Sweet Potato Pecan Cookies

Pecan Spice Cookies with Sweet Potato | Swirls and Spice

This is the season for all things orange, and lately my seasonal ingredients have incorporated that warm and wonderful color.  Butternut squash went into a savory soup and pumpkin got tossed into a stick-to-your ribs fried rice.  But for the next installment I bring you something sweet from the oven: tender pecan cookies made with sweet potato.  Let baking season begin!

These healthier treats make an ideal grab-and-go breakfast for cookie lovers like me.  Inspired by my Cocoa Nut Breakfast Cookies, this aromatic version features pecans and highlights the warm hue of the sweet potato base.  My youngest daughter won’t eat chocolate, so these cookies hold maximum appeal to her, since she also adores nuts.  My all-time favorite nutty cookie is Almond Supreme Cookies, but I reserve those for the Christmas season because they are sweetened with white sugar and dangerously irresistible.

In contrast, when I make something sweetened with more wholesome maple syrup, my cookie cravings can be satisfied guilt free.  Plus they get a thumbs up from my kids, who are often wary of gluten free goodies. And especially when it comes to baking cookies, they have to be yummy or there’s no point.

Speaking of yummy, I also have a recipe for Healthier Samoa Coconut Cookies that include sweet potato and caramel.  If you’ve never ventured beyond sweet potato pie, it may be time to change that.  Step away from the marshmallows and enjoy the abundance of sweet potatoes as a healthy hand-held treat.  I think that once you try sweet potato cookies, you will understand why I’ve never looked back!

Pecan Spice Cookies with Sweet Potato | Swirls and Spice

Sweet Potato Pecan Cookies {Gluten-Free}

  • Servings: about 24 smaller cookies or 16 large
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  • 1 cup mashed cooked sweet potato
  • 1 large egg
  • 6 Tablespoons coconut oil or butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves or pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup unsweetened fine coconut flakes, packed
  • 1 cup buckwheat flour or oat flour
  • 1 Tablespoon ground flax seed (or ground chia seed), optional
  • 1 cup chopped pecans*, divided

*Alternative: use just 1/2 cup pecans and mix into the batter; then use 1/2 cup more coconut flakes for the coating.


  1. Combine sweet potato, coconut oil (or butter), maple syrup, egg, flax/chia, and sugar using food processor or electric mixer.  Blend until smooth.
  2. Sift remaining dry ingredients together, except for nuts.  Add dry mixture to wet ingredients and process or mix well together.  Fold in 1/2 cup pecans with a sturdy spoon.  Cover batter and chill for 15 minutes, until firm but not completely solid.
  3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 C).  Form chilled batter into balls with a small scoop or by hand. Roll each ball in remaining pecans.  Place on parchment lined cookie sheets.  Press down with fork to flatten each cookie.  Bake for 15 to 18 minutes.  Let cookies cool completely on the cookie sheet before serving.  Wrap and store any remaining cookies in the freezer.

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Pecan Spice Cookies with Sweet Potato | Swirls and Spice


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