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These gingerbread madeleines are a scrumptious festive twist on the standard French cookie. Gently spiced and splendidly gentle with a crisp exterior, they’re little bites of heaven.

Ever since I made lemon madeleines a couple of months in the past I’ve had it behind my thoughts that I wanted to consider another variations. I needed to get extra use out of my pretty madeleine pan for a begin (affiliate hyperlink, however I genuinely like it), however they’re so tasty too. And with cookies being all over the place this time of 12 months, it appeared solely proper so as to add a festive twist.

Whether or not as gingerbread or not, I’m a giant fan of the nice and cozy spices which can be thought of “gingerbread” spice. They’re the proper strategy to brighten many a dish.

gingerbread madeleines - some on plate, some on cooling rack

What are the spices in gingerbread?

It might probably range, however sometimes gingerbread spice consists of:

  • 2 components ginger
  • 2 components cinnamon
  • 1 half allspice
  • 1 half nutmeg
  • 1 half cloves.

German gingerbread spice (equivalent to in lebkuchen) is a little bit totally different, sometimes together with cardamon, coriander, star anise and possibly mace in addition to all or a lot of the above. Many gingerbread recipes use molasses as a part of the sweetener so as to add that depth of taste and coloration.

gingerbread madeleines mixture in pan ready to bake

In these gingerbread madeleines, I used the traditional spices other than cloves. My reasoning was partly that I discover they style fairly much like allspice and so you will get away with only one or the opposite. And to be trustworthy, I solely had complete cloves and knew I’d by no means grind them high-quality sufficient. However be happy so as to add some in case you like.

gingerbread madeleines in pan

I added the spices in with the flour then in any other case these are made in a lot the identical means as my different madeleines. Whereas my pan doesn’t actually stick, I added a little bit butter to assist them slide out simply and likewise crisp up a little bit on the skin.

gingerbread madeleines cooling after tipping out of pan

Ideas for excellent madeleines

These madeleines shaped a beautiful ‘hump’, simply as you’re on the lookout for and had an ideal even ethereal texture. I undoubtedly took on board the guidelines I put collectively after I made my different madeleines. As a reminder they’re:

  • Beat the egg and sugars a superb couple of minutes. It might sound mixed, however that’s not what you’re going for – you need it shiny and nearly thick because it will get some air in it.
  • Gently combine within the flour then the melted butter. You need to preserve that little bit of air within the combination.
  • Chill the combination round an hour. This helps it agency up which in flip helps the rise. For these, I really chilled the combination in a single day to let the flavors mingle, then took it out about 15 minutes or so earlier than baking to be a extra average temperature.
  • Chill the pan a couple of minutes for a similar purpose in case you can (however I really forgot right here and it was high-quality).
  • Calmly butter the pan (or don’t). In case your mould/pan is nonstick, like mine, in all honesty I didn’t discover it made a lot of a distinction by way of sticking. Nevertheless for these, I do suppose the butter helped give a pleasant crisp. In the event you mould shouldn’t be nonstick, undoubtedly butter it.
  • Don’t unfold the combination within the mould. Simply scoop some into the center of the mould indents – it can unfold because it cooks. In the event you unfold it earlier than, it’s extra more likely to burn across the edges.
  • Hold a watch as they bake. That is true for all baking – ovens range, as do pans, which might all impression the timing.

gingerbread madeleines - one with bite taken out in hand

These gingerbread madeleines are evenly spiced and completely scrumptious little bites. Some name them cookies, some would say they’re extra like mini muffins, however I believe everybody would agree these are all scrumptious (I do know all in my household would).

gingerbread madeleines

In the event you’re on the lookout for extra madeleine flavors, strive these:

gingerbread madeleines

Print Recipe

Gingerbread madeleines

These gingerbread madeleines are a gently spiced twist on the traditional French cookie. Gentle and scrumptious.

Prep Time15 minutes

Prepare dinner Time12 minutes

relaxation time1 hr

Complete Time27 minutes

Course: Snack

Delicacies: French

Key phrase: gingerbread taste, madeleine variation

Servings: 12

Energy: 78kcal

Creator: Caroline’s Cooking


  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter 42g
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp sugar (high-quality, if attainable)
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup all goal flour 70g plain flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp butter approx, to brush pan


  • Soften the butter both in a small pan or within the microwave in a small dish. Put aside to chill whilst you put together the remaining.

  • Whisk collectively the sugars, molasses and egg till the combination turns into paler and a little bit thick, a superb couple of minutes. 

  • In a separate bowl, whisk collectively the flour, baking powder, spices and salt so they’re nicely blended. Add them a little bit at a time to the egg combination (with a spatula is sweet, or else proceed to make use of mixer). You need it nicely mixed however not over-mixed. Fold within the melted butter and as soon as once more, combine however do not over-mix.

  • Cowl the bowl and refrigerate for about an hour. Alternatively, depart in a single day to let the flavors combine extra then take out a couple of minutes earlier than you’ll use.

  • As soon as you’re nearly able to bake, preheat the oven to 350F/175C. Brush the madeleine pan evenly with melted butter.

  • Take the combination from the fridge and gently loosen it from the bowl however do not combine out any of the air. Spoon tablespoonfuls of the combination into every mould of the pan, with out spreading it out in any respect.

  • Put the pan within the oven as soon as it has reached temperature and bake for about 12 minutes till they’re evenly browned and with a little bit hump within the center.

  • Enable to chill a minute earlier than turning them (invert) onto a cooling rack, with the sample aspect now up. As soon as they’re largely cool, gently mud with powdered sugar (optionally available) and revel in. Greatest loved when proper out the oven, gently heat. They may preserve a day or two however will lose their crisp edge.


Energy: 78kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fats: 4g | Saturated Fats: 2g | Ldl cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 45mg | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2.8% | Calcium: 1.2% | Iron: 2.1%

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These madeleines are a delicious festive twist on the traditional French cookie. Gently spiced and wonderfully light with a crisp outside, they're little bites of heaven. #madeleine #cookie #christmascookies

These madeleines are a delicious festive twist on the traditional French cookie. Gently spiced and wonderfully light with a crisp outside, they're little bites of heaven. #madeleine #cookie #christmascookies

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