Monday, August 27, 2018

Vanilla Madeleines

For today's tea in the garden, I am using a beautiful vintage, embroidered lunch cloth that my forever friend, Joy, brought back from her vacation.  Joy and I went to the Bush Library to see the First Ladies Exhibit, and we had lunch there, at Cafe 43,  to belatedly celebrate her birthday.  I was so busy gushing over the lunch that I forgot to take pictures.  My lady vase is holding the few flowers that I could find in my garden. 

Just look at the pretty detail on this lunch cloth with the beautiful embroidery, and the blue crocheted edging.  Joy even did some repair work on part of it to make  it perfect!   Isn't it the perfect tea time cloth?  I am grateful for my friend in gifting me this work of art that someone so lovingly did.

I crocheted the tea cozy in a granny square pattern, and then joined them together at the bottom.  For the top, I chained a cord, and then wove it though the top, about an 1 and 1/2 down.  I like the way it turned out, and I was able to finally use it on this pretty tea cloth.  I'm using my Royal Albert Petit Point teacup, in the front, and my Rosina teacup in the back.  Of course, some Tazo vanilla bean macaron tea sounds perfect with the vanilla madeleines, don't you think?  Which cup would you like to choose? 

Darling Cissy still wants to come and bake after school, when she can, and this time she chose to make Madeleines.  She learned how to alternately add ingredients, and how to properly fold those ingredients into the batter.  It thrills this Nana to know that she wants to come over for special time with me.


Yield: 30

Vanilla Madeleines

These little gems are the most delightful teatime treat! Be careful to watch them, as ours were done before the allotted time. They can quickly over brown! Be sure to plan ahead, as the batter needs to refrigerate for 45 minutes.


  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 cup flour , sifted or whisked, to aerate



  1. Melt the butter, then set it aside to cool to room temperature.
  2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat the sugar, eggs and salt until they're light yellow and very thick. Stir in the vanilla and butter-rum flavor. Add the flour and melted butter alternately, using a folding motion (be gentle!), so the batter loses as little volume as possible. Refrigerate the batter, covered, for 45 minutes or so, until it's thick.
  3. Scoop the batter into the lightly greased wells of a standard-size madeleine pan, using 1 slightly rounded tablespoon of batter for each cookie. (If you have only one pan, bake in sequence, keeping the remaining batter refrigerated).
  4. Bake the madeleines in a preheated 375 degree oven for 12 to 14 minutes (ours were done in about 9 minutes) , until they're light brown at the edges. Cool in the pan for several minutes, then remove from the pan and cool completely on a rack.
  5. Sift a light coating of confectioners' sugar over the madeleines just before serving.  Store cookies in an airtight container.


If you forget to get your eggs out in time to bring to room temperature, a quick way to do it, is to put the eggs in a bowl and cover them with hot water for about five minutes.
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I am sharing this with these lovely parties:


  1. Thank you for sharing your recipe . . . Love, love, love that beautiful table cloth. It's a treasure.
    Have a sweet week.
    Connie :)

  2. Very sweet gift! I’d choose the uniquely shaped tea cup front and center. Cissy is becoming quite the accomplished baker and I, too, love that she seems to be her grandmother’s girl. I am certain that your home is a second home for her. You know what? I not only have never made Madelines, I have never eaten one either!

  3. The cookies look great Kitty and I love your fun tea cozy:@)

  4. Kitty, I'm swooning over your beautiful vintage tablecloth! How wonderful Joy was able to lovingly make repairs so its perfect for teatime. I love your pretty crocheted tea cozy too! How fun for Cissy (and you!) to bake in the afternoons after school. I'd happily enjoy a vanilla madeleine in one of your pretty cups. ♥

  5. Hello Kitty! So wonderful to stop by and say hello. I see you have posted another recipe that is tempting my taste buds! I love cookies like this and so does my mother. I'll have to make her some! Your table is so lovely as always. The tablecloth is very pretty and I love the tea cozy too! It's so nice that sweet Cissy loves to join you for baking!!! Hope you summer is going well....take care! xx Linda

  6. Oh I just it that Cissy likes baking with Nana. It is such a sweet time of making so many wonderful memories together Kitty. I know you just love every minute of it too. I adore your pretties. The tea cozy is so cute. Girl, I need me one of those pans for cookies. Love it! Have a great and blessed day. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  7. Oh be still my heart...that table cloth is SO lovely! Ironically, I tasted some cookies that someone shared with me at work and they looked just like them...they had gotten them at Costco and were SO good! Of course they couldn't possibly be as good as Cissy's homemade version but I think it's pretty neat that I just had my first...very unique with the rounded bottom and top. Cissy just may grow up to be a pastry chef! HUGS!

  8. Your lady planter always makes me smile, dear Kitty. I espy a Zinnia there. Your garden is holding out with these pretty flowers. The embroidered cloth is beautiful with the teacups sitting in each corner and sweet flowers blooming here and there. LOVE your pretty blue and white crochet tea cozy. You made the fashioning of it sound simple....but I do not believe you. =) Those Vanilla Madeleines look mighty delicious. The perfect treat with a cup of tea in one of those pretty tea cups. Have a beautiful week, beautiful Kitty. ♥

  9. What a charming tea vignette. I would pick the RA Petit Point teacup! I don't think I've ever had madeleines before. Are they similar to lady finger cookies?

