Orange Almond Madeleines


After receiving the cookbook We Love Madeleines from my sister (Codename: Chunklet’s mom), I couldn’t wait to try out several of the recipes. Until recently, madeleines were only a sporadic treat in the off-chance I’d be in a Starbucks ordering a caramel apple cider. However, after making my own for French Fridays with Dorie, I was hooked, making the special trip to Bed, Bath & Beyond for the madeleine pan worth the effort. Because madeleines are are so easy to make and tasty to snack on, I was a tad bit worried that this cookbook would make me go into madeleine overload and potentially madeleine burn-out. To prevent this, I’ve vow only to make one batch of madeleines each weekend or so.

For my first batch, I made these orange almond madeleines. You can actually see the recipe plus more samples of the cookbook here in Google Books. I was immediately drawn to this recipe because it included almond meal and orange zest, though I used clementine zest because that’s what I had on hand. My first batch turned out a bit dark, but I think that’s because I didn’t butter the pan very well. My second batch turned out much nicer looking (as seen above). So, madeleine recipe number one was a success. Up next week: apple-buckwheat madeleines with sea-salt caramel.


56 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kitchen flavours
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 08:47:14

    Looks wonderful! Have been wanting to get a madeliene pan for ages! Got to make it soon!

  2. apuginthekitchen
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 09:00:55

    I love madeleines, I do the same when I am in line at Starbucks, every time I go. Yours turned out beautifully, I have several size pans so I could make them in different sizes, have to get that book.

  3. anita menon
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 09:08:49

    looks beautiful! I recently spotted a mandeline pan at waitrose and almost bought it. But then I thought its has limited use and let it go. now this picture inspires me to buy that pan. πŸ™‚

  4. Cher
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 09:26:18

    It looks like there is a lot to love with those! Beautiful

  5. cecilia
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 10:29:58

    My mother had a madeleine pan.. cast iron .. whatever happened to it i have no idea but i think of it from time to time and wish i had it … though getting it from NZ to the US would probably use up all my baggage allowance! c

  6. atasteofmadess
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 10:40:13

    Wow, these look delicious. I have never baked much with orange, but I need to do it soon!

  7. Andi winslow
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 10:46:29

    Doing a great job making cookies. My kinda baking. Will try them sometime. Thanks andi

  8. thatskinnychickcanbake
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 11:24:12

    No liver and onions? LOL, your madeleines look much tastier!

  9. Elaine
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 11:24:42

    Oh, these look good. It sounds like a dangerous cookbook. πŸ˜‰ I am going to check out the recipe. I haven’t made madeleines since our last time with FFwD or TwD think.

  10. Ameena
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 11:27:27

    I am a huge fan of madeleines (never really knew how to spell them until now!). I’ve never had an orange version before, love this.

  11. Jessica
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 12:07:04

    I love Madeleines! Yours look so delicious. I have never tried to make any myself, maybe I need to give it a whirl.

    Jessica @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

  12. Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 12:24:38

    Oh my, I love love love madeleines!! I have always wanted to try and make my own. Yours look great!!!

  13. Choc Chip Uru
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 13:39:59

    These Madeleines look fiery, their colour is so beautiful πŸ™‚

    Choc Chip Uru

  14. Hotly Spiced
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 14:06:51

    These madeleines look amazing. I would love a madeleine pan. These are so pretty xx

  15. Natalie
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 15:12:09

    Madeleine’s are my FAVE! I love the orange/almond in these, they look fabulous!

  16. Balvinder
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 15:13:46

    You want me to buy the madeleine pan now. almond meal,you said I bet its good with orange zest.

  17. Melolimparfaite
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 16:35:00

    Madeleines : so simple and good !!!

  18. NickkiT
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 16:38:27

    These madeleines look beautiful, I love their colour! I’ve had a madeleine tin for 3 years and I still haven’t made any, I will have to do something about that soon.

  19. Ronda
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 17:03:25

    Those would be a lovely treat with tea.

  20. Alex
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 17:10:33

    These look lovely. You reminded me of my school years. I often took madeleines (we call them “madalenas”) to school. I’m curious about how these taste like.

  21. tee14by14
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 17:48:30

    They turned out so well.

  22. daisyandthefox
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 20:02:57

    these madeleines look wonderful!! and super yummy! πŸ™‚
    looking forward to the apple-buckwheat madeleines with sea-salt caramel!! πŸ˜€

  23. Profiteroles & Ponytails
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 21:12:28

    My girls love madeleines and they are on my list to make very soon. I’ll have to check out that book. Yours look lovely and the almond/orange combo sounds fantastic!

