22 Ways to Use Up Leftover Egg Yolks

updated Sep 29, 2023
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Have you made an airy pavlova or crunchy meringue lately? Or did someone in your family abscond with all the egg whites for his breakfast scramble, leaving you with an excess of egg yolks?

Don’t be annoyed! Step up to the challenge and look at this as an opportunity to use these protein-packed, sunny spheres in new recipes. We promise that whatever you choose to make, it’ll be delicious. Here are 22 ways to use leftover egg yolks.

Credit: Joe Lingeman

You can go as simple or as ambitious as you want when using up egg yolks. Want a weekend project? Make impressive giant raviolis with an egg yolk in each one. Something simple? Beat the egg yolk up and brush an unbaked pie crust with it to create a seal that will keep the crust from getting soggy.

Whether you’ve got one leftover yolk or six, here’s a list of recipes, grouped together by number of yolks used, so you can make something tasty and use them up at the same time. And if you don’t have the time to use up your egg yolks right now, remember that you can freeze them for later!

6 Egg Yolks

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Buttered Toast Bundt Cake with Honey and Jam
Here, brown butter shines in both the cake batter and the simple honey glaze, and its toasty, complex notes give off the most incredible buttered toast vibes.
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Coffee Ice Cream
Learn how to actually put the ice cream attachment on your mixer to use with this helpful tutorial.
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Strawberry Shortcake
Strawberry shortcake is the ambassador of summer, showing off juicy berries like jewels. Turn it into a layer cake with this easy and delicious recipe.
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5 Egg Yolks

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Mexican Chocolate and Almond Ice Cream

I grew up drinking a lot of Mexican hot chocolate, made from those granular discs of Ibarra Mexican chocolate that were always stashed somewhere in our pantry. Whizzed with hot milk in the blender, it made a great morning treat. Sometimes Mom added a dash of almond extract. It’s only a matter of time before I turn something I love into ice cream. This is how a recipe evolves.

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Lemon Curd

Lemon curd is one of those things that I always like to have in my refrigerator. It has saved me more than once when I’ve had to rustle up a last minute dessert or had an unexpected guest stop by at tea time. I love how lemon curd is tart (at least the way I make it!) and yet rich and smooth.

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Stirred Egg Custard

This simple dessert is so sweet and satisfying; it’s a pure shame it ever went out of fashion. Well, I’m all for bringing it back. Hooray for the classics!

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4 Egg Yolks

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Banana Pudding
A classic Southern banana pudding made with a custard-based vanilla pudding, sliced bananas, Nilla wafers, and a whipped cream or meringue topping.
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Easy Hollandaise Sauce in a Blender
The creamy, buttery sauce will upgrade everything from eggs benedict to asparagus.
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Crème Anglaise
A silky pourable custard sauce flavored with vanilla bean.
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Easy Key Lime Pie

This key lime pie is full of clean and bright notes, and it’s surprisingly simple to make — and easy to love.

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Heavenly Lemon Bars with Almond Shortbread Crust

You’re really getting a three-for-one deal with this recipe. The curd on its own is fantastic on toast, or sandwiched between cookies, or, you know, spooned directly from the jar. The shortbread is the perfect mid-morning nibble with a second cup of tea.

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3 Egg Yolks

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Buttermilk Bar Donuts
These rectangular-shaped donuts, which are similar in taste to a classic old-fashioned donut, are a Los Angeles favorite. Here's how to make them at home.
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Chocolate Pudding from Scratch

This is a secret opportunity for you as a cook, because pudding is special and unusual, and yet a snap to make. Pudding is simply milk and cream, sweetened and thickened by a brief bout of cooking on the stovetop or in the oven. Knowing how to make pudding from scratch is like having the golden key to winning dessert.

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Crème Brûlée

Here’s a recipe and step-by-step guide to making crème brûlée in your own kitchen — no torch or special equipment required, and you’ll only need five or six ingredients to get that sweet, creamy custard with a shattering sugar crust.

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2 Egg Yolks

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Orange Cream Pie
This pie is a perfect blend of the classic combination of tart, juicy citrus and silky, vanilla custard cream.
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Japanese Pancakes
A step-by-step guide to making fluffy, soufflé-like Japanese pancakes at home.
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The Easiest Chocolate Pudding Cakes

When you plunge your spoon through the delicate, crackly crust of this single-serve dessert, the lush, oozy center is likely to remind you of a molten lava cake. But this chocolate-filled ramekin is something entirely different. The center is filled with warm, velvety pudding that has just the right balance of sweet chocolate and eggy richness, without overwhelming.

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Banana Pudding Bars

This recipe harnesses banana flavor from banana chips rather than fresh bananas so that you can make this recipe ahead without the vanilla pudding discoloring.

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Mayonnaise with an Immersion Blender

Did you know that it’s really really easy to make mayonnaise at home? It’s just three ingredients — egg yolks, a squeeze of lemon juice, and some oil — and with an immersion blender, it’s ready in about five minutes. Three ingredients, five minutes of your time, delicious creamy mayo. Let’s do this.

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Garlic Aioli
In this cooking lesson, we'll walk through making aioli step-by-step for the most gorgeous garlic mayonnaise you'll ever taste.
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1 Egg Yolk

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Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake

Whether you serve your best group of gals or (like me) a table of toddlers, a generous dusting of powdered sugar and a tumble of tart berries add the finishing touch to this decadent chocolate dessert.

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Lemon Bars
These lemon bars have a buttery shortbread crust and a thick and luscious filling.
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