Kitchen Experiments: Madeleine Cookies

How to make madeleine cookiesI first fell in love with madeleine cookies over 10 years ago while watching the very first Transporter movie. Is it weird that what I took away from that action film was a love of sea shell shaped cookies? Maybe. But there you have it anyway. 

I also really like Transporter. I thought it was awesome. I love action films. 🙂Madeleine cookiesI was recently gifted a Madeleine pan so I was excited to give these a try! It's kind of strange to think that I've been a fan of these cookies for so long but have never gotten around to making them. The batter is actually really interesting because it involves incorporating melted butter into creamed eggs and sugar. Most cookies recipes warn against using melted butter, as they require softened butter. Which is not the same thing. Duh. Baking can be so fickle. But Madeleines are not fickle, they are super easy to make once you have the cute pan. 🙂Madaleine batterMadeleine Cookies, makes 18 (regular size). Recipe from Martha Stewart.

4 eggs
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1/4 cup butter, meltedSea shell cookies!Butter and then lightly flour the baking pan. Be sure to get butter in all the little ridges so the cookies will be easy to remove after baking.

Beat the eggs, salt and sugar together until the batter begins to thicken (about 8 minutes with an electric mixer on low). Toward the end of mixing add in the vanilla. Stir in the flour. Then stir in the melted, cooled butter. Quickly spoon the batter into the preparred baking pan. Bake at 375°F for 10 minutes.Easy madeleine cookie recipeI like how these kind of puff up on the back sides while cooking. Let them cool for a few minutes before dusting with powdered sugar. Yum! If you've never had a madeleine before you are in for a treat as they are dense and chewy and taste like butter. 🙂 Happy kitchen experiments! xo. Emma

  • I finally made madeleines – I used a different recipe though and they tasted great

  • These are by far my all-time favorite treat. I’ve been experimenting with recipes for years and I think Heidi from 101 Cookbooks has nailed it. Sooo yummy. Check it out –

  • Thak you so much for de-mystifying these for me, I have tried to make them in the past and gotten pretty confused by the directions. Hoping this will do the trick, they are my little girls fave, she always gets them at Starbucks.

  • Yum yum yum. These looks gorgeous 🙂

    Rosie x | Every Word Handwritten

  • Madeleines are delicious on their own…BUT. EVEN BETTER when dipped in a dark chocolate coating!! ooh…or dusted with edible metallic powder

    oh. my. gosh…what did you start?! I’m hungry!

  • These look so tasty! I love Madeleines. They even have a pretty name. And you’re right, the pan is totally cute. I will have to get me one of those so I can give this recipe a try 🙂

    Alex from

  • Haha, I love that movie, too 🙂 I have my grandmother’s old madeleine pan, but I’ve never made them before. I’ll have to try this recipe with her pan!

  • They’ve always looked a bit intimidating to me, but if you say it’s easy…

  • A madeleine pan is perfect for you! I bet you end up using it alllll the time! I wonder if you can experiment with flavors of madeleines, or if they’re really only supposed to be that one flavor…


  • Yum I should really invest in a pan! These are so good! I always get confused as to whether they are considered a cookie or a cake, because they remind me of pound cake but in cookie form!

  • I always put lemon zest in mine too! It makes them taste even lighter and fresher.

  • I love to incorporate lemon zest to them to brighten them up! Or dip them in chocolate! YUM!

  • lol to the duh. You are funny. But I will be trying this recipe! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Yum! I was tempted to buy a Madeline pan the other day, but wasn’t sure if the recipe was difficult-these look so easy! I’ll have to go back and get it!

  • Yummy. I just had some madeleines a few days ago. I hardly eat them and had forgotten how good they can be. I’m going to make some within the next month

  • I just made this (I jumped out of bed immediately when I read this post to make these– it is 11PM, ha!) literally, right meow! And they are the most heavenly delicious treats in the world. Thanks for the mouth-watering post, Emma! Ha!

  • I wonder what some lavender mixed into the batter would taste like…
    they look so cute 🙂
    reminds me of my favorite children’s book, Madeline

  • so true. They are super simple and totally moreish. Have you thought about flavoured ones? Lemon and chocolate are a couple of my favs xx

  • Your post made me realize I’d never made these either! Time to get a pan and get busy in the kitchen! Gotta love the strange baking techniques (like using melted butter) that turn into a little bit of heaven!

  • Nutella hearted Madeleines are the best!(if you didn’t already think of this ;). Just put some nutella in the middle of the batter before putting it in the oven. And then… enjoy 🙂

  • They look lovely! I made some a couple of weeks ago following Rachel Khoo’s recipe of madeleines filled with homemade lemon curd and a raspberry on top ( They were completely out of this world!



