Ube or Not Ube-that is the question- Crinkles


Ube crinkles are magical, purple caky cookies that make your eyes momentarily roll to the back of your head upon first bite.  Imagine the velvetty, pillowy give of a red velvet cake but with the rich moistness of ube. Ube  is a Filipino dessert made of mashed and sweetened purple yam and is often used in other desserts like ice cream and cakes.


These cookies are easy to make and are a beautiful shade of purple.

Ube Crinkles, adapted from Bake Happy

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 12-16 cookies


1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup ube jam, recipe here or buy at your local Filipino grocery
1 teaspoon ube flavoring
1 cup powdered sugar


Whisk together dry ingredients.  Cream butter and sugar with your mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg.  Add in ube jam and ube flavoring then gradually add in the dry ingredients.  Cover the bowl with saran wrap and chill for 2-4 hours.

Using a regular ice cream scoop, scoop out about 1/2 a scoop of batter.  Roll the cookie dough into balls and coat with powdered sugar in a bowl to ensure even coverage.  Bake at 350F for 12-15 minutes.


Ube and ube flavoring with creamed butter and sugar mixture


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