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Sweet Potatoes Just Got Sweeter (in a Cookie!)

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These sweet potato cookies were adapted slightly from, where they were shared by Rita~.

As Rita~ explains: "Malawi is known as the 'warm heart of Africa' due to the friendliness of Malawian people. These cookies can be cut in the shape of hearts to commemorate the Malawian people."

Photo by Linda Xiao

These are cakey, just slightly sweet, studded with raisins, and more "alternative" than the now-ubiquitous pumpkin cookie. At home at the breakfast table and in your holiday gift tin, you just might have to make a double batch.

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Mbatata (Sweet Potato Cookies)

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Makes 40 cookies
  • 1 cup mashed sweet potatoes, from steamed or roasted peeled sweet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups sifted flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • Cinnamon sugar, for sprinking

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