Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Cookies


Boo! It’s time for pumpkin patches


and spooky deviled eggs.


And, of course, treats! In the past I’ve made pumpkin cookies, but this year I decided to try making cookies with sweet potatoes.  I simply love sweet potatoes and appreciate all the healthy goodness they bring.


First I roasted the potatoes to bring out their caramelized sweetness. After mashing, I added a combination of oat and almond flours and sweetened the dough with maple syrup and brown sugar. A big handful of chocolate chips was absolutely necessary, too! This dough is soft, so I chilled it for an hour to firm it up a bit and make for easier scooping.


Fresh out of the oven, the cookies are ultra-soft with gooey chocolate. With their hint of orange hue and touch of cinnamon, they are perfect for an autumn celebration. Or, cozy up with a plate of these wholesome cookies after a day of raking leaves. And if you’re looking for something to nibble on the next morning, they make a fine breakfast with a piping hot cup of coffee.


Wishing you all some ghostly fun! Happy Halloween!


Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes about 17 cookies

1 1/4 cups roasted, cooled, mashed sweet potatoes (from 1 large or 2 small)
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/3 cups oat flour
1 cup almond flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

In a large mixing bowl, beat the sweet potatoes and butter together until smooth. Add the eggs and beat again. Stir in the brown sugar, maple syrup and vanilla.

In another bowl, stir together the oat flour, almond flour, baking soda, baking powder and kosher salt. Add this dry mix to the wet mix and gently stir together. Add the chocolate chips and stir just until mixed.

Pop the bowl into the fridge and chill for at least an hour. This makes scooping easier.

Preheat the oven 375 degrees and cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Drop large rounded scoops of dough (I use a small ice cream scoop) onto the pan. I fit 9 on the first batch, and 8 on the second. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until puffed and lightly brown. Let cool for 10 minutes before gently removing and baking your second batch. These are very moist, soft cookies and keep well at room temperature for a day or two.

26 comments:

  1. Happy Halloween Hannah! Those cookies sound delicious. I too love sweet potatoes and have 2 that I need to use. Will give these yummy cookies a try.

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    1. Thank you, Suzanne! I hope you enjoyed a fun Halloween. I've been using sweet potatoes more lately in a sweet way and love the flavor, nutrition and moisture they add. :)

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  2. Oh my gosh, I want to eat these right this moment! I haven't baked cookies in months! That might be about to change :) And those deviled eggs are adorable! I love your Halloween decor. My mom goes CRAZY at Halloween; I miss it so much these days! We are slowly building up our decor collection. I think we have one lawn decoration, one door decoration, and one shelf decoration. So we're basically all set ;)

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    1. Thanks, Brianne! I hope you have had a chance to bake some cookies...you've gone too long. I'm such a fan of Halloween and fall festivities. Sounds like you're collecting a nice array of decorations. And now we are coming up on my absolute favorite, Thanksgiving!

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  3. These look delicious. I never thought of putting the sweet potato in a cookie, but they look wonderful. What gorgeous photos. I love how you're getting into the Halloween spirit. It's definitely my favorite holiday! Love the sunflowers and pumpkin patch. Most romantic time of year.

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    1. Thank you, Amanda! It really is a romantic time of year - such a cozy, pretty season. I've been baking with sweet potatoes lately and just made some brownies with them. They replace the oil/butter in the recipe and add good flavor and texture. I hope you enjoyed a fun Halloween!

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  4. What a great idea Hannah? I have to give blogging credit for one really good thing and that is that I'm seeing so many uses for sweet potatoes; something I use to confine to just one day a year. I love them and their natural sweetness is such a bonus...very nice recipe1

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    1. Thank you so much, Barb! It's true that sweet potatoes are incredibly versatile. I've recently started baking with them to make sweet treats and they're wonderful. I used them in a batch of brownies and they were quite good, plus they add such a nutritional punch. :)

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  5. A very appealing autumn cookie! The moist sweet potato adds such a delectable flavor to the chocolate chip cookie!

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    1. Thank you, Deb! Sweet potatoes and chocolate pair well together, just like pumpkin and chocolate. And you're right, they add so much moisture. I'm going to try adding them to more of my fall baking.

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  6. What a creative (and healthy) improve on a traditional cookie! Love the addition of roasted sweet potatoes.

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    1. Thanks, Alyssa! I'm enjoying baking treats with sweet potatoes these days - just made some brownies that were quite good. They are such a healthy way to add moisture and texture!

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  7. These sound delicious, Hannah. I also love sweet potatoes, so much that I started a whole business about them! My sweet potato salsas are all savory, and I think I'm gonna need to try these cookies for my girls and me! Yum! Do you find that they hold up for eating "later", as well as hot right out of the oven?

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    1. Hi Lisa! I love that you started a sweet potato business. Your savory salsas sound wonderful - what a terrific way to enjoy sweet potatoes. The cookies can definitely be eaten later, but remain quite soft so I would store them carefully. I hope you enjoy them! Thanks for stopping by. :)

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    1. Thank you, Lynda! I'm loving all things sweet potato these days. :)

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  9. We don't really celebrate Halloween in a big way here in New Zealand, but I don't need that as an excuse to try these gorgeous cookies. I love sweet potato, and I just know I'm going to love them in cookie form.

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    1. Thank you, Sue! I hope you enjoy the cookies. I happily eat sweet potatoes in any form. I just made some brownies using them and like the texture and moisture they add.

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  10. Given a choice, I'll always take sweet potatoes over pumpkin. Better, more interesting flavor, IMO. Anyway, these cookies look great! Terrific idea - thanks.

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    1. Thank you, John! I'm quite a fan of sweet potato pie myself, and will choose it over pumpkin. I agree, sweet potatoes have such good flavor!

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  11. Naver had a sweet potato cookies before...
    tempting to try!
    i've ever made a pie crust from purple sweet potato and it easily burned out since the natural sugar within the sweet potato is too much..
    i guess i'm gonna use the less-sweet sweet potato for your recipe then....

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    1. I hope you enjoy the cookies if you give them a try! I haven't had any experience with them burning, so hopefully you have good luck.

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  12. Sweet potato cookies - you always make me smile with your creativity Hannah! Happy Autumn - I am starting to give in!

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    1. Thank you, Beth! I always appreciate your kind words. And Happy Autumn to you! I'm glad you're embracing it now. :)

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  13. I like cookies and I like potato chips so this is ingenious.

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    1. Thank you, I hope you enjoy the cookies!

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