Meyer Lemon Madeleines

These Meyer lemon madeleines are light, sweet, and perfect for sharing on Valentine's Day. Dust them with powdered sugar for an extra special touch.

Meyer Lemon Madeleines

If I had to pick a favorite holiday, it would have to be Valentine’s Day. I’ve always loved the day because really, it’s so… simple. The only real rule is that you need to show people you love them. Check back Friday for a date night story about Jack and me, but I’m dedicating this post to the person that made this day my favorite when I was a kid – my mom.

Growing up, she always made Valentine’s Day so special for me and my sister. For at least a week leading up to February 14th, we would make crafts with tiny scissors and red construction paper. There would also be treats galore… brownies cut into heart shapes and cupcakes topped with poofs of pink frosting. On the special day, there may or may not have been a heart shaped breakfast before we’d put on pink dresses and head to school to trade tiny envelopes with our little friends. After school, there were more treats. It was the sweetest kind of sugar rush there could be.

So fast forward to now, it’s only appropriate that the credit, again, goes to mom. I’ve been a little down for the count with some health issues and other calamities lately, and my mom spent a few weeks in town to help out in that way that only moms can. The bed got made, the dog hair got vacuumed out of the sofa cushions, AND heart shaped lemon madeleines for the blog got made. And, how cute are they?!?

Of course, we made them with a little lemony spin. They were incredibly easy to make because, well, my mom did all of the work. So let’s just say these lemon madeleines were incredibly easy to eat.

Meyer Lemon Madeleines

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Meyer Lemon Madeleines

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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12-16 madeleines
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅓ cup cane sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon oil
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest (from a Meyer lemon, ideally)
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spray your madeleine pan with cooking spray, or skip if your pan is nonstick.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, sugar and salt. Use an electric mixer and, beat well until the mixture is pale, thick and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in the vanilla and lemon oil. Sprinkle the sifted flour over the egg mixture and beat on low speed to incorporate.
  3. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in the lemon zest and half of the coconut oil just until blended. Fold in the remaining coconut oil.
  4. Divide the batter among the prepared molds, using a heaping tablespoon of batter for each mold. Bake the madeleines until the tops spring back when lightly touched, 5 to 8 minutes. (This might vary depending on your oven - we baked ours for 5).
  5. Remove the pan from the oven and invert it over a wire rack, then rap it on the rack to release the madeleines. Once they're cool, dust with powdered sugar.



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  1. Nancy Carlson

    Mom’s are the best!! Love your blog and your Madeleines. Thank you 🙂

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      thanks Nancy!

  2. Malavika

    I made these madeleines today and they were so simple and so delicious! I didn’t have lemon oil so I used 2 teaspoons of zest instead. They had a subtle lemony taste which seems just right.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad you liked them!! xoxo

  3. These madeleines are beautiful. I love them, and a couple of weeks ago, I made lots of them, almost every day !!
    The molds a just perfect and lovely !

  4. those madeleines are so precious! and totally delicious-looking, too. what a sweet story about your mom! my mom always made us heart-shaped muffins for breakfast on the morning of the 14th, so I have special sweet memories of the holiday as well. happy valentine’s day!

  5. Kelley from

    It’s so hard to justify a madeleine pan but THIS is CUTE. Having worked in a cafe that sold fresh madeleines, a good one is a utter joy, and a so-so one is a great disappointment. Meyer lemon sounds perfect.

  6. Jane from

    I love the way you look at Valentines Day, simply showing a little extra love. Beautiful! These are just as beautiful as your words, your mom sounds like an absolute sweetheart 🙂

  7. These are so darn cute! And meyer lemons – the best.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      thank you 🙂

  8. Benazir from

    Okay. I’m just so hungry by simply looking at them!! I can’t wait to try this recipe out. I’m also pretty sure it’ll be all gone once I’m done baking them… by me. (; xx

  9. Michael Jean

    Sweet delights this month of love. Will surely try this recipe.

  10. They are truly super cute and amazing! Your Mum has definitely rubbed her fairy dust onto you! 🙂

  11. Madeleines are the best! Love the shape for Valentine’s day!!

  12. Madeline from

    I love madeleines! And not just because it’s my namesake…: ) I’m glad that Valentine’s is your favorite holiday because I feel like so many people hate on it all the time! I definitely focus not just on romantic love but also just showing general love for all of the special people in my life. If more people looked at it that way, I think they might not hate it as much! : )

  13. Jackie

    Can I replace coconut oil with something else like clarifying butter or just butter?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Yep – butter, melted and cooled.

  14. HDeffenbaugh

    Can you make these in some other form if you don’t have a Madeline pan?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Unfortunately, I’d recommend making them in a madeleine pan. During one of our tests, we baked some extra batter in a shallow baking pan and it just wasn’t the same as the madeleine shape. I usually try not to make recipes so pan-specific, I just couldn’t resist this one for Valentine’s day!

  15. Jsse from

    Yes to these! Meyer lemons are so so good and definitely can’t turn down a madeline. Just made a really great juice with some meyer lemons. Thanks for the recipe!

  16. Savvy

    Mums are the BEST- esp when they arrive, pitch in, and share hugs, too!!

  17. Yolonda from

    I Made lemon madeleines last week. So delicious

  18. Laura from

    Your mom is such a champ. I have many fond and warm memories of my mum giving my brother and I cute little valentines and treats when we were kids. I hope you’re back to 100% soon, too 🙂

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      🙂 Thanks Laura!

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