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15+ Recipes Using Egg Yolks

If you do any amount of baking, you inevitably end up with leftover egg yolks from time to time. Here are some Recipes Using Egg Yolks to help you use them up!

Collage of dessert recipes using egg yolks.

So you’ve made an Angel Food Cake. Or a pavlova. Or some egg white omelets. Now you’ve got leftover yolks that you’ll stick in the fridge and never use. Unleeeeess someone tells you how you can store them and gives you a bunch of delicious dessert recipes using egg yolks, right? 😉

How to Store Leftover Egg Yolks

Egg yolks tend to dry out, so store them in the smallest container that you can to minimize the amount of air they’re exposed to. Egg yolks will keep in the refrigerator for up to two days.

You can also freeze egg yolks! Egg yolks tend to thicken and get gelatinous when you freeze them. To prevent that from happening, whisk the yolks with a pinch of salt (1/8 teaspoon per 4 yolks) before freezing. Make sure to label your container with the number of yolks since you’ll no longer be able to tell! The amount of salt is negligible, but you may want to add a little less salt to your bake if you go this route. The yolks will keep in the freezer for up to a year!

Dessert Recipes

Recipes that use egg yolks are rich and velvety. I’ve gathered below a list of all my egg yolk dessert recipes, and there are lots of delicious custards, curds, and pastry creams here!

I’ve separated the recipes below by number of egg yolks used (2-8 yolks!), so you can find just the right recipe for the number of egg yolks you’d like to use up!

2 Egg Yolks

Blueberry Curd Tart
This Blueberry Curd Tart is a sweet pastry crust filled with homemade blueberry curd! You'll fall in love with both the flavor and that gorgeous color!!
Check out this recipe
Blueberry Curd Tart
Pecan Pie Cream Puffs
These Pecan Pie Cream Puffs are brown sugar craquelin cream puffs filled with pecan pie filling and bourbon whipped cream!
Check out this recipe
pecan pie cream puff on top of measuring cup

3 Egg Yolks

Coconut Pineapple Tart
This Coconut Pineapple Tart has a coconut crust filled with homemade pineapple curd! Topped with pineapple "flowers", this tart is a tropical dream!
Check out this recipe
Coconut Pineapple Tart

4 Egg Yolks

Root Beer Float Cream Puffs
These Root Beer Float Cream Puffs are filled with root beer pastry cream and topped with vanilla bean whipped cream! They have all the flavors of the classic soda shop treat, right down to the cherry on top!
Check out this recipe
Caramel Banana Cream Pie
A flaky pastry crust filled with salted caramel sauce, caramel pastry cream, and fresh bananas, all topped with fresh whipped cream.
Check out this recipe
Caramel Apple Cream Puffs
These Caramel Apple Cream Puffs are a classic cream puff filled with caramel pastry cream and apple preserves, then drizzled with homemade salted caramel sauce!
Check out this recipe
Caramel Apple Cream Puffs

5 Egg Yolks

Mocha Tart
This Mocha Tart has a chocolate shortbread crust filled with chocolate espresso custard and topped with (five shades of) fresh whipped cream!
Check out this recipe

6 Egg Yolks

Pumpkin Coconut Cream Pie
This dreamy Pumpkin Coconut Cream Pie puts a Fall spin on a classic! The filling is a coconut cream/pumpkin spice custard, topped with cinnamon-vanilla whipped cream, toasted coconut, and candied pumpkin seeds!
Check out this recipe
Pumpkin Coconut Cream Pie
Apple Maple Custard Tart
A classic pastry shell filled with maple custard and topped with sliced apples. Refreshingly Fall!
Check out this recipe
Apple and Maple Custard Tart
Coconut Mocha Pie
This Coconut Mocha Pie has a toasted coconut pastry crust filled with dark chocolate custard, topped with dalgona coffee swirled with whipped coconut cream! It's toasted coconut meets a mochaccino and I am HERE for it!!
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Cereal Milk Tartlets
These Cereal Milk Tartlets have a funfetti blondie crust filled with pastry cream made with Lucky Charms cereal milk! Topped with homemade vanilla bean whipped cream and Lucky Charms marshmalows, these little cuties are magic!
Check out this recipe
Classic Fruit Tart
This tart belongs on your table (and in your belly) this summer! Orange-scented sweet pastry filled with vanilla bean pastry cream and topped with fresh fruit.
Check out this recipe
Mimosa Tart
An orange-scented sweet pastry crust filled with champagne pastry cream and topped with candied citrus. A mimosa in dessert form!
Check out this recipe
mimosa tart
Strawberry Peach Tart
A sweet pastry crust filled with strawberry vanilla bean pastry cream and topped with fresh strawberries and peaches. Summer on a plate!
Check out this recipe
Strawberry Peach Tart

7 Egg Yolks

Peach Rose Tart
This Peach Rose Tart has a sweet pastry crust filled with homemade pastry cream and topped with fresh peaches! Taking the time to make rosettes from the sliced peaches results in a showstopper dessert!!
Check out this recipe

8 Egg Yolks

Black Forest Pie
A chocolate pastry crust filled with dark chocolate cherry custard and italian maraschino cherries, topped with fresh whipped cream, more italian maraschino cherries, and grated chocolate.
Check out this recipe

I’ll come back and update this post every so often so that you have as many egg-yolk-saving recipes here as possible! No worries about wasting egg yolks anymore. 🙂

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(Last updated 1/14/2022)

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