Friday, January 15, 2016

Melt-in-your-mouth Salted Egg Yolk Cookies

A so-called trendy birdie told me that any food that is made with salted egg yolks has been the latest in-thing in Singapore and Malaysia these days. Tweet tweet...

Hence, we have been seeing food like salted egg yolk fried chicken, salted egg yolk fries, salted egg yolk lava egg tarts, salted egg yolk ice cream, salted egg yolk pasta, salted egg yolk waffles, salted egg pineapple tarts, salted egg yolk pizza ... and the latest I heard was salted egg croissants!


No doubt that the list will go on and on. All because the addition of the sweet, salty and umami-tasting salted yolks can enhance most food to another unique dimension... telling our taste buds that this is so yum and we want more!

When I saw Lena from Frozen Wings baked these salted egg yolk cookies a couple years, I knew immediately that these salted egg yolk butter cookies are so yum and it is such a shame that I have not bake them earlier...


Melt-in-your-mouth salted egg yolk cookies
Melt-in-your-mouth Salted Egg Yolk Cookies
To bake salted egg yolk cookies, I need salted duck eggs!
This is the pre-cooked kind that I have used.
You can use the regular duck eggs and don't have to use the red core kind.
I prefer to use this because I like its more intense colour.
I'm the lucky gal today!
I found a double-yolk egg!!!
Baking these cookies is easy. All I have to do is this...
... and this and the dough is ready to roll after chilling.
The dough is pretty easy to handle and there is no problem at all rolling and cutting the cookies into shapes.
I can bake many of these little cookies with this recipe.
melt-in-your-mouth salted egg yolk cookies
... but they are never too many to eat :p

Sweet, buttery, a little salty and melty... Every mouthful of these salted egg yolk custard-like cookies are so yum that it is very hard for us to stop munching these... So within a day and not really two, all these cookies are all gone. Ops!

Hope that you will enjoying baking and munching these cookies too for Chinese New Year.

Update on 23 Jan 2017: These cookies are so delicious that I have to bake them again!!! Must bake! Must bake!

melt in your mouth salted egg yolk cookies
Salted egg yolk cookies again!!!
melt in your mouth salted egg yolk cookies
So yummy!!! Must bake! Must bake!

A few readers had given me feedback saying that the cookie dough is too crumbly for them to handle. To enhance the incorporation of salted egg into the dough, I have improved the recipe by adding the briefly mashed salted egg yolk into the flour mixture and then press the mixture through a coarse sieve.  Here's a video of me baking these cookies and hope that it will help you to bake and love these cookies too :)


Here's the recipe that is mostly adapted from Frozen Wings - Updated on 23 Jan 2017

Makes about 60 very small one-mouthful size cookies
85g unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
40g caster sugar
1/8 tsp salt
125g all purpose flour
10g cornflour
1/8 tsp baking powder
2 cooked salted egg yolks, briefly mashed (about 35g)
1 egg yolk, lightly beaten to glaze
black sesame seeds to sprinkle

Using a wooden spoon or an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar and salt for about 1-2 mins or until combined and fluffy. Do not over beat. Place flour, cornflour, baking powder and salted egg yolks in a medium coarse sieve and use a spoon to sift and press the flour-salted-yolk mixture into the butter mixture. Then, use a spoon or spatula to mix until the flour mixture is totally absorbed into the butter mixture. Gather the crumbs to form a soft pliable dough. Wrap dough in cling film and allow it to rest in the fridge for at least 30 mins.

Line baking trays with baking paper and preheat oven to 170°C

Place dough on a lightly floured surface to roll into 3 mm thickness and cut them into shapes using your desired cookie cutter. Brush the cookies with egg yolk and sprinkle sesame seeds on them and bake for 15 mins or until golden brown. Allow the cookies to cool slightly on the baking trays for 10-15 mins. Transfer them onto a wire rack and allow them to cool completely.

Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 weeks.

Happy Baking
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44 comments:

  1. Yea Zoe, salted egg is the craze right now.... a couple of weeks ago, ppl were going crazy over a salted egg croissant here in KL.

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  2. Hi Zoe, These salted egg cookies are very popular now. I like your recipe as it is a very small portion :D

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  3. Hi may i know where did u purchase the salted eggs from?

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    1. Hi,

      Depending where you lives, you can buy cooked or uncooked unsalted eggs from any Asian grocery shops.

      Cheers!

      Zoe

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  4. Wow, I guess one leads to another...
    Have a nice weekend

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  5. omg i need to bake this for cny. I've nvr tried salted egg cookies before. from yr post, i know it is going to be so yummy yummylicious!!

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  6. Would certainly try baking these salted egg yolk cookies. Thank you for sharing.

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  7. stellawongyeow@gmail.comJanuary 15, 2016 at 7:53 PM

    Thank you for posting this recipe! Shall definitely try baking these salted egg yolk cookies as soon as I buy the salted eggs.

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  8. Salted eggs in cookies? Wow this is new to me. Would love to taste some Zoe.

