Honey Spiced Madeleines

adapted from Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan


¾ c. all-purpose flour
½ t. baking powder
½ t. ground ginger
¼ t. ground cinnamon
1/8 t. ground cloves
1/3 c. sugar
2 large eggs
2 T. honey
1 t. good quality vanilla extract
6 T. unsalted butter, melted and cooled

Zest of ½ orange (or lemon, which we used because I was out of oranges)

Pinch of Kosher salt


1. In a bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, spices and salt.

2. In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment add the zest and sugar. Rub them together a little bit with your fingers to release the fragrance. Add the eggs and beat until eggs and light and fluffy. About 3 minutes. Beat in honey and vanilla.

3. Remove the mixing bowl from the stand mixer and fold in the dry ingredients. Then, gently mix in the melted butter. Leave the batter in the bowl and press a slip of plastic wrap on top so that it is touching the entire top of the batter. Place it in the fridge for at least 3 hours or up to overnight.

4. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Butter a madeleine pan and fill each cup full. Bake for 10-13 minutes, or until madeleines have risen slightly and are golden brown around the edges. Remove to a wire rack to cool. Dust with confectioners’ sugar to serve.

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

These are great for serving with tea or coffee as is traditional in France. And Starbucks. I also think they are under-appreciated toddler snack food. The mini-madeleine pan we used served up perfect bite-size cakes. I didn’t stress out about her eating too much, especially since they contain a healthy dose of honey – an antioxidant I want her to have more of now that she is in school!

Naptime Stopwatch

Batter prep: 10 minutes

Naptime Reviews

I’ve made madeleines many times for my daughter and these are her favorite, so far. I only put a smidgen of cloves in since they are quite strong, choosing to play up the citrus and cinnamon instead. Do you think she wanted to share with me? Guess again!

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