Traditional Madeleine Cookies made the French way with almond meal.
A few years ago when a few blogger friends and I met at fellow blogger Rajani’s house for lunch. She was living right in front of a Christmas Tree Shops store. You know after lunch we all took a walk over there. Christmas Tree Shops is a great place to shop for inexpensive props and cooking stuff if you are a food blogger. We all got excited over the Madeleine mold tray which was only about $2-$3 as I recall. Most of us bought the mold. It has been a few years – Rajani isn’t even still living there anymore – and my Madeleine mold has been collecting dust on the top of my cabinets.
When I embraced the theme of French food this week, I knew immediately I had to make Madeleine’s. Although the mold came with a recipe, I knew it was not the traditional one. Although here in the US, madeleines are often just made with flour, the traditional French ones are actually made with almond meal or ground almonds.
If you’ve never had a Madeleine, they are more cake than cookie. The batter is more like cake better, so don’t think you’ve done something wrong when you have a very wet batter. Don’t have a madeleine mold? Check out these other Madeleine style cookies I made without a mold!
Are you one of those like me that often buy the little packets of madeleine’s when you get your Starbucks coffee. It’s about the only sweet thing I can tolerate from Starbucks as I find all of their other desserts way too sweet, even with my sweet tooth. Well, these with the almond meal were so delicious, I’m afraid I am always going to be disappointed now when I have a Starbucks madeleine.
These are great to have at tea time with a mug of tea or coffee.
I guarantee you won’t be able to have just 1!
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