Mbatata (Sweet Potato) Cookies

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 15 mins

Malawi is known as the "warm heart of Africa" due to the friendliness of Malawian people. These cookies can be cut in the shape of hearts to commemerate the Malawian people.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix sweet potatoes, milk, and melted butter and beat well. Sift and stir in the remaining ingredients. Drop by spoonfulls onto greased cookie sheet and bake 15 minutes.
  2. Or chill 1-2 hour then turn onto a floured board, knead lightly and roll out 1/2 an inch thick. Cut with a cookie cutter. Place cookies on a greased baking sheet, and bake for 15 minutes. Sprinkle some cinnamon/sugar mixture on top.


Most Helpful

This recipe was awesome!!! I did not use raisins instead I fold in a half cup of pecans. They taste great they were more of a cake texture than a cookie texture. Just like other viewers I will try them with brown sugar next time. I also drizzled a homemade cream cheese coconut icing on top, so good my daughter, cousin & husband loved it. I didn't wait to roll them out scooped them rite away & baked. This is a keeper. Thanks.

adventures-cook July 12, 2011

I preschool my daughter and a friend at home and we made these for this months baking project. I used whole wheat flour, pumpkin instead of sweet potato and substituted half the butter with applesauce. Next time I will use brown sugar instead of white, but we really enjoyed these fluffy cookies! Thanks for posting

Motivated Mama October 29, 2009

These cookies were delicious. I made them even healthier by using splenda instead of sugar and cutting the butter down to 1 tbs and using 4 tbs of applesauce. This made them have a cakier texture, but they're so healthy and the flavor is lovely. Each cookie has like 24% of your vitamin A due to the sweet potatoes! Yum

Katie P. July 24, 2008

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