25 Easy French Cookies

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Start your weekend right with these classic French cookies!

Who says you have to miss your favorite cookie recipe when you move to a new country?

You can enjoy them for as long as you like!

Sablés, macarons, and madeleines are all traditional French treats.

But did you know that there are also cookies from France?

There are so many different kinds of French cookies – and they’re some of my favorites!

There’s a reason why these cookies are so popular across Europe.

They’re complex and flavorful, and they won’t leave behind any aftertaste.

Add in the unique flavor combinations, and you can imagine how popular they are.

These 21 recipes will show you why french cookies are so popular all over the world.

25 Easy French Cookies

1. Sablés Bretons

Sablés Bretons are a traditional dish of Brittany that’s perfect for any occasion.

Made with ground oat flour, melted butter, and eggs, this is a recipe you can whip up in no time!

The combination of sweet and salty flavors makes the perfect pairing.

To enjoy this as a dessert or snack, use the whole recipe to make your own cookie cutters.

2. French Macarons

Macarons are the French version of macaroons, although they’re slightly different.

Macarons are smaller and more buttery than macaroons.

They also feature a sweet almond flavoring that makes them extra lovely.

The hardest part about making these is waiting for them to dry out, which takes some time.

But the results are worth it!

If you like your desserts sweet and fruity, these are great for you!

3. Palmiers

Have you ever had the experience of looking at a palmiers recipe and wishing it was written in emoji?

You’re in luck!

Palmiers is a very simple dessert that has to be made with just four ingredients.

It’s soft, chewy, gets better every time you eat it, and is oh-so-delectable.

Basically, you’ll stuff a circle of cake into a pillowy palmier-shaped cloud.

Top it off with whipped cream and enjoy.

Need more inspiration?

Here are five more desserts made using only four ingredients.

  • Coconut cake: Creamy coconut flavor combined with fluffy sponge cake is all you need to make this one delicious dessert.
  • Mojito cupcakes: They have the same rich flavors and textures as mojitos, but they’re much easier to make.
  • Whip cream ice cream cakes: These three recipes combine two of my favorite things together. Whip cream is added to vanilla ice cream and covered in chocolate ganache for an ooey-gooey treat that will blow your mind!

4. Chocolate Meringue Recipe

These Cookies are super crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside.

These airy meringue kisses blissfully melt in your mouth.

I suppose the texture of a cloud would be similar to that of a meringue cookie. 

Kisses made of meringue are tender, fluffy, light, and airy. 

To help you satisfy all your chocolate cravings, this meringue dish contains chocolate swirls all over it.

5. Chocolate Sable Cookies

These chocolate sable cookies are the perfect combination of soft and chewy, sweet and salty.

I’ve made these in the past with vegan butter and sugar, but I always revert back to using non-dairy milk.

The texture is similar to those white chocolate chip cookies, but they have a nutty crunch from the coconut.

And since you can’t use dairy in these, feel free to add some chopped nuts or peanut butter chips if you want that extra crunch.

6. French Butter Cookies

Even if you’ve never made cookies from scratch, you know how incredibly soft and chewy they are.

These French butter cookies are no exception.

They’re so soft and warm with a strong butterscotch-like flavor that’ll turn your tastebuds into savory fudge.

The only way to make them even better is by sprinkling some chopped nuts on top.


7. French Bakery Beignets

Beignets are a popular street food in French-speaking countries, and no visit to Paris would be complete without a mouthful of them.

The traditional recipe for beignets is similar to the one above, using puff pastry, but there’s also a more elaborate version that calls for powdered sugar and ice cream.

While many people like these hot from the air fryer, I prefer my beignets cold.

The contrast between their soft texture and crisp edges makes all the difference.

If you can find vanilla ice cream, it will make all the difference to your next beignet experience!

8. French Madeleines

If you’ve never made French madeleines before, don’t worry – they’re not as difficult as you think.

Made from almond paste and sugar, it takes a little bit of time to make but is worth every minute of effort.

They have a very distinct light and sweet taste with a hint of nuttyness.

The dried fruits add so much flavor that these are best eaten when fresh out of the oven.

9. Choux Au Craquelin

If you love a good, warm and comforting taste of home, this recipe is for you.

You’ll get that warm and cozy feeling with the perfect amount of spice.

It’s just what you want in a choux!

The best thing about it is that you can use store-bought puff pastry or make your own.

Either way, it’s guaranteed to be a hit at your next holiday party!

10. Pétit Écolier

Pétit écolier is a traditional French cheese that’s made from cream and can be found in almost any grocery store.

The key to making it so creamy is to add egg yolks.

It gives the cheese such a wonderful consistency, and you’ll get this fluffy, custard-like finish.


11. Paris-Brest

Paris-Brest is a classic holiday dessert that’s usually eaten on Christmas.

It’s not only sweet and delicately flavored, but it also has a strong wine flavor to go along with it.

This recipe asks you to prepare the chocolate and cream pudding separately, so it can be just as flaky and stunning as when you bake it all together in one pan.

It takes about 1 hour to make all of the layers (noticeably the whipped cream layer), but all of those layers take less than five minutes each.

