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Crinkle Ube Sugar Cookies
4.67 from 6 votes

Ube Sugar Cookies

Soft and chewy ube sugar cookies. Make these purple yam cookies three ways by coating the cookie dough in your choice of: granulated sugar, purple sanding sugar, or confectioners' sugar.
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Chilling: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: ube, purple yam, sugar cookies, crinkle cookies
Servings: 28 cookies
Author: Maryanne Cabrera


  • stand mixer or electric hand mixer
  • #40 cookie scoop



  • 155 grams (½ cup + 3 Tbsp) unsalted butter softened, room temp
  • 250 grams (1 ¼ cup) granulated sugar
  • 115 grams (about 1 cup) powdered ube (dehydrated ube powder)
  • 1 large egg room temp
  • 1 ¾ teaspoon ube extract *
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 60 grams (¼ cup) coconut milk *
  • 260 grams (2 cup) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt


  • granulated sugar, purple sanding sugar, or confectioners' sugar as needed*



  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together softened butter, sugar, and powdered ube until smooth, about 3 minutes.
  • Add egg, ube extract, vanilla extract, and coconut milk. Mix on low speed until incorporated. Scrape down sides of bowl as needed to ensure thorough mixing.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add dry mixture to mixing bowl. Mix on low speed until dough forms. Scrape down sides of bowl as needed. Be careful not to overmix.
  • Cover cookie dough. Chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour. Overnight is best.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  • Remove cookie dough from the fridge. If cookie dough has been chilled overnight, allow dough to sit at room temperature for 30-45 minutes before scooping.* Use a 1 ½ Tablespoon scoop (#40 scoop) to portion out the dough.
  • Roll cookie dough in your choice of sugar: granulated sugar, purple sanding sugar, or confectioners' sugar.
  • Place cookie balls 2-inches apart on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 13-15 minutes, until the edges of the cookies have set. Rotate baking sheet midway through baking. Rest in baking sheet for 3-5 minutes, then transfer cookies to wire rack to cool.


Choice of rolling sugar will affect baked cookie.
  • Granulated Sugar creates a crispy shell crust exterior that protects the soft and chewy interior.
  • Purple Sanding Sugar produces the most visually striking cookie that sparkles and shines. It has a crisp exterior and soft interior. 
  • Confectioners' Sugar makes for an overall soft and chewy cookie. It will result in that iconic ube crinkle cookie appearance. 
Chilled cookie dough may be difficult to scoop. Allow to sit at room temperature to soften for easier scooping. 
Store cooled cookies in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
Ube sugar cookies will remain soft and chewy after baking due to the high starch content of ube powder. 
Ingredient Notes:
  • Ube extract is a vital ingredient that enhances the ube flavor while coloring the dough violet. 
  • Use canned full-fat coconut milk. Shake well before use. Do not use low-fat coconut milk.