Yema Balls Recipe

It's a sweet treat with these toothsome yema balls. The perfect definition of "once tasted, always wanted". This recipe is definitely for sweet lovers!

Yema Balls Recipe
No-Bake Sweet Snack

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Origin of the dish

Yema balls is a type of Filipino candy or dessert made of egg yolk, butter, condensed milk and crashed peanuts. It is believed that it was originated from Bulacan, province of Philippines. The word Yema is actually a Spanish word which translates to “egg yolk”. There are theories that this type of Filipino sweets started from the Spanish colonization, when the egg whites are used in building constructions, and they used the egg yolk leftovers to make dishes.

The original ingredients of yema balls are just egg yolks and sugar, which are heated and stirred until its consistency thickens. It is then formed into balls or pyramid and covered with white sugar or not, just put in a small plastic cellophane and shaped into pyramid. The sweets evolved over time and was added with peanuts and condensed milk to give it a flavorful and yummier taste.

When are yema balls typically served?

Typically, yema balls are served as dessert or just a snack alone, it is often a favorite by many kids because of its sweet taste. It is served during birthday parties, or just made on an ordinary day to give the kids a sweet treat. In the Philippines, most school canteens sell yema balls because it's one of the kid's favorite treats due to its sweet and delicious taste!

Kitchen Utensils You Need

You will be needing the following kitchen utensil in making the sweet yema balls:

  • Skillet
  • Spatula
  • Mortar and pestle
  • Small and big bowls
  • Plate
  • Spoon

Yema Balls’ Primary Ingredients – Egg Yolks and Milk.

Yema balls’ ingredients are quite common and can easily be bought in the nearby stores, especially its main ingredient, which is the egg, particularly the egg yolks. Egg is one of the most basic ingredients in different cuisines. You can make a lot of dishes out of an egg, you can cook it alone or mix it in a dish, most especially in pastry making. It is an essential ingredient in baking. That is why, it is available wherever convenient store you go to.

Talking about the health benefits of eggs, it has a lot to contribute to. Aside from being a main source of protein, which helps in metabolism and building blocks of bones and muscle, it also improves the level of good cholesterol and are good in helping maintain a good diet. However, this recipe is more of an indulgence than that as a healthy treat!

Interesting Facts

  • The original ingredients in making yema balls are just egg yolks and sugar.
  • Yema balls are actually a type of custard confectionary custard.

Tips and Tricks

  • In cooking yema balls, better turn the heat to a medium low on the latter part, to carefully not overcook it. It will also prevent it to have a burnt taste.


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 1 cup crushed peanuts
  • 1 cup white sugar


  1. Heat a deep skillet. In this recipe, I used a wok. Melt butter until brown.

    Yema Balls Recipe
  2. Pour the condensed milk and mix thoroughly.

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  3. Stir in the eggs yolks and next will be the peanuts.

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  4. Continuously stir until the consistency becomes thick. Note! Careful not to overcook to prevent a burnt taste.

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  5. Grease a large bowl with oil or margarine and pour in the mixture. Let it cool.

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  6. Then scoop about half tbsp of the mixture and form a small ball. Roll over the white sugar until fully coated.

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  7. Repeat until the whole mixture is done.

    Yema Balls Recipe

Yema balls are just little sweet balls filled with flavor and delight. This is a good treat to your children, and I know they’ll surely love it especially if they're into sweets. This is also a good product for business. I remember when I was in grade school, I even sold yema balls to my classmates. The fact that kids loved it so much that they keep coming back for more, the ingredients are also very affordable that you can gain more profit from selling it.

Now you’ve got the ideas, enjoy the treat of this little balls of sweets. It’s completely easy and fun to make, you can even ask your kids to help in the rolling of balls, they’ll surely have fun doing it. Isn’t it a good idea for family bonding? Have fun!