As you may have come to suspect, I love all types of French desserts. Certainly, macarons are on the top of the list but so are French Madeleines. On one side they have these beautiful fluted lines, and as you bite into them they taste like light fluffy butter cakes. I recall making a batch of these for dessert for friends that came over. After eating one of the madeleines, our friend's 3 year old asked if he could have more "shell cookies". Yup, I guess that is what you could call them! Thankfully, french madeleines happen to be very easy and quick (about 30 minutes to prep and bake) so making more batches of these "shell cookies" for the 3-year old in all of us isn't too hard at all.
I have also recently been making my own vanilla extract so I put some of my homemade vanilla extract into this recipe.
Ingredients for French Madeleines
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 lemon zested
- 3 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 cup milk
- Juice of one lemon
- pinch of salt
- Turn on the oven and preheat the oven to 350F. To ensure your madeleines come out of the pan after baking, generously butter and then flour the madeleine pans.
- Cream the butter, sugar, salt, and lemon zest using a hand held mixer or in the bowl of your Kitchen Aid. Beat at medium speed (4 or 6 on the KA). The creamed butter mixture should look light and fluffy after 8 minutes.
- Add in eggs one at a time and slowly mix in. Then add in the vanilla extract.
- Mix the dry ingredients together (flour, baking powder, salt). Slowly add the dry ingredients into the creamed butter mixture alternating dry ingredients with the milk until it is just combined. This should take about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides and then slowly add in the lemon juice.
- Transfer the batter to a piping bag fitted with a tip. Pipe the batter into the madeleine pans in a zip-zag pattern.
- Bake the madeleines for about 9 to 10 minutes; until they are golden brown. Allow the madeleines to cool in the pan for another 2-3 minutes before removing them from the pan.
- Using a small plastic spatula gently remove the madeleines from the pan. They should be golden brown on one side and have their tell tale bump on the other side.
- Place the madeleines on a cooling rack and allow them to cool.
Once the madeleines are cooled, store them in an air tight container. Prior to eating them from the air tight container, I normally lightly toast them in the toaster oven to get a warm and slightly crispy madeleine. I like to enjoy mine with a cup of tea or coffee as they make the perfect breakfast or even afternoon snack.