The next culinary adventure on our nonstop bakery tour through Salt Lake City was the gorgeous Les Madeleines bakery. How sinfully decadent does this table look?? :) Can’t believe I was sitting here just a few weeks ago, lol! I wish I could just warp back here right now. :) I loved the pure, traditional pastries at Les Madeleines. Maria was such a good hostess and tour guide while I was in Utah! Loved staying with my sweet friend. She had fun bakery tours lined up for us every day. She knows how to show a girl around town!
Maria introduced me to the brilliant artist behind these beautiful sweets, the enchanting head pastry Chef Romina Rasmussen. Here are a few of her gorgeous creations that she brought out for us to try.
The stunning Meyer Lemon Tart.
It was shockingly tart! I loved it!
This beauty was called the Paris-Brest. It’s a hazelnut cream puff ya’ll, created in honor of a bicycle race from Paris to Brest. A definite winner in my book.
Here we have a plate full of sweet treats! The Raspberry Thumbprint up front was one of my favorites!! It’s an almond shortbread cookie filled with house-made jam. It totally melts-in-your-mouth! The Butter Toffee Shortbread on the left was another favorite. Amazing. Chef Romina’s shortbread is nothing short of perfect. These two are a must try for sure! We also sampled the orange madeleine (of course! :)), the cardamom cookie, and the passionfruit macaron. Chef Romina calls her macarons “buttons.” Love that! Everything we tried was very, very good.
This Carrot Cake Cookie blew me away. This was one of my favorite things we tried here, and this is an amazing fact for three reasons:
- I’m not the hugest fan of carrot cake.
- I’m not the hugest fan of raisins.
- I’m not the hugest fan of cream cheese frosting.
But somehow, it all works here.
It’s sweet and chewy and unique and perfect. I loved it.
Oh my gosh. Speaking of unique! This is Les Madeleines Homemade Oreo. It’s filled with dulce de leche. This soft crumbly cookie is absolute perfect.
But here’s what Les Madeleines and Chef Romina are famous for: Their infamous Kouing (pronounced Queen) Aman. First of all, you guys know that Kouing Aman is like my favorite thing ever. It’s sweet, caramelized, and ultra crunchy on the outside….
And warm, gooey, sticky, chewy, flaky, soft and perfect on the inside. Together they are 100% perfection. Les Madeleines is famous for their Kouing Aman and have been featured on Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate for it. I would definitely say it is one of the best things I’ve ever ate! Chef Romina really is the Butter QUEEN. Get it?? ;) This is a must order. And guess what? Les Madeleines offers overnight shipping to all 50 states. Praise the Lord!! I am definitely going to be taking advantage of this!! No way can you get kouing aman in Alabama, lol!
Next up was this black and white cookie! So fun.
Ohhhhh, you guys. Macarons. Macarons are my weakness. This was a coffee macaron. Love, love, loved it. I love coffee flavored treats. What about you?
And this was a hazelnut macaron. Yes!! Loved this one as well. I am a huge fan of hazelnut. The smell and the taste. For me these two macs are must-haves. :)
A sweet, mini bite-sized chocolate cake. Perfect for when you need just a taste of pure, rich chocolatiness. See? I am slowly making chocolatiness a word. ;)
I love scones!! I couldn’t resist this cinnamon scone with cinnamon streusel.
Loved the crunchy streusel top with the soft, cinnamony middle.
And here are our final three cookies. Oh, that is making me so sad! I could look at gorgeous Les Madeleines cookies all day. :) Everything we tried was just pure, and perfect, and exactly how it should’ve been. These three cookies were no less — they might have been my three favorite cookies of all. It was seriously hard to pick favorites here though! But these three were complete and total triumphs.
First up we have a peanut butter shortbread cookie drizzled with dark Valrhona chocolate. I can’t get this one out of my mind. So yummy. I could eat a dozen of these. To the right is a vanilla shortbread cookie. Again, just pure and perfect. I am a huge fan of shortbread, but I have to say, this was the best shortbread I’ve ever had from a bakery. And finally, up front is the rosemary shortbread cookie. It’s buttery with a hint of rosemary and vanilla. Pure and heavenly.
Thank you so much to Maria and Chef Romina for showing me the best day ever at Les Madeleines. If I lived anywhere near Salt Lake City, I would be in here every day. I could totally see myself being a regular in this beautiful cafe! :)
In addition to the most beautiful pastry case I’ve ever laid eyes on, Les Madeleines also serves breakfast and lunch. A few were ordering lunch while we were there and it looked amazing! I’ve heard their pomme frites are to die for. I will definitely have to put these on my list for next time! :) If you are ever anywhere near Salt Lake City, give Les Madeleines a try!
