So if I put a vegetable in a cookie does it make it healthy?!? In this case, I must confess no. This is not a healthy cookie. It still contains a good amount of butter and sugar. AHH, but the sweet potato does add a smidge of nutrition, beta carotene, fiber, vitamins A and C. All right, it doesn’t add much of this to the cookie, but boy oh boy does it make a super yummy treat!
Sometimes things are worth a wicked indulgance. In the grand scheme this isn’t even too terribly wicked. Sometimes I just want a cookie for a special treat. Nothing too terribly sweet or covered in frosting like a cake or cupcake. Enter the cookie. It is portable, freezeable and the perfect serving size (assuming you control yourself).
In the past I made a sweet potatoe casserole that had orange and cranberries in it. I really liked the flavor combination so I figured why not put it in a cookie. While I do like cranberries in a cookie, this time I really wanted dark chocolate. I mean really, can you ever go wrong with dark chocolate?! Besides, dark chocolate pairs so well with orange, this is a match made in heaven.
The texture of this cookie is somewhat different than most chocolate chip cookies. It is not dense. It is not flat and melt in your mouth buttery. This delicous treat is more cakey. It is light and airy. You could maybe even say it is close to a muffin top, aka “muffie”. Whatever you want to call it, this is wonderful! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Cookies
3/4 c. mashed sweet potatoes
1 c. butter, softened
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. sugar
Zest of 2 oranges
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/4 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 c. dark chocolate chunks (or chips)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat. In a large bowl cream together the sweet potatoes, butter and sugars. Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix in well. Mix in the orange zest and vanilla.
In another bowl sift together all of the dry ingredients. Slowly add the flour mixture into the butter mixture and mix. Once everything is mixed well stir in the chocolate chunks. Drop by large spoonfuls on the cookie sheets and bake for 11-13 minutes.
Yields 4 dozen
Wow! Very innovative. How was the texture?
It is really moist and light. The texture is somewhat cake like or similar to a muffin top. Thanks for stopping by!
what fun 🙂 Sweet potatoes are so good in desserts–you’ve made an excellent call on this one. And YES to pairing with dark chocolate. Yes yes yes. Plus, you can feel good about your kids eating these, right?
You really can do no wrong with dark chocolate! Thanks for stopping by. Look for a cocktail recipe soon..this warm weather is great for that! And yes, I do feel a little better about them eating this cookie…though it is still a treat. Need to cut them off of candy, Ewan just found out he has a cavity today!
Wow these just sound delicious!!! I will have to try for sure!! 🙂
Hope you like them!
these look delicious!! another cookie recipe to try 🙂
Let me know how you like them!
I just made some sweet potato muffins that I had for tea yesterday and breakfast this morning. Mine didn’t look yellow and nice like yours. I’m going to try the cookies some time next week. Thanks for sharing!
I’m not much of a baker but even I recognize that putting sweet potato in cookie dough is pretty creative. They look fantastic and your description of them has me wanting some. Healthy? Of course they are. That’s what I’ll be repeating to myself after I bake a batch and gaze upon the empty platter.
They certainly are tasty. Healthy…well sure, why not! It is a veggie in there! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your Sunday.
Both the texture and the flavors sound wonderful, Gretchen. I happen to have a big, fat sweet potato sitting on my kitchen counter. 🙂 I bet your boys devoured these!
They did manage to polish a few cookies off! I managed to get some in the freezer before they devoured them all!
If I were your neighbor, I would “stop by to say hi” whenever I smelt baking. 🙂
Great idea- the combination sounds really good!