Sweet Potato Spice Cookies Recipe
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Sweet Potato Spice Cookies Recipe

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Shredded sweet potatoes, butterscotch chips, pecans, coconut and spices are creatively combined in a one-of-a-kind cookie that always brings rave reviews. —Ruth Shaffer, Elizabethville, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES:42 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES: 42 servings


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup finely shredded uncooked sweet potato
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice concentrate
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1-1/4 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 152 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 99mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, sweet potato and orange juice concentrate. Combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and nutmeg; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in the remaining ingredients.
  2. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 14-16 minutes or until firm. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 7 dozen.
Originally published as Sweet Potato Spice Cookies in Best of Country Cookies 1999, p35

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alfoa User ID: 2078080 219397
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2015

"I thought they were too sweet, possibly because if the coconut. I used sweetened since the recipe didn't specify."

Grammy Debbie User ID: 30612 74996
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2014

"Uniquely delicious combination of ingredients---easy to make. People were reluctant to try them, but then came back for seconds after tasting one. easy to make, too!"

Spooky123 User ID: 6521366 73392
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2014

"Delicious and fun to make. The Grandkids loved them. This recipe is a keeper."

kramerstacey15 User ID: 5709757 26881
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2013

"These were okay. Really kind of boring. Not sure the sweet potato added anything."

mom23kids User ID: 3946374 70498
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2013

"Delicious and so easy to make... Will definitely keep in my Recipe box to make again..."

AmeliaJane36 User ID: 6890355 28278
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2013

"Very good, but very sweet! One or two was more than enough to satisfy my sweet tooth. This will be a great cookie to make for all the upcoming holiday parties. I didn't have any OJ concentrate, so I used 1 T. orange extract and 2 T. water."

oksana_n User ID: 6260908 26880
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2013

"Kids, husband and coworkers love it. The only thing I changed-instead of orange concentrate I used orange zest from 1 large orange"

Cherie Hill User ID: 1488797 88824
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2013

"These are sooo delicious! I followed the recipe except I used orange juice instead of concentrate because that's only what I had. Still an outstanding cookie and one of our most favorite. Try them!"

mouse1953 User ID: 6778030 21604
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2012

"this is a keeper, everyone asks for the recipe, cannot keep them on the platter!!"

jessicarasmussen User ID: 1393050 21603
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2010

"Have made this recipe several times and have had rave reviews. I make w whole wheat pastry flour instead of white and add extra butterscotch chips. Fabulous!!!!!!! Super buttery and rich."

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