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Brown Butter Madeleines

The Tasteful Baker
Madeleines are a lovely, shell-shaped sponge cake. These are made with brown butter, which gives them a nutty, caramel flavor. The easy instructions for browning butter are included with this recipe.
Prep Time 3 hrs
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 3 hrs 10 mins
Servings 20


  • 3 large eggs room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 sticks melted brown butter instructions below
  • confectioners sugar for dusting


  • Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together and set aside.
  • With an electric mixer with a whisk attachment, beat eggs and sugar together until pale and doubled in volume.
  • Add vanilla and mix just until blended.
  • With a spatula, gently fold in the flour mixture until well blended.
  • Pour a small amount of the egg mixture into a bowl and add the butter. Slowly and gently fold it in.
  • Blend into the larger egg mixture.
  • Cover and chill for at least an hour. Overnight is fine.
  • Brush a generous amount of butter into each cavity of the madeleine pan.
  • Spray with a small amount of Baker's Joy or other spray containing flour.
  • Using a small scoop, fill each cavity with batter. Smooth out with an offset spatula.
  • Chill for one hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Bake for 9-10 minutes, or until edges are browned and tops spring to the touch.
  • Flip madeleines out onto parchment and allow to cool.
  • Sprinkle with confectioners sugar.
  • Keep in an airtight container until ready to serve.
  • They are great the next day if microwaved for about 15 seconds.

Brown Butter -for this recipe you will need 1 -1/2 sticks butter

  • Melt butter in heavy saucepan over low heat.
  • Allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally
  • The butter will begin to foam. Run a knife through the foam to see your progress.
  • It will become a light caramel color with dark sediment.
  • Strain through paper towels into a bowl and allow to cool to room temperature.