Healthy Sweet Potato Pie Cookies, Please.

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Here's our healthy take on sweet potato pie cookies. We modified this recipe by making our own sweet potato puree and reducing the sugar to make it a little healthier. We also added a dark chocolate orange glaze to really complement the flavor of the cookie. 

YIELD: 24 cookies

INGREDIENTS:

Sweet Potato Pie Cookies:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1 egg, room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 sweet potatoes

1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon honey

 

Orange Chocolate Glaze:

1 tablespoon heavy cream

2 ounces 70% dark chocolate

1 mandarin for zesting

 

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Toss chopped sweet potatoes in olive oil and roast on a baking sheet for 20 minutes. Blend in a food processor or blender with olive oil and honey until properly pureed.

2. Keep the oven at 375. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg, and salt.

3. Cream together butter, sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and blend until incorporated. Stir in the sweet potato puree and blend until smooth. Beat in the dry ingredients in increments and combine well. Stir in the pecans, if desired.

4. Drop 2 tablespoon-size cookie dough balls onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake until cookies are golden brown, about 18 minutes. Let cookies cool completely before glazing.

5. While the cookies are in the oven, it's time to make the glaze! Use a double-boiler to melt the chocolate and heavy cream together. Once it has reached your desired smoothness, add the zest and remove from heat. 

6. Once the cookies are out of the oven, let them cool. Once they are cooled, drizzle the glaze on top. We used a fork for thinner drizzle lines. Enjoy!