Sweet Potato-Pecan Cookies


Mashed sweet potatoes mix with cinnamon and brown sugar to give these scone-like cookies perfect flavor. Top with cream cheese frosting and toasted pecan halves.

Sweet Potato-Pecan Cookies
Prep Time:
40 mins
Bake Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • ½ cup butter, softened

  • ½ cup granulated sugar

  • ½ cup packed brown sugar

  • 1 egg

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 cup mashed cooked sweet potato

  • 2 ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 6 ounce cream cheese, softened

  • 1 ½ cup powdered sugar

  • 3 tablespoon maple syrup

  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla

  • 48 pecan halves, lightly toasted


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper; set aside. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar and brown sugar. Beat until fluffy, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg and the 1 teaspoon vanilla until combined. Beat in mashed sweet potato.

  2. In a medium bowl stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Add flour mixture to sweet potato mixture, beating until combined.

  3. Drop dough by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheet. Bake about 10 minutes or until edges start to brown. Transfer to a wire rack; cool.

  4. For frosting, in a small mixing bowl beat cream cheese on medium speed until smooth. Beat in powdered sugar, maple syrup, and the 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla until combined. Spread frosting over cookies. Top each cookie with a pecan half.

To Store:

Layer cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze unfrosted cookies for up to 3 months. To serve, thaw cookies, if frozen. Frost cookies as directed. Top each cookie with a pecan half.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

109 Calories
5g Fat
15g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 36
Calories 109
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 111mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Protein 1g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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