Yema Balls - A Simple Filipino Treat

Woohooo I’m back.. It’s been a while since I did a post. I was on holidays in sunny North Queensland. I will post some photos up in the next few days.

I wanted to share another Filipino favourite of mine. They are called Yema Balls. Yema is pretty much Dulce De Leche with a twist. Like any other Filipino recipe, everyone has their own version of this.

This version came from my cousin Ping. She is an amazing cook and always gives me great recipes to try. She is full of information about traditional Filipino recipes.

Yema Balls


1 can sweetened condensed milk
4 egg yolks
1 tablespoon of butter
½ cup of nuts - pistachios or roasted peanuts work best (optional)
¾ cup of white sugar
Paper pattie pans


1. In a saucepan on medium heat, melt butter. Add condensed milk and stir for a 1 minute.
2. Add egg yolks and stir. Make sure that you keep an eye on this, otherwise it will burn.
3. Once the egg yolk is incorporated add the nuts. (I didn't use nuts in this recipe)
4. Keep stirring until the yema is thick. Almost like a paste.
5. Take this off the heat and let this cool. Once this is cooled shape into balls and roll in sugar.
6. Serve the yema balls in paper pattie pans.


Instead of rolling the yema balls in sugar you can dip it in caramel. Combine sugar and water together in a pan and using a thermometre take it up to the hard ball stage. With a tooth pick dip each yema ball into the caramel and put it on wax paper.

Trisha (February 07, 2010)  

Welcome back, Kath! Mmmm yema balls go hand in hand with leche flan in the sweets category using yolks & condensed milk! This is awesome!

Chef Aimee (February 07, 2010)  

Oh wow those look fantastic!

cusinera (February 07, 2010)  

sweet heaven overdose pics! =)sarap....

Skip to Malou@IMPROMPTU (February 07, 2010)  

When I saw the title of your post in my Dashboard, I instinctively clicked on your site right away. My friend just asked me to make yema icing and I told her I have to get a yema recipe first... this comes in handy Kath!
Now I'm craving for yema balls... this looks soft and chewy! YUM!

Fiona (February 07, 2010)  

Welcome back! They look sweet and yum!

Trissa (February 07, 2010)  

Welcome back Kath! Cannot wait to see your photos in Queensland! Anyway, I love Yema! Thanks for posting this. I never thought of describing them as like dulce de leche but you are absolutely right! How yummy do they look?!!?

Conor @ HoldtheBeef (February 07, 2010)  

These look like they have a lovely squishy texture, and perfect to pick yourself up during a mid-arvo slump (like the one I'm in now!)

♥peachkins♥ (February 08, 2010)  

I love yema balls...they are my favorite treat!

Belle@Ooh, Look (February 08, 2010)  

Caramel is good, but yema balls are even better! What a great recipe.

panda (February 08, 2010)  

i've never seen these before, curious now as to what they taste like...but from what i can make out from the ingredients, they sound yum!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella (February 09, 2010)  

OMG DDL with a twist? I'm so there! :) Can't wait to hear more about your holiday!

noobcook (February 09, 2010)  

These little nibbles look so cute and dainty :)

Betty (February 09, 2010)  

welcome back - and these look dangerously sweet!

muffinsareuglycupcakes (February 10, 2010)  

i notice a lot of filipino food have condensed milk!
heh. these look fantastic.
too easy to do! yum.

Tangled Noodle (February 10, 2010)  

Oh! I've been wanting to make these but know I'd gobble up all of them in one go! Not that it would be a bad thing - I'm sure I'd enjoy every bite. 8-)

I look forward to seeing your vacation photos!

Ellie (February 10, 2010)  

Welcome back! Very yummy looking yema balls. I love reading about new Filipino dishes.

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Anonymous –  (December 09, 2010)  

you'll never stop chewing these balls for sure..Yema Rocks!

Anonymous –  (February 17, 2011)  

Do you use the big can of condensed milk?

Anonymous –  (March 04, 2011)  

I tried this after reading, and it tasted eggy... What could my problem be? Over-cooked yokes? Or lack of mixing? I didn't use nuts, could that be a factor? :)

Anyway, good job! the texture was perfect. Great! :) Compliments.

Anonymous –  (July 08, 2012)  

wow!this is a perfect yema balls recipe...

Anonymous –  (December 21, 2014)  

They look delicious!!! I will tried to do them. thank you.

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