Lavender Madeleines

Lavender Madeleines are little fluffy, buttery, floral cookies that are perfect for coffee, tea, or dessert. They are surprisingly easy to make and such a fun and unique treat.

lavender madeleines on a round cooling rack sprinkled with powdered sugar
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It’s no secret I love baking with lavender and I just love baking. So when I was craving some madeleines, I knew I had to make some lavender ones! These small cookies are packed with flavor from the lavender, and let’s be honest, the butter, and they probably won’t last very long once you make them.

This recipe is for 12 large madeleines. You need to refrigerate the batter for 30 minutes, so plan for that. I also highly recommend the sprinkle of powdered sugar after they have cooled for a little extra sweetness to balance the strong lavender flavor. As with most things I bake, my favorite way to enjoy these Lavender Madeleines is with my morning coffee.

lavender madeleines on a cake stand

Ingredients Needed to Make Lavender Madeleines

From the fridge, you will need an egg and some butter. The rest of the ingredients are from the pantry including sugar, all-purpose flour, salt, baking powder, vanilla extract, powdered sugar, and, of course, dried lavender buds.

How To Make Madeleines with Lavender

  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, add the egg, lavender buds, and sugar and beat on high for 7-8 minutes. Add the vanilla and mix in.
  2. While the egg mixture is beating, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt into a mixing bowl and set aside.
  3. Also while the egg is beating, melt 4 tbsp of butter in a microwave-safe bowl just until melted. Set aside and allow to cool.
  4. Gently fold half of the flour mixture into the egg mixture with a spatula, then fold in the second half.
  5. Take a few tablespoons of the egg mixture and add it to the melted butter and mix in. Gently fold in the butter keeping as much air as possible in the mixture.
  6. Cover the batter and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  7. Preheat your oven to 350° and prepare your madeleine pan with butter. Spoon about a tbsp of batter into each section of the pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and allow the cookie to cool on the pan for 5-10 minutes and then on a cooling rack.
lavender madeleines on a plate and a latte

A Secret Step To Infuse the Lavender Flavor Into the Batter

This step is optional, but I do think it makes a difference. You can infuse your sugar with the lavender buds before adding it to the batter with a small coffee/spice grinder or food processor. Just add the sugar and lavender buds together and pulse 4-5 times. Anymore and you will have sugar that is way to powdery. This is going to open up those lavender buds and get that floral flavor going even more.

What Lavender to Use for Baking

It’s always recommended to use culinary lavender when baking. Yes, all lavender is technically edible, but culinary lavender has the best taste. It is also sweeter than regular lavender which is more bitter. If you are buying dried lavender at the grocery store it’s most likely culinary, but it doesn’t hurt to double-check. Culinary lavender is available online or you can grow your own. Check your local nursery!

lavender bunches for drying

No Madeleine Pan? No Problem!

To make true madeleines you need a madeleine pan. But don’t fret! If you don’t have one, you can use a mini cupcake pan and get the same delicious result. Just butter each cupcake well really well and put the batter in like you would a cupcake. Don’t fill them too high because this batter will rise and spread! The cupcake pan should give you that same crispy bottom and side with a fluffy and moist center. Delicious!

madeleines with lavender and powdered sugar

Other Lavender Recipes to Check Out

Tools for Lavender Madeleine Baking

lavender madeleines and a latte

Lavender Madeleines

Lavender Madeleines are little fluffy, buttery, floral cookies that are perfect for coffee, tea, or dessert.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12 cookies
Author: EmilyFabulous

Equipment

  • madeleine pan
  • stand mixer or hand mixer
  • medium mixing bowl
  • mesh sieve or sifter
  • coffee/spice grinder or food processor
  • silicone or rubber spatula

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp lavender buds
  • ½ cup sifted all-purpose flour or pastry flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 1 large egg, room temp
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 tbsp butter, melted and cooled (plus a little extra for the pan)
  • confectioners powdered sugar

Instructions

  • This step is optional. Place the sugar and lavender buds in a grinder or small food processor. Pulse a few times so that the lavender infuses with the sugar. Don't over-pulse or your sugar will be too powdery.
    lavender and sugar in a grinder
  • In the bowl of your stand mixer, add the egg and the lavender sugar mixture and beat on high for 7-8 minutes until fluffy and pale yellow. Add the vanilla and mix in.
    eggs, sugar and lavender buds whipped up
  • While the egg mixture is beating, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt into a mixing bowl and set aside.
    dry ingredients for lavender madeleines
  • Also while the egg is beating, melt 4 tbsp of butter in a microwave-safe bowl until just melted (about 45 seconds). Set aside and allow to cool while mixing the other ingredients.
    melted butter in a bowl
  • Gently fold half of the flour mixture into the egg mixture with a spatula. Fold in the second half keeping the mixture as fluffy as possible.
    lavender madeleine batter before butter
  • Take a few tablespoons of the egg mixture and add it to the melted butter. Mix it in completely to the butter and then pour the mixture into the egg mixture. Gently fold in the butter keeping as much air as possible in the mixture. This step will keep your batter a slight and fluffy as possible so your madeleines will also be nice and fluffy. Cover the batter and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes (any longer will solidify the butter and your madeleines won't be as fluffy).
    butter and batter mixed together
  • Preheat your oven to 350°F and prepare your madeleine pan with butter. I just take a stick of butter and rub it on the surface or you can brush on melted butter. The butter is going to give the madeleines a nice brown and crispy side and help them not stick to the pan.
    buttered madeleine pan
  • Spoon about a tbsp of batter into each section of the pan. There should be enough batter for 12 madeleines. The batter will spread as it cooks so don't worry about it being perfect.
    madeleine batter spooned into a buttered pan
  • Bake for 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and allow the cookie to cool on the pan for 5-10 minutes and then on a cooling rack. Once the madeleines are cool, sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy!
    lavender madeleines on a round cooling rack

Notes

  • Madeleines are best when served the same day but will last 2-3 days in a covered container. 

Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.

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