Ube Crinkles


Ube (ooh-beh) is a root crop also known as purple yam. It is not indigenous to the Philippines, but a lot of the purple flare in pinoy deserts is most likely flavored with ube.

A lot of Pinoys have a love relationship with the Ube. There’s ube flavored cake, ube filled pastries, ube ice cream, and ube bubble-teas!

So, why not feed your love for the ube, by making this simple recipe for Ube Crinkles.


You will need:

2 cups sugar

¾ cup vegetable oil

1 cup Ube powder

4 eggs

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups all purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

powdered sugar- this is for the dough to roll in, do not add to the dough mixture!


What To Do:

Combine oil and ube powder. Mix. Set aside. Let it sit for about an hour. This will soften the Ube powder mix and help it dissolve easily. Otherwise your crinkles will have a gritty texture in it coming from the Ube powder. After an hour, stir the ube powder into the oil to help it really dissolve. Then, combine the oil mixture with sugar, eggs, vanilla.

In a separate bowl, sift together the flour baking powder and salt.

Then combine the wet ingredients with the dry to make the batter. Refrigerate the mixture for about 6 hours. I know its too long of a wait. I didn’t mean to be such a tease, but all I know is that all the waiting they say you need to do when baking is for good reason. What you can do is make this the night before, sleep on it and it is ready to go in the morning.

After refrigerating (and the long wait), preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare your baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper. No need to grease.

Shape the dough into 1-inch balls and roll them into powdered sugar.  Place them on the baking sheet about 1 inch apart.  Bake for 11 to 13 minutes. They will expand and flatten a bit while baking. After baking, let it cool on a wire rack.


Yes, more waiting, but the wait will be worth it.



Another ube recipe you might like to try is Ube Buchi.

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Written by Donna

DSC_0921With moving to California and having two kids, Donna traded in her city night-owl-running-on-caffeine lifestyle by becoming a suburban domestic deity. She is a special-ed teacher during the daytime, and a juggler of sorts in the evenings and most weekends. If most people find watching TV or shopping relaxing, she on the other hand, finds running, making lists of things to do, trips to the grocery, crafting, and experimenting with new recipes to be fun.

Check out her blog on cooking, crafting and ideas for other things to do.



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