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Hot Cross Madeleines

April 15, 2017 | 4 comments

The best part about having learned French for 4 years is being able to read authentic French recipes + being able to get recipes from actual french people. Being small and adorable (and shell shaped!), madeleines are one of my favorite french desserts so I naturally had to search up an authentic French recipe for it. But then my creativity got the better of me and I poured in a few spoons of spices and a load of dried fruit. I piped on a white cross bc it’s easter and why the heck not?

After all, nobody said creativity killed the cat.

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According to the french website where I adapted (most) of this recipe from, the history goes something like this:

“This small cake came from the city of Commercy in Lorraine, where they say Stanislas Leczinski, king of Poland and father-in-law of Louis VX had the occasion to discover and appreciate it. This pastry, created by a peasant named Madeleine, was baptized by King Stanislas who lanced them into popular fashion in Versailles, and then Marie, spouse of Louis XV.”

Hot Cross Madeleines


  • 1 3/4 cup 200 g butter
  • 1/2 cup 100 g brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • zest of one orange
  • 1 1/4 cup 200 g flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 2 1/4 tsp ~11 g baking powder
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup raisins


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F and oil a madeleine pan.
  2. Beat the butter and brown sugar together until emulsified. Mix in the eggs and orange zest.
  3. Add the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, baking powder, and milk and mix until no floury patches remain. Fold in the raisins.
  4. Scoop about 1 tbsp of batter into each mold and bake for 8 minutes, or until golden.


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  1. Hira on

    April 15, 2017 at 7:15 pm says

    I absolutely LOVE madeleines! Every time I go to Costco (which is way too often), I buy them.These look perfect for post-AP test baking! 🙂 Also it is totally awesome that you for have been in French FOUR years (I am in my 5th year of Spanish)!

    • Anne on

      April 15, 2017 at 8:01 pm says

      Lol you are SOOOO right!!!

      Wow so lucky! We only have 4 years of each language at my school bc we’re really small. After that, if we want to continue we have to go to a nearby university (which is actually really only good in engineering so.. um..)

      • Hira on

        April 15, 2017 at 11:34 pm says

        Haha! Spanish is the ONLY language that has 5 years, and that’s because I convinced my school to keep it– our class is SUPER small.

  2. Christine on

    April 15, 2017 at 10:31 pm says

    These look delicious! I’m impressed that you were able to use an authentic French recipe, alter it, and make them turn out so well! Happy Easter!



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