One of my favorite cookies, these gluten free orange madeleines are an easy cookie treat flavored with those cute tiny little kumquat oranges. Madeleines are light and fluffy cake-like cookie that originated in France.
If you love cookies as much as we do, you will want to check out all of the yummy gluten free cookie recipes on my blog :-).
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What are Kumquats?
I found these not too long ago at our local market and I have been experimenting with them ever since.
When you cut them up you can remove their tiny seeds easily.
Can you eat kumquat seeds?
You can easily eat kumquat seeds if you are eating kumquats. I remove the seeds since these are going into cookies.
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 are Madeleines?
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.
What better way to enjoy this citrus than in a madeleine?
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Add your dry ingredients to a bowl and whisk to blend. Here I added chopped kumquats to the bowl just before I added the wet ingredients.
I have tested two gluten free flour blends in this recipe. I liked King Arthur Gluten Free Measure for Measure and Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten Free Flour Blend. This doesn't mean other blends won't work, I just haven't tested any others. Try to avoid flour blends that are high in starch.
As always, if your blend does not contain Xanthan Gum, you will need to add 1 teaspoon.
Whisk the wet ingredients in a bowl. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix. Spray coconut oil on your madeleine pan.
(I forgot to snap a picture, so this is a picture of a different madeleine recipe I made, but it gives you an idea of the dough in the pan.)
Can you freeze madeleines?
You can definitely freeze these madeleines. Place cooled madeleines into a freezer bag or freezer-safe container. They will keep up to 3 months.
Can you make madeleines without a madeleine pan?
You can make these madeleines without a madeleine pan, but they will not have the classic shell shape that madeleines are famous for. The flavor will be the same without the pan.
What else can you make with kumquats?
I am thinking something with bittersweet chocolate would be a fun combination.....You can even make candied kumquats!
- Madeleine pan. This pan is non-stick and super affordable under $11!
- This easy to use whisk makes sure all of your dry ingredients are blended together perfectly for smooth cookies.
Gluten Free Kumquat Madeleines
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray coconut oil on a madeleine pan.
- In a large bowl, add all dry ingredients.
- Whisk to blend.
- Add chopped kumquat and wet ingredients.
- Drop a spoonful of batter into each madeleine section.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes until cookies are done.
- Drizzle with icing or enjoy plain.