Perfectly sweet, light, and fluffy vegan madeleines that taste just like the classic French cake! Secretly eggless, dairy free, and easily gluten free, these madeleines have a delicate buttery vanilla flavor and are perfect with coffee or tea!

BEST Vegan Madeleines (Easy + Gluten Free Option!)

What Are Madeleines?

Madeleines, or petite Madeleine, are a delicious small French cake baked to the size of a cookie that are served with coffee and tea. The batter you use is typically a génoise sponge cake that yields a delicious vanilla buttery sweet flavor.

Why are they called Madeleines? According to legend, Louis XI was served these little cakes by Madeleine Paulmier in 1755, and loved them so much, he named these cookie cakes after her.

While these are vegan madeleines that we’re making today (and thus, we had to stray a bit from the classic recipe), the taste, flavor, and look are just the same!

What are madeleines made of?

Traditionally, madeleines are made with butter, eggs, flour, sugar, and baking powder. The batter is then chilled and then spooned into the traditional Madeleine pan (which is so important for creating the beautiful rippled edges and dome shape!).

However, because we’re vegan, we cannot consume eggs, butter, or any animal products. Therefore we’re going to have to make a few swaps in order to make these Madeleine cookies vegan friendly!

BEST Vegan Madeleines (Easy + Gluten Free Option!)

Vegan Madeleines Ingredients and Substitutions:

To make vegan madeleines, you’ll need:

  • Flour: I used all purpose flour, but for gluten free, you can use gluten-free flour (but make sure it contains xanthan gum, like Bob’s Red Mill’s gluten free 1:1 baking flour in the blue bag).
  • Sugar: Use organic granulated sugar to be sure that your sugar is 100% vegan.
  • Vegan butter: I recommend using Miyoko’s Creamery organic vegan butter. If you use salted, please omit the sea salt in the flour mixture. You can use coconut oil, but it’s not preferred.
  • Baking powder: This will help create our dome shape in our vegan Madeleine cookies.
  • Applesauce: This replaces the eggs found in traditional Madeleine recipes. I have tried this recipe with aquafaba and chickpea flour, along with flax eggs. The best results come from using applesauce!
  • Vanilla extract: For a classic Madeleine flavor, we’re using vanilla. You can also add in lemon zest or almond extract if you’d like as well!
bitten Madeleine

Overview: How To Make Vegan Madeleines:

For the full written instructions and ingredient measurements, see the bottom of this post in the recipe card. You can also hit the “jump to recipe” button at the top of this post! Here, we’ll go over a brief overview of the steps, along with providing visuals for a better understanding of the recipe.

Here’s a quick overview on how to make these easy vegan Madeleine cookies:

  1. Melt the butter.

    Start by melting the vegan butter and allowing it to cool to room temperature. 

  2. Whisk together the wet ingredients:

    Next, whisk together the applesauce, melted butter, sugar, and vanilla extract.how to make madeleines

  3. Fold in the dry ingredients.

    It’s crucial to sift in the flour, baking powder, and baking soda here. This will help create a light airiness to your madeleines. Use a silicone spatula to fold the dry into the wet just until mixed.how to make vegan madeleines

  4. Rest the batter.

    This is imperative for creating the hump in our vegan madeleines.

  5. Bake:

    Spoon about 1 tbsp of batter per Madeleine cookie into your Madeleine mold and bake for just 8-10 minutes, or until lightly golden.Madeleine batter in mold

  6. Serve and enjoy!

    baked madeleines

How to make the dome shape of the Madeleines

A good Madeleine has a dome shape, or hump, on the bottom of the cookie. This happens during the resting phase of the batter. Like our vegan blueberry muffins, it’s crucial to rest the batter if you want any sort of high dome or hump in cookies or muffins. 

During the resting phase, the baking powder begins to activate while the flour starts to absorb the liquid and creates a more stable rise.

Can I make this gluten-free?

Absolutely! You can easily make these vegan Madeleine cookies gluten-free by swapping in gluten free 1:1 baking flour for the all purpose flour.

plate of madeleines

How to enjoy Madeleines?

Typically in France, Madeleine cookies are enjoyed in the morning with coffee as a fun breakfast treat or in the afternoon with tea as a tea dessert. Madeleines are served warm instead of cold.

madeleines served with tea

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BEST Vegan Madeleines (Easy + Gluten Free Option!)

Easy Vegan Madeleines Recipe (French Madeleine Cookies)

  • Author: Britt Berlin
  • Prep Time: 5
  • 60 minutes chilling:
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 24 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: French
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Perfectly sweet, light, and fluffy vegan madeleines that taste just like the classic French cake! Secretly eggless, dairy free, and easily gluten free, these madeleines have a delicate buttery vanilla flavor and are perfect with coffee or tea!


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1/3 cup (87 g) vegan butter (plus 2 tbsp for brushing the metal pan- set this aside), melted and cooled to room temperature
  • 1 cup (125 g) all purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp finely ground sea salt
  • (125 g) unsweetened applesauce, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup (120 g) granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar for dusting

Instructions

  1. Prep: Melt the vegan butter and set it aside to cool. Measure out all ingredients.
  2. Mix the wet ingredients: In a medium bowl, whisk together the vegan butter, applesauce, granulated sugar and vanilla extract. Mix until just combined.
  3. Sift in the dry ingredients: Sift in the flour, baking powder, and sea salt. Use a siliconespatula to gently fold the flour mixture into the wet ingredients. Stop just before the flour mixture is incorporated.
  4. Rest thebatter: Place the batter into the fridge to rest for 1 hour, or overnight. The batter will thicken as it rests, helping to create the dome shape in the Madeleine cookie.
  5. Preheat the oven: With about 10 minutes left in the resting period, preheat the oven to 375F. Grease your Madeleine pan with the 2 tbsp of remaining vegan butter.
  6. Fill the Madeleinetin: Spoon about 1 tablespoon of batter per Madeleine into the middle of the Madeleine crater. Repeat for the remaining Madeleines.
  7. Bake: Place the Madeleine trays into the oven to bake for 8-10 minutes, or until lightly golden and the classic dome shape has formed.
  8. Cool and serve: Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes in their Madeleine baking pan. Then flip the madeleines onto a cooling rack. Dust with powdered sugar and serve with tea!

Notes

Gluten free: Use gluten free 1:1 baking flour in place of all purpose flour for gluten-free.

Madeleine trays: These Madeleine cookies can only be made with a Madeleine baking pan.

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