Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Salted Egg Yolks Cookies

Chinese New Year Cookies

Chinese New Year Cookies
Chinese New Year Cookies

Recipe adapted from Cheh Cheh of Messy Witchen 

Mashed cooked salted egg yolks
250g plain flour
20g cornflour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 tablespoon milk powder
4 salted duck egg yolks 
170g butter, softened
80g icing sugar
1/2 tsp salt

Glaze:  (Lightly beaten)
1 egg
pinch of salt
Black & white sesame seeds

  • Separate the eggs.  Steam the egg yolks until cooked.  Use a fork to mash the yolks and set aside.
  • Sift together flour, cornflour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and milk powder. Set aside.
  • Using a stand mixer cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. 
  • With the mixer on low speed, fold in sifted flours in three additions and add in mashed egg yolks.  Beat until just combined to form a dough.  Flatten the dough into a disk, wrap in cling wrap and place in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
  • With the palm of your hand, gently pat the dough to flatten slightly.  Place the dough in between 2 sheets of non-stick baking paper and roll into 5mm thickness.  Use cookie cutters to cut the shape out of the dough.
  • Place cookies onto a tray lined with baking paper.  Brush cookies with egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  • Bake in a preheated oven (170 deg C) for about 10 minutes or until golden brown.  
  • Cool cookies completely before storing in air tight containers.

I'm submitting this post to the Bake Along event hosted by
 Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids, Joyce of Kitchen Flavours and Lena of Frozen Wings
and the theme is 'Chinese New Year Cookies'


  1. mm, this is very interesting.. you really found good treasures at messy witchen... thanks for sharing your find ^^

  2. Hi Veronica
    This cookies sounds really very yummy as the key ingredient is that the salted egg yolks!! I would love this give this a try. Thank you for sharing it with us!!

  3. i also just made these cookies few days ago, still hvnt drafted yet..:)

  4. They must be very flavourful and melt-in-mouth!

    1. Yes, if you like salted duck eggs you will definitely like the taste of these cookies. Even my son who dislikes salted duck eggs said these cookies were yummy.

  5. Hi Veronica, this is my first time seeing a salted egg yolk cookie, looks very interesting! What did you do with the leftover egg whites??

    1. I still don't know what to do with the egg whites. Maybe egg drop (egg flower) soup. Any suggestions? Yes, this is definitely a unique cookie.

  6. I never realised that you could make cookies from salted duck eggs! I'm loving all your CNY cookie posts!

    1. I was quite curious too when I heard the name. But it turned out very tasty and aromatic.

  7. Veronica I'm crazy about salted egg yolk in savouries but haven't really had it in cookies or sweets! Thanks for the recipe!

  8. This is very unique, Veronica! It would be great if you could share a few pieces with me :))

  9. Veronica, this is one of the cookies that in my shortlisted list but after so many yrs still didnt move my butt yet hahaha.... you are tempting me again lol.

    1. What are you waiting for ;-) ? CNY is just around the corner, I bet your family would love them.

  10. Hi Veronica,

    These cookies sound extremely wonderful with this sweet and salty combination.


  11. Hi Veronica, honestly I always prefer savoury, sweet cookies. I'll try this, bookmarked.

  12. Hi Veronica,
    Lovely cookies! I have seen recipes using salted egg yolk, or just normal hard-boiled egg yolk from one of my cookbooks, could not remember which one. And have wondered how it taste like!
    I love salted eggs, so my guess is, I would like these cookies!
    Your cookies looks very pretty and golden.
    Thanks for sharing.

  13. Hi Veronica,
    This is really interesting, using salted egg yolks to make cny cookies. I have seen your recipe and also another similar recipe from Lena. Gonna bookmark this, thanks for sharing!


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