Classic Lemon Madeleines


I love making madeleines, because this French biscuit is so easy to make; I’ve never missed any recipe of madeleine. It’s not difficult to get the perfect madeleine cookie.

The best madeleines are the ones that you make by yourself. Madeleines are delicious when eaten just from the oven.

You can brush these warm madeleines with a lemon glaze or just dusting them with confectioner’s sugar.

What you need is a special pan to bake these wonderful and delicious biscuits. If you chose to divide the recipe in half, used just 2 medium eggs. I personally chose to make 24 madeleines.


Makes 4 dozen madeleines   Preparation time : 45 minutes   Total time : 1 hour and 30 minutes

Ingredients :

  • 2 cups (255 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/4 cups (250 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) (225 g) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup (125 g) fat free plain yogurt

Directions :

  1. Heat oven to 350 degree F. (180 degree C.). Grease your madeleine pan with butter or baking spray if it’s not non-stick. Mix dry ingredients in a mixing bowl (flour, baking soda and baking powder). Set aside.
  2. In another mixing bowl, add sugar, vanilla extract and lemon zest and mix together with a rubber spatula. Add in eggs, one at a time and combine thoroughly with a whisk. Whisk in melted butter. Then, add lemon juice. Add yogurt and mix together thoroughly with spatula. In two batches, fold in flour mixture. Don’t over mix. Allow the batter to sit for 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Using a tablespoon measuring spoon, spoon batter into Madeleine pan cavities. Bake for 9 to 12 minutes. Flip over onto a baking rack and allow to cool for just a couple of minutes.

Lemon Glaze (optional)

  1. While madeleines are baking, make glaze – combine all ingredients into a medium mixing bowl and whisk until a glaze has formed. Add more milk if needed.
  2. Drip glaze over madeleines with a spoon and serve immediately. If storing madeleines, don’t add glaze until ready to serve.

Sources : The Little Kitchen


“Si vous voulez une jolie bosse sur vos madeleines, laissez reposer la pâte au frais!”;)

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  1. This sounds like the perfect springtime cookie! 🙂

  2. These look so tasty and appealing! I love using lemon in baking, must be delicious in this recipe:)

  3. What a treat. I love a fresh-baked madeleine and classic lemon ones are my favorite. It is such a delicious little thing!

  4. Eva

    Moi aussi j’adore les madeleines et les tiennes ont l’air parfaites! Bises

  5. I love madeleines, but never made myself…and I am loving the idea of lemon madeleines…thanks for the recipe Zaza!
    Have a fantastic week 🙂

  6. The madeleine is one of my favorite cookies because it is light and delicate. I never would have believed that it is easy to make.

  7. I first made madeleines for my daughter’s French class. Well, she was supposed to, but that’s another story. Love this lemon version!

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