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Freshly baked French madeleines cooling on rack.

Easy Madeleines

Madeleines are adorable seashell shaped butter cakes originating in France. They can be tricky to master, but this easy version uses baking powder to make them foolproof! 
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Keyword cookies shaped like seashells, easy madeleines, japanese madeleine recipe, why are madeleines shaped like shells
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 58 minutes
Servings 12 madeleines
Calories 118kcal



  • Prep your 12 shell madeleine pan by buttering it and sifting flour over it. Tap off the excess flour and set aside. 
  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour and the baking powder. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs. Add the sugar and whisk until very well combined. Pour the flour mixture into the eggs and sugar, and combine. Add the lemon extract (and vanilla, if using) and give it a quick stir. Add the melted butter and the honey, and stir until just combined. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rest in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spoon the batter into the 12 shells, and bake on the middle rack until golden and baked through, about 13 minutes. Remove the madeleines from the pan (they should slide right off, but if they don't, slide a knife tip around the edges) and allow to cool on a wire rack. These taste great warm or at room temperature. 


Calories: 118kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 29mg | Potassium: 21mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 227IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg