I'm always looking for new snacks to give to my 1-and-a-half year old daughter, who seems to have an addiction to sweet potatoes. After talking with some family members, I learned of an old, down-south recipe that my great grandma used to make. Sweet potato cookies. And, it is simple enough for this single dad to make.
We found her original recipe for pumpkin cookies and switched pumpkin for sweet potatoes. I also modified it a bit to make it less sugary for my little one.
Here's what you need:
2 ¾ cups flour
1 tbsp. Baking powder
1 cup butter
1 ½ cup apple sauce (in lieu of sugar)
1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
½ tbsp. nutmeg
1 tbsp. Vanilla extract
1 cup cooked sweet potato (peeled)
Mix the eggs, vanilla, butter, apple sauce and sweet potatoes together. Then combine and mix the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg. Slowly add the two mixtures together.
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and dollop tablespoon sized portions of the dough on a baking tray. Bake 15-20 minutes, or until slightly browned.
I sprinkled some cinnamon on top, however, these cookies will not yield any sugary cravings you may have. To add some sweetness, drizzle some simple frosting on top (powdered sugar mixed with water).
While I enjoyed the treat, as well as my friends and family, the biggest critic, my daughter, loved them.