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Onion Skin Colored Eggs

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"For a beautiful marble effect on hard-boiled eggs at Easter time, wrap the uncooked egg in onion skins before boiling them. These eggs will not stain clothes or hands and they are perfect for an egg hunt because the dew from the grass will not change the colors and because they blend so well with rocks and leaves, they are a bit of a challenge for the older kids. The yellow and red onions produce a stronger color than the white skins and some will be so beautiful that they are the only centerpiece you will need and you will wish you can keep it forever. "
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50 m servings 108
Original recipe yields 12 servings (1 dozen)


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  1. Remove the colored skins from the outsides of the yellow and red onions. Save the rest of the onion for other uses. Cut cheesecloth into 5 inch squares. Place a couple of pieces of onion skin onto a square of cheesecloth and set an egg on top. Gather the cheesecloth around the egg so that it is covered with onion skin. Secure with a rubber band. Repeat with remaining eggs and onion skins.
  2. Fill a large pot with cold water and add the wrapped eggs. Cover and bring to a boil, then remove from the heat and let stand for 10 to 15 minutes. Afterwards, rinse the eggs under cold water and snip off the rubber bands to remove the cheesecloth. Rinse and dry the eggs.


  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 108 calories; 5.1 8.9 7.3 186 74 Full nutrition

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I made these growing up with my grandma and this is just how she made hers. I didn't have any cloth, so I made mine by wrapping the eggs in the skins and then wrapping them in aluminum foil. I...

Another way to do this is to put one color of onion skin loose in the pot with the eggs, instead of wrapping them. This creates even coloring across the entire egg, if you don't like the mottled...

In Greece they used to make Easter eggs this way before there was dye! They use only red onion skins to produce a gorgeous, deep hue. Try it!!!!!!!

I used red onion skins, and made as written. Make sure you use the dry skin and not moist peel or the color won't project on the egg. Look at the photos that Jr the submitter posted. They are v...

My in-laws call these "wooden Easter eggs". In their family tradition, the Easter Bunny lays wooden eggs around the house. The way I learned the technique, there's no need for cheesecloth. ...

Keep them in the onion skins longer and they will turn out even darker. Also, be sure to make more than you'll need; some eggs will crack or take colour unevenly. Best part: the eggs look great ...

I can remember doing this some 40 years ago when I was a kid. The only difference...we collected small leaves from the garden and placed them on the egg before wrapping them in the cheese clot...

I am loving this idea. I despise the traditional method of dying eggs so I usually don't bother, but I'm looking forward to trying this. Thanks for the idea. :-)

An update to the original recipe...found out that you can use this method on blown out eggs. Use your favorite method to blow out the raw egg from the shell - I just tap a small hole with the s...