12. Gingerbread Madeleines

Madeleines are a kind of pastry, but they get their name from the French word “madeline.”

This translates to tiny cake.

These delicate cookies are filled with almond and orange flavored cream cheese and sweetened with powdered sugar.

Top them off with a dusting of powdered sugar for an extra special treat!

Madeleines have a unique flavor that pairs perfectly with both coffee and tea.

13. Cinnamon Roll Macarons

This recipe for cinnamon roll macarons is a must-try if you’re looking to impress.

The cookies are soft and chewy, but the filling is buttery, sweet, and full of cinnamon.

They’re sweet on their own, but when dipped in the vanilla glaze, they’ll explode with rich flavors.

These are easy enough to make that your kids will ask for seconds!

14. Pistachio Macarons

These are the perfect treat for any occasion!

They’re sweet and wholesome with a crunchy almond flavor.

The pistachio filling is creamy and nutty.

It’s perfectly balanced, so you won’t feel like you’re eating cake or cookies.

And to top it all off, these macarons look amazing!

These little treats are an excellent way to celebrate any occasion or holiday.

15. Palets Bretons

You can make these beautiful nibbles at home if you don’t want to go out of your way.

They’re perfect for a light lunch or an afternoon tea if you want something simple.

The tart and fruity flavors are enhanced by the lemon juice, which helps cut through all the sweetness.

And the vinaigrette is fresh and creamy, so it really ties everything together beautifully.

I love them with vanilla ice cream or chocolate sauce.

16. Lemon Raspberry Macarons

These lemon and raspberry macarons are the perfect way to celebrate summer.

They’re light, fresh, and perfectly balanced with a little sweetness from the raspberry.

There’s also an extra layer of tartness from the lemon zest to add some brightness.

And because they’re made using macaron dough, each one is absolutely beautiful!

Try them for yourself by making these tasty treats at home or have some friends over for a fun evening of baking.

17. Chocolate Baileys Macarons

Macarons are the yummiest little trifles, and they’re also a great way to show off your baking skills.

These are similar to the baileys chocolate meringue, but instead of making them with egg whites (like most recipes), you use condensed milk and a mix of egg whites and powdered sugar.

18. Salted Caramel Buttercream Macarons

If you’re looking to try something new, look no further than these salted caramel macarons.

It’s the perfect way to finish off your cookies and indulge in a sweet treat.

The combination of buttercream, sugar, and salt is out-of-this-world amazing!

You can also make them even more decadent by adding a layer of dark chocolate on top.

19. Pumpkin Cheesecake Macarons

One bite of these pumpkin cheesecake macarons, and you’ll have them in your mouth instantly.

The cookies are rich and tender with a hint of spice.

The filling is strewn with bits of sugar-coated pumpkin pie spices.

It’s so good you’ll want to eat the whole batch on its own!

20. Canelé De Bordeaux

Canelé de Bordeaux is a perfect wine-based dessert that’s light, sweet, and incredibly creamy.

It has the perfect blend of flavors with hints of lemon and vanilla.

The chocolate on top gives it a nice shine, which makes it look even more appetizing.

Serve this canelé de bordeaux in a glass for an elegant presentation.

Or keep it simple and use a scoop to serve.

21. Pandan Choux Au Craquelin

Pandan choux au craquelin is a traditional French dessert that’s a must-try for any tea lover.

These flaky, buttery pastries are filled with a creamy custard and topped with fresh fruit.

The combination of tart pears, sweet apricots, and crunchy nuts creates an incredible flavor contrast.

This dish is perfect for tea time or any occasion when you want to treat yourself to something special.

22. Creme Brûlée Macarons

Creme brûlée macarons are a classic French dessert.

They’re delicious, and each one is so gorgeous!

Each sweet cookie is filled with a velvety custard that’s completely smooth.

Then you top it with a brown sugar, buttery pastry shell.

Best of all, you can make these in about 10 minutes!

You can find them at most bakeries and any grocery store.

If you don’t feel like baking, this recipe will show you how to make them as well.

23. French Silk Pie Cookies

Soft, chewy, and moist; these are the perfect cookies to bring with you on a picnic.

They’re light and airy but also have that classic cookie taste and texture you know and love.

The secret ingredient is powdered sugar.

If you can’t find it in your local supermarket, try making your own!

I like to mix my sugar with cornstarch for extra texture, but if you want them super soft, try using some flour after the sugar is mixed in.

24. Lemon Madeleine Cookies

Lemon madeleines are my favorite cookies ever, and these lemon madeleine cookies are no exception.

They’re soft, chewy, and buttery with an irresistible tartness from the lemon.

These cookies are a great treat for your Easter breakfast table or to add to your Easter dessert basket.

This French macaron cookie is so easy to make, you’ll be making this one in a flash!

It has the same tender crumb and chewy texture of a macaron.

But instead of being filled with vanilla cream cheese filling, this version is filled with chocolate ganache.

Serve these up for a complete dessert, or grab one for yourself!

 Either way, they’re sure to be a hit!

French Cookies

25 Easy French Cookies

These classic french cookies are the perfect way to start your weekend!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4


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