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Tuesday, December 19, 2023

My Non-Complicated Way to Divide One Egg for Cutting Recipes in Half

I went to bake a half-batch of caramel nutty bars today and needed only 1/2 egg to do so. I've had mixed success dividing eggs equally. Even after beating well, the whites always want to slide out of the measuring spoon when I try dividing by measure. So I came up with this technique. It's super simple and most of us have the "equipment" needed.

I used 2 identical custard cups, a fork and a spoon.

After breaking the egg into one of the cups, I beat it well with a fork.

I then spooned half of the beaten egg into the other cup, eye-balling the equal levels between the two cups.

This has worked for me with every recipe that I've needed to split a single egg in the last two years. I don't know why I didn't think of this sooner, as I've had a set of custard cups for decades and this was easily do-able.

Anyway, the caramel nutty bars look delicious. I now have half an egg set aside in the fridge to use soon. FYI, an egg out of the shell, or an egg yolk, or egg white will keep in the fridge, covered, for about 3 days. I'll have to come up with another use for this leftover 1/2 egg.


  1. I don't think I've ever had a recipe that called for 1/2 egg. However, I have custard cups like yours and will try to remember your method if I do. The caramel nutty bars look delicious. And healthy too with all of those nuts, right? :)

    1. Hi Live and Learn,
      I use 1/2 egg when I'm cutting a recipe in half. Now that my family eats fewer treats than they once did, I often bake a half-batch of cookies, etc.

      Yep, practically health food!

  2. Good idea! I'll keep that in mind. BTW, I made your spicy nuts recipe and it's addictive 😋.

    1. Hi Kris,
      I love those nuts, too. That's one of my mom's recipes from when she and my dad first married, in the late 50s. She would make them as gifts for neighbors. Enjoy yours!


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