Pumpkin Madeleines with Cinnamon Frosting

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Pumpkin Madeleines have a subtle cinnamon and pumpkin flavor, while still delivering the sweet and buttery taste of the classic Madeleine cookies.

I love making easy and delicate pumpkin desserts during the fall seasons, like my popular Pumpkin Poke Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, Pumpkin White Chocolate Fudge and Pumpkin Pound Cake.

Pumpkin Madeleines

Pumpkin Madeleines Recipe Tips

Every time I go to Starbucks to get my vanilla latte fix, I grab a handful of Madeleine’s. Because they are pretty, have a buttery taste and soft texture, they are simply irresistible! Also, these Pumpkin Madeleines are incredibly easy to make. In just under 30 minutes from start to finish, you will have the most gorgeous Madeleines to enjoy!

These originally French cookies just got so much better, with a subtle pumpkin flavor that adds a nice orange color and some cinnamon to enhance their fall flavor. These Pumpkin Madeleines would be perfect served with some spiced tea or enjoyed with a classic pumpkin latte that we will soon start seeing everywhere.

Pumpkin MadeleinesAlso, I topped some of them with cinnamon and powdered sugar, others just with powdered sugar, and the rest got a coating of cinnamon cream cheese frosting, and those were my favorite.

I love how the pumpkin slightly changed the texture of these cookies, they became denser, but still maintained their softness and tender crumb. These Pumpkin Madeleines covered in that cinnamon cream cheese frosting are the perfect afternoon treat.

Pumpkin Madeleine

What do you need to make Pumpkin Madeleines?

  • Large Eggs
  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Flour
  • Unsalted Butter
  • Pumpkin Puree
  • You will need a special madeleine pan

What is a Madeleine?

Madeleine is a traditional small cake typically baked in a shell-shaped mold which originates from France. They are often decorated with coconut, cinnamon cream and jam, and are extremely delicious!

What is pumpkin puree vs canned pumpkin?

Canned pumpkin is just cooked, pureed pumpkin. Canned pumpkin or pumpkin pie filling is flavored with spices like cinnamon, clove, allspice and ginger, and is also sweetened.

How do you freeze Madeleine?

The Madeleines can be frozen for up to 2-3 months. Before freezing the Madeleine, do not dust them with sugar until you are about to serve. Store them in airtight container and freeze them in a double wrapping of plastic wrap for several months.

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Pumpkin Madeleines
Author: Serves: 20 madeleines
Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 12 minutes Total time: 27 mins


Pumpkin Madelaines

  • 2  large eggs 
  • 2/3 cup  sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon  cinnamon 
  • 1 pinch  salt 
  • 1 cup  all-purpose flour 
  • 8 tablespoons  unsalted butter  (melted, cooled slightly + 2 tablespoons melted for greasing the pans or grease with baking spray)
  • 3 tablespoons  pumpkin puree 
  •  Powdered sugar 
  •  Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting: 
  • 4 ounces  cream cheese  (room temperature)
  • 1 cup  powdered sugar 
  • 1/4 cup  1/2 stick unsalted butter, room temperature 
  • 1 teaspoon  cinnamon 


Pumpkin Madelaines

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Prepare 2 large madeleine pans and generously grease with butter and dust with a tad of flour.
  3. Using an electric mixer, beat eggs with 2/3 cup sugar until blended. Beat in pumpkin puree, cinnamon and salt. Add flour and beat just until blended. With the mixer on low speed, gradually add cooled melted butter and beat just until blended.
  4. Spoon 1 tablespoon batter into each madeleine indentation in pan. Bake until puffed and brown, about 11-13 minutes.
  5. Cool for 5 minutes in the pan and after gently remove from the pan and place on a serving dish.
  6. Once cookies have cooled dust with powdered sugar or decorate with the cream cheese frosting.

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting:

  1. Work on the frosting while the cookies are baking.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer cream together butter, cream cheese, sugar and cinnamon until light and fluffy. Drizzle over the apple bacon muffins.
Calories: 171 Carbohydrates: 31 Protein: 1 Fat: 4 Saturated Fat: 2 Cholesterol: 29 Sodium: 30 Potassium: 42 Fiber: 0 Sugar: 26 Vitamin A: 545 Vitamin C: 0.1 Calcium: 27 Iron: 0.6
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Oh my, I love the combination of pumpkin with cinnamon cream cheese! This recipe is a keeper. And so pretty..


Thank you Annie!


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Woah! This is the most creative way with Madeleine's that I've ever seem! Pinning!


Thanks Nagi!


Cathleen @ A Taste Of Madness

What? For some reason there are no madeleines at any of the Starbucks near me. At least I can make this now! They are gorgeous!


OMG how come? Every Starbucks in NYC has madeleines!



Wow, these look so good that I instantly want to run to the kitchen and make these. I love the idea of adding pumpkins to madeleines. Makes them perfect for fall season! Thank you for sharing these! Love from Germany, Lynn from Heavenlynn Healthy


Hi Lynn, so nice to have someone from Germany here :) have a nice week :)


Claudia | The Brick Kitchen

Love the idea of making pumpkin madeleines, so perfect with a hot cup of coffee going into autumn. And cinnamon cream cheese is always a good thing <3


You are right Claudia, cinnamon cream cheese is always a good thing :)


Kelly - Life Made Sweeter

Oh wow, these madeleines are beautiful, Katalina! Such a great way to kick off pumpkin season! I love the cinnamon powdered sugar and cream cheese frosting!


YES! Hooray for pumpkin season!


Ciao Florentina

You are the queen of Madeleines on the planet ! Pining !


haha and you are our pizza queen, bowing down now!



Made these today. Ended up adding baking powder to half the batch to make them nice and fluffy.


Hi Alina, usually madeleines are more dense and buttery :) but if you prefer them fluffier adding baking powder was a good decision :)



These are so cute and easy to make! Love them!!!



Is it 2/3 cup sugar or 2 cups? The directions says 2/3 which makes way more sense then the 2 cups in the ingredients list :) Help wanting to make in the AM>


oops yes 2/3, correcting now!


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