Pumpkin Madeleines {Starbucks Copycat Recipe}

Pumpkin Madeleines {Starbucks Copycat Recipe} – A simple french madeleine recipe with a fall twist! Light and fluffy homemade madeleines made with pumpkin and fall pices!

Pumpkin Madeleines

Pumpkin Madeleines {Starbucks Copycat Recipe}

I can’t get enough of these pumpkin madeleines right now.  Since I bought my new madeleine pan, I’ve been obsessed with it and all of the incredible varieties of madeleines I can make such as these pumpkin madeleines and my lemon madeleines.  So these pumpkin madeleines are super easy to make, you need just a few ingredients and about 20 minutes to make them.  The pumpkin flavor is incredible and they are perfect served warm with a cup of coffee!

Now I am a huge fan of french pastries and treats! I first fell in love with French madeleines in high school.  Whenever I went to my friend’s house, they would always have madeleines from Costco and they were just so amazing! Light and fluffy little buttery shell-shaped cakes that just melt in your mouth when you take a bite.  I could easily eat a whole tin of them myself!

These pumpkin madeleines are just like Starbucks Pumpkin Madeleines, this is the perfect copycat recipe for them! Making homemade madeleines at home is way cheaper and you end up with a whole bunch!

Madeleine Recipe

Common questions about making sliders

Why are they called madeleines?

They are called madeleines because as the story goes, the name was given to them to honor the father-in-law of Louis XV’s cook, Madeleine Paulmier.

Are madeleines cookies or cakes?

While the recipe for a madeleine is much more similar to a pound cake, they are baked in molds with a crisp golden crust which makes them more like a cookie.  So they are kind of a mix between both a cookie and a cake.

What is in a madeleine cookie?

Madeleine cookies are made with eggs, sugar, butter, and flour along with any additional flavorings such as pumpkin puree and spices in this recipe or fresh lemon juice.

Can madeleines be frozen?

Yes, madeleines can be frozen very easily.  Let the madeleines fully cool and then place them in a freezer-safe bag or container for up to 2 months.

Madeleine Cake

Tips and tricks on this pumpkin madeleines recipe

  • Remember to get the madeleine pan! The recipe will not work otherwise.
  • Buttering and adding flour to the pan is a must before putting the batter in, it helps make both sides nice and crisp!
  • If you have pre-mixed pumpkin pie spice on hand, you can use 1 1/2 teaspoons of it instead of the individual cinnamon, nutmeg, ground ginger, and cloves in the recipe.

Madeleine Cookie Recipe

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Yield: 16 cookies

Pumpkin Madeleines

Pumpkin Madeleines

Pumpkin Madeleines - A simple french madeleine recipe with a fall twist! Light and fluffy homemade madeleines made with pumpkin and fall spices!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes


  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted, but cooled
  • 3 tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • pinch of cloves
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp melted butter + 1 tbsp flour, to use on pan


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F and spread 1 tbsp melted butter into the indentations in a madeleine pan and lightly flour it. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs and sugar. Beat until well combined.
  3. Add in pumpkin puree, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Continue to stir and once combined, add in flour and then add in butter. Stir until just combined.
  4. Transfer 1 tbsp of batter into each of the indentations in the madeleine pan. Transfer to the oven and bake for 11-12 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and let cool before dusting with powdered sugar.

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 124

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  • Reply
    October 2, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Mmm This looks soo good!! I love to have one with a cup of coffee!!

  • Reply
    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie
    October 2, 2017 at 10:46 am

    Omg that picture at the end of it being dipped won me over, as if I needed more reason to make them. I have not used my madeleine pan in years!

  • Reply
    Michele @ Bacon Fatte
    October 2, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    I’ve always wanted to make madeleines, and you’ve just given me the perfect reason to finally do it! LOVE the pumpkin twist you’ve given these pretty cookies, and I can’t wait to taste them!!

  • Reply
    Wendy Klik
    October 2, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    I keep waffling about getting a madeleine pan. This post has me back on the must have side of the argument.

  • Reply
    Rebekah @ Making Miracles
    October 3, 2017 at 9:54 am

    I want to go home right now and bake these! Yummm!!

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