This $2.99 Trader Joe’s Find Is Almost as Good as a Trip to France

A buttery little luxury my whole family loves.

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My mom was a Francophile, as evidenced by my name, and instilled the same love of the culture in me. So even though I switched my minor from French to Spanish because my college had a study abroad program in Madrid (I really, really wanted to go), I remain a huge fan of French cuisine, especially pastries.

When I was living in Madrid, I spent a couple of weekends visiting my friend Allie, who was studying in Tours, France. There, I ate no shortage of pastries and one of my absolute favorites became the simple madeleine—a petite, scallop-shaped tea cake that’s deliciously buttery.

Since I don’t often travel to France, I am now lucky enough to find these affordable luxuries in the cookie aisle of Trader Joe’s.

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What’s So Great About Trader Joe’s Madeleines

First of all, Trader Joe’s doesn’t just sell one variety of madeleines, the store usually stocks three: regular madeleines, lemon zest madeleines, and gluten-free madeleines. They’re six to a package, and both the regular and lemon zest cost $2.99 while the gluten-free madeleines cost $3.49.

No matter which you choose, these delightful little cakes are soft, sponge-like, and practically melt in your mouth, leaving a lingering taste of butter and vanilla.

My family’s favorite is the lemon zest variety, as we adore citrus and love the brightness it gives these cakes. The gluten-free ones are about twice the size as the regular varieties, and they taste quite similar to the gluten-full versions, though they’re a bit denser. Regardless of variety, they all pair perfectly with milk, coffee, or tea.

I typically enjoy just one, in the afternoon, if I’m struggling with a writing project, and I need a little something sweet to get me through it. My son likes tossing a couple into his lunch bag, and my husband enjoys fueling himself with them to get through lawn work.

Though they’re fantastic on their own, they also would be perfect in a trifle. The lemon zest madeleines would especially be nice layered with lemon curd and cream, with a touch of lemon zest on the top. I also think you could substitute the gluten-free madeleines for ladyfingers in a gluten-free tiramisu (gluten-free ladyfingers, while available, are often hard to find).

For me, no matter how I enjoy them, they remind me of my weekends in France.

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