Craving some classic French cookies? Look no further! Our collection of the 20 Best French Cookies is simply scrumptious!
From madeleines to macarons, we have no shortage of tasty treats. Satisfy your sweet tooth and impress your friends with one of these amazing recipes.
Plus, we have gluten-free options just for you! That way everyone has the opportunity for a yummy dessert. And with the taste of these, you won’t want to miss out!
So what are you waiting for? Get to it!
French Cookie Recipes:
1. Classic French Madeleines
If you need a light and fluffy cookie to pair with a cup of tea, check out these Classic French Madeleines! They are shell shaped, scrumptious, and simple. Yum!
The madeleines take 4 hours and 32 minutes to make in total, but I promise it’s worth it! 4 of these hours are spent chilling in the fridge. The recipe yields 20 cookies, perfect for sharing. Give them a try!
2. Coffee Macarons
Calling all coffee fans! You have to try these tasty Coffee Macarons, filled with a creamy espresso buttercream. And they have almond flour, so they’re gluten-free!
The macarons take an hour and 12 minutes to make and the recipe yields 25. They are so fluffy and delicious, you won’t want to share them! So go ahead and try them out!
3. French Butter Cookies
Butter cookies are such a light and sweet snack. How could you resist them? So you have to try these French Butter Cookies, made with only 5 ingredients. Perfect!
They take an hour and 37 minutes to make and the recipe yields 18-20 cookies. I just know you’ll love them! They pair perfectly with anything, and they are super easy to make. So give them a shot!
4. French Honey Butter Cookies – With Honey Glaze
Imagine biting into the crispy edges of a cookie with a soft, buttery center. Sounds delicious right? Which is why you need to try these French Honey Butter Cookies With Honey Glaze!
They take about an hour and a half to make and the recipe makes 20 cookies. They are so simple and you only need basic cookie ingredients plus honey and milk (for the glaze). I just know you’ll adore these cookies!
5. Breton Salted Butter Sablés
The Breton Salted Butter Sablé, or Galette Bretonne in French, is such a crispy and delicious cookie that you have to try. It’s also super easy to make, with only 6 ingredients. Yay!
The cookies do need to chill in the fridge for an hour, but I promise it’s worth it. The recipe yields 18 cookies, so make sure you share! I know it’ll be difficult. Make them for a party or for yourself. It’s up to you. Get to it!
6. Brown Butter Bourbon Madeleines with Dark Chocolate Ganache and Pecans
Check out these Brown Butter Bourbon Madeleines with Dark Chocolate Ganache and Pecans! Doesn’t that just sound heavenly? I know it’s a mouthful, but it’s a tasty one.
They only take 50 minutes to make and the recipe yields 18 madeleines. You’ll seriously want to give this recipe a try. Make them for your friends, they’re sure to be impressed. Come on, try them out!
7. Langues de Chat (French Cat Tongue Cookies)
These French Cat Tongue Cookies are super delicious and easy to make. Plus, they’re dipped in chocolate. What’s not to like? Just grab butter, sugar, flour, egg whites, and vanilla and get to work!
They take 53 minutes to make in total and the recipe yields 35 cookies, so make sure you share! I just know you’ll love them. If you really want them to hold their shape, chill the dough beforehand. You got this!
8. Earl Grey Macarons
Perhaps you aren’t a fan of the coffee macarons. That’s okay! These Earl Grey Macarons are sure to impress you. Each cookie tastes just like a cup of Earl Grey tea!
They take about 2 hours and 13 minutes to make and I promise it’s worth it! The extra time is because the dough needs to sit at room temperature for 30-60 minutes. The recipe makes 20 yummy macarons. Get to it!
9. Classic French Palmiers
Are you ready for the simplest and quickest recipe on this list? These Classic French Palmiers are the absolute best! And they look like hearts. How cute!
Guess what? Only 2 ingredients are needed for this recipe. Just grab sugar and a puff pastry sheet and get to work! They only take 25 minutes to make in total and the recipe makes 20 cookies. You have to try them!
10. Chocolate Almond Twice-Baked Cookies from Provence (“Croquants”)
You can never go wrong with chocolate and almond! These delicious Chocolate Almond “Croquants” are the perfect crunchy cookie to pair with coffee or tea. I know you’ll love them!
The recipe takes 45 minutes to make and yields 18 cookies. They’re easy to make but super impressive. Don’t be afraid to experiment by switching the chocolate chips for white chocolate or butterscotch chips. It’s all up to you! Check it out!
11. Creme Brûlée Macarons
Who doesn’t love a good Creme Brûlée? I promise, these macarons are simply incredible. They are filled with a custard cream and French vanilla buttercream and they have a carmelized bruleed top. Yum!
