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Sweet Potato Spice Cookies

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
    7 dozen


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 75 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 47mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • Dawn
    Feb 15, 2021

    I made these for a Christmas tag sale and cookie sale at a rehab facility in Woodbridge a few years back and they were such a big hit. One of the staff members said that they were delicious. I made these also for a church coffee ann and they were a hit there as well

  • alfoa
    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
    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
    Jan 22, 2014

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

  • kramerstacey15
    Dec 11, 2013

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

  • mom23kids
    Nov 11, 2013

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

  • AmeliaJane36
    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
    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
    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
    Jul 17, 2012

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