6 Delicious Ways to Use Up Extra Egg Yolks

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Here’re 6 delicious egg yolk recipes for you to try. Different recipes for various amounts of yolks! Never waste another leftover egg yolk!


If you know anything about me, you probably know that I have a thing for meringue-based desserts, like Angel food cake, Pavlova cake and of course, macarons. As a result, I end up with a ton of extra egg yolks.  

And because I hate wasting food, I’ve collected many different ways to put those extra yolks to a good use!

6 ways to use extra egg yolks:

Here’re my favorite ways to use leftover egg yolks. Different egg yolk recipes for different amounts of yolks needed!! No matter how many yolks you have on hand, I’m sure you’ll find just the right recipe!

Egg Yolk Cookies (6 eggs)

These cookies are slightly cake-y, rich, but not overly sweet. They’re delicious as is, and also a perfect base for additional flavors too. 

These egg yolk cookies are readers’ favorite. It gets ton of 5-star reviews all the time!

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Pastry cream (4 yolks)

This classic pastry cream is so versatile.

You can use it to fill eclairs, make banana cream pie, or any tarts and desserts!

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Homemade ice cream (4 yolks)

Velvety smooth, creamy and rich homemade ice cream studded with tiny black vanilla beans.

You won’t believe how easy it is to make ice cream from scratch!

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Crème Brûlée (3 yolks) 

This creamy dreamy classic creme brûlée is incredibly easy to make, yet exquisite dessert to serve at a party.

No torch required!

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French buttercream (2 yolks)

French buttercream is my favorite way to use up leftover egg yolks when I make macarons, because it’s perfect to fill those macs and uses exact same amount of yolks as whites!

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All-Butter Pie crust (1 yolk)

This foolproof all-butter pie crust is flaky, buttery and tender.

Added egg yolk makes it extra rich and flavorful too!

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Store egg yolks in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

You can also freeze the egg yolks, but it requires a little treatment, which you can read about it here.

Let me know if this list of egg yolk recipes was helpful for you!

Hi, I’m Shinee!

Welcome! I’m so happy you’re here! I believe anyone can cook restaurant-quality food at home! And my goal is to help you to become a confident cook with my easy-to-follow recipes with lots of tips and step-by-step photos.

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