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Sweet Potato Cookies
January 4, 2012, 12:47 pm
Filed under: Dessert, Just for Fun | Tags: , ,


Sometimes I swear I need a holiday from the holidays. It’s not that it wasn’t a great holiday season, because it was (this was the first year since my husband and I have been married that we’ve been able to spend every holiday together.) It’s just all the fun trips to restaurants, staying in pj’s all day catching up on Top Chef and exploring the island have made it hard to get back into our weekly routines. But we must.


Well, my husband has gone back to work and I feel like I was thrown back into our routine, in that almost right away it was our turn to host our playschool group. A while ago I asked “M” what topic she would like to learn about when it was our turn to host. She promptly told me, “Cooking! I want to learn cooking!” I’m sure it had something to do with the fact that when I asked her we were in the kitchen peeling garlic, but none the less, I had to figure out how to turn cooking into a lesson plan for preschoolers. I started brainstorming about teaching the kids the difference between whisking and folding; how to deglaze a pan; and of course, the wonders of a mandolin. I quickly came to my senses and thought I better keep to the basics: fruits and vegetables.

I think the basics were the way to go. We talked about different kinds of fruits and vegetables, pretended to make vegetable soup, and used poster paint to make fruit/veggie prints. But of course, restraint is not my strong suit. I had to do a little something extra for snacks. A fruit and cheese plate, vegetable crudites with hummus, banana chips, and sweet potato cookies. My mom sent me a recipe for sweet potato cookies not too long ago, so I thought it would be fun to show the kids that veggies don’t always have to be those mushy green things you push to the side of the plate.

 Everything that could go wrong making cookies did. First, I go to gather all the ingredients and realize I have no eggs. Ok, fixable. Then I roast the sweet potatoes and when they cool, I peel them and discover that half are rotten. Frustrating, but workable. Finally when I have the first batch in the oven, I see that they are spreading too much and I realize I forgot to add all of the flour. Forget it, unforgivable.

But hubby reassures me and tells me to just add flour to the remaining batter. I did and they turned out thinner and chewier than I would have like, but still pretty good. I would make these again, but next time, make sure I add the flour and have enough sweet potatoes. But I can’t complain too much as “M” is still running around talking about all of the vegetables she’d put in her soup…including sweet potatoes!

Sweet Potato Cookies

Adapted from my Mom and We Are Not Martha


2 cups flour

1 cup oatmeal

 1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cinnamon

½ tsp. salt

1 cup butter (2 sticks) (softened)

1 cup white sugar

1 cup brown sugar (packed)

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla

2/3 cup sweet potatoes, mashed

1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 cup white chocolate chips

1 cup dried cranberries


Combine the flour, oatmeal, baking soda, cinnamon, salt in a bowl. Cream butter; add sugars and beat until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla, mix well. Alternate additions of dry ingredients and sweet potatoes, mixing well after each addition. Stir in morsels. Bake on lightly greased cookie sheet 5-7 minutes at 350°.

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sweet potatoes and yams are my favorite! this looks so great..i have to have to have to make these one day!

wonderful blog btw!

Comment by eva626

Doesn’t it make you crazy when a recipe doesn’t go exactly as planned? It looks like you made the best of a bad situation though, way to go! I love that you made these for the pre-schoolers, what a wonderful idea! I love sweet potatoes and would never think to put them in cookies, but I bet it adds an exquisite dimension to these cookies. Happy New Year!

Comment by Maggie @ Kitchie Coo

LOL a holiday for the holidays, I know what you mean. Holidays are fun but very tiring! I love these cookies, I will try sweet potato anything! I just bookmarked these.

Comment by Joanne Ozug

I too am ready to celebrate the holidays all over again, back to the old routine does not have me excited either.
This cookie recipe is probably the most unusual one I have seen in a long time and I love that it contains sweet potatoes. I have saved this one, glad you and your mom were nice enough to pass this one along-yum!

Comment by Tina@flourtrader

I am sure the kids loved them despite all the problems! Love the idea of teaching kids more about veggies – my son needs that lesson for sure!

Comment by Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Alyssa!!! I love this recipe! You had me at sweet potato. Yes.. I’m still looking for more sweet potato recipes. LOL! I love the white chocolate and the cranberries too. These simply look incredible!! Well done.

Comment by Ramona

I was actually ready to go back to work to get back to normal. I know what you mean about a holiday from the holidays. This is a great recipe, I love sweet potatoes!

Comment by Cassie

u know it’s weird how I could never think of any recipe with sweet potato except for fries. And today I learned something new from you and during my trip learned another interesting recipe with sweet potato. Should make that sometime and share 🙂

Comment by kankana

The cookies look delicious and I would never have thought to use sweet potatoes! It’s always nice to get back into a routine…I’m a girl who LOVES her routines!

Comment by Ann

How cool! I’ve never heard of sweet potato cookies.

Comment by Julie

oh goody, now i have another recipe for sweet potatoes.. never thought it would go well in a cookie, what a great way to get kids to eat their veggie 😛
I was smiling away reading about your adventures, because it happens to be quite often 🙂

Comment by Shannon | Just As Delish

It’s 100% sure this recipe was made just for me! I love sweet potatoes but never thought of adding it in the cookies! Whoo hoo! Bookmarked!

Comment by Nami | Just One Cookbook

I so know what you mean about the holidays. I often feel like I need a vacation from my vacations. I love love love these cookies! I so need to try these sometime!

Comment by Stephanie

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