Hope you enjoyed!! Until next time! :)
I love Les Madalienes! We live 3 hours away but every time we are in Salt Lake this is on my list! Excellent article showcasing their amazing treats. Can’t wait to go again, you made my mouth water.
Shortbread cookies are one of my all time favorite desserts so a trip to this bakery is officially on my bucket list!!
I think that we need to try those homemade oreos with the raspberry filling from the thumbprints!!
Every picture became my next favorite…then I started over at the top and fell in love all over again with the lemon tart…oooohh I am so glad that I don’t live there!
I wish we could have met when you were in Salt Lake! Glad you got to stay in the pretty mountains and try some delicious bakeries!
I saw this on that episode of the best thing I ever ate! I LOVE that show and I can’t believe I totally forgot to try this bakery out because I live in UT! Next time you guys go out on one of these incredible bakery ventures sign. me. up! =)
I just gained 10 lbs. looking at those! ;)
This is my very favorite bakery here in SLC! I’ve been going there since about 6 months after they opened and refer people all the time. I’m sad you weren’t able to have one of her raspberry charlottes. Those are one of my husband’s favorite treats from there. The Kouing Aman and Meyer Lemon tarts are as good as you describe. And, once upon a time, she used to make a mini cupcake called Jaipur – it was a cardamom cupcake with rose syrup and pistachio buttercream. It was so delicious.
I’m lucky enough to live near these amazing bakeries. I’ve been wanting to try Les Madelines, but alas, have not gotten there yet. But I’m a faithful customer of Sweet Tooth Fairy. I love their Cookies n Cream cupcake, and their Almond Joy cookie – WOW! You’ll feel like you’ve died and gone to heaven. Oh, and their cup shakes – WOW! WOW! (Double WOW), and don’t even get me started on the Cake Bites — so deliciously addictive. I’m glad you enjoyed yourself while you were here.
I don’t even know what to say after seeing all of that…except that my mouth is literally watering! Especially for that carrot cake cookie with cream cheese frosting! Yum! I really enjoy reading your blog and I invite you to stop by mine anytime to see the delicious recipes I am cooking up! Have a wonderful day!
Ommmmggggggg. I can’t even wrap my head around all of that. You ate all of this in ONE sitting? Pleasesayyes.
Why did I look at this when I am starving?! Lol! Beautiful goodies!
Kouing Aman is pretty much the BEST THING EVER. I was in SLC for business in November and the organizer brought them in one morning. As I walked into the meeting room, she said “Would you like a pastry?” Having just had breakfast, I politely declined. One of my colleagues said, “No. You WANT one of these. You REALLY want one of these.” I actually considered ordering some when family came for Christmas, then came to my senses when I realized what it would cost for delivery. I’ve even considered trying to make them at home, even though my oven and I are not exactly the best of friends. Kouing Aman from Les Madeleine’s ROCK.
Ok, your pictures makes me want to reach through the screen and DEVOUR! That Toffee Shortbread looks devine!
As another Southern mouth, I am wishing desperately that I could find the Koeing Aman here in Nashville. While you are in SLC, be sure to check out Vosen’s Bakery! It’s German and oh so good!!! It’s located at 249 W 200 S
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Oh my, oh my, so many goodies! Enjoy.
And all this time I thought it was your husband who was the photographer! Great shots of the food! And that is on my list of places to visit when I see SLC!!!
What an incredible lineup of sweets! I don’t know how I could pick a favorite… they all look amazing!
I really wish the internet would have “Scratch N Sniff” for certain occasions. YUM!! I don’t know how you stay so thin girl!! :)
Ohh my! These look SO amazing! I know I would absolutely love the Kouing just by looking at it. I love everything flaky and buttery…yummm :)
How do you do it? You make me want to overnight pastries and cake bites and and and…
I’ll take that homemade Oreo and one of those Kouing Aman thingys just because you insist and I don’t want to let you down. :)
Yum….! This will start your morning off right, sweets and coffee! I would eat everything here but the macaroon…sorry just not into them.. ; )
Wow! That’s a really great bakery :) I love love love Paris-Brest pastries. I’m living in France right now so I have to restrain myself when it comes to them. It’s really awesome that you found such great French baked goods all the way in UT! I hope they were soooooo delicious!
Please stop Amanda, as if Deer Valley wasn’t enough for foodie picturesI just want to jump into the computer and gorge myself on all these delicious pastries.
Rene from OZ xo
That Kouing Aman looks and sounds amazing. If you say you’re THAT into them, then I know it’s just gotta be the best thing ever! I actually do love carrot cake and cream cheese frosting hugely, so I know that cookie would be right up my alley. And a dulce de leche Oreo. Yes please! Gorgeous photos & thanks for the field trip to the bakery…if only I had a scratch and sniff (or taste!) screen!