Irresistible French madeleines

Have you already baked madeleines? If you haven’t you should definitely give it a try. Trust me you won’t be looking back.

One could easily get intimidated by these delicately fluffy little cakes with lightly crisp edges, however, if you simply follow the below recipe you will discover how easy they are to bake and that they taste so much better than store-bought ones.

Madeleines are perfect snacks to add to your children’s snackboxes or lunchboxes or simply for you to enjoy with a cup of tea! They make as well beautiful edible gifts 😉

This recipe is designed for 50 madeleines. This may sound a lot at first however they go like hot cakes 🙂 and if ever you still have some left they freeze really well.

Bon appétit!

Madeleines recipe - Croque-Maman SQ
4.8 from 5 votes


Madeleines: a classic French recipe. These beautiful little cakes are easy to make, much better than the store bought and they freeze well. They are a perfect addition to your kids lunchboxes or for you with a cup of tea 😉 What are you waiting for?

Course Snack
Cuisine French
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting time 1 hour
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 50 madeleines


  • 6 eggs
  • 200 g sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 100 g honey
  • 1 lime or lemon for a a more traditional recipe Only the zest will be used
  • 300 g flour
  • 1 baking powder
  • 250 g butter melted


  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk the eggs, sugar, salt and honey until whitened. 

  2. Prepare your lime/lemon zest.

  3. Add the flour, baking powder, butter and lime/lemon zest to the mixing bowl and stir until just combined.

  4. Cover your mixing bowl with cling film and place in the fridge to rest for at least one hour and up to overnight.

  5. Pre-heat your oven to 220°C. Meanwhile, lightly butter your baking tins and fill them up to 2/3 of the height. 

  6. Bring the oven temperature down to 200°C and place your baking tins in the oven for around 10 minutes.



  1. Claire | the ladybirds adventures August 11, 2018 at 8:12 am - Reply

    I’d love to try baking these. They look and sound delicious

  2. Denise August 11, 2018 at 8:13 am - Reply

    These look really nice, I’ve never actually tried madeleines before but will definitely give them a go 😊

  3. Suzi August 11, 2018 at 8:17 am - Reply

    These look gorgeous! I’ve often fancied making them but imagined they’d be super complicated! I am inspired.

  4. Emma August 11, 2018 at 8:19 am - Reply

    I’ve never baked these but think I’ll give them a try. They always look so pretty!

  5. Jade August 11, 2018 at 8:35 am - Reply

    They look so yummy will have to give them a go x

  6. Francesca August 11, 2018 at 9:52 am - Reply

    I love madeleines and usually have shop bought ones but i’ll start making my own from now on

  7. Gill {of} August 11, 2018 at 10:44 am - Reply

    Yum I love madeleines ❤️

  8. Random Musings August 11, 2018 at 11:57 am - Reply

    I can’t remember the last time I baked, but this recipe makes me want to! I love the shape of the cakes

  9. These look delicious! Need to get that little moulded pan!

  10. Deborah Kos August 11, 2018 at 6:42 pm - Reply

    Irresistible French Madeleines are amazing. It is not a hard recipe to follow. It is easy and wow this really impresses guests.

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