Ube Crinkles 💜🇵🇭


Ube is a purple yam from the Philippines and it’s almost exclusively used in desserts. It has a beautiful, rich purple colour with a subtle and delicate flavour that’s reminiscent of vanilla and coconut overtones. Ube gives desserts a sweet, earthy and almost nutty flavour that you’ll keep missing once you try it!


Making Ube jam is a lengthy process and Ube, the root vegetable, itself, is a hard-find in Dublin, so for the purposes of this recipe, my mam kept it simple and used store-bought Ube jam from @asiamarketie but can also be found in ‘Pinoy’ — the Filipino shop tucked in Capel Street!

🕒 1 hour

👤 45 people (2025 crinkles)


Ingredients

Wet ingredients ✨

All room temperature! ✨

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 1/2 cups ube jam

  • 1 cup butter

Dry ingredients

  • 3 cups flour

  • 2 tsp baking powder

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1 tbsp ube extract – *optional* found in ‘Pinoy’ store

  • 2 cups icing sugar



Method
  1. In a large bowl, mix and evenly combine all wet ingredients.

  2. Add dry ingredients and mix.

  3. ✨ OPTIONAL: ✨ add a tbsp of ube extract for a stronger ube flavour and a more vibrant purple colour.

  4. Refrigerate and allow the dough to chill for 1-2 hours to scoop and roll easily.

  5. When dough is cooled, preheat oven to 180C.

  6. Scoop 2 tbsp of dough, roll into a ball then generously coat roll in icing sugar.

  7. Evenly line the crinkles in a baking sheet

  8. Bake for 12-14 mins. ✨ Do NOT overbake ✨ The centre should still be a little soft which is the secret to a perfectly fudgy and chewy crinkle.

  9. Allow to cool, serve and enjoy!