Sweet Potato Cookies are the ultimate holiday cookies. They are soft and fluffy with the hint of chocolate chips. You will love these simple ingredient cookies.

Stacked sweet potato cookies on a cooling rack
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These sweet potato cookies start with baked fresh sweet potatoes and combined with warm spices. They are the best holiday cookie recipe with amazing texture. If you love the flavor of sweet potato, try Sweet Potato Pie Recipe and Sweet Potato Pie Bars.

For more fun cookie recipes, we also love Ooey Gooey Butter Cookies, Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cookies and Butterscotch Cornflake Cookies.

Why this recipe works

It’s a soft, fluffy and delicious cookie recipe to make for the holidays. The entire recipe is very easy. Each bite has all the flavors of the season.

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Ingredients needed for sweet potato cookies - sweet potatoes, flour, oats, baking powder, butter, brown sugar, chocolate chips, pecans.

Ingredients

  • Medium Sweet Potatoes 
  • All Purpose Flour 
  • Rolled Oats 
  • Baking Powder 
  • Ground Cinnamon 
  • Butter (softened) 
  • Brown Sugar 
  • Granulated Sugar 
  • Chocolate Chips 
  • Chopped Pecans 

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Variations

  • Make Recipe Gluten-Free – If you prefer to make this recipe gluten free, you can use gluten free flour and oats.
  • Butternut Squash – Instead of using sweet potatoes you can also use butternut squash. It has a natural sweetness that make the best cookies.
  • Seasoning – Feel free to add in other warm spices to this cookie recipe. Baking Powder, Baking soda, Cinnamon and nutmeg make the perfect combination. You can even add in pumpkin pie spice for a delicious pumpkin flavor.
  • Chocolate Chips – We used milk chocolate chips to make this recipe, but you can easily use dark chocolate chips. Another options would be peanut butter chips or butterscotch chips.
  • Nuts – Chopped nuts make a great addition, but you can omit them if you prefer.

How to Make Sweet Potato Cookies

  • Step 1 – Prepare Sweet Potatoes – Poke the sweet potatoes with a fork and wrap in foil. Bake at 400 degrees for 45-50 minutes until the potatoes are soft. You may need more cook time depending on the size of your sweet potatoes.
  • Step 2 – Mash Sweet Potatoes – Allow the sweet potatoes to cool. Then remove the foil and the skin from the sweet potatoes. Place in a bowl and mash the sweet potatoes. 
  • Step 3 – Reduce Temperature – Reduce the oven temperature down to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  
Bowl with flour and baking powder.

Step 4. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the flour, and baking powder.

Oats and cinnamon added to flour mixture.

Step 5. Then add in the rolling oats, salt and cinnamon.

Ground ginger added to bowl.

Step 6. Mix in the ground ginger.  

Dry ingredients combined in bowl together.

Step 7. Combine the dry ingredients together.

Butter in mixing bowl.

Step 8. In a different bowl, beat together the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar. Combine with a hand held or stand up mixer until combined and smooth. 

Butter creamed and egg added.

Step 9. Then add in the egg and vanilla extract and mix until combined.  Then add in the mashed sweet potato and mix until smooth. 

Sweet potato mixture added to dry ingredients.

Step 10. Combine dry ingredients with wet ingredients Stir the flour mixture into the sweet potato mixture by hand with a wooden or plastic spoon until just combined (do not over mix). 

Chocolate chips and pecans added to bowl.

Step 11. Gently stir in the chopped pecans and chocolate chips. 

Cookie dough balls on baking sheet.

Step 12. Use a cookie scoop or tablespoon to place the cookie dough on baking sheet. 

Cookies baked and cooling on pan.

Step 13. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the edges of the cookies are set.  Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 20 minutes.  Then move them to a wire rack to cool completely. 

Close up image of sweet potato cookies

Recipe Tips

  • Sweet Potatoes – Bake the sweet potatoes in oven at 350 degrees up to 400 degrees. We usually bake them for about 45 minutes but cooking time will change depending on the size of your sweet potatoes. I try to get them about the same size.
  • Baking Sheets – Line the baking sheets with parchment paper for easy cleanup.
  • Cool Sweet Potatoes – Cool the sweet potatoes completely before mixing with other ingredients. Then they are ready to be mashed and the skin removed.
  • Combining Ingredients – Combine the dry and wet ingredients together until everything is completely mixed together. Combine with wooden spoon for best results in a large mixing bowl.
  • Scoop Cookies – To get the cookies about the same size, we recommend using a cookie scoop.
  • Baking Cookies – Bake the cookies until the edges are golden brown. It usually takes about 10 minutes. Make sure to not over bake the cookies as they will finish cookie after removing from the oven. Place on cooling rack to cool the cookies.

FAQs

Can I Used Canned Sweet Potato Puree?

If you prefer, you can use canned sweet puree to make this recipe. You can easily find these at your local grocery store.

How to Freeze?

Yes, we love preparing these cookies ahead of time and then freeze. It helps to cut down on holiday baking. You can freeze the cookie dough or baked cookies.

You can flash freeze both the dough or the baked cookies by placing on a baking sheet. Then freeze for about an hour, then store in a freezer container for up to 3 months.

How to Store Leftovers?

Store the leftover cookies in an airtight container or bag at room temperature for up to 1 week.  Place a piece of bread in the container with the cookies to keep them soft.  

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Sweet Potato Cookies

4.80 from 5 votes
Sweet Potato Cookies are the ultimate holiday cookies. They are soft and fluffy with the hint of chocolate chips. You will love these simple ingredient cookies.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Cool 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 24
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 209

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Poke the sweet potatoes with a fork and wrap in foil. Bake at 400 degrees for 45-50 minutes until the potatoes are soft. You may need more cook time depending on the size of your sweet potatoes.
  • Allow the sweet potatoes to cool. Then remove the foil and the skin from the sweet potatoes. Place in a bowl and mash the sweet potatoes.
  • Reduce the oven temperature down to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, rolled oats, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and ground ginger.
  • In a different bowl, beat together the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar with a hand held or stand up mixer until combined and smooth.  Then add in the egg and vanilla extract and mix until combined.  Then add in the mashed sweet potato and mix until smooth.
  • Stir the flour mixture into the sweet potato mixer by hand with a wooden or plastic spoon until just combined (do not over mix).
  • Gently stir in the chopped pecans and chocolate chips.
  • Use a cookie scoop or tablespoon to place the cookie dough on baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes until the edges of the cookies are set.  Be careful not to overcook.  The cookies may still look soft in the middle but they will continue to cook as they sit.
  • Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 20 minutes.  Then move them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Then the cookies are ready to serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Store the leftover cookies in an airtight container or bag at room temperature for up to 1 week.  Place a piece of bread in the container with the cookies to keep them soft.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 209kcal, Carbohydrates 32g, Protein 3g, Fat 8g, Saturated Fat 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 2g, Trans Fat 0.2g, Cholesterol 19mg, Sodium 119mg, Potassium 109mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 17g, Vitamin A 2826IU, Vitamin C 1mg, Calcium 41mg, Iron 1mg

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