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Ube Crinkle Cookies on a wire rack
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Ube Crinkles (Purple Yam Crinkles)

Ube Crinkles are soft, moist and bursting with Ube flavors. These classic cookies with a tropical twist are so easy to make and perfect for coffee or tea time.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Chilling time2 hrs
Total Time32 mins
Course: Baked Goods, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 12 Servings
Calories: 207kcal


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 piece egg
  • 2 cups ube jam
  • 2 teaspoon ube extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • violet food color, optional
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted


  • In a large bowl, cream together sugar and vegetable oil. 
  • Add the egg and beat until frothy and color becomes pale. 
  • Add the ube jam and ube extract and beat again until well blended. 
  • Gradually add the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix using a spatula or electric mixer with dough attachment. The dough will be very sticky. Add violet food color, if desired, to achieve a deep purple color.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. Alternatively, place in the freezer for at least 2 hours. 
  • Scoop a spoonful, 1 to 2-inch in diameter, of chilled dough and drop into a bowl of powdered sugar. Roll dough in powdered sugar to thoroughly coat.
  • Arrange at least 2 inches apart on a baking sheet. 
  • Bake in a 350 F for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from oven and let the cookies stand for 1-2 minutes on the baking sheet and then transfer to a cooling rack.



  • Chill the dough in the refrigerator for about 1 to 2 hours or up to overnight to make it easier to handle and roll into balls.
  • To keep the powdered sugar from melting, especially in humid weather, coat the cookie balls lightly with granulated sugar before coating heavily with powdered/confectioner's sugar.


Calories: 207kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 66mg | Potassium: 152mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 3165IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1.2mg