Sweet Potato Cookies

Sweet Potato Cookies with Chocolate Chips taste like fall knocked on your door, and you asked it in for tea.

Sweet Potato Cookies with Chocolate Chips. Like pumpkin? You'll LOVE these!

Simple, consoling, and warm with fall spices, Sweet Potato Cookies with Chocolate Chips are an autumn afternoon spent sipping hot cider with your beloved grandmother, or your affectionate cat: Tender, familiar, and comfy as a pair of footie pajamas.

Unless your cat isn’t affectionate, in which case you should invite your best friend over instead. If your cat and your best friend are the same person (animal?)—that’s twice the Sweet Potato Cookies with Chocolate Chips for you.

Chocolate Chip Sweet Potato Cookies. If you like pumpkin, you HAVE to try these!

Sweet Potato Cookies with Chocolate Chips. Like pumpkin? You'll LOVE these!

Yes, yes pumpkin is the 800-pound orange fall flavor gorilla in the pantry, but sweet potatoes deserve their turn in the autumn spotlight. Like pumpkin, sweet potatoes have a naturally sweet taste, add fantastic moisture to baked goods, and boast a lovely hue. Unlike pumpkin, sweet potatoes are easy peasy to use fresh. Sorry pumpkin, I love you, but I hate your seeds. They are slimy. Also, your rind is too thick, and every time I try to cut it, my knife gets stuck and it’s scary.

Unless your spirit is ambitious, your knife sharp, and your biceps stronger than mine, when it comes to baking with pumpkin, my advice is: opt for the can. When it comes to sweet potatoes, however, it’s the direct-from-the-dirt, out-of-the-can version for us. Fresh pumpkin, be my jack-o-lantern; fresh sweet potato, be my Sweet Potato Cookies with Chocolate Chips.

Sweet Potato Cookies with Chocolate Chips. Like pumpkin? You'll LOVE these!

Hands-off oven roasting transforms the firm sweet potato into soft, sweet baking material and makes it extra caramely. A pinch of cinnamon and coriander gives us classic fall flavor, and the dose of chocolate chips are just because I love you. And chocolate. And my grandmother.

I can see it now: You, me, my grandmother, and Sweet Potato Cookies with Chocolate Chips. Care to come for tea?

Sweet Potato Cookies with Chocolate Chips

Sweet Potato Cookies with chocolate chips, cinnamon and cloves are soft, chewy and packed with fall flavor. A crowd pleaser, theses cookies won't last long!

Yield: 24 cookies

Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium sweet potato (about 8 ounces)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup lightly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Place rack in upper third of oven preheat to 400°F. Clean and scrub sweet potato, pierce all over with a fork, then roast directly on the oven rack for 40 minutes, until fork tender in the thickest part of the potato. Once cool enough to handle, peel away the skin, mash, and measure out 1 cup of puree for baking the cookies. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat mat. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the all purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat together the eggs and brown sugar until thick and smooth. Slowly mix in the oil, applesauce, and vanilla, then carefully fold in the sweet potato puree.
  4. Add sweet potato mixture all at once to the flour mixture. Fold in by hand, just until no streaks of flour remain. Do not over mix. Gently fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Drop cookies by rounded tablespoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheet 2 inches apart (they will look fairly small). Bake for 9-11 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool for 10 minutes on the baking sheet, then remove to a wire rack to let cool completely.

I am also sharing this recipe at Food Fantatic.

About Erin Clarke

I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, lover of bourbon, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN...

58 comments

  1. I have GOT to try sweet potato cookies, Erin! I love pumpkin cookies (yes, from a can – I haven’t made fresh yet)… and for as much as I adore sweet potatoes, I know they’d be wonderful in a chocolate chip cookie. GREAT recipe, love that there’s whole wheat in there!

  2. i have not even thought about turning them into cookies. I will have to try it soon. Heading to the recipe now,.

  3. Do you deliver?!?! Love these!

  4. I roast sweet potatoes every week for my breakfasts – but I never would have thought to make them into COOKIES!!! Brilliant!!

  5. You’re so adorable. Stealthy Healthy!

  6. I would have never thought of this. I must try.

  7. consuelohoneyandfigs Reply

    These look so comforting! Oh, and original too – I’d never have thought of making cookies out of sweet potatoes, which is a genius idea, because I’m a big fan of them! I’d love to have a couple of them with a warm mug of tea right now, they sound seriously great! :)

  8. I definitely don’t give enough attention to the sweet potato. These cookies sound awesome!!!

  9. I have yet to use sweet potatoes in baked goods and I love sweet potatoes so what am I waiting for???

  10. Ok well these sound yummy. I bake gluten-free and can usually go cup for cup but the whole wheat flour has me a little unsure. If you were just using white flour how much would be in this recipe? Thanks Erin.
    Have a beautiful day!!

    Sweet potatoes in smoothies are delicious for breakfast too :)

  11. I would love to come for tea! These sweet potato cookies are like thanksgiving in cookie form.

  12. I’ve been meaning to start using sweet potatoes in a more creative way like baking.. my mom has been nudging me to do it too. These cookies look amazing!

  13. I love cooking with sweet potatoes, but I haven’t done much baking with them! These cookies look great!

  14. These look so good! I love baking with sweet potatoes MUCH more than pumpkin. :) I’ve never seen them in cookie form, though! So creative!

  15. These look delish! I’d never thought of the sweet potato/chocolate combo, but I’m sure it’s delicious. I’ll have to make these for one of my friends who is obsessed with all things sweet potato!

  16. Agreed! When I made fresh pumpkin puree, my knife got stuck … and it didn’t even taste like the can. Sweet potatoes are so much easier! Now I know what is on my list:) These look so sweet and puffy and all the extra health benefits make these even better. Pinning!

  17. This has to be one of the more inventive and delicious cookie recipes I’ve seen this season, Erin! Love the idea of using sweet potatoes in cookies. Thank you for sharing!

  18. These look so soft and pillowy! I’ve never baked with sweet potatoes – I think it’s so creative!

  19. I’m a big fan of sweet potato anything!!! Since my kids were very, very picky eaters when they were little I snuck veggies of all kinds into their cookies, muffins, pancakes, etc. These look like something they would love even though they are teens now!

  20. I love the use of sweet potato instead of the usual pumpkin, very original! The cookies look like soft little pillows, I think I need a few of them!

  21. I have never used sweet potatoes in baking – it’s such a good idea! Love all the spices in these too – perfect for Fall!

  22. I’ve never made sweet potato cookies before but I’m sold! These look so soft and delish! Plus it has chocolate in it, hello, definitely sold. :) I’ll have to check out the recipe for sure.

  23. huntfortheverybest Reply

    I never thought to use sweet potato in cookies, but it sounds great!

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  25. This combination is so familiar, yet so unexpected all at the same time! Sweet potato desserts are always such a delight, especially when they involve chocolate :)

  26. I love that you used sweet potatoes in cookies!!! Pure genius, my friend!! They sound amazing!

  27. I’ve never tried sweet potato in cookies before … but they look awesome! I love fall flavours and it’s my favourite time of year to bake – will have to add these to the list :)

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  31. These look like the perfect snack

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