  10. Kitty, your tea cozy is so adorable! ♥

    The white and blue lunch cloth is so fresh and feminine. Very pretty.

    I don't know if I've had madeleines before but I think I'd like them! :-)

  11. I do love madeleines but never have baked any. Your vintage cloth is so sweet and your tea cups and tea cozy look pretty with your cloth.
    How fun to see the First Lady Exhibit at the Bush Library.
    I've been in Texas for about ten days. First in Houston, then San Antonio. I can't remember if I told you my son moved to San Antonio.
    Have a great week, Kitty.

  12. These look delicious! I've never made them before, but I just jotted down the recipe to make with my daughter. I've done tea parties with them since they were little :-) Thanks for sharing, have a great week!


  13. Such a delightful post, full of vintage items, handmade goodies, delicious cookies & your precious Cissy! I envy your special times with her...cherish them. Ms. C.has outgrown such visits to Nana Rett.
    Thank you for the recipe to make the Madeline’s...I’ve never made them, but now I want to try! They always look so delicate & proper.

  14. What a lovely tea cloth Kitty. I know you treasure such a gift from your dear friend. The table looks lovely as well and your tea cozy is so pretty. I would love eitherof those pretty teacups. Pretty Cissy loves to bake with her grandmothers and I love that! Sweet post Kitty and I see I need a new Madeline pan.........

  15. I love your embroidered cloth and crocheted tea cozy! What a proper tea vignette :) I love that Chrissy still loves to bake with you. The Madelines look delicious and so perfect with tea.

  16. That tablecloth is gorgeous Kitty! What a sweet friend. Of course, your cute grand wants to spend time with you, who wouldn't? Craving one of those Madelines!!

  17. I love the tablecloth, cookies, and the adorable crochet tea cozy. How fun to bake together with Cissy.
    Thanks for sharing this recipe at C&C with J&J!

  18. Hi Kitty, I come from Katie's -- this is all so pretty! I make a pretty mean madeleine but this recipe looks extra good and I'm marking it! If I had my printer at hand I'd print it right now! They really are one of my favorites!

  19. Dear Kitty:
    Your table is so darling with the topper, delicious Madeleines, tea and those pretty cups and saucers. Of course, I love your sweet tea cozy. It sounds like you had a wonderful lunch with your friend and what a special topper she gave you. Thanks for sharing!

  20. Oh, what a beautiful tablecloth! That is just stunning! So happy to visit with you today, sweet friend. Praying for you and sending hugs your way!

  21. What a lovely teatime. How fun to bake with a special granddaughter. What special memories you are creating for her.

  22. Pretty teatime. I love the embroidered lunch cloth -- perfect for tea with the charming teacup. Your grand is adorable and you are making wonderful memories in the kitchen!

  23. Your table is adorable!The embroidery tablecloth is just precious!The madeleines look delicious.Hugs to Cissy and you.

  24. Your post brought a smile to my face as your pretty tablecloth reminded me of the ones my grandmother had that she embroidered.

  25. Kitty, that looks beautiful. I'll take the petit point cup in remembrance of my late friend Dorothy, and 2 madeleines, please. (Good choice, Cissy!) I sometimes find it helps to turn the oven down a notch when I'm using a dark pan like that. Now you've got me craving madeleines!

  26. I love madeleines, never made them, but think I will try this recipe. Cissy is the sweetest girl.

  27. Love those vanilla Madeleines, but especially the young baker, she's so pretty dear friend.
    So much fun it's had with grandchildren. I had my sporadic share with my girls who live far away, but I so live to its fullest.
    Oh I want to bake too, I love those cookies, even if it's just for me and hubby.
    Have a lovely weekend.

  28. I do love madeleines and Joe bought me a madeleine pan but I never have baked any. I figured they would get stuck in the pan LOL. Your vintage cloth, tea cups and tea cozy are perfect for your dessert. I would have enjoyed the First Lady Exhibit at the Bush Library.
    Our middle son just returned from vacation in San Antonio. He has wanted to live there since he was a kid.

  29. You always set such a pretty table, Kitty. I've loved Madeleines since the first time I visited Paris and have once been given a special pan to make them, but somehow never did.

  30. I will take that gorgeous Royal Albert tea cup please. :}
    I purchased two brand new Madelein tins awhile ago and gave Stephanie one but have yet to use mine.
    I printed out your recipe and hope to make these this week to serve with tea to a dear friend of mine.
    I was so happy to find this recipe, Kitty, thank you!

    Bless you ♡

  31. They look delicious. That tea cozy is adorable.

  32. Hi Kitty,
    We are getting rain at last, hope you are enjoying it. Your tea cloth is just beautiful and what a treasure, plus you Madeleine's look wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday, we sure enjoyed your post!
    Miz Helen


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