Sweet Potato Cookies with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

swpotcookiesThese delicious cookies are a good way to sneak a little bit of veggies into dessert. I bet no one will be able to tell that they are getting a healthy shot of vitamin A.

11/4 cups all-purpose flour (substitute whole wheat for half if you want a healthier cookie)
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
11/2 teaspoons baking powder
11/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick butter, room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
11/2 cups peeled and finely grated sweet potato (a food processor makes quick work of this)
2 teaspoons grated orange zest
1/4 raisins  or walnuts or both (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 400º F.
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, sift together dry ingredients and set aside.
  • Beat together butter and sugar. Add the egg, molasses, vanilla extract, sweet potato and orange zest.
  • Carefully fold dry ingredients into butter-sugar mixture.
  • Drop spoonfuls of dough onto parchment-lined cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until a deep golden brown.
  • Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  • Top with cream cheese icing right before serving.

Cream Cheese Icing

I could eat this with a spoon. Who am I kidding? I have eaten this with a spoon!


8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup maple syrup


  • In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, blend cream cheese and maple sugar until well blended.
  • Increase the speed to high and mix until fluffy.
  • Keep refrigerated until ready to use.