Madeleine cookies are small scallop shaped cakes popular at tea-time in France. They make popular snacks with kids and are often dipped in a hot drink. Below you'll find a madeleine recipe that is very quick to make and gives good results.
Although there are no shortage of commercial madeleine cookies in France, people do make their own.
All you need is a special madeleine pan to shape the cakes into scallop shell shapes.
Once you own your own Madeleine tin, you can use it to shape other cake recipes too. Or try it with savory breads - cornbread scallop shells would be lots of fun on any dinner table.
This Madeleine cookies recipe will make a nice treat to serve at a tea party or just to have something fun and French for a snack. And don't worry, they couldn't be easier to make!
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Baking time: 15 minutes
Makes 24 madeleines
Beat the eggs with the sugar, vanilla and half of the milk until thick and light yellow. Add the flour and baking powder bit by bit and continue mixing until smooth. Stir in the rest of the milk and the melted butter.
Carefully grease your madeleine tray if necessary. Spoon about two tablespoons of batter into each mold. Bake for 15 minutes at 375°F. Cool on a rack.
You could flavor your madeleines with different things, perhaps orange or lemon zest. A dusting of powdered sugar would look nice as well.
Our grocery store in France sells a lot of madeleine cookies. In general, these are of excellent quality - truly you would be surprised that they are packaged. You can order your own madeleines and have them delivered by mail if you don't have time to make your own.
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