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Yemas: Filipino Candy Recipe

As a child, Edwin's mom told him, "If you want to eat, you should cook it yourself." And that's exactly what he's been doing ever since.

Filpino Yemas

Filpino Yemas

What Are Yemas?

Yema is Spanish for egg yolk. There is a traditional Spanish dessert known as yemas, also called yemas de Santa Teresa, which is made from egg yolks, sugar, and water and has a powdered sugar coating. They're usually round in shape.

The Filipino version of this dessert uses milk instead of water, they are served plain—without the powdered sugar coating. The shape is also different: rather than being round they are shaped like tall, slender pyramids. In comparison to the Spanish version, the Filipino version tastes creamier because of the milk.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

15 min

30 min

8 to 10 servings


  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Combine all ingredients in a pot and mix.
  2. Heat the pot over low heat and simmer until it thickens, stirring often, to the point that you can shape them like cookie dough, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Remove the pot from the heat and allow it to cool.
  4. Take 1 tablespoon at a time of the mixture, shape or mold into pyramids, and serve.


  • You can use other flavor extracts, such as lemon.
  • Instead of condensed milk you can substitute 4 cups of fresh milk. First, simmer the milk until it reduces to about 1 cup. Add 1 cup of sugar to the reduced milk before proceeding with the recipe above.
  • Shape the cooked, dough-like mixture into balls instead of pyramids.
  • Try coating the yemas in powdered sugar or chopped nuts.
  • For a firmer texture, refrigerate the yemas before serving.
  • Wrap each individual yemas in plastic wrap to give away to family and friends.


Edwin Alcantara (author) from California on November 06, 2020:

That's also why I like it Peggy, it's easier to make compared to other Filipino desserts.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 06, 2020:

Thanks for the explanation of how to make Filipino yemas. It is a treat that I have never eaten, but it appears to be simple to make.

Edwin Alcantara (author) from California on November 06, 2020:

Your welcome Kalpana. There are some similarities between Filipino and Indian sweets.

Kalpana Iyer from India on November 06, 2020:

I have never had filipino yemas. This looks delicious and simple to make. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Edwin Alcantara (author) from California on November 05, 2020:

Your welcome Jay.

Jay M Pascual from Philippines on November 05, 2020:

I love Yema. We used to make these treats at home with my grandma. Thanks for writing about it. Brings memories of home.

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