Citrus Egg Yolk Cookies

31 May 2017

Citrus Egg Yolk Cookies

Cookies made with 6 egg yolks. Made with orange extract and lemon extract, it tastes like summer in a cookie.

Egg Yolk Cookies Recipe

Is there anyone out there that can say no to a cookie?

I certainly can't. Cookies are my one weakness.. well, that is after brownies, cakes, chocolate.. okay. So I might have more than one weakness. But these cookies? It was like my hand had a mind of its own. Always reaching for "one more cookie"...

Egg Yolk Cookies Recipe

So yeah. These cookies didn't last long. The only reason I am not tempted to make more of these this second is that I don't have any egg yolks on hand. At the moment anyways.

This recipe was made for the sole purpose of using up my 6 egg yolks that were hanging out in my fridge. Why did I randomly have 6 egg yolks in my fridge? Um.. old grandmother's recipe gone wrong. Once I perfect it, I will post it on the blog.

But don't hold your breath. I don't think I will be perfecting that recipe any time soon.

Egg Yolk Cookies Recipe

BUT, since my grandmother's recipe calls for 6 egg whites, I now have a recipe to use up all of those unwanted egg yolks.

This recipe is literally the result of a Google search for "recipe using 6 egg yolks". Honestly, Google can find you anything. Every time I think I have an original idea for a recipe, after a quick Google search, I quickly come to realize it wasn't original at all. There are at least 8 other people who have had the exact same idea.

Egg Yolk Cookies Recipe

But I love the simplicity of these cookies. This recipe doesn't try to go overboard by packing as many flavours into one cookie as possible. Which, to be honest, was what I thought I needed to do if I was a food blogger. But can't we just have a simple cookie every once in a while?

The only fancy thing about these cookies are the different types of extract in it. Luckily, I went on an extract shopping spree earlier this month, so I have been prepared for anything in my kitchen! But I would highly suggest you get yourself some good extracts. They are always handy to have around, and they make your baking 10x better. I promise!

Egg Yolk Cookies Recipe

Egg Yolk Cookies
printable recipe

What you'll need:
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the egg yolks, vanilla, lemon and orange extracts, and beat until fully combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda and cream of tartar. 
  4. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, and mix until fully incorporated.
  5. Using a medium cookie scoop (or using your hands), scoop the cookie dough onto the prepared cookie sheets.making sure they are at least 2 inches apart.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes, or until the edges begin to brown.
  7. Remove from oven and allow to cool on the cookie sheets for 10 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

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  1. I agree that cookies go down so easy! And these are so so interesting. I've never made anything like it...the yolks must give it such a great texture and rich flavor. Plus the citrus flavors sound so good here.

  2. Love the color of your cookies!

  3. Love these cookies ! look absolutely delicious and lovely!

  4. What gorgeous pictures! I love citrus. These cookies are for me.


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