Light and Moist Gluten Free Kumquat Madeleines

One of my favorite cookies, these these gluten free kumquat madeleines are an easy cookie treat. Madeleines are a light and fluffy cake-like cookie that originated in France.

Gluten Free Kumquat Madelines on a table with fresh kumquats


Have you tried a kumquat? They are a funny little orange with a tangy bitter sweet flavor. You can even eat kumquats, skin and all! They are a delicious addition to this gluten free madeleine recipe.

I found these not too long ago at our local market and I have been experimenting with them ever since.

Kumquats in a package

When you cut them up you can remove their tiny seeds easily.

Sliced kumquats in a bowl.

Kumquats are the only citrus fruit that you can pop in your mouth and eat whole. (*Just remove the kumquat seeds! They are edible, but taste icky!) Their flavor is unique in that they add both orange flavor and a zesty flavor all in one bite.


What better way to enjoy this citrus than in a madeleine?

Madeleines are French butter cakes; more like a sponge cake than a cookie. You can find them plain, dipped in chocolate or even dusted with powdered sugar. I love madeleines and have made a few different flavors like Gluten Free Butterscotch Madeleines and Gluten Free Matcha Madeleines.

dry ingredients with kumquat pieces in a bowl

Here I added chopped kumquats to the bowl just before I added the wet ingredients.

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Things You Need To Make This Recipe:

  1. Madeleine pan. This pan is non-stick and super affordable under $11!
  2. This easy to use whisk makes sure all of your dry ingredients are blended together perfectly for smooth cookies.
Gluten Free Kumquat Madeleines
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Gluten free kumquat madeleines
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, French
Servings: 12 cookies
Calories: 130 kcal
Author: Sandi Gaertner
  • 3/4 cup gluten free flour blend (*note this blend I use has xanthan gum already added. If yours doesn't include it, add 1 teaspoon.)
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 stick butter melted
  • 1/2 cup organic sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons chopped kumquat seeds removed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray coconut oil on a madeleine pan.
  3. In a large bowl, add all dry ingredients.
  4. Whisk to blend.
  5. Add chopped kumquat and wet ingredients.
  6. Blend.
  7. Drop a spoonful of batter into each madeleine section.
  8. Bake for 8-10 minutes until cookies are done.
  9. Drizzle with icing or enjoy plain.
Nutrition facts per serving (1g)
130kcal | Fat: 5g | Saturated fat: 2g | Monounsaturated fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 57mg | Potassium: 63mg | Carbohydrates: 18g | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Protein: 3g | Vitamin A: 3% | Vitamin C: 19% | Calcium: 3% | Iron: 4%

What should I make next with kumquats? I am thinking something with bittersweet chocolate would be a fun combination…..You can even make candied kumquats!


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  1. These madeleines look fantastic. I bet they just pop with flavor. The cake looks incredibly spongy too.

  2. Sandi, I love your creativity to use kumquats in madeline cookies! Even though we can’t follow your recipe exactly due to a tree nut allergy, I think a simple substitution will make this recipe work.

  3. OMG! Someone else is using kumquats! I had to visit this post when I saw the kumquats. You see, I have a kumquat tree in my backyard and just did a post about making kumquat-ade, kumquat syrup, and candied kumquat peels. I love your madeleine idea!

  4. I have so many friends who have to abstain from gluten who would love these!!

  5. [email protected] says:

    These madeleines look like they will melt in your mouth. I love kumquats and love adding them to my recipes.

  6. Ooooooo….I love these! I have not endeavored GF madelines love the idea of kumquats! Really beautiful recipe.

  7. Oh man, I bought kumquats a few weeks ago and then didn’t know what to do with them. Wish I’d had this recipe then. I loooove madeleines!

  8. Kumquats are such a strange little fruit. I bought some the first winter after we moved here to Florida. My kids flatly refused to eat them, so I pureed what I’d bought and put them into pancakes and muffins. The citrus flavor was there, but the family didn’t have to think about eating skins, too. Your madeleines are so tempting!

  9. Oh man…Now I need some more fresh kumquats! I just posted on Instagram last Saturday about not knowing what to do with all the kumquats that we had…Now I need to get some more of them, because these madeleines look so yummy!

  10. These look fabulous! What cute little bites of flavorful fun!

  11. I absolutely love Madeleines – they make me feel like I’m back in Paris. These look SO good!

  12. These look just lovely. Once again, you prove how extraordinary gluten free desserts can be.

  13. I just saw som Kuquats in my local Indian Grocery store and was wondering what kind of recipe to make with it. Now, I definitely want to try this recipe.

  14. Wow – these are just gorgeous! What a great idea to use kumquats. Lovely!!

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