Preparing the ingredients to make Vanilla Coffee Madeleines with Death Wish Coffee.

Easy-To-Make Vanilla Coffee Madeleines

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Make These Death Wish Coffee-Inspired Vanilla Coffee Madeleines 

If you’re looking for a delicious treat but don’t want to add extra hassle to your mornings, then this Vanilla Coffee Madeleines recipe is for you. They’re so easy to make—and quick to bake. And because you deserve it, power up these pastries with Death Wish Coffee Vanilla, our latest everyday flavor. This blend of arabica and robusta beans pairs perfectly with rich vanilla and offers that extra kick of caffeine you need and want. Just prep the batter the night before, let it sit in the fridge overnight, then pull it out in the a.m.—you’ll be sinking your teeth into these vanilla mini—and caffeinated—butter cakes in no time at all.

The History (and Legend) of the Madeleines 

Madeleines originated in the Lorraine region of France, where they are served with coffee or tea in the morning or for "le goûter," the 4 o’clock snack (kind of like Britain’s afternoon tea). A favorite of kings and peasants alike for centuries, this soft, mini spongecake is easy to spot, with its shell-like shape, tapered edges and hump in the center. The texture will remind you of pound cake with crisp and toasted edges. Most traditional madeleine recipes call for ground nuts (usually almonds) and common flavorings like lemon or citrus.  

According to legend, the madeleine first appeared in the 1700s when a young girl by the name of—you guessed it—Madeleine, stood in as a pastry chef for the Duke of Lorraine. The only thing she could bake, however, was her grandmother’s recipe. When everyone instantly loved them, the “madeleine” was born. 

Later, Louis XV allegedly made the madeleines famous at Versailles when he tasted the delicacy during a visit to Lorraine and shared them with his wife, who introduced them to the French court. It didn’t take long before the madeleine took off … well, like hotcakes, as the saying goes. 

Vanilla Coffee Madeleines Recipe 

A little planning the night before will help you enjoy these mini cake treats and make your mad rush out the door in the mornings just a little bit more pleasant—and even more caffeinated—thanks to Death Wish Coffee Vanilla Flavored Coffee. Refrigerate the pre-made batter for at least an hour (or overnight) right in the mold. Then you can just throw them in the oven right before you serve them fresh and warm—or don’t share them at all and pop them in your own mouth instead. We won’t tell.  


  • 3 eggs, at room temperature 
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar (a little more or a little less to taste) 
  • 2 tablespoons honey 
  • 2 tablespoons Dutch cocoa powder, plus extra to dust 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla-bean paste 
  • 1/4 cup fresh Death Wish Coffee Vanilla, ground  
  • 1 1/4 cups self-raising flour, sifted 
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted 
  • Optional: nuts, lemon zest, citrus juice 


  1. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar and honey with electric beaters for 5 minutes or until thick and pale. 
  2. Beat in cocoa, vanilla-bean paste and Death Wish Coffee Vanilla.  
  3. Fold through flour, then fold through melted butter. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes or overnight. 
  4. The next day, preheat the oven to 350 F.  
  5. Grease a 12-hole madeleine pan and dust with flour, shaking off any excess. Spoon batter into molds until three-quarters full.  
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes until madeleines spring back to the touch. Transfer to a wire rack to cool slightly. Repeat with remaining batter. Dust with extra cocoa to serve. 

Pro Tips: 

  • Store the madeleines in an airtight container and eat within two days.  
  • If freezing, decorate with the icing after defrosting. 

Café shops around the world today love these mini butter cakes. Now you can make these Vanilla Coffee Madeleines—with an extra kick of caffeine—right at home as part of your morning routine and start your day out in style when you check out Death Wish Coffee Vanilla, our latest everyday flavor. Just like you, there’s nothing “vanilla” about this brew. Warm your cold heart in a blaze of balanced, rich vanilla that’s medium-roasted and made with no artificial ingredients. A blend of arabica and robusta beans perfectly paired with vanilla for a bold, smooth taste and a subtly sweet finish made for sipping in solitude. A heavy hitter brewed hot or over ice, drown your cup in cream and sugar for the death-by-decadence experience.

[Featured Image Credit: Lauren Gray via Unsplash]


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