They take 2 hours and 40 minutes to make and the recipe makes 20 macarons. I promise that the time and effort are worth it! They are simply the best macarons. Give them a try!
12. Almond Pistachio Crescent Cookies
Aren’t these cookies so cute? For these Almond Pistachio Crescent Cookies all you need is flour, sugar, ground almond, ground pistachio, butter, and almond extract. Perfect!
They take about an hour and a half to make and the recipe yields 2 dozen cookies. And they can easily be made vegan with a butter substitute! I promise you’ll love this amazing recipe. Try it out!
13. Chocolate Sablé Cookies
Everybody loves chocolate! And these Chocolate Sablé Cookies are so quick and easy, you won’t be able to resist them. Come on, I know you want to try them!
They only take 26 minutes to make in total and the recipe yields 20 cookies. With cocoa powder, baking chocolate, cinnamon, and flaked sea salt, you’re sure to love them. So check them out!
14. Biscoff Cookie Butter Macarons
Anyone that’s tried Biscoff Cookie Butter knows how delicious and addicting it is. So a Biscoff Cookie Butter Macaron? Count me in! I know you’ll love this yummy cookie.
The recipe takes 2 hours to make and the recipe yields 30 macarons. They have a cinnamon spiced macaron shell and they are filled with cookie butter buttercream and some Biscoff Cookie Butter. So yummy!
15. French Cookies with Chocolate (Pétit Écolier)
Aren’t these cookies so cute? And they are perfect for the holidays! You can use any chocolate mould to achieve the shapes and designs you’d like. The cookies are so tasty too!
They take 3 and a half hours to make but I promise it is so worth it. Make sure you use caster sugar, or extra fine sugar, to get the best results. The recipe yields 2 dozen cookies, perfect for sharing! Go ahead and give them a try!
16. Mocha Macarons
If you love a good mocha latte, you’re in for a treat! These Mocha Macarons are heavenly. They have espresso flavored shells and they are filled with a coffee chocolate hazelnut cream. Yum!
They take an hour and 12 mins to make in total and the recipe yields 15 macarons. And with almond flour, they’re gluten-free! It can’t get better than this. Give them a try!
17. French Christmas Cookies
It’s that time of year! And there’s no better holiday cookie than these French Christmas Cookies. They are super simple and easy but super delicious! Only 3 steps to it!
They take 30 minutes to make and the recipe yields about 2 and a half dozen cookies. Grab butter, sugar, milk, graham cracker crumbs, walnuts, and chocolate chips and get to work! You got this!
18. Orange Blossom French Meringue Cookies
Have you ever tried a meringue cookie? Now’s your chance! These Orange Blossom French Meringue Cookies are super unique and tasty. And you only need 5 ingredients!
They take an hour and a half to make and the recipe makes 10 small meringues, so be sure to double it if baking for a crowd. Just grab egg whites, caster sugar, powdered sugar, orange blossom oil, and salt! Try it out!
19. Salted Caramel Buttercream Macarons
If you’re like me, you love anything salted caramel. Which is why you should try these Salted Caramel Buttercream Macarons! They are a classic and delicious recipe that you can’t miss.
They take about an hour and a half to make and the recipe yields 16 macarons. Keep in mind that they have a resting time of 45 minutes, so you aren’t baking for that long. I promise you’ll love these yummy cookies!
20. Espresso Chocolate Sablés
Here we go again with espresso and chocolate! I promise, we saved the best for last with these Espresso Chocolate Sablés. They are so good!
They bake for about 32 minutes total and the recipe yields a whopping 36 cookies. Be sure to share! With instant espresso, bittersweet chocolate, cinnamon, and of course, your classic cookie ingredients, it’s sure to be good. Give these cookies a try!
Thank you for checking out our list of the 20 Best French Cookie Recipes. We hope you found a new favorite dessert. There’s so many to choose from!
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- Classic French Madeleines
- Coffee Macarons
- French Butter Cookies
- French Honey Butter Cookies - With Honey Glaze
- Breton Salted Butter Sablés
- Brown Butter Bourbon Madeleines with Dark Chocolate Ganache and Pecans
- Langues de Chat (French Cat Tongue Cookies)
- Earl Grey Macarons
- Classic French Palmiers
- Chocolate Almond Twice-Baked Cookies from Provence (“Croquants”)
- Creme Brûlée Macarons
- Almond Pistachio Crescent Cookies
- Chocolate Sablé Cookies
- Biscoff Cookie Butter Macarons
- French Cookies with Chocolate (Pétit Écolier)
- Mocha Macarons
- French Christmas Cookies
- Orange Blossom French Meringue Cookies
- Salted Caramel Buttercream Macarons
- Espresso Chocolate Sablés
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