Photo of Orange madeleines by WW

Orange madeleines

Total Time
50 min
15 min
15 min
These orange madeleines are little, beautiful, elegant French butter treats. They're a perfect small dessert after lunch or dinner. These shell-shaped cakes are crisp around the edges with spongy insides. Technically, madeleines are baked in special molds with scallop-shell-shaped indentations; if you don’t have a madeleine pan, you can use mini-muffin tins. These treats will keep for a few days in a sealed container or for a few months wrapped in foil in the freezer.


Cooking spray

4 spray(s)


1 item(s), large

Powdered sugar (confectioner's)

6 Tbsp

Unsalted butter

2 Tbsp, melted

Orange-flavored liqueur

½ fl oz

All-purpose flour

3 Tbsp

Orange zest

1 tsp

Bittersweet chocolate

½ oz, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Spray 12-shell madeleine pan with nonstick spray.
  2. In large bowl, whisk egg until foamy and pale yellow. Whisk in sugar, butter, and liqueur, then stir in flour and orange zest.
  3. Spoon 1 tbsp batter into each shell of madeleine pan. Bake, rotating pan halfway through cooking, until golden, about 8 minutes. Let madeleines cool in pan on wire rack for 1 minute. Remove madeleines from pan and let cool completely on rack.
  4. In microwavable bowl, place chocolate. Microwave on Medium, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted and smooth, about 1½ minutes. Using small spoon, drizzle melted chocolate over cooled madeleines.
  5. Serving size: 1 madeleine