Sweet Potato Cookies

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As a child, I refused to eat anything orange. So my parents had to get creative when it came to carrots, squash, and of course, sweet potatoes.

They often lured me into eating sweet potatoes with the promise that they “taste like dessert.” Naturally, I didn’t buy it. “Sure,” I thought, “this vegetable you want me to eat tastes like dessert. Nice try, guys.”

Of course, they were right all along. Sweet potatoes, as their name would imply, are naturally sweet. And depending on how you prepare them, sometimes they really are dessert. (Sweet potato pie, anyone?)

Needless to say, I have since come to regret each and every Thanksgiving I wasted ignoring sweet potato casserole. Fortunately, sweet potatoes aren’t just for pies and casseroles, and there are plenty of opportunities to make up for lost time.

In this recipe, sweet potatoes don’t just taste like dessert; They are dessert.

Along with their great taste, sweet potatoes are a great ingredient to include if you’re looking to lighten up your baking. Like bananas, sweet potatoes can help cut back or eliminate other traditional baking ingredients. These sweet potato cookies have just six simple ingredients. And thanks to the sweet potato, neither eggs nor sugar are among them.

Along with their vibrant color, these cookies get most of their natural sweetness from the sweet potatoes themselves. For just a little extra hint of sweetness, this recipe adds in two tablespoons of honey. With just these ingredients plus almond butter, flour, baking soda, and vanilla extract, you have easy, clean, and delicious cookies. Honestly, when it comes to cookies, it’s tough to get much healthier than this.

While pumpkin spice everything may be the orange dessert of choice, sweet potato is definitely on its way up. And with their bright orange hue, these sweet potato cookies will definitely steal the show. Sweet potato-based recipes don’t need nearly as much added sugar as your favorite pumpkin bars. And although sweet potato cookies make a perfect addition to any Thanksgiving dessert spread, they’re a treat you can enjoy all year round.

These cookies are a perfect, light way to satisfy your sweet tooth. Whether you’re looking for a lighter option to bring to Thanksgiving this year or just trying to cook a healthy treat for the kids, these cookies are a great option. Even the pickiest eaters won’t need any convincing to dig into these treats.

Whether you’re looking to lighten up or just mix things up, these vibrant and unique sweet potato cookies a great recipe to have on hand. And while these cookies are technically dessert, they’re healthy enough to justify sneaking one for breakfast, too.

Of course, sweet potatoes don’t have to stop at cookies. There are so many options for this ingredient, so check out these other delicious recipes that make the most of this versatile ingredient:

Sweet Potato Cookies

Sweet Potato Cookies Recipe

Yields: 6 servings | Serving Size: 1 cookie | Calories: 188 | Total Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 224mg | Carbohydrates: 18g | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Protein: 5g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 6


  • 1 cup mashed sweet potato
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. Drop by the spoonful (about 2 tablespoons) on to an un-greased baking sheet.
  3. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool for 10 minutes before enjoying!

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22 Comments on "Sweet Potato Cookies"

  1. Larissa  October 7, 2018

    Can I substitute almond butter for just a regular stick of butter?

    • Gale Compton  October 9, 2018

      Larissa, You can use peanut butter instead of almond butter, or any nut butter you like. 🙂

      • Susan Whipple  November 30, 2019

        Gale Compton, I’m confused as the recipe calls for almond butter and when asked if a stick of regular butter could be substituted, you replied almond butter probably wouldn’t work in this recipe… so, should we use unsalted butter as in regular baking? Thanks

        • Gale Compton  December 1, 2019

          Susan, I corrected my answer. I’m sorry for the confusion. Almond butter or any other nut butter should be fine. 🙂

  2. Michele  August 26, 2019

    Can almond flour be substituted for the flour?

    • Nichole Furlong  August 28, 2019

      Yes, you can make this substitution.

  3. Gigi  October 16, 2019

    Can I substitute sunflower butter for the almond butter?

    • Nichole Furlong  October 17, 2019

      Yes, you can sub sunflower butter for the almond.

  4. Kiana v  January 13, 2020

    Can you substitute anything for the honey

    • Nichole Furlong  January 14, 2020

      You can use maple syrup as a substitute.

  5. Kathy  January 20, 2020

    Do you cook the sweet potatoes first or is this canned sweet potatoes?

    • Nichole Furlong  January 22, 2020

      Hi Kathy, this recipe calls for mashed sweet potatoes. Therefore the potatoes will need to be cooked in order to mash. Canned sweet potatoes will also work as long as they are mashed.

  6. Claudia  April 3, 2020

    Are they crunchy or are they more like pancakes. Because I tried other recipe with sweet potatoes ( for cookies) and they were nothing like cookies. They were pretty soft like pancakes.

    • Nichole Furlong  April 5, 2020

      Hi Claudia, these will also be a softer cookie.

  7. Vee  May 30, 2020

    How long can these cookies last? Can these cookies be frozen or refrigerated?

    • Nichole Furlong  June 4, 2020

      These cookies will last about 3 to 5 days. They can be frozen if you’d like them to last longer!

  8. Bruna  June 11, 2020

    This is supposed to be a crunchy cookie? I really don’t like mine. It’s really soft.

    • Nichole Furlong  June 13, 2020

      No, these are not a crunchy cookie – they are a soft cookie.

  9. Anna  June 24, 2020

    Such a wonderful recipe! Thank you! I made a double portion of those cookies and they were gone next morning. I really enjoyed the nutty flavor!

    • Gale Compton  June 24, 2020

      Anna, GREAT! I’m so happy you enjoyed the cookies. 🙂

  10. Alexia  July 26, 2020

    What can be substituted for the nut butter? Nut allergy but can’t seem to find any sweet potato recipes without nut butters.

    • Gale Compton  July 27, 2020

      Alexia, Maybe try SunButter made with sesame seeds.


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