookies and this one I am sharing with you is by far the easiest and best tasting.
I was wondering about the history of Classic French Madeleines and I’m not sure if this is true but according to one story they were named Madeleine by Louis XV in honor of a cook named Madeleine Paulmier. If you don’t know what a madeleine is, it’s basically a mini vanilla cake baked in a shell shaped pan. Some recipes call for lemon zest to give it more flavor but that is optional.
Recipe makes 12 madeleine cookies. I have one large non stick madeleine cookie pan that makes 12 cookies so this recipe works perfectly if you have the same size pan.
- 2 large eggs
- ⅓ cup sugar
- ⅔ cup all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ up (1 stick) salted butter, melted
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 2 Tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest (optional)
- Using an electric mix beat sugar & egg until light & airy (about 3 minutes).
- Add flour & baking powder & mix for about 30 seconds until incorporated.
- Mix in melted butter slowly.
- Add milk, vanilla, & lemon zest (optional) & mix just until combined.
- Cover bowl with plastic wrap & refrigerate for 1 hour.
- Remove from refrigerator.
- Grease Madeleine pan.
- Preheat oven to 375 F. degrees.
- Fill to the brim & smooth down with rubber spatula.
- Bake 10-12 minutes until edges are starting to turn golden brown.
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