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Naturally Purple Cookies

Wondering how to find an ube powder recipe? Or maybe you’re just not sure what this stuff is? I got your back.

When Ry and I were on our couple’s getaway, we stopped at an Asian market. We ended up buying a few things we didn’t come for (big surprise), and on the way to the cash register, I grabbed this magical stuff.

It’s Ube powder, and it comes from a completely natural purple yam that’s used a lot in the Philippines. I was really intrigued–I mean, how on earth does a person use Ube powder?–but before I followed the directions on the package for a spread, I started doing some research.

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Ube is a lightly sweet vegetable. When ground into a powder, it’s perfect for baking and cooking. This ube powder recipe is my favorite, but I found people adding it to everything from matcha tea to ice cream! Ube powder made these cookies a glorious shade of purple, and without any food coloring.

My little girl and I whipped these up in a single bowl. It was perfect for my two-year-old to help with.

easy baking with ube powder

Grab some Ube powder and join the fun!

Ube Crinkle Cookies
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
5 mins
Total Time
23 mins

Delicious, naturally purple, and loads of fun! These crinkle cookies are made in one bowl and are perfect for making with kids!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 cookies
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 C. white sugar
  • 2/3 C. cocnut oil
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 C. flour
  • 1/3 C. Ube powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 T. extra Ube powder for dipping baked cookies into
  • 1 T. powdered sugar for dipping baked cookies into
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  3. In one large bowl, cream eggs, sugar, and coconut oil together. Add vanilla extract and stir. Add flour, Ube powder, salt, and baking powder. Mix until blended.

  4. Scoop cookie dough onto your cookie sheet in small round balls (similar to a sugar cookie). Bake at 400 degrees for 8 minutes.

  5. Let cool 5 minutes and (optional) dip in a combination of powdered sugar and Ube powder. I dipped mine in the powdered sugar first and followed that with Ube powder.

Ube Makes Everything Tasty and *More* Nutritious

My entire family gobbled these up quickly – like, in a couple of days. They were a huge hit! It doesn’t hurt that Sylvie’s favorite color is purple. She was in love as soon as she saw that bright purple powder.

I was in love as soon as I tasted them. You can’t beat the natural color and flavor of ube powder!

I bet you’re wondering–are these healthy cookies? Well, not exactly. They still include sugar, but I think they’re perhaps a better choice than traditional cookies. Ube is a vegetable with loads of antioxidants and fiber too, so that makes me feel extra good!

Health Benefits of Ube (Purple Yams)

Lots of antioxidants. Kansas State University recently did a study showing that ube contain antioxidants that are unique. Regular yams don’t have the antioxidants that ube does! Antioxidants are powerful components that prevent the aging/deterioration of the plants they’re present in. If they do that for plants, imagine the effect they may have on the people eating the plants!

Lots o’ vitamins. Ube contains some really great nutritional properties, like these vitamins:

  • Copper (20% daily intake)
  • Vitamin C (19% daily intake)
  • Vitamin B6 (22% daily intake)
  • Vitamin K (17% daily intake)
  • Potassium (17% daily intake)

Source: Health Benefits Times

I’ll just stop there. Basically, this could be considered a bit of a “sneaky veggies” type of dessert. It’s still a cookie with sugar, though!

Family Fun and Food

I’ve been writing and thinking recently about homemade foods, eating as a family, and slowing down a bit. These cookies are the super fun result of a deep desire I have to enjoy motherhood and to make better choices. I hope you love them!

Have you ever made an ube powder recipe? Would you be interested in baking with it? Let me know!

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