At first glance, a madeleine is a scallop-shaped puff of a cookie, the kind of confection one can imagine eating in Paris. But really, they can be enjoyed anywhere. Sure, they're baked in special molds, but we swear they're actually simple to make (and even better to eat). And nowadays you can find them in bakeries everywhere -- even at Starbucks.

Picture the crumbliest tea cookie crossed with the most spongy tea cake -- that's the crux of the madeleine. Marcel Proust describes it best in volume 1 of his "Remembrance of Things Past," explaining how something as small as a madeleine cues the recollection of old memories. Though he doesn't provide a recipe for madeleines, Proust rapturizes about them enough to make us want the cookie so bad that we'd be willing to snatch it out of his hands.

So to appease our cravings, we found our favorite madeleine recipes from around the web, including flavors such as rose, Earl Grey, matcha, black sesame and more. Check them out below!

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  • Raspberry And Rose Madeleines

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://utry.it/2012/03/raspberry-and-rose-madeleine.html" target="_hplink">Raspberry and Rose Madeleines recipe from U Try It</a></strong>

  • Sticky Date Madeleines With Butterscotch Sauce

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.raspberricupcakes.com/2012/02/sticky-date-madeleines-with.html" target="_hplink">Sticky Date Madeleines with Butterscotch Sauce recipe from Raspberri Cupcakes</a></strong>

  • Marshmallow Creme-Filled Black Sesame Madeleines

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://cakeonthebrain.blogspot.com/2008/05/marshmallow-creme-filled-black-sesame.html" target="_hplink"><a href="http://cakeonthebrain.blogspot.com/2008/05/marshmallow-creme-filled-black-sesame.html" target="_hplink">Marshmallow Creme-Filled Black Sesame Madeleines</a> recipe from Cake on the Brain</a></strong>

  • Matcha Madeleines

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://bossacafez.blogspot.com/2009/11/macha-madeleines.html" target="_hplink">Matcha Madeleines recipe from Evan's Kitchen Ramblings</a></strong>

  • Lemon Madeleines With Lavender Glaze

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://freeeatsfood.com/2012/05/11/lemon-madeleines-with-lavender-glaze/" target="_hplink">Lemon Madeleines with Lavender Glaze recipe from Free Eats</a></strong>

  • Orange And Brown Butter Madeleines

    Get the <a href="http://www.cannellevanille.com/2009/04/orange-and-brown-butter-madeleines.html" target="_hplink">Orange and Brown Butter Madeleines recipe from Cannelle et Vanille</a>

  • Earl Grey Madeleines

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://iheartkatiecakes.blogspot.com/2010/04/earl-grey-madeleines.html" target="_hplink">Earl Grey Madeleines recipe from Katie Cakes</a></strong>

  • Red Velvet Madeleines

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.theharriedcook.com/2012/02/red-velvet-madeleines.html" target="_hplink">Red Velvet Madeleines recipe from The Harried Cook</a></strong>

  • Pumpkin Pecan Madeleines

    Get the <a href="http://supperinstereo.wordpress.com/2007/11/11/pumpkin-pecan-madeleines/" target="_hplink">Pumpkin Pecan Madeleines recipe from Supper in Stereo</a>

  • Almond Praline Madeleines

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.aspoonfulofsugardesigns.com/2012/08/almond-praline-madeleines.html" target="_hplink">Almond Praline Madeleines recipe from A Spoonful Of Sugar</a></strong>

  • Honey Madeleines

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://sugareverythingnice.blogspot.com/2012/01/after-seeing-some-of-my-blogger-friends.html" target="_hplink">Honey Madeleines recipe from Sugar & Everything Nice</a></strong>

  • Salted Caramel Madeleines

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://fleurdupoirier.blogspot.com/2011/09/salted-caramel-madeleines.html" target="_hplink">Salted Caramel Madeleines recipe from Fleur du Poirier</a></strong>

  • Lime And Coconut Madeleines

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://almostbourdain.blogspot.com/2010/08/lime-and-coconut-madeleines.html" target="_hplink">Lime and Coconut Madeleines recipe from Almost Bourdain</a></strong>

  • Strawberry Cocoa Madeleines

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.thekitchenfinesse.com/2012/03/joyful-madeleines.html" target="_hplink">Strawberry Cocoa Madeleines recipe from The Kitchen Finesse</a></strong>

  • Sage And Brown Butter Madeleines

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.mybestdaysever.com/sage-brown-butter-madeleines/" target="_hplink">Sage and Brown Butter Madeleines recipe from My Best Days Ever</a></strong>

  • Zucchini Madeleines

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://thegingersconediaries.wordpress.com/2009/05/13/zucchini-madness/" target="_hplink">Zucchini Madeleines recipe from The Ginger Scone Diaries</a></strong>


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