Jalapeño Cornbread Madeleines


18 madeleines
(or 24 mini muffins)

Prep Time:

10 minutes

Cook Time:

12 minutes



About this Recipe

Recipe from Set for the Holidays
Appetite for Random House, 2018

Classic madeleines are sweet little cakes baked in shell-shaped molds. These savoury versions are a tender cornbread-style nibble, perfect to serve with cocktails. If you don’t have madeleine pans, bake the batter in 24 greased mini-muffin cups instead.

Madeleines are best eaten fresh, but toasted day-old madeleines are delicious with soups or salads in place of crostini. You can freeze baked madeleines in a resealable bag for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature, arrange them on a baking tray and re-warm, uncovered, in a 325°F (160°C) oven for about 8 minutes.

Whether baked as a madeleine or a mini muffin, these bites make a great base for an hors d’oeuvre. Wrap them in a slice of prosciutto or split them open to make a mini sandwich or slider.


  • ⅔ cup (110g) cornmeal
  • ¼ cup (30 g) cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp (25 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp (3g) chili powder or mild smoked paprika
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ⅔ cup (160 mL) buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) vegetable oil
  • 1 cup (150 g) frozen corn kernels, thawed
  • 1 fresh jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely diced (or 6 slices of pickled jalapeño, chopped)

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Grease 2 madeleine pans.

Step 2

Stir the cornmeal, cornstarch, sugar, chili powder (or smoked paprika), baking powder and salt together in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk the buttermilk, eggs and oil together. Add all at once to the dry mixture and whisk until completely smooth. Stir in the corn and jalapeño.

Step 3

Spoon the batter into the madeleine pans, filling them right to the top.

Step 4

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until the madeleines begin to brown at the edges. Let the pans cool on a rack for 15 minutes, then tap out the madeleines to serve warm, or let cool to serve at room temperature.