Madeleines (Starbucks seashell cookies)

Last week, my friend Megan asked me to help her make these cookies to surprise her husband.

“Of course!” I say, and yesterday the magic happened.

I had actually never had these cookies before so I’m glad she was there to tell me if they came out right. Apparently, they did, so high-five!

These spongy little bites of happiness are actually pretty simple to make. I found the recipe on food.com, but I added a little extra lemon zest. Let’s get started.

Ingredients:20170326_161927
2 eggs
2/3 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp lemon zest
pinch of salt
1 cup flour
10 Tbsp butter (unsalted)
powdered sugar for dusting

Directions:
*With this recipe, it is important that you don’t overmix. Each time you mix, just make sure the imgredients are combined, you don’t have to beat the crap out of them.

With an electric mixer, mix the eggs and sugar together.20170326_134345

Add the vanilla, lemon zest and salt and mix again.

Then add the flour. Mix again.

Last, add the butter, slowly, mixing as you pour. 20170326_140212

When you’re done, you should have a batternot a dough.

You can prep your baking mould by coating it with butter and dusting it with flour,20170326_141400but I actually found that if you are using silicone moulds, that is not necessary.

Pour 1 Tbsp of batter into each mould 20170326_142027
and throw it in a 375° F oven for about 12 minutes. (Start checking it at 10 minutes)

You’ll want to take them out when they start to brown just around the edges. 20170326_144235

Let them cool for a few minutes, and then you can pop them out of the mould and onto a plate.
SHELLS

To finish them you can dip them in chocolate, cover them in powdered sugar, or whatever. I went with powdered sugar, because that’s what I had.
Once again, using my trusty salt-shaker.ps20170326_151456

Voila!

These lemony bites are perfect for dipping in coffee 🙂

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