Feast Day of Mary Magdalene

It is hard to overstate the importance of Mary Magdalen. She played a central role in the Gospels as a close friend of Jesus. Luke makes it clear that she was among the most important of Jesus’ female disciples. Scholars suspect that she was from a wealthy family and supported Jesus’ ministry financially. Much of the work of the early church was financed by women.

Mary however is in a league of her own. She was there at the crucifixion when the male disciples where gone, and she was there with the other women on Easter morning to witness the empty tomb. Mary then became the first preacher to proclaim the Easter message calling the other disciples to Easter faith. This is why the church has been so bold to call her “the Apostle to the Apostles.”

Mary Magdalen is an example of the importance of women in the life of Jesus and the early church.  This feast day is a great day to celebrate all the women, clergy or lay, who have helped you in your faith journey.  

We are making madeleines, which is a French spongecake baked into a special scallop mold.  While probably named for a different Magdalen, it seems especially fitting because the French have always had a fondness for Mary, where it is believed that her relics are interred. 

Appearance of Jesus Christ to Maria Magdalena (1835) by Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov.



1 cup cake flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs plus 1 yolk
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled

For Chocolate Flavored Madeleines: Substitute 1/4 cup cocoa for 1/4 cup flour and add 2 teaspoons instant espresso powder to flour mixture in step 2.


  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Grease madeleine mold cookie pan.
  2. Whisk 1 cup cake flour and 1/4 teaspoon salt together in a small bowl 
  3. Using a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat 2 large eggs plus 1 yolk on medium-high until frothy, 3 – 5 minutes. Add 1/2 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract and continue beating another 3 – 5 minutes or until very thick.
  4. Gently fold in the flour mixture followed by the butter.
  5. Spoon the batter into the prepared cookie mold pan, carefully filling each mold to the rim.
  6. Bake until the madeleines are golden brown, about 10 minutes.
  7. Let cookies cool for 10 minutes in the mold before removing and transferring to a wire cooling rack. Let madeleines completely cool before serving.