Are you all feeling the chilly weather? Finally the rain has taken over and now days are filled with either downpours or soft drizzle. It’s that time where you wonder whether it is still morning, because of the gloominess, until you look at the clock. I am sure most of us wish we just stayed snuggled up almost all day( I do!). It’s that time that teas find their way in our daily meals.
So the other day, I had sweet potatoes left over from making katogo (recipe coming soon). The weather was cold and wet and I wished the house was filled with warm sweet scents and aromas. So we got cooking…err baking. These cookies have a sweet potato base in the middle and it is really really (really) good. So while you are dreaming of having something warm to lighten up the gloominess, I suggest you get your sweet potatoes out, flour and all things nice and make these cookies. You will not regret.
What you will need:
2 ½ C. Baking flour
½ Tsp. Baking powder
1 C. Butter/Margarine, melted
¾ C. Sugar
¼ C. Milk/Water
Sweet potato filling
1 C. Sweet potato, boiled and mashed
Juice of ½ Lemon
1 Tbsp. Sugar
1 Tbsp. Cinnamon
Pinch of salt
In a bowl, Mix the mashed sweet potato with the lemon juice till well combined. A paste-like consistency will form. Add the sugar, cinnamon and salt and mix well. Set aside.
In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together starting with the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, sugar).
Next, add the wet ingredients (butter, egg and vanilla extract and milk). Keep mixing till the mixture is coarse but well blended and has formed firm dough.
On a floured surface, roll out the dough till thin (make sure it can still be lifted though). On top of the rolled cookie dough, add the sweet potato filling and spread it out evenly half way on the dough. Flip the other half of the dough on top of the spread out filling and press firmly. Now, using a cookie cutter or glass, cut out the cookies.
If you are using an oven toaster, bake the cookies for 15 to 20 minutes or until they start turning golden brown and release a warm aroma. If you are using a regular oven, use the usual cookie baking regulations. If you don’t have any oven, you can pan bake them using this method. It works! Let the cookies cool down as they harden.
Makes 20+. Now that they are ready to eat, serve them with a warm cup of hot tea.
PS: Forgive my lack of rolling a perfect shape. I am working on that!