Delicious Coffee Madeleines Recipe for Coffee Lovers

Picture this: it’s a crisp morning and you’re sitting on your porch with a hot cup of coffee. But as much as you love your classic cup of joe, sometimes you want something more. Enter coffee madeleines – the perfect pairing for your morning coffee.

Madeleines are a classic French tea cake, perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth. But what makes these madeleines different is the addition of coffee flour and instant espresso powder, which adds a nice flavor and gorgeous dark color to the pastry.

As a barista, I know that coffee lovers are always looking for new ways to incorporate their favorite drink into their food. And that’s why I’m excited to share with you my recipe for coffee madeleines.

These delicate little cakes are easy to make – just follow my step-by-step instructions – and they’re sure to impress your guests or satisfy your cravings anytime of day. From mocha madeleines to Irish coffee madeleines, there’s a variation for everyone.

So grab yourself another cup of coffee and let’s get baking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Coffee Madeleines
Coffee Madeleines

Ladies and gentlemen, coffee enthusiasts and foodies, allow me to introduce you to the most delectable coffee creation: Coffee Madeleines! Why should you make this recipe? The answer is simple: because these French tea cakes are perfect for any occasion.

Firstly, these little treats satisfy any sweet tooth cravings with a balance of bitter espresso powder, sugar, and buttery goodness. The flavor and texture are undeniably scrumptious, leaving you wanting more.

Secondly, the ingredients in this recipe add a nice rich aroma of coffee to the mix. The all-purpose flour alone doesn’t quite cut it when it comes to adding complexity to these pastries. The 2 teaspoons of instant espresso powder and 1 teaspoon of baking powder add a gorgeous dark color while maintaining an earthy taste.

Thirdly, as espresso lovers know, you can never get enough coffee in your life. What better way to use your coffee flour than making madeleines? This recipe uses two forms of coffee – brewed and powdered – giving every bite that amazing mocha flavor.

Lastly, beyond satisfying taste cravings and making good use of coffee flour, madeleines are classic French teacakes perfect for a high tea party or dessert. Their shape shows off their aesthetic beauty with each delicate hump. Just imagine placing them neatly on your dessert tray or pairing them with your morning cappuccino – they will surely impress.

To sum up, there are plenty of reasons why you’ll love this Coffee Madeleine Recipe. From its stunning aesthetics and earthy aroma to the perfect balance of flavors – this recipe has it all! Don’t be shy; cook up a batch today and indulge in these mouth-watering madeleines with a steaming hot cup of coffee!

Ingredient List

 Introducing Coffee Madeleines, the perfect little treat to enjoy with your morning coffee
Introducing Coffee Madeleines, the perfect little treat to enjoy with your morning coffee

Now let’s take a look at the list of ingredients you will need to make these coffee madeleines. This recipe makes approximately 24 madeleines.

Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp instant espresso powder

Wet Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Note: You can substitute regular coffee or any flavor of instant coffee for the espresso. Additionally, you can use brown butter for an extra nutty flavor.

The Recipe How-To

 These light and airy cakes have a touch of coffee flavor that will tantalize your taste buds
These light and airy cakes have a touch of coffee flavor that will tantalize your taste buds

Making Your Coffee Madeleines

Now that you have all the ingredients ready, it’s time to start making your coffee madeleines.

Step 1: Preparing the Batter

Begin by melting 100g of butter in a small saucepan until it turns golden brown. This process is called browning the butter, which gives the madeleines a rich, nutty flavor. Once the butter has cooled down to room temperature, add in 2 eggs and 2 egg yolks, followed by 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract and stir until everything is well combined.

In another bowl, sift together 1 cup + 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, ¼ teaspoon of baking soda and ½ teaspoon of salt.

Step 2: Adding Coffee Flavor

In a separate small bowl, mix together 2 teaspoons of instant espresso powder with 1 tablespoon of hot water to make an espresso paste. Then stir this paste into the butter and egg mixture until it’s evenly distributed.

Next, add in the dry ingredients a little bit at a time while whisking continuously to avoid creating lumps in your batter. Mix until everything is just combined and set aside while you prepare your madeleine molds.

Step 3: Molding and Baking Your Madeleines

To mold your madeleines, brush some melted butter onto your madeleine pan or use cooking spray on both sides. Then dust some flour over the butter or pan spray.

Fill each mold with around one tablespoon of batter before placing your pan into a preheated oven at 375°F (190°C). Bake for about 10-15 minutes, or until the edges start turning golden brown.

Once done, remove from the oven and leave them to cool for a few minutes before removing the madeleines gently using a butter knife.

Step 4: Adding Espresso Glaze

For an extra boost of coffee flavor, make an espresso glaze by mixing together 1 cup of powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons of espresso, and just enough milk to create a thick glaze. Slowly drip the glaze over the madeleines or use a piping bag.

