Vegan Sweet Potato Cookies
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These deliciously tender cookies are perfect for sharing this holiday season. The recipe is adapted from my Maple Pumpkin Spice Cookies recipe in Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living.
Serves: about 36 cookies
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour or whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sweet potato puree (can sub pumpkin puree)
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar (can sub coconut sugar for less sweet)
  • ½ cup melted coconut oil or neutral-tasting baking oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat your oven to 350ºF and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, mix the sweet potato, brown sugar, oil, maple syrup, and vanilla with a hand mixer or whisk until well combined.
  4. Gradually stir the flour mixture into the sweet potato mixture. The dough will be rather sticky.
  5. If time permits, refrigerate the dough for 1 hour to make it a bit more manageable. If using coconut oil, it will firm up quite well.
  6. Drop the dough by the heaping tablespoonful onto baking sheets about 2 inches apart.
  7. In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining 2 teaspoons sugar and remaining 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Evenly sprinkle the mixture on the cookie dough tops.
  8. Bake for 10 to 14 minutes, or until the tops take on a golden hue.
  9. Let cool on the baking sheets for 3 minutes before removing the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week, or put the cookies in plastic freezer bags and freeze to enjoy later.
Pecan Topper: I like the festive touch of pressing one half pecan into the top of each ball of dough before baking. The pecans toast up nicely.

Flavorful Add-ins: Fold ½ cup to 1 cup of cranberries, raisins, dairy-free chocolate chips, or chopped nuts into the dough after you stir in the dry ingredients.

Cinnamon-Sugar Sprinkle: In a small bowl, whisk together 2 teaspoons sugar and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Sprinkle the mixture atop each ball of dough before baking.
Recipe by Go Dairy Free at