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According to one story, the name “Les Madeleines” was given to the cookies by Louis XV to honor his father-in-law’s cook Madeleine Paulmier. Louis first tasted them at the Chateau Commercy in Lorraine in 1755. Commercy kept Madeleine’s confection secret for a long time (ref. Wikipedia)

How To Make Madeleines?


  • 3              eggs, at room temperature 
  • 1              egg yolk
  • 125 g          caster sugar 
  • 100 g           butter, at room temperature
  • 125 g           all-purpose flour 
  • 4 g              baking powder
  • 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest (optional)
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 non-stick Madeleines pan

Preparation Of Madeleines

  1. Melt the butter over low heat, don’t burn.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix lemon juice, sugar, salt, eggs, and the egg yolk, whisk well.
  3. Add flour to egg mixture, whisk well, until the batter is homogeneous.
  4. Add quickly the melted butter
  5. Whisk just a little, until the batter turns smooth.
  6. Pour the batter in a well buttered Madeleines pan.
  7. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees C, for 20 minutes.
  8. Unmold and cool on a wire rack.

La Dorure’s Tips

  • The recipe above is the classic one, you can change the flavors according to your taste: Vanilla, strawberry, orange, banana, or chocolate.
  • For more fluffy Madeleines, add 1 teaspoon baking soda.
  • A Non-Stick Madeleine Pan is a key factor in making this recipe, to get the shell pattern and Madeleine’s “head’.

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