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Financiers are another excellent handheld after-school snack. Essentially a tea cake made with a touch of almond meal, these are a little more substantial than madeleines. They come in various shapes, including rectangles and ovals, and here we’re using a mini muffin pan because they’re easy to find and many people have them in the kitchen already.

(Excerpted from In the French Kitchen with Kids by Mardi Michels. Copyright © 2018 Mardi Michels. Photography © Kyla Zanardi. Published by Appetite by Random House®, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.)

Photo Credit: Kyla Zanardi

  • Yield: 24 cakes


  • Unsalted butter, for greasing the pan
  • 1 ½ cups unsalted butter
  • 4 large egg whites
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons fine sea salt
  • Icing sugar, for sprinkling


  1. Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 400˚F. If you are using a nonstick mini muffin pan you may not need to butter them, but otherwise generously butter the cups of the pan.

  2. Step 2

    Melt the butter either in a small pot on the stovetop over medium heat or in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave for about 1 minute. Set aside to cool.

  3. Step 3

    Beat the egg whites until frothy with handheld electric beaters on high speed, 1 to 2 minutes.

  4. Step 4

    In a separate bowl, whisk together the sugar, almond meal, flour, and salt.

  5. Step 5

    Add the dry ingredients to the wet and fold them in gently with a rubber spatula until just combined.

  6. Step 6

    Add the cooled, melted butter to the batter and use a rubber spatula to gently mix until the butter is completely incorporated.

  7. Step 7

    Divide the batter between the cups of the muffin pan. You can do this with a 1½-tablespoon cookie scoop or a small spoon. Fill each cup almost to the top.

  8. Step 8

    Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the center is slightly puffed and the edges are golden and slightly crispy and coming away from the pan. There may be cracks in the tops. That’s totally okay!

  9. Step 9

    Remove the financiers from the muffin pan immediately and allow to cool on wire racks.

  10. Step 10

    Once they have cooled completely, sprinkle them with icing sugar to serve. These are best eaten the day they are made, although they can keep for a couple of days in an airtight container at room temperature.