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  9. Hello! May I know where you buy the precooked egg yolks from? I'm living in Melbourne too. Any Asisn grocery?

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    1. Hi Zoe,

      Yes, you can buy cooked unsalted eggs from any Asian grocery shops.

      Cheers!

      Zoe

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  10. I am sure these cookies will taste yummy. I love salted eggs.

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  11. Oh they look so perfect and pretty...I want some now...

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  12. Hi Zoe,
    These one-mouthful size salted egg yolk cookies are so delish! Gone within minutes. ... yum!

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  13. These must be heavenly. Salted egg yolk is magical. It makes many people salivate! :D

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  14. I always thought salted egg was something used in savory dishes not in baking. Cookies look cute very curious about the taste

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  15. Very interesting cookies! Just love the way they look...

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  16. The cookies look so good! Now I need to find ready salted duck eggs! :D

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  17. Hi Zoe
    do we use unsalted butter?
    Thanks in advance.

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    1. Hi Evelyn,

      Thanks for asking me this question as I didn't realised that I have not included the detail that I have used unsalted butter to bake my cookies.

      Having said that, I like to mention that you can also use lightly salted butter to bake these cookies but they will be saltier than most regular cookies. Cheers!

      Zoe

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  18. Hi Zoe , i did it again !! hehe , with my salted eggs left over ... visit my post - http://nanapatricia.blogspot.my/2016/01/chia-seeds-salted-egg-cny-cookies.html

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    1. Hi Patricia,

      Nice to know that you like and enjoyed baking these cookies :) Yippee!

      Zoe

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  19. Hi Zoe, thanks for posting this recipe. Tried it and came out really great (didn't look all that great since I didn't have a cookie cutter)..and yes, it really melts in your mouth. Pretty easy to make as well. My kids loved it!

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  20. Hi you mention adding salt in your recipe but in the ingredirnts you did not mention..

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    1. Hi,

      Thanks for your comment. The original recipe uses salted butter with no added salt and that's why I have forgotten to include these details. For me, I have used unsalted butter and added 1/8 tsp salt. I have corrected the recipe accordingly. Cheers!

      Zoe

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  21. Hi Zoe,

    May I know this cookies can last how long after baked?

    Thanks

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    1. Hi,

      These completely cooled cookies can be stored for up to 2 weeks in airtight container and have not tried storing the cookies any further as they were all gone :)

      Zoe

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  22. Hii Zoe,
    I've tried this recipe, it's very delicious, I like it so much. Can you recommend me another delicious cookies recipe ? ^^. Thanks...

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    1. Hi Emi,

      I'm happy to know that you like these cookies. You can find many of my cookies recipes at http://zoerecipes.blogspot.com.au/2012/05/chocolate-cookies-better-than-brownies.html Cheers!

      Zoe

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  23. Hi. Can I roll this into a ball instead of using a cookie cutter?

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    1. Hi Marion,

      You can try your dough-ball-rolling method but I still prefer to roll and cut my cookies because they will bake better and evenly with the same thickness. Cheers!

      Zoe

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  24. Hi, thanks for this recipe! I'm planning to make them. Just a question-if I wish to use uncooked salted eggs, should I steam or boil them first? And how long should I do so? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Naomi,

      You can either boil the whole salted egg and use the cooked yolk later or remove the salted yolk from the uncooked eggs and steam them. Depending on the method and the equipment that you use, I can't really tell you the exact way on how to cook them. You just to make sure you don't under-cook or over-cook them. Cheers!

      Zoe

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  25. HI Zoe,
    I left the dough in the fridge for about 45mins but couldnt really roll them out... the dough still kind of breaks..like it's still soft.. any idea why?

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    1. Hi Ju,

      I'm sorry that I have no idea why is your dough is soft and breakable! If it is crumbly, you can try to combine the crumbs a little more until it is pliable. If it is too soft, you might have use the incorrect amount of ingredients. Cheers!

      Zoe

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  26. Hi Zoe

    Thanks for the recipe. Taste very nice. Can i ask why my end product break easily? Is there any tips?

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    1. Hi Madeline,

      Did you cool your cookies well enough before removing them??? Did you follow the recipe to the tee? No cake flour???

      Zoe

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  27. Hi! I am using salted egg powder for this.. would you be able to advise how much powder I should use?

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    1. Hi Shermaine,

      The weight of two cooked salted egg yolks is 35g and I'm not sure if you should use 35g salted egg powder because there might be difference in weight in term of their moisture content. Best is to stick to cooked salted egg yolk :)

      Zoe

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  28. Hi Zoe, thanks for the recipe. I tried it out and the cookies are yummy! I can't stop eating them. Happy New Year!

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  29. hi,i need to make a big batch of these cookies. do i double the ingredients if i wan more cookies?

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    1. Yes Yan. You can double the amount of ingredients to double amount of cookies or triple or 4-5 x if you wish. If you do that, you will have to use an electric mixer to help you to do the mixing. Cheers!

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