Crackin’ good: Egg cookies ain’t no yolk

My grandma made the best custard pie. It was cinnamon-y and delicious, and I always looked forward to getting a piece at family gatherings. I think she might have kept making it partially because she knew I liked it so much.

When Joey joined the family, the first chance I got to expose him to her custard pie, I was excited to watch him take his initial bite.

He put the fork in his mouth, and then a funny look came over his face.

“Are there eggs in this?” he asked.

“Yes. That’s pretty much the main ingredient,” I said.

“So…it’s an egg pie?”

He wasn’t a huge fan. More for me, I suppose.

I was reminded of that sweet, slightly egg-y flavor when I tried this week’s recipe for Egg-yolk butter cookies. They are a great way to use up extra egg yolks, and they’re a nice, soft cookie, too.

This comes from a blog called “Roxanna’s Home Baking.” You can find the original at http://roxanashomebaking.com/egg-yolk-cookies-recipe/. I changed it slightly from the original.

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Egg-yolk Butter Cookies

Ingredients

2 1/4 cups flour

6 egg yolks

2/3 cup sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 sticks butter

Directions

Combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and beat until it comes together into dough (the blog suggests adding a few drops of water at a time if it’s too crumbly, but I had no problem with that at all).

Place the dough in the freezer. You can roll it in a log first if you like—mine was way too sticky to accomplish that. Freeze for 30 to 40 minutes to let the cookie dough set up.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Either slice the log of dough or scoop the dough by the tablespoonful onto a baking sheet.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.

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As you can imagine, Joey wasn’t crazy about these cookies, but he did eat more than one, so I consider it a triumph.

They were nowhere near as good as my grandma’s use of eggs in dessert, but they’re a good way to get rid of extra egg yolks if you have them in the fridge, and that’s pretty good, too.

When not helping husband Joey with newspaper work, Lindsey teaches speech, debate and forensics at Haven High School. She can be reached at lindseyclarion@gmail.com.

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