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What To Do With Leftover Egg Yolks

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It's that time of year when plenty of people will be whipping up egg white omelets for breakfast or meringues for a light snack. The only problem? You're left with a batch of unused yolks. But don't just throw them out—here are some of our favorite ways to use leftover egg yolks.

Chocolate

Chocolate lovers have it easy—there are a ton of recipes that pair egg yolks with chocolate. For instance, this Chocolate Mousse Cake. Cooked eggs enrich a thick layer of creamy chocolate mousse set between two layers of chocolate cake that's draped in ganache. With a layer of chocolate curls, this is a great cake for birthdays.

Chocolate Pudding Snack Packs: This spin on the childhood afterschool snack uses both dark and milk chocolate puddings—which then, of course, gets layered into cute little containers. The container cuteness is optional; and of course you can gussy this up with any kind of extract, liqueur, or spice.

Dark Chocolate Pots de Crème: Serve this intensely rich, chocolately pudding in ramekins for an easy but elegant dinner party dessert.

Custards

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Custards are just desserts or sauces that blend eggs with sugar and milk or cream. But they also happen to be the base of some of our favorite desserts, most notably Crème Brûlée. This classic French dessert relies on egg yolks to make the silky custard base. Try this vanilla bean version and check out our tips on perfecting the technique.

If you want something more casual, try this Crème Brûlée Pie. It's got the same delicious vanilla-scented custard, just held in a pie shell for easy serving.

Zabaglione: We love the versatility of this light Italian custard. Flavor it with everything from chocolate to coffee, or serve it spooned over seasonal fruit.

Ice Cream

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Most ice cream recipes call for egg yolks for the custard base, so take a peek at your favorites. Here are three that we're loving at this time of year.

Maple Ice Cream: This ice cream is all maple, all the time—the perfect thing to top a slice of warm pie—or a piece of French toast.

Malted Milk Toffee Crunch Ice Cream: Two classics that play better together: a sweet, creamy malted milk base and the salty-nutty crunch of toffee.

Old Fashioned (Bourbon and Orange) Ice Cream: An ice cream with all the boozy depth and surprising delicacy of an Old Fashioned. It's bourbon-forward, but carries subtle notes of citrus skin and aromatic bitters.

Do you have a favorite way to use up leftover egg yolks? Tell us about it in the comments section below!

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