  • I love these cookies for the SAME EXACT REASON! No joke. I thought i was the only one. They’re so yummy! I like to add a little bit of lemon zest to them. Noms. 🙂

  • one of my favorite cookies/cake/(cakies?) so easy to make.
    i usually fill them up with strawberry jam… sorta like how Rachel Khoo fills up hers with lemon curd…

  • Thank you for this. These are one of my fave cookies. They are heavenly and crazy scrumptious.

  • hi Emma, I don’t mean to be contradicting you but Madeleine’s should not be dense and chewy- this would mean the batter has been over mixed. Madeleine’s should always be soft and spongy in texture- yours did have a beautiful crisp outer texture though judging from the photos so just adjust your batter mixing time a bit and you should be fine. you ask how do I know this? I’m French and I make Madeleine’s since my childhood. Bisous, Aurélie xx

  • We love them in this house too. i thnk they are even yummier with a grated lemon in them. also, for extra decadence….roll them in melted butter and then caster sugar (i think it is called something different in the US, but its fine granulated sugar)….seriously….i mean SERIOUSLY…it is totally RAD!! Do it! Yum!! Xxx

  • They look delicious! I love the idea of just putting the batter in the tray moulds instead of individually rolling out each one!

  • They look delicious and I just had to comment because – ironically – the Transporter is also where I first became intrigued by madeleines…it was a few weeks after watching the movie that I went in search of a madeleines baking sheet!

    Thank you for sharing this recipe 🙂 I am certain to try it!

  • Why didn’t I register for this!! Engaged ladies, take notes!! Looks delish 🙂

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  • I have been addicted to the madeliene cookies from Starbucks since I started working there.. now I can make my own at home! And not as frequently eat them. Because the amount I eat them could probably be counted as an addiction!

  • Oh my word, Transporter is also what got me going on madeleines. How funny!

  • These cookies looks delicious and easy to make.
    a beautiful maison

  • They are soo good! I love the subtle sweetness.

  • you’ve done these beautifully! can you believe i’ve never had or made madeleines before!?

  • Madeleine cookies are my kryptonite!!! Once I have one….I can’t stop!

    Those look especially delicious!

  • They look delightful. Now I need a pan to make them in. Have a great day.

  • Ok so I thought I was the only one that fell in love with these cookies after watching Transporter, and I have never tried to bake them either! But as soon I saw the pictures, I had Transporter flashbacks! I will now have to go and get the pan so I can try baking these!

  • These remind me of being little! My Grandmother loved them. 🙂

  • absolutely cannot wait to try these!
    sara | |

  • Oh my, I think that’s the first time I’ve witnessed someone associate Madeleines with an action movie instead of Proust’s iconic In Search of Lost Time! 🙂

    Thanks for the spiffy recipe!

    “No sooner had the warm liquid mixed with the crumbs touched my palate than a shiver ran through me and I stopped, intent upon the extraordinary thing that was happening to me. An exquisite pleasure had invaded my senses, something isolated, detached, with no suggestion of its origin. And at once the vicissitudes of life had become indifferent to me, its disaster innocuous, its brevity illusory…. I had ceased now to feel mediocre, contingent, mortal.” — Marcel Proust on eating a madeleine

  • This is a super easy recipe! Something nice for this coming father’s day 🙂

  • I know how hard these are to make perfect but these look amazing! xx


  • These look ah-mazing. I wonder how’d they taste with chocolate chips…?

  • these are perfection!! And they look so perfect.. can’t wait to try!


  • I’ve never tried these before and I always wondered how they got there shape. Of course there is a pan for it, duh! They’re pretty and sound simple to make, not fickle at all 🙂


  • These look like the perfect treat!

  • I’ve only ever had Madeleine’s in France and now I’m moving there I’m determind to learn how to make them. Will definitely give this recipe a go!

  • Those look so tasty I just might need to get my own madeleine pan 🙂

  • OMG! I’m equally as weird too. I always remember madeleines when I think of that show too. Now, whenever I see it or spot it on the shelves, I think back to that scene in the show.. Haha..

    But coming from an Asian country, I got to say that madeleines are not popular here. I wish there are. Your pictures are making me crave them even more. 🙂

  • I just tried making these last night for the first time! What a coincidence. Sadly, I left mine in the oven for a little too long so I will be trying another batch today.

  • Mmm so scrummy 🙂 They remind me of Paris. They look so cute! You take really amazing photos.

