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baked citrus madeleines sitting on a piece of parchment paper

Citrus Madeleines

Yield: 16 cookies
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Chill Time: 1 hr
A light and fluffy pound cake style cookie that is perfect for anytime. Make orange, lime or lemon madeleines.
5 from 2 votes


  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons citrus extract, (lemon, lime or orange)
  • 2 teaspoons citrus zest, (lemon, lime or orange)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly (1 stick)


  • Beat together the eggs and granulated sugar using a hand or stand mixer set on medium speed until smooth and creamy-- 10 minutes. You’ll know the mixture is ready when is flows like warm caramel sauce.
  • Add the citrus extract and zest and mix just to combine.
  • Add in the flour and baking powder and fold them in gently so the egg mixture does not deflate.
  • Fold in the melted and cooled butter.
  • Place the madeleine batter in the fridge to chill for one hour.
  • Near the end of the chilling step, preheat the oven to 350F and grease a standard madeleine pan with melted butter and non-stick cooking spray.
  • Scoop batter into the molds until they are ¾ full (I used a 1 tablespoon scoop) and bake until the madeleines are light brown--about 12-13 minutes.
  • Transfer the madeleines to a wire rack to cool.
  • Enjoy immediately or store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.


Storing: These citrus cookies can be enjoyed immediately or store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
Freezing: Freeze cooked and cooled citrus madeleines by wrapping them in plastic wrap, then adding them to a freezer-safe bag or airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw on the counter for 1-2 hours or until the chill is gone. 


Calories: 113kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 39mg, Sodium: 10mg, Potassium: 32mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 211IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 12mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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