Holiday madeleines

These small treats are perfect to give - or, enjoy them yourself
CHARITY FERREIRA

Orange-Spice Madeleines

Petite, buttery madeleines are nothing more than moist little cakes baked in a pan with shell-shaped indentations.

Traditionally made with sponge-cake batter flavored with a little lemon peel, madeleines can be made from other kinds of cake batter as well. Almond paste, cinnamon, cloves, and orange peel give this rich version holiday appeal. Combine some with a pretty package of tea for a gift, or curl up with a good book and enjoy them yourself.