  24. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 21:39:33

    I was just saying the other day that it was high time I learned how to make madeleines and now here you are inspiring me to try:) xx

  25. Ingeniousmrs
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 21:52:47

    This looks fantabuoloussssss i loved the shape n texture feel like grabbing one πŸ™‚

  26. Three Well Beings
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 22:26:01

    I received a madeleine pan as a gift last year, and I have felt a little intimidated by it! I need to get going. Maybe I’ll buy the book! πŸ™‚

  27. maha
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 23:08:01

    yummmmmy and very tempting..nice cliks

  28. Geni
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 23:14:59

    You and I are definitely on the same page with our posts. These Madeleines look so perky and scrumptious. That cookbook sounds fantastic. Great job on these!

  29. cooking varieties
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 23:58:51

    hi dear, your madeleines look very prettty and appetizing. i can imagine the richness of the orange flavor- congrats, success at first try- happy for you

  30. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 00:06:17

    Oh madeleines! I cannot be near them because I can simply eat a piece with one big bite and I can continue to eat more… so good, and your orange almond sounds like perfect combination for a citrus sweet lover like me!

  31. Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 03:43:30

    A whole cookbook only with madeleines – wow, that’s a great present. I like them as well and I do not eat them that often, as I used to think it must be complicated to prepare it. And now I know it’s not πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharking.

  32. Alice
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 04:09:53

    you MUST share a recipe for the next one! πŸ™‚ Your mads look great!

  33. Recipe Junkie
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 04:21:27

    delicious. delicious.

  34. Amy (Savory Moments)
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 05:49:53

    These look great (and I love clementines). Can you believe that I don’t think I’ve ever actually had a madeleine?

  35. Norma Chang
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 06:53:36

    Love madeleines but would not make them, once started I cannot stop eating and would end up looking like the Goodyear blimp, better not to have them around.

  36. TrafficDiva
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 07:30:47

    HAHA!! Starbucks should be asking you to make THEIR madeleines!! Your’s looks better than what I’ve PURCHASED in some high end bakery

  37. Beth
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 07:43:59

    What a great madeleine recipe to start with! Orange adds such nice flavor to desserts, especially at this time of year.

  38. Inger Wilkerson
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 08:18:47

    Wow these must really be “in!” Since I know you do vegan sometimes, this vegan version ( was served at the Downton Abbey season premiere party I attended.

  39. markd60
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 08:52:36

    Riddle me this Batman. Chunklets sister is codenamed Chunklets Mom. Explain. That don’t make no sense.
    The cookie cakes look good though.

  40. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 09:33:01

    Is it bad I remembered the story about how you bought this pan? We are addicted to that store. Well, now we hardly go because we have too much, but we were addicted. These look fantastic.

  41. moderngirlnutrition
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 11:12:50

    Mmmm I love the flavor combos in these!:)

  42. Sara
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 11:43:06

    Lovely! These are so pretty and sound really delicious. πŸ™‚

  43. My Kitchen Stories
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 13:29:47

    Good choice on flavour. I am sure you’ll be making madelines for every occasion soon, and why not they can be your signiture

  44. Amy Tong
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 13:30:50

    These are so beautiful. I love madelines. I haven’t tried one with orange yet and I can tell they are super yummy. How lucky you’ve got a cook full of madelines recipes. πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to see what you’re going to whip up next! πŸ˜‰

  45. Baking is my Zen
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 13:49:58

    Are these not the cutest cookies ever? Can never eat just one…nice photo.


  46. The Squishy Monster
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 14:11:23

    These look fantastic!

  47. Andrea
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 14:45:17

    These look great!

  48. eatinglikeahorse
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 14:56:28

    I ws just looking at a recipe for madeleines yesterday and thinking I should borrow my mum’s tin… I think I’ll wait for the buckwheat/apple/caramel ones though, they sound right up my street! I love that you’re rationing them too πŸ™‚

  49. Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 15:31:40

    Ah these look delicious! I like your blog title and looking forward to reading your recipes!

  50. juliana
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 19:21:07

    Your madeleines look great…and I love the orange and almond flavor…I yet have to try to bake madeleines.
    Have a great week!

  51. Betty
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 21:30:48

    I want a madeleine pan! Those look wonderful. πŸ™‚

  52. Shut Up & Cook
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 23:42:41

    Love your blog name, and really want one of these cookies…right now! Alas…will have to wait and make them tomorrow.

  53. Asmita (@FoodieAsmita)
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 07:08:32

    These are beautiful! I have always wanted to make these and I think after seeing your post, I am going to invest in a madeline pan.

  54. spicegirlfla
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 09:40:19

    These are so lovely! And I love the idea of almond meal as well. Guess I need to put one of these pans on my wish list!!

  55. Geraldine Saucier
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 15:48:42

    Your madeleines look delicious:) The picture gave me a huge craving for madeleines. Need to get a pan and bake up some soon. Thanks for sharing:)

  56. Amelia
    Jan 23, 2013 @ 10:45:40

    Your madeleines is perfect, very well baked. Nice click!
    Best regards.

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