This Lemon Madeleines recipe is a gorgeous recipe that can be created easily when entertaining. It citrusy flavor tastes delicious paired with tea!
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Lemon Madeleines Recipe
Have you ever tasted this delectable delight? These are light and airy sponge cakes with a small yet distinctive shell-like shape from being baked in Madeleine pans that have shell-shaped wells.
Were you aware that Lemon Madeleines aren’t even cookies at all? They sure do look like cookies, but they’re not! They’re sponge-like citrus cakes! I literally had NO idea! (Which is what drew me in the most!)
Easy Lemon Madeleines Recipe
This shell-shaped sponge-like cake is eaten just like a cookie, even though it really isn’t! Once the dough is prepared, the dough is placed carefully in a greased and floured Madeleine pan, as shown.
This recipe is an easy one to double or triple, and is wonderful when served with tea, coffee, or at parties or get-togethers! This is one recipe that you will get asked about again and again!
Ingredients Needed to Make Classic Lemon Madeleines
To make these classic Lemon Madeleines, you will need to gather the following ingredients:
- All-purpose flour + extra for coating pan
- Baking powder
- Granulated sugar
- Lemon Juice and zest
- Butter + extra for coating pan
- Confectioners’ sugar for sprinkling
Keep in mind, all of the ingredient amounts you’ll need are in the printable recipe card below.
Kitchen Tools Needed to Make Lemon Madeleines
Gather the following pieces of kitchen equipment and tools to make these Lemon Madeleines a success!
- Mixing bowl set
- Lemon zester
- Wooden spoon
- Cloth or dish towel
- Madeleine pan/s
- Powdered sugar shaker
How to Make Classic Lemon Madeleines
Ready your ingredients on this one, it’s just so easy and delicious!!
Sift your flour into a bowl with the rest of the ingredients standing by.
After beating your eggs until creamy, adding lemon juice and zest, add in melted butter into your wet ingredients. Fold in your dry ingredients.
Then, rest your batter for at least 30 minutes (recommended to put a cloth on top).
While it’s resting, coat your Madeleine pan with butter and sprinkle each well with flour. Once the batter has been rested, fill each well about 3/4 of the way high, tapping to ensure no bubbles have formed.
Bake for about 8-10 minutes (not long) to get this beautifulness!!
Dust them with powdered sugar. G’head, make ’em even prettier than they already are!
Aren’t they stunning? So light and airy!
That lemon zest really gives it that lemony goodness you crave, you know?
These are absolute perfect and simple for any occasion!
Such gorgeousness! Little bowl of lemony deliciousness with these lemon madeleines, don’t you think?
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Lemon Madeleines Recipe
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and coat a madeleine pan with butter then sprinkle each section with flour. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt.
- Using a stand or electric mixer, beat eggs and sugar until creamy. Add lemon juice and lemon zest and continue mixing.
- Melt your stick of butter and slowly mix into your wet ingredients until thoroughly combined.
- Fold in dry ingredients and allow for the batter to rest for about 30 minutes (I suggest putting a cloth on top).
- Fill the molds of your madeleine pan about ¾ of the way and tap to ensure no air bubbles form.
- Bake for about 8 to 10 minutes or until edges become golden brown.
- Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar before serving.