Huh! Salted egg yolk cookies??? Yup you read that right. I was hesitating a little when I choose to make this cookie. Would it be yummy? Would it come out well? The answer is yes and yes. I’m so glad I tried this cookie. This is one of my new favorite cookies (together with Star Anise Cookies). The important key here is to use fresh salted egg. If you use non-fresh salted egg, the cookies will come out ‘foul’. LOL
Add mashed salted egg yolk and sifted dry ingredients to the wet mixture. Notice how chunky it becomes? Just use your hand to bring the dough together. Don’t mash the salted egg yolk too fine or you won’t be able to taste the salted egg yolk (still the flavour is there).
Rolling out the dough is really easy. When cutting the cookie, I use the cut-and-scoop method so that the cookie will cling inside the cutter. This way I can easily transfer to the baking pan without deforming its shape because it’s too soft to cut and then pick up from the table.
Cookies are fragile when fresh hot out of the oven. Handle them with care and with love because they are gems!
My only wish is that I didn’t mash the salted egg yolk that fine. Maybe I’ll add an extra egg next round.
Do try this super unique cookie. I’m sure you would love it as much as I do.
Salted Egg Yolk Cookies
Adapted from Debbie Teoh (Flavours magazine Jan-Feb 2009)
Yields 190 pieces.
250g plain flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 tablespoon milk powder
3 salted egg yolks
150g butter, at room temperature
20g transfat-free shortening (or replace with butter)
1/2 teaspoon salt
80g caster sugar
1 egg mixed with 1 egg yolk, beaten lightly, for egg wash
5g each of black and white sesame seeds for topping
1. Sift together flour, cornflour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and milk powder, set aside.
2. Steam salted egg yolks for about 5 minutes. Cool, mash with a fork and set aside.
3. Place butter, shortening, salt and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer. Mix on medium speed until sugar is dissolved.
4. Add mashed salted egg yolks and sifted flours. Mix to for a soft and pliable dough. If dough is too soft, wrap with cling film and rest in refrigerator for 30 minutes. (I didn’t need to chill the dough, it was just nice to roll out after mixing)
5. Line baking paper on the baking pans. Preheat oven to 175oC.
6. Roll out dough to 5mm thickness and cut into desired shapes using dough cutters. Place on baking pans and brush with egg wash. Sprinkle with sesame seeds to decorate.
7. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and cool completely before storing in airtight containers. (perfect baking time for my oven is 18 minutes).