Mbatata (Sweet Potato Cookies)

By Food52
November 23, 2015
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Author Notes: "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."

This recipe is adapted slightly from Genius Kitchen.

Makes: 40 cookies
Prep time: 1 hrs 5 min
Cook time: 15 min

  • 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
  • 1 dash cinnamon sugar, for sprinking
  1. Preheat oven to 375° F. Mix sweet potatoes, milk, egg, and melted butter and beat well. Sift in the flour and baking powder, then add it to the wet mixture along with the sugar, salt, cinnamon, and raisins.
  2. At this point, you have two options: You can either drop the batter by the spoonful onto greased cookie sheet or you can chill for 1 to 2 hours and then turn onto a floured board, knead lightly, and roll out 1/2-inch thick and cut with a cookie cutter. [Editors' Note: We used the drop method.]
  3. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on the cookies, then bake for 15 minutes.

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