Lemon Madeleines

MadeleinThe light and delicious cookies are perfect for spring. One of the big draws to my house, aside from the hard wood floors and great lighting, was the Meyer Lemon tree in the back yard. I am a huge fan of citrus and can never get enough of this delicious fruit. These cookies are so delicious,and surprisingly very simple to make.


  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter melted, plus more for the cookie sheet
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 3/4 granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tbs. freshly grated lemon zest
  • 2 tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • powdered sugar for dusting

Pre heat oven to 400 degrees and butter 2 Madeleine pans. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. In a stand mixing bowl, mix together eggs, sugar, vanilla, lemon zest and lemon juice. Mix with the paddle attachment for 5 minutes until the mixture is a pale yellow. Using a spatula, gently fold in the flour mixture, and let the batter rest for 30 minutes. Pour the batter into the buttered pans, filling the cookie space 3/4 of the way full. Bake cookies until the edges just begin to turn golden brown, about 7-8 minutes. Let the cookies cool just slightly in the pan, don’t leave them in there too long or they will stick to the pan. Invert the mold and lightly dust the Madeleines with powdered sugar.

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