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Brush cookies with egg yolks: before or after baking?

2023-11-29T15:28:20.800Z

Highlights: Brush cookies with egg yolks: before or after baking?. Brushing before baking provides these benefits: Golden baking color and shine. Crumbly consistency. Ice cream seals the surface of the dough during baking, which prevents the moisture in the dough from escaping. Egg yolk can also be used as a base for other decorations, such as frosting or chocolate icing. If desired, a final decoration with icing or chocolate glaze, depending on the recipe, is a good idea.



Status: 29.11.2023, 13:00 PM

By: Sandra Keck

One question that many amateur bakers probably ask themselves is whether you should brush cookies with egg yolk before or after baking. Does it make a difference?

Baking cookies is a popular tradition during the Christmas season. From A for cookie cutters to Z for cinnamon stars – the selection of Christmas cookies is huge. In addition to the taste, the appearance and consistency of the cookies also play an important role. To give cookies an appetizing golden color and a beautiful shine, they are often smeared with egg yolk. But when should you apply the egg yolk – before or after baking?

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It's often the small but fine details that make the difference, including the timing of the shine. This is the technical term used in professional kitchens for coating baked goods with eggs. Whether you are a hobby baker or a professional, the desired baking result determines when the egg ends up on the biscuit.

Before baking

In many cookie recipes, brushing with egg yolks of the raw cookie dough is an integral part. Why? © Panthermedia/IMAGO

To brush cookies with egg yolks before baking, use a brush to spread the beaten egg yolks, which can also be diluted with milk or water depending on the recipe, over the cookies. You should make sure that the egg yolk is not applied too thickly. Otherwise, this could lead to an irregular and cracked surface. Brushing before baking provides these benefits:

  • Golden baking color and shine: Egg yolks contain proteins that turn brown during baking, giving the cookies an appetizing golden color and a beautiful shine.
  • Crumbly consistency: Egg yolks can help make cookies moist and tenderer. This is because the ice cream seals the surface of the dough during baking, which prevents the moisture in the dough from escaping.

After baking

For brushing cookies after baking, it is important that the pastry has cooled completely. Then you can apply a thin layer of the egg yolk with a brush and let it dry. If desired, a final decoration with icing or chocolate glaze, depending on the recipe, is a good idea. Here are the advantages at a glance:

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  • Shine: Egg yolks can also be used after baking to give cookies a nice shine.
  • Ornament: Egg yolks can also be used as a base for other decorations, such as frosting or chocolate icing.

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With these tips, brushing with egg yolk is guaranteed to succeed

For the best possible result, you should always use fresh eggs, especially if you spread them on the cookies after baking.

The yolk is easier to spread when it is at room temperature.

Always use a clean brush to prevent dirt or germs from landing on the pastry.

A thin layer of ice cream ensures an even result without cracked cookie surfaces.

Cookies that are smeared with egg yolks should not be baked for too long, otherwise they could quickly become too dark.

So the right time depends on the desired result and is up to you. As well as the date when you should start baking Christmas cookies.

Source: merkur

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