Madeleines are probably the easiest cute-looking dessert you can possibly make.  From beginning to end, the process only takes about 45 minutes, and you can have really great madeleines for tea time, dessert time, anytime.  In order to make the cute shell shape, you are going to need to invest in a madeleine pan.  You can get them at any finer kitchen retailer (Sur la Table, Macy’s home, etc.)  They typically run about $10-15 per pan, but I got mine at a Japanese dollar store, Daiso.


Prep time: 15 minutes
Bake time: 15 minutes
Yield: 18 madeleines

– 2 large eggs
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– pinch of salt
– 1/3 cup granulated sugar
– 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
– 1/4 cup butter

For decoration:
– 2 tbs granulated sugar
– 1/3 cup chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 375F.  Butter & dust flour madeline molds.
2. Melt the butter in a small bowl and set aside.  In a small mixing bowl, beat together eggs, vanilla, and salt on medium until pale in color.
3. While mixing, slowly add the sugar.  Continuing beating until the mixture is thick and pale.  Do this test: turn the beater off and try to form ribbons, when ribbons form, the mixture is ready.
4. Sift flour into the egg mixture slowly.  Fold in with a rubber spatula.
5. Stir in lemon zest and melted butter.  Fold in to the batter.  Your batter will deflate a little bit, but that’s okay!  Spoon the batter into the madeline pans.
6. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from madeleine pan immediately using the tip of a knife.
7. Optional: sprinkle sugar on the madeleines, melt the chocolate chips and dip the madeleines however you like.

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