    Rachel xxx

  • Yum! I’m gonna try this weekend, looks so simple 🙂


  • A french bakery that I do catering with made Madeleine for me and they were so good .. they added a hint of lemon and the crisp outside and soft inside of the cookie was divine.


  • I love those cookies for the same reason .. Transporter .. once I had them I loved them. I have had my pan for years, but I think now I’ll make them .. finally 🙂

  • Yum! These look so so yummy!

    Juliette Laura

  • THESE ARE THE MOST DELICIOUS BAKED GOODS IN THE WORLD. I have loved madeleines ever since my middle school french teacher baked us some. Thanks for the recipe!!


  • These looks delicious. I definitely need to keep an eye out for one of these pans! I love that your baking always challenges and inspires me to step outside my comfort zone.

  • I’m not sure anything beats a Madeleine cookie. And I’m positive nothing beats a fresh, homemade one. They look amazing. One of these days I’ll have to dig out my as-yet unused madeleine pan. I’m inspired! (And salivating.)

    Kate x

  • It’s strange to see them discribed as cookies. I always think of them as mini cakes.. Seeing your lovely pics makes me want some, now! 🙂

  • They look so beautiful and light! I’ve been meaning to try madeleines ever since reading Proust. He made them sound like a dream.

  • ooooh they look so good…I have a teeny tiny kitchen so most of my baking things are packed away but this has inspired me to get baking again this weekend – thank you!

  • That is so spooky because I made these yesterday! My family ate them as if they would never see a cake again in thier lives, so all gone now. I had forgotten what a nice little cake they are.

  • that looks so yummy!

  • lovely… i definitely want to make some!


  • They look so good! I’ve never tried one but I’m going to be looking out for them from now on!


  • I made chocolate madeleines with orange ( and they were so delicious! That was the first time I’d ever made a madeleine, but I definitely need to try making an “original” one as well.

  • Yummy! I need to try making these as I’ve always wanted too!

    By the way just ordered the beautiful mess iPhone case!! Excited!

    Lulu xx

  • You’re in great company, my husband loves these “cookies” based off seeing Transporter as well. Unfortunatly I don’t bake so he has to settle for the ones from Starbucks when we treat ourselves.

  • Yum! I just love the name “madeleine” so cute 🙂 they look delicious!

  • Oh I love these cookies! They’re delicious!

  • I love madeleines – such delicate little cakes with a good chew to them. Now if only I had a pan I would totally make them – until then I’ll just drool over your pictures


  • I’ve never had Madeleine cookies before but they look lovely – I will definitely have to try making them one day!

  • I have never had a madeleine before and my goodness this just makes me want one even more!

  • Ah my mum used to make these when I was little. They’re so delicious!

  • Just got a Madeleine pan last week, also inspired by the transporter! This post couldn’t have come at a more perfect time! 🙂

  • I love these! We have a tin of them every Christmas 🙂
    Oh, imagine all your wedding pressies, I just thought of that…

    Turquoise Flamingo

  • Hey, I love them, but I prefered them with a litle bit of lemon (how do you say rayadura? I’m from Argentina – I belive is zest)

    But I’m wondering 2/3 sugar – cup? teaspoon?

    THANK YOU!!!!

  • I love that movie, and it always made me wonder what madeleines tasted like, they looked devine! I might go shopping for a madeleine tin over the weekend and get baking! Thanks for the inspiration (and the memory of Jason Statham fighting shirtless…) *sigh*

  • Weirder than you picking up a love of madeleines from the Transporter movie: the fact that it’s been out for more than TEN YEARS already. Wow.

    I always eye the madeleine pans when at the kitchen supply store, but I always think, meh, it’s only good for the one thing. Then I get home and wish I had gotten it! These look awesome!

  • These are too cute!
    Now I want one of these.
    You should really open up a store to sell those, I’d come over and buy ALL!

    Greetings, Lorelei.

  • Add honey to the batter, that gives them a ‘luxury’ taste. They look really good! Such a kitchen-princess!

  • Aww, madeleines are so cute. I think my madeleine pan is one of my most neglected baking supplies. It shouldn’t be!

  • Oh yum! Madeleines are such a classic, sophisticated dessert. Add strawberries and cream and you’ve got an amazing summer dessert on your hands!!

  • They look great. I keep thinking about buying a pan when I see them on sale and I think I need to finally do it

  • delish 😀 if I hadn’t just made a cake for a little girl’s pool party I would be making these already!

  • Well these look simply divine! I’m off to find myself one of these pans.

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