And there you have it- your beautiful coffee madeleines are now ready to eat! Don’t forget to brew a fresh pot of coffee to pair them with.

Substitutions and Variations

 The classic madeleine shape is perfect for dipping in your coffee or enjoying on its own
The classic madeleine shape is perfect for dipping in your coffee or enjoying on its own

One of the great things about this coffee madeleine recipe is that you can easily switch up the flavors depending on your personal preferences. Here are a few ideas for substitutions and variations:

– Espresso Madeleines: Use 2 teaspoons of instant espresso powder instead of the vanilla extract in the ingredient list to give your madeleines a rich coffee flavor.

– Irish Coffee Madeleines: Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda to the recipe for an extra rise, then mix 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of coffee granules with some hot water until dissolved. Brush on top of the warm madeleines and enjoy!

– Mocha Madeleines: Swap out 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour with 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder to make chocolate madeleines, then add 2 teaspoons of instant espresso powder for a delicious mocha flavor.

– Cappuccino Madeleines: Take inspiration from Dorie Greenspan’s cappuccino spice madeleines by combining 2 tablespoons ground coffee with a pinch of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. The result is a perfectly spiced little cake to go with your morning coffee.

– Hazelnut Madeleines: Use hazelnut flour instead of all-purpose flour for a nutty twist on this classic French tea-cake. You can also add chopped hazelnuts into the batter or sprinkle them on top before baking.

– Vegan Madeleines: Substitute the butter with vegan margarine, vegetable oil or coconut oil to make these treats vegan. You can also replace eggs by flax eggs or aquafaba.

The plain flour adds softness while the instant espresso powder brings in great depth into our coffee madeleine cake recipe. However, these substitutions offer new tastes which are just as wonderful as the original. Don’t hesitate to experiment with different ingredients to see what works best for you!

Serving and Pairing

 These sweet little cakes are perfect for sharing with friends over a cup of coffee
These sweet little cakes are perfect for sharing with friends over a cup of coffee

Once your coffee madeleines have cooled, it’s time to enjoy them with a perfectly paired beverage or dessert. A cup of freshly brewed coffee is the ideal accompaniment to these delicate and sweet tea cakes. I recommend a bold and rich coffee flavor like an Irish coffee or cappuccino to enhance the taste of the espresso powder in the madeleines.

You can also serve these madeleines alongside other desserts for a sweet and indulgent spread. The mocha madeleines are a perfect pairing with chocolate or hazelnut desserts, while the espresso-madeleine cakes are an excellent addition to any dessert platter.

One unique pairing I love is to serve coffee madeleines with Briony’s espresso martini. The combination of the rich and buttery madeleines with robust espresso flavors and a touch of honey sweetness complements the flavor profile of this classic cocktail.

These coffee madeleines are versatile enough to satisfy any sweet tooth craving. Whether you use them as a perfect use for leftover coffee or on their own, they’re guaranteed to impress.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 By adding coffee to the classic madeleine recipe, we've elevated this French classic to a new level of deliciousness
By adding coffee to the classic madeleine recipe, we’ve elevated this French classic to a new level of deliciousness

Coffee Madeleines are best served fresh, but if you need to make them ahead of time, don’t fret. You can still enjoy their deliciousness even days after baking them.

To make-ahead, store the madeleines in an airtight container for up to three days at room temperature. Refresh the madeleines by placing them in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 3-4 minutes. This will help to bring back their moist and fluffy texture.

You can also store the madeleines in the freezer for up to two months. If you’re planning to freeze them, it’s important that they are completely cooled first. Once cooled, place them into an airtight container or Ziploc bag and freeze away. Before serving or reheating, allow the madeleines to thaw at room temperature for about 30 minutes.

To reheat, follow the same steps as refreshing – preheat your oven, place the madeleines on a baking sheet and bake for about 3-4 minutes until they’re warm and fragrant again. You can also use a microwave by heating them for 10-20 seconds at a time until they’re warm enough.

Remember though, if you overheat these delicate cakes during reheating, they may end up being dry and unpleasantly chewy.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Whether you're a coffee lover or just looking for a sweet treat, these madeleines are sure to satisfy
Whether you’re a coffee lover or just looking for a sweet treat, these madeleines are sure to satisfy

As a barista and coffee enthusiast, I know how important it is to achieve the perfect cup of coffee. In this case, it’s all about creating the perfect coffee madeleine! Here are some tips to ensure your madeleines turn out perfectly:

Firstly, make sure all ingredients are at room temperature. This includes eggs and butter. Room temperature ingredients will ensure that your batter mixes evenly and creates a smooth texture.

