Madeleine Cookies Recipe

This Madeleine Cookies are French shell shaped cookies. They are crispy on the outside and soft like cake on the inside. It's a quick and easy recipe you will love.

These cookies, sometimes referred to as the Classic French Madeleines, are actually considered small sponge cakes. Over the years people have started calling them cookies because of their shape. I think it really depends who you ask nowadays. 

Madeleine cookies are a staple in our home. Quite often I purchase the pre-made ones from Costco, and they're really good there. This recipe is similar to the Madeleines from Costco, and you can never beat homemade. 

Madeleine cookie pan is sold at many stores. I've seen affordable options at TJ Maxx and Homegoods stores. Amazon also has them for a similar price. Here's an Amazon link to a Madeleine pan similar to mine.

How to Make the Madeleine Cookies

  • Prepare all ingredients ahead of time. Preheat oven to 350F.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together sugar, vanilla extract and eggs. Whisk until you get fluffy texture.
  • In small portions, fold flour into the mixture. 
  • In a separate bowl, melt butter and let it cool to room temperature. Add butter to the mixing bowl, carefully folding it in. 
  • Place all Madeleine dough into a ziplock back, cut out a corner where you want the dough to come out. Pipe small portions of the dough into the Madeleine mold. 
  • Bake for about 10-15 minutes, depending on the mold size. Madeleines are ready when golden brown.

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Serving size:
10 min
30 min
Ready in
40 min


Preheat oven to 350F. Beat eggs together with sugar until you get one smooth texture. Beat in vanilla and salt.
In small portions add flour to the mixture, blend just until blended. Gradually add butter in steady stream, beat just until blended.
Spoon in batter into each indentation in pan (you don’t need to spread them; they will melt and spread nicely).
Bake for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown. Cool for few minutes and remove from pan.
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