Nutty Raisin-Sweet potato Cookies

Nutty Raisin Sweet potato cookies

Before you laugh at how bizarre these cookies seem, I can vouch that these are actually very enjoyable. When I had a bite, the first thought that crossed my mind is, Gosh! This tastes nothing like sweet potatoes!


I know my choice of making this might seem wild, but I wanted something to crave my sweet tooth – I dint want a pie nor a cake, so this was the next best thing. Though, I did make some sweet potato fries with the rest later, to counter the sweetness :).

Sweet Potato cookies

Now, do you need some convincing on eating sweet potatoes. The health benefits are immeasurable. Vitamins, Minerals, blah blah blah. Check this link on Benefits of Sweet Potatoes.


These cookies were no trouble to make or bake. While baking, these cookies dint spread, so I think it’s ok to say that you can place them an inch apart, without them spreading and running into each other.

Time: Orange Sweet Potato
Preparation Time: 15 min
Cooking time: 20 min
Eating time: 1 sec 😉


Serves: 20 pieces

Material:

  • Mixing Bowl
  • Hand mixer
  • Flour sifter
  • Baking tray
  • Butter paper

Ingredients

  • Unsalted butter – ½ cup
  • Granulated sugar – 1 cup
  • Egg – 1
  • Sweet Potato ( boiled and smashed) – 1 cup
  • Orange Juice – 3 tbsp
  • Whole Wheat flour – 2 cups
  • Nuts, RaisinsBaking powder – 1 tsp
  • Cinnamon powder -1 tsp
  • Ground nutmeg – ¼ tsp
  • Salt – ½ Tsp
  • Crushed cashews – 1 cup
  • Shredded coconut – 1/2 cup
  • Crushed biscuits – ½ cup
  • Raisins – 1/2 cup

Method:

  • Preheat the oven at 350F for about 15 min.
  • In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar fr about 3 min, until pale yellow. Beat in the egg and then the mashed sweet potato and orange juice.
  • Sift the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
  • Stir the cashews, shredded coconut, crushed biscuits and raisins in some of the flour. This is to ensure that they don’t sink to the bottom of the cookie.
  • By dividing the flour into 3 parts, add it part by part, into the butter mixture and mix until properly mixed.
  • Line the baking tray with butter paper and grease with a little butter. Drop a spoonful of the batter, an inch apart, on the baking tray.
  • Bake at 350F for 20 min.  Stick a toothpick in a cookie and if it comes out clean, remove. And let it cool, before storing in an airtight container.

Tip for perfectly baked cookies
  • Soften butter, by letting it stand at room temperature. Rather than putting it in the microwave.
  • Bake the cookies in the middle rack of the oven.
  • Set the timer for 2-3 min less than the cooking time ( 20 min), so that you can keep an eye that they are not over done.

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S’more Cookies

Chocolate Marshmallow cookies

marshmallow packetI found a packet of marshmallows in my pantry which was bought with the intent of making S’mores(cause everyone who lives in the US has to say that they have tried these). But somehow we never got down to sitting in front of a campfire and making S’mores.

Now here I am left with a HUGE packet and I had absolutely no idea what to do with them. Google to the Rescue!!! (Superhero soundtrack playing in the background) I found several recipes for “S’more cookies”. So I decided to try them out.

Made just like regular cookies, with the added marshmallow bits, Marie Biscuit/Graham crackers and chocolate chips, to give it the extra ‘hipness’ or you could say ‘forever-on-the-hip’ness.

 

I just couldn’t resist licking the cookie batter every once in a while. Now this is a pleasure, anyone who bakes cakes or cookies knows – you have to be a batter biter. So if you haven’t tried this out before, head to the kitchen and whip up a butter-sugar mixture, nibble on it and tell me you don’t want to come back for more. I wouldn’t recommend tasting the batter after the egg is added.

Using an ice cream scoop I managed to get 20 cookies. I’d recommend using just a tablespoon next time, as the cookies get bigger. I like it when they are bite size. They look cute too. (If I can call food that!)

Cookies in the oven 

Anyway, in the oven they went and in about 10-12 min, they were done. Just the smell and aroma had my mouth salivating. I couldn’t wait to dig into them.

I did have a bit of problem getting it off the parchment paper. I realised my mistake, don’t let the marshmallow get to the bottom of the cookie. It tends to stick to the paper, giving it a hard time to remove the cookie. So instead of mixing the marshmallow in the cookie batter as most recipes say, just sprinkle them on top.

Oh oh!! That also reminds me, have you ever tried cutting a marshmallow. It is the most disastrous thing! It sticks to your knife, your fingers, your cutting board…. It just hangs on for dear life. So in the middle of my “marshmallow butchering” I had to stop and Google for “how to cut marshmallows”. I know that sounds absolutely hilarious, but I was desperate! Did you know that there is a YouTube video too. I had a hearty laugh.

 Getting back on track, in case you haven’t looked it up already, the trick is to wet the knife and your hands with cold water before cutting them up. But I must warn you, you have to keep doing this every few minutes.

So now, I have my cookies off the baking tray, what next! The weather was just perfect, it was raining outside, nothing better than to make a cup of hot tea and nibble on the cookies. So I grabbed 2 (ok, maybe 3) and I sat in the balcony munching away. They were Goooooood. They were gooey on the inside. Chocolaty, yet crunchy and they just melted in my mouth. Heaven personified!! I would have called it “Drops of Heaven”, but I’m fairly certain that that title is reserved for my next cookie recipe.

Once I was done, I had a sugar high. I’m packing the remaining for my husband to take to work, because I cant be trusted with them at home. Figure I might as well spread a little love today (spread a little something to remember – Thank you Philly Cream cheese)

 S'more cookie scoops

Since I only used a handful of marshmallows, I’ve still got to hunt for more delicious things to do with them. Next on the agenda is  “cherry stuffed marshmallow coated in chocolate”.. hahaha… now that sounds like fun!!