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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


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!


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  • 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


  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!


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.

Keywords: vegan madeleines, vegan Madeleine cookies, madeleines