This is our 2nd Thanksgiving in Missouri, and our first at home doing our own thing. I am thrilled to be creating traditions now that will reverberate each holiday season from here on, and hopefully pass down to my children. Here is what we are up to.
Sweet Potato Cookies
makes about 18
adapted from the recipe on pg 530 of “Nourishing Traditions”
1 cup cooked sweet potato or squash (I cook mine in my dutch oven at about 300F for about 40 minutes or till soft)
1/2 cup butter/lard, softened
3/4 cup honey/maple syrup/sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon powdered cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups flour
optional: you can add 1/2 cup raisins and 1/2 pecans, I don’t.
Place all ingredients except pecans and raisins in a large bowl, and blend well, then fold in the nuts and raisins if you are adding them. Form into walnut sized balls and place on buttered cookie sheet. Bake at 325 for about 20 minutes. After 5 minutes in the oven you can press cookies down lightly with a fork. Let cool completely before removing to an air tight container for storage, or enjoy fresh. They are quite soft, and are more like muffin tops than cookies, but hey… 🙂