Egg yolk cookies

    25 min

    Put leftover egg yolks to good use with this recipe for soft and chewy egg yolk cookies.

    57 people made this

    Serves: 60 

    • 300g caster sugar
    • 225g butter, softened
    • 6 egg yolks
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
    • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
    • 310g plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:25min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease or line baking sheets with parchment.
    2. Beat sugar and butter together in a bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat egg yolks, vanilla extract, lemon extract and orange extract together in another bowl. Add egg yolk mixture to butter mixture; beat well.
    3. Sift flour, bicarb and cream of tartar together in a bowl. Stir flour mixture into butter mixture until dough is well-blended. Roll dough into walnut-size balls and place on prepared baking sheets. Press dough balls to slightly flatten.
    4. Bake in the preheated oven until golden around the edges and set, 8 to 10 minutes.


    If you don't have lemon and orange extracts, you can simply use lemon zest and orange zest instead. About a teaspoon of each would work well. Or, you can choose to omit the zest and extract all together for a more neutral flavour.

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    These were good! Very sweet and a little thinner and crispier than I expected. I had to add a tablespoon of water to keep the dough from crumbling too much. I would definitely make these again if I had six egg yolks to use.  -  02 Mar 2016  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    My 8-year-old son actually found this recipe on his own. I was making an angel food cake for my older daughter's birthday and needed only the egg whites. I made the comment, "I'll need to find a recipe that uses egg yolks," and also noted that I had accidentally added the cream of tartar to my bowl of egg yolks instead of my mixing bowl for the angel food cake. He googled recipes that use 12 egg yolks and cream of tartar and found this. We doubled the recipe, I went out to get orange and lime extracts, the two of us mixed everything up, and it was a hit!  -  17 Feb 2019  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    These were so good. On my last batch I ran out of flour so I substituted almond flour and noone knew the difference.  -  20 Dec 2018  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)