More Madeleines

Unmolded Madeleines

Remember my first madeleines from the beginning of the year?  Well, I decided to give them another try – this time with a completely different recipe.  The result?  Madeleines that are even better than the first batch!   I used this recipe from Bitten, and the only real change I made was to substitute lemon zest for orange zest.

I didn’t bother piping the filling into the molds, a spoon worked just fine.  Just make sure you don’t overfill them like I did!  The recipe says it yields 12 to 15, but I think you could probably get up to 18 full-size madeleines if you scrape the bowl (and don’t overfill the molds like I did).

Lemon-scented Madeleines

What I really loved about these madeleines was the texture.  They were light and tender, buttery, and perfectly crisp along the edges.  The only thing I wish I could change about the recipe is the amount of batter it produces.  I wish that it produced either 12 or 24 madeleines – I can’t stand half-filled pans or leftover batter!  So the next time I make madeleines, I’ll try the one from David Lebovitz that yields 24 cakes!

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Happy baking!

  1. MaryMoh

    Wow….looks perfect….really beautiful. I made once and it failed. Seeing this I would like to try again. Thanks for sharing.

    3:41 pm  Mar 3rd, 2010
  2. Carol

    David Lebovitz’s madeleine recipe is foolproof- they come out deliciously perfect every time!

    3:53 pm  Mar 3rd, 2010
  3. Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes

    Oh those Madeleine are so perfectly shaped. They look so good!

    4:11 pm  Mar 3rd, 2010
  4. Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday

    Would I be shunned if I were to say that I didn’t like madeleines all that much? I mean if I wanted cake I would have cake, if I wanted a cookie I would have a cookie. I never crave a cake-like cookie and it never satisfies me.

    4:19 pm  Mar 3rd, 2010
  5. Joy

    Would this work to make lady fingers for tiramisu if you can’t find lady fingers? I’m unsatisfied with standard lady fingers.

    8:02 pm  Mar 3rd, 2010
  6. Joy

    Maybe not flavor them with anything citrus… just plain.

    8:02 pm  Mar 3rd, 2010
  7. The Nervous Cook

    Those look amazing. I’ve never had a Madeleine but I could probably do some damage on those. Keep them away!

    8:50 pm  Mar 3rd, 2010
  8. Diana's Coicna

    Oh those Madeleine look lovely!

    9:16 pm  Mar 3rd, 2010
  9. Geoffrey - Bon App Y'all

    Looks delicious!! Reminds me of Proust and patisseries in France!

    9:35 pm  Mar 3rd, 2010
  10. dee

    those look fab, will you be trying macarons soon ?

    10:57 pm  Mar 3rd, 2010
  11. Holly

    Mine always fall apart as soon as I try to lift them off the cooling racks.

    8:14 am  Mar 4th, 2010
  12. Nicole

    my first madeleines came out horrible (recipe forma book). I realize now my batter was too thick, plus i overfilled. I am going to try this recipe. Yours came out beautiful. It has swayed me to give madelines another try!

    11:12 am  Mar 4th, 2010
  13. Thorny Tomato

    These look perfect!! I can easily see myself eating the entire batch you made. 😉

    12:03 pm  Mar 4th, 2010
  14. Sara

    Thanks! I have been collecting madeleine recipes–did not see the one on Bitten, have clipped David Lebovitz’s. I have three pans and they are, I am embarassed to admit, not nearly as well-used as they should be.

    3:16 pm  Mar 5th, 2010
  15. Barbara

    Your madeleines are lovely! I experiment with different flavors….made some with pine nuts and another batch with pistachio flour. Very successful!

    8:20 am  Mar 6th, 2010
  16. Aimee

    These look absolutely perfect–and are a good reminder it’s been waaaay to long since I made a batch.

    Have you seen the mini-madeleine pan? It makes the cutest little cakes.

    8:33 pm  Mar 6th, 2010
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    12:25 am  Mar 9th, 2010
  18. Chef Fresco

    These are crazy cewl look’n! So light and flaky I want some now! I’ve got to stop looking at your blog and go eat lunch… wonderful cookie.

    9:44 am  Mar 9th, 2010
  19. Grace

    These Madeleines look great! I used to use ladyfingers to make my famous tiramisu, but now I use Madeleines instead and I think it turns out even better! Although it does add a little in terms of calories. I was on’s Nutrition Facts App
    which has calorie, fat and protein info on thousands of different foods, and let’s just say if you’re trying to lose weight, don’t indulge in tiramisu!

    10:16 am  Mar 9th, 2010
  20. Krissy @ The Food Addicts

    aww, your madeleines look so delicate and wonderful! that’s a pretty cool mold you have there. i guess i’d have to invest in that if i want to make madeleines!

    4:12 pm  Mar 9th, 2010
  21. Alelunetta

    I love madeleines and I love your mold (sooo cute!) ciaoo 🙂

    3:42 am  Mar 12th, 2010
  22. enrolled agent course

    Just by the pictures, the madeleines look very delicious and its easier since you can just use a spoon rather than piping the fillings. Really great recipe!

    7:15 pm  Mar 13th, 2010
  23. Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes)

    I hate odd recipe yeilds too! Wish I had one of those madeleines to make me feel better 😛

    10:13 am  Mar 23rd, 2010
  24. pita bread

    My grandma used to make madeleines without a written recipe, and they always came out perfect. I’ve tried several recipes and … not even close. Well, will give them one more chance as your look just right.

    5:32 am  Mar 30th, 2010
  25. Sal's Girl

    Sorry to appear dumb but I don’t understand the “ounces” in the recipe. Can you tell me what that is in cups?

    9:53 pm  Apr 3rd, 2010
  26. Shelly Borrell

    Wow — They look absolutely perfect. They’re my favorite cookie aside from the Girl Scout Samoas 🙂 I’ve got to make these sometime!!! Thanks for sharing all.

    12:42 am  Apr 30th, 2010
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