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White Chocolate, Cranberry, Pecan, and Sweet Potato Cookies

Wed, Nov 10, 2010

Baking, Cookies, Featured Articles, Recipes

My kitchen is a very happy place right now.

White Chocolate, Cranberry, Pecan, and Sweet Potato Cookies

After summer, fall is my favorite season for cooking.  Autumn vegetables, fruits, and spices are among my favorite things to cook with.  The warm flavors speak of home and comfort to me.  Because I love these flavors I tend to overbuy fresh fall produce when it hits the stores.  What can I say – I’m greedy!  In this case I had too many sweet potatoes.  What I came up with is all my favorite cool weather flavors in a soft, cake like, cookie.  It also saved me from wasting food.  It is all good!

White Chocolate, Cranberry, Pecan, and Sweet Potato Cookies

If you like soft, tender cookies then these are for you!  Balance is the key to this cookie.  A golden brown exterior houses a fluffy interior spiked with toasty pecans, tangy cranberries, and buttery white chocolate.  No one flavor is stronger than any other, so while you can taste the individual components the overall flavor is subtle, slightly spicy, and rich.  Want a fancy cookie to serve for dessert?  Top them with a drizzle of orange glaze.  These would be great if you wanted to make whoopie pies with them, maybe with a rum or bourbon flavored filling.  It’s just a thought.

White Chocolate, Cranberry, Pecan, and Sweet Potato Cookies      Yield 4 dozen

1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons golden syrup, or honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
1 cup sweet potato puree
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/3 cup pecans, finely chopped
1/4 dried cranberries, roughly chopped

Heat the oven to 350 F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

White Chocolate, Cranberry, Pecan, and Sweet Potato Cookies White Chocolate, Cranberry, Pecan, and Sweet Potato Cookies

In a medium bowl cream together the butter, both sugars, and golden syrup or honey until light and fluffy.

White Chocolate, Cranberry, Pecan, and Sweet Potato Cookies White Chocolate, Cranberry, Pecan, and Sweet Potato Cookies

Add the egg and vanilla and blend on medium speed until well mixed and fluffy.  Add the sweet potato and mix well.

White Chocolate, Cranberry, Pecan, and Sweet Potato Cookies White Chocolate, Cranberry, Pecan, and Sweet Potato Cookies

In a separate bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices.  Add the sifted dry ingredients into the sweet potato mixture and blend until the dry mixture is just moistened.

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Fold in the white chocolate chips, chopped pecans, and cranberries until evenly distributed.

White Chocolate, Cranberry, Pecan, and Sweet Potato Cookies White Chocolate, Cranberry, Pecan, and Sweet Potato Cookies

Scoop the dough into the prepared sheet pans by rounded tablespoons.  Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the cookies are puffed and golden.  Cool on the pan for five minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool.

White Chocolate, Cranberry, Pecan, and Sweet Potato Cookies

Enjoy!

White Chocolate, Cranberry, Pecan, and Sweet Potato Cookies

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16 Responses to “White Chocolate, Cranberry, Pecan, and Sweet Potato Cookies”

  1. Sweet potatoes in a cookie?! Love this idea.

  2. These look delicious! I’m picking up the ingredients for them to make this weekend! YUM!

  3. Now these sound good! I’ll bet the sweet potatoes give the cookies a ton of moisture – perfect for chewy cookies.

  4. Ooh… These look wonderful! What great flavors. I have a lot of sweet potatoes on hand, too. Brilliant!

  5. Jennifer says:

    What an interesting combination. I love white chocolate and sweet potatoes, but never had them together. Might be time to change that.

  6. Evan Thomas says:

    Wow, this is like all you need at Thanksgiving in a cookie! Thanks for the recipe.

  7. Annie says:

    I always love your recipes! I have given you an award. Check it out. http://www.anniesdish.com/2010/11/whole-wheat-pumpkin-muffins.html

  8. Jason Phelps says:

    Definitely interesting. Squash or pumpkin could be subbed in, but wouldn’t be quite the same I bet.

    Jason

  9. Sweet potato cookies? Heaven…I’m in heaven.

  10. Crustabakes says:

    i am loving the sweet potato idea! That will give these cookies the moisture they need!

  11. So the flavors are very balanced. That’s good because just from the ingredients list this looked to be very complicated.

  12. briarrose says:

    Wonderful cookie. Love the flavors mixed together.

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