- 3 Large eggs
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup Sugar
- a pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 1/4 cupper butter
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar (for dusting)
- madeleine molds (or any shell shape shaped mold)
Madeleines, also known as French butter cakes are something almost everyone has eaten and enjoyed if they have ever stepped into a bakery or the baked goods aisle at the supermarket.
These shell-shaped beauties have just the right amount of sweetness and tanginess and come in different variations such as chocolate coated or coconut covered etc.
They are the perfect addition to your tea time or snack cravings.
These French butter cakes or cookies are easy on calories (90 per cookie) but you have to eat in moderation if you are watching your weight.
How to Make Madeleines
Just omit the lemon zest and substitute it with1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder and an additional ½ cup of sugar.
Alternately you can just coat them with melted chocolate on top.
Madeleine cookies were invented by chef Jean Avice in the 19th century. He worked in the kitchen of Prince Talleyrand.