I am on a sweet potato roll here, now with soft, yummy cookies. These are perfect snack bites for your kids with the added nutrition of Vitamin A and fiber from the sweet potato.
Baking a cookie – is that difficult or easy? Are you one of the folks who are afraid of baking? Does the long list of ingredients give you the jitters? I am here to tell you…not to worry!!
First of all, what is the definition of a cookie? According to Wikipedia, a cookie is a baked or a cooked food that is small, round and sweet. That’s it!! That doesn’t sound complex, right?…it is just like ladoo in Indian cuisine. You can make it as complex as motichoor ladoo with the frying and the sweet syrups or you can make it as easy as Rava ladoo.
If you really want to knock the socks of folks with your baking skills, you have to check out great baking sites like Sallys’ Baking Addiction or Joy the Baker for cookies drizzling with chocolate chips, caramel sauce, sprinkles and mega-deliciousness. They truly are awesome and works of art.
But, if all you want is a cookie that is simple, easy to make and healthy to boot, give this one a try.
Step by Step Pics
If you already have cooked sweet potatoes ready, then all this recipes requires – is whipping everything together in a stand mixer and baking them.
Bake sweet potatoes in a 400F oven for an hour. In the sweet potato pie post, I mentioned that I usually roast a bag of sweet potatoes in bulk. I refrigerate the rest and use in other dishes throughout the week.
Add the sweet potatoes and butter to a stand mixer and whip thoroughly into a well-mashed puree. To this add the rest of ingredients and whip.
Tip – Whip all ingredients like crazy except the wheat flour. You add it at the very end.
Why?? – You see, wheat flour has a protein called gluten, which is kneaded when you need chewy things like bread, chapathi etc. But for cakes and soft cookies, you have to do the opposite which is – handle it like a delicate flower…So, just add at the end and stir just enough for a smooth batter.
Scoop out batter on to a cookie sheet and bake.
After 18 minutes, out comes yummy, soft cookies
Easy Sweet Potato Cookie
- 3 Sweet potatoes (small)
- 1 Egg
- 1 cup Whole wheat Flour
- 1/4 cup Rolled Oats
- 1/4 cup Butter melted
- 2 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/2 cup Sugar
- 1/2 cup Dried Fruit like raisins, chopped dates etc (I used dried cherries)
Wash sweet potatoes and place them whole in a 400F oven for about an hour. Take it out, let it cool and peel them.
Add sweet potatoes, melted butter to a stand mixer and whisk well until a puree is formed.
Drop all ingredients except the wheat flour and whisk well.
Finally, add the wheat flour and manually fold the batter until it comes together.
Scoop out cookie batter on a tray lined with parchment paper.
Place tray on a 350F preheated oven for 18 minutes. Cool cookies. Eat.
This recipe is inspired from an African Mbatata cookie recipe. I have made the flour whole wheat, instead of white flour, and added rolled oats for chewiness in the cookie.
For the folks who are ultra-sensitive to the smell of eggs, (you know who you are, ahem…myself included), you might want to mask the smell with cinnamon or other spice. Even though there is only 1 egg in the cookie batter, adults with an extra-sensitive nose might detect it :). Kids would not care!! My kids really loved it. My 2-year old nephew was a fan too…yay!!
If you have holidays ongoing, the kids are always looking for something to snack on. Rather than buy store bought cookies, try making these nutritious cookies. I used a small cookie scoop and made these small, so that I could control the portion sizes.
If you give the sweet potato cookie a try, share your comments down below or on my Facebook page. As always, I love hearing from you!!