Orange Cardamom Madeleines

Madeleines might just be THE perfect cookie because they’re kind of like cake and a cookie all rolled into one.  They’re light and fluffy and oh so heavenly with a cup of tea!

Or coffee, whatever floats your boat… We’re equal opportunity caffeine lovers around here!

I couldn’t think of a better way to end The Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies than with this simple and elegant cookie.

Orange Cardamom Madeleines
Adapted from Martha Stewarts Baking Handbook
Yields: 2 Dozen

½ c. unsalted butter (1 stick), + more for pans
1 tbs. orange zest
¼ tsp. orange extract
¼ tsp. cardamom
3 large eggs
½ tsp. salt
1 ¼ c. all purpose flour
½ c. + 2 tbs. sugar
Confectioners’ sugar

Melt butter and then set aside to cool slightly. You want it still soft and pliable but not hot and fully melted.

Add the orange zest, orange extract, and cardamom to the cooled butter.

In a large bowl, combine eggs and salt and whisk until frothy. Whisk in flour and sugar just until combined. Using the whisk, gently fold in the butter mixture.

Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours (up to overnight).

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour two 12-mold Madeleine pans, making sure to get all the grooves and tap out any excess flour.

To fill the molds, you can fill a pastry bag (as Martha suggests) or you can just use a teaspoon to fill them. Fill each mold halfway.

Bake 12-14 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through baking time, until the edges of the cookies are light golden brown. Invert immediately onto a wire rack to cool.

Cool completely. Dust with confectioners’ sugar before serving. These cookies are really best enjoyed the same day they’re baked.

Thank you all so much for joining me for The Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies. And a huge thank you to Anuradha, Sandra, Erin, Anne and Liz for stopping by to share such delicious treats. I could not have done it without you!

Happy baking everyone!

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  1. 1

    What a beautiful, ELEGANT cookie! Thank you SO much for sharing! Jen – this is the greatest series! You’ve put a ton of work into it and what fun it’s been for all of us!

  2. 2

    You know what.. I think I may try my hand at these. A cookie/cake you say… hmmm that’s just my speed. I hope you’re having a great time this week enjoying all the fun of the holidays. Wishing you a very Happy and Safe Holiday Season! ~ Ramona

  3. 3

    They look very delicate and pretty!! They must be delicious, orange and cardamon? What’s not to love! Great recipe :-)

  4. 4

    This is a delicious reminder that I do need to get one of those madeline pans! Cardamon is one of my favorite spices-yum!
    Your twelve days of Christmas cookies was a success as well as a great idea. I enjoyed those cookie posts! Not sure of your schedule, so now I will wish you a Merry Christmas filled with love and joy!

  5. 5

    I looooove madeleines and it reminds me that I need to buy the mold. Do you suggest silicone one or regular one? Cardamom is my favorite spice and I need to make these after I buy a mold (should I buy two?).

    • 6

      I have metal ones, but I’ve used both (as we have the silicone ones in the kitchens at school). Both work really well. The silicone ones are usually a little bit more expensive, but I think it really depends on personal preference. I would definitely either buy 2 – 12 ct pans or one larger 24 count pan as most recipes are written for 24 cookies. Just check the measurement on the 24 pan because they can be a little too big for some ovens… I personally have 2 – 12 ct ones because I think they cook a little more evenly in smaller batches.

  6. 7

    I am so sad to see the end of the 12 days. All of your posts have been SO good. The madeleines were a perfect choice for the last day. I have only recently started using cardamom….but I think it may be my new favorite flavor.

  7. 9

    So pretty! Perfect ending to the 12 days.

  8. 10

    pretty pictures! love the flavors in this!!

  9. 11

    I love how delicate madelines are. These are gorgeous and what a wonderful combination of flavors!

  10. 12

    Beautiful cookies! They look so delicate!

  11. 13

    Oh dear, these ARE perfect! So pretty, too!

  12. 14
    Janice Cook says:

    Jen! You are reading my mind! I am making madelines this year for Christmas cookies. My inspiration was also the Martha Stewart Living Sept 2011 issue where she has all these varieties: chocolate, olive oil & sea salt, maple, jasmine green tea, black & white, spice, peanut butter and lemon. YUM! :-) Enjoy your treats!

  13. 16

    Gorgeous madeleines, Jen!!! I tend to leave part of mine in my pans :) It was so fun to go on the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies journey with you! So many wonderful posts! Merry Christmas, my friend!!!

  14. 17

    Beautiful madeleines with some great seasoning – orange and cardamom! I’ve never made these before but have eaten them and totally loved them!

  15. 18

    These look delicious! I keep meaning to get a Madelaine pan but just haven’t yet for one reason or another. Now I want one even more!

  16. 19

    I usually like my cookies quite crisp and chewy, so madeleines have never been my favourite. But I adore cardamon and the flavours of these sound phenomenal. You might just win me over!

  17. 20

    I love the orange in these – they look so beautiful and delicious!

  18. 21

    This so much reminds me of my mom and being a kid back home. She used to make madeleines and I loved eating something that looked like a shell. The idea of using cardamom is genius. What wonderful flavors that must give, along with the hint of orange. Merry Christmas!

  19. 22

    Beautiful cookies!

  20. 23

    Yum! I have a madeline pan I never use! Looks like this would be the perfect time to get it out and make these!

  21. 24

    Oh I love madeleines. Such a beautiful and delicate cooking.

  22. 25

    These are such beautiful cookies!! Love the orange and cardamom combo!

  23. 26

    Gorgeous! I’m always looking for new cookies and I think my bunch will love these.

  24. 27

    I’ve never tried making madeleines before, but they truly are one of the most beautiful cookies out there =)

  25. 28

    I adore madeleines, and cardamom sounds perfect for the holidays. The sugar dusting makes these to die for!


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