Another crucial tip is to properly measure your ingredients. Accuracy is key in baking, especially when using leavening agents like baking powder and baking soda. Too much or too little could result in dense or flat madeleines.

One tip that I highly recommend is to brown the butter before mixing it into the batter. Browning the butter adds a nutty and rich flavor that enhances the coffee taste in the madeleines. Just be sure not to burn it!

When adding instant espresso powder to the batter, be sure to dissolve it first in hot water before incorporating it into the mix. This ensures even distribution of coffee in the batter.

A pro-tip for impressing your guests is creating an espresso glaze for your madeleines. Simply mix confectioners’ sugar with freshly brewed espresso until it reaches a thick but pourable consistency. Drizzle over cooled madeleines and let it dry before serving.

Lastly, do not overmix the batter! Overmixing can result in tough and dry madeleines rather than light and tender ones. Mix until all ingredients are fully incorporated, then stop.

By following these simple tips, you’ll be on your way to making delicious coffee madeleines every time!


As we head to item (9) of this Coffee Madeleines Recipe article, I understand that you might have questions about the recipe, the ingredients, or the serving suggestions. To make sure you get everything right on your first try, I’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) with tips and advice from my personal experience. Whether you’re an experienced baker or new to madeleine cakes and pastries, these answers will help you achieve perfect results every time. So, let’s dive into some of the most common queries about these delightful mocha-flavored desserts.

What is the difference between financier and madeleine?

Two famous French Tea Cakes, Financiers and Madeleines, differ not only in their unique shape and taste, but also in the ingredients used to make them. Madeleines utilize whole eggs and baking powder in their batter, whereas financiers only use egg whites and do not contain any baking powder.

Why do madeleines taste so good?

When it comes to desserts, Madeleines are a tasty option that stand out from the rest. Unlike some desserts that can be overwhelming due to their high sugar content, Madeleines use flour and sugar in combination to create a balanced sweetness that’s just right. What’s more, their rich and buttery flavor profile adds a depth of flavor not commonly found in other desserts such as cakes or cookies.

How do the French eat madeleines?

Indulging in warm madeleines while sipping a cup of tea is considered a French tradition of manners and refinement.

Why are madeleines so dry?

Dry madeleines can often result from overbaking. To avoid this, consider reducing the bake time or lowering the temperature in your next batch.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, coffee madeleines are a versatile and delicious variation of the classic French tea cake. This recipe is perfect to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings, especially when you pair them with a cup of coffee or tea. Using coffee flour and espresso powder adds a nice flavor and gorgeous dark color to your madeleines, making them stand out from the crowd.

By following this recipe, you can create perfect coffee madeleines every time. Remember to use softened butter and room temperature eggs as directed in the recipe to achieve the desired texture. You can also add some creativity of your own by substituting or varying the ingredients according to your taste.

Lastly, enjoy these delightful cookies as is or try adding an espresso glaze on top for an extra kick of caffeine. Whatever way you choose to enjoy them, coffee madeleines make great treats for any occasion.

In conclusion, give these coffee madeleines a try; there is no doubt that you will be pleased with the results. So go ahead and impress your friends and family with this delicious dessert that’s both classic and modern at the same time!

Coffee Madeleines

Coffee Madeleines Recipe

You'll need a shell-shaped madeleine mold for these delicious sponge cookies. Make the madeleines ahead of time, then store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days or freeze up to 1 week.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Servings 24 madeleines
Calories 62.8 kcal


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted and cooled (no substitutes)
  • 2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 egg whites, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup almonds, very finely chopped
  • espresso icing (optional, but recipe included below, requires instant expresso powder and powdered sugar)


  • Grease and flour twenty-four 3-inch madeline molds. Set aside. Beat sugar and yolks in a medium mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add butter, espresso powder, and vanilla. Beat on low speed until combined. Beat in egg whites until combined.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Sift flour mixture over the egg yolk mixture; gently fold inches Fold in almonds. Spoon batter into prepare molds, filling each about half full.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges are golden and tops spring back when lightly touched. Cool in molds for 1 minute. Using the point of a knife, loosen cookies from molds; invert onto a wire rack. Remove molds, and cool cookies completely on rack. Drizzle Espresso Icing over madeleines, if desired. Cover tightly and store at room temperature up to 3 days.
  • Espresso Icing: Combine 1/2 teaspoons instant expresso powder and 1 tablespoons water in a small bowl. Stir in 1 cup sifted powdered sugar. Stir in additional water 1 teaspoons at a time until a drizzling consistency.

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Serving: 2377gCalories: 62.8kcalCarbohydrates: 6.6gProtein: 1.1gFat: 3.7gSaturated Fat: 1.8gCholesterol: 20.6mgSodium: 58.9mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 4.3g
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