Ways to Use Egg Yolks

If you do any amount of baking, you inevitably end up with a recipe that leaves you with leftover egg yolks. If you have leftover egg whites, you always have the option of having an egg white omelet or two (or check out my post on Ways to Use Egg Whites), but you don’t have that option with the yolks. Here are some ideas to help!

I’ve gathered here a list of my recipes that use two or more egg yolks, so you have a go-to spot to figure out what to do with the ones you have sitting in your refrigerator. I’ve separated the recipes below by number of egg yolks used, just to make it that much easier to navigate the recipes based on the number of egg yolks you have to use up.

2 Egg Yolks



If you have two egg yolks sitting in your fridge, this Homemade Challah is the perfect way to use them up! Chewy, eggy, and soft, this bread was made for breakfast glory.

Blueberry Curd Tart

This Blueberry Curd Tart is the perfect way to use up a few yolks! Plus, that COLOR!! <3

3 Egg Yolks

Strawberry Almond Tartlets

Strawberry Almond Tartlets

These Strawberry Almond Tartlets have a sweet vanilla almond crust filled with velvety strawberry curd, all topped in toasted meringue! Lemon curd gets all the attention, but these tarts will make strawberry curd your new obsession!

Coconut Pineapple Tart

This Coconut Pineapple Tart has a coconut crust filled with homemade pineapple curd! Topped with pineapple “flowers,” this beauty is a tropical dream dessert!

4 Egg Yolks

Caramel Banana Cream Pie

caramel banana cream pie

This Caramel Banana Cream Pie has a flaky pastry crust filled with homemade salted caramel sauce, caramel pastry cream, and sliced bananas, all topped with fresh whipped cream. Yes, it’s just as amazing as it sounds!

Caramel Apple Cream Puffs

These Caramel Apple Cream Puffs are classic cream puffs filled with caramel pastry cream and homemade chunky apple preserves. Then the whole thing is drizzled with homemade salted caramel sauce! A fabulous use of 4 yolks if you ask me! <3

5 Egg Yolks

Mocha Tart

mocha tart

This Mocha Tart has a crisp, crumbly chocolate shortbread crust filled with creamy chocolate-espresso custard and topped with (five shades of) chocolate whipped cream! This tart is a dream!

6 Egg Yolks

Apple & Maple Custard Tart

Apple and Maple Custard Tart

A unique take on a fruit tart, this Apple Maple Custard Tart has a classic pastry shell filled with maple custard and topped with fresh apples! Don’t worry about the apples browning! I have a (quick and easy) trick in the recipe that keeps them looking perfect!

Cereal Milk Tartlets

These Cereal Milk Tartlets have a funfetti blondie crust filled with Lucky Charms cereal milk pastry cream, all topped with homemade vanilla bean whipped cream! <3

Blood Orange Curd Tartlets

Blood Orange Curd Tartlets

These Blood Orange Curd Tartlets have beautiful flavor, look gorgeous, and will use six egg yolks! These gems have sweet pastry filled with blood orange curd and topped with Swiss meringue buttercream and chopped pistachios.

Classic Fruit Tart

This Classic Fruit Tart has an orange-scented sweet pastry filled with vanilla bean pastry cream. While those components are completely delicious on their own, it’s even better topped with a rainbow of fresh fruit!

Rosé Glazed Strawberry Lemon Mascarpone Tart

Strawberry Lemon Tart

This Rosé-Glazed Strawberry Lemon Mascarpone Tart has a sweet pastry crust with a lemon-mascarpone filling, topped with fresh strawberries and glazed in a rosé wine reduction. This beauty is a crowd-pleaser!

Mimosa Tart

mimosa tart

This Mimosa Tart has sweet, orange-scented pastry filled with champagne pastry cream and topped with candied citrus slices! This tart makes a great dessert, but it works for brunch, too!

Strawberry Peach Tart

Strawberry Peach Tart

This Strawberry Peach Tart is sweet pastry filled with strawberry-vanilla pastry cream, topped with fresh strawberries and peaches!

7 Egg Yolks

Peach Rose Tart

Peach Tart

This Peach Rose Tart will be the highlight of your table! A sweet pastry crust filled with homemade vanilla pastry cream and topped with fresh peach roses. One bite will brighten your day!

8 Egg Yolks

Black Forest Pie

Black Forest Pie

Those aren’t black olives you see (like my husband thought they were 😀 ), those are beautiful Italian maraschino cherries! This Black Forest Pie has a chocolate pastry crust filled with dark chocolate cherry custard and chopped maraschino cherries, topped with fresh whipped cream, grated chocolate, and more cherries. Decadent and delicious!

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. 🙂

Other posts you may like:

Ways to Use Egg Whites

(Last updated 4/11/2021)

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