Sweet Potato Raisin Pecan Cookies

Sweet Potato Raisin Pecan Cookies

This cookie has Thanksgiving written all over it. Its a mash up between pecan pie and sweet potato pie.

Of course, if we’re talking about thanksgiving pies, I would prefer mine to be covered in chocolate.

Now that my brain is thinking about chocolate, I bet swapping the raisins out for chocolate chips would be phenomenal in this recipe. I’ll have to remember that for next time.

Sweet Potato Raisin Pecan Cookies

Since sweet potatoes are naturally sweet, I have a hard time convincing my body to eat them for dinner. So, save them for dessert and pow – sweet potato raisin pecan cookies are created.

Sweet Potato Raisin Pecan Cookies

As I was making this recipe and now preparing this post, I’ve caught myself saying “pee-can” instead of “pick-ahn”. Oh goodness, I move ‘south’ (aka – further south than Minnesota) and now I am a southern belle or something.

Sweet Potato Raisin Pecan Cookies

A doctoral student did some research on the different dialects of “pecan” – what do you say?

Ha, kind of silly.

Sweet Potato Raisin Pecan Cookies

Sweet Potato Raisin Pecan Cookies

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: about 2 dozen


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup mashed sweet potato
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup raisins


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the egg, sweet potato and vanilla.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and allspice. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture and mix well.
  5. Fold in the pecans and raisins.
  6. Drop by tablespoonfuls about 1 inch apart onto greased baking sheets.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges begin to brown.
  8. Cool for 1 minute before removing to wire racks.

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home.


Sweet Potato Raisin Pecan Cookies

Look at all of those healthy ingredients – these could easily become breakfast cookies, right?!

Sweet Potato Raisin Pecan Cookies

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39 Responses to “Sweet Potato Raisin Pecan Cookies”

  1. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet — November 8, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    I am in love with these cookies! Like seriously!! And I say pick’AHN!!

    • The First Year Blog — November 8, 2013 at 5:35 pm

      Woohoo, just like me!

  2. Linda @ With A Blast — November 8, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    These cookies look so good, Beth ! Pinned to make soon :-)

    • The First Year Blog — November 9, 2013 at 8:14 am

      Just in time for Thanksgiving!

  3. Carrie from Carrie This Home — November 9, 2013 at 9:12 am

    What a great idea using sweet potatoes in cookies! Genius! I love seeing your recipes at blog hops–glad I stopped by from Get Schooled Saturday!

    • The First Year Blog — November 9, 2013 at 10:20 am

      Carrie, I truly appreciate that you make the time to come by!!

  4. Ash-foodfashionparty — November 10, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Love these cookies.

    • The First Year Blog — November 10, 2013 at 1:59 pm

      Me too Ash!

  5. blahnikbaker — November 11, 2013 at 12:25 am

    This has fall all over it!! Love the pecans in it…I might replace raisins with chocolate chips though!! Can’t wait to try!!

    • The First Year Blog — November 11, 2013 at 7:42 am

      I totally agree about the chocolate chips!!

  6. Blair Lonergan — November 11, 2013 at 6:02 am

    Yum! These look so good, and perfect for the season. Adding them to my fall “list!”

    Stopping by from the Monday Funday link up…

    • The First Year Blog — November 11, 2013 at 7:37 am

      Oh wonderful news!! Enjoy Blair!

  7. melissa newell — November 11, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Oh My gosh these look sooo yummy We love sweet potatoes. I must try these!

    • The First Year Blog — November 11, 2013 at 6:44 pm


  8. Jenny Casteel Unternahrer — November 11, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    “pick-AHN” here from Iowa. Cookies look great! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday linky party!

    • The First Year Blog — November 11, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      We midwesterns are the same!

  9. Gloria Phillips — November 12, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Beth, these are definitely screaming Thanksgiving! I love putting some kind of cookie out on the dessert table next to the pies. These are absolutely perfect!

    • The First Year Blog — November 12, 2013 at 6:38 pm

      So glad we could help you find a new recipe to try!

  10. Kimberly @ A time to freeze — November 12, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    This looks so good and I don’t think I’d feel bad giving them to my kids since they have healthy ingredients in them :) I say pee-KAHN!

    • The First Year Blog — November 13, 2013 at 7:09 am

      Perhaps you are a southern girl?!

  11. Amy | Club Narwhal — November 13, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Now this is a fabulous way to eat sweet potatoes :) I’ve been trying to eat baked sweet potatoes more but I somehow can only stomach them if they are deep fried or sweet–so much for trying to sneak some healthier fare into my life :)

    • The First Year Blog — November 14, 2013 at 8:20 am

      Hahah, I bet these are healthier than chocolate chip cookies though! Let’s focus on that part!

  12. Jessi @ Practically Functional — November 13, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Yum, these look great! Pinning, and thanks for sharing at my link party!

  13. kneadedcreations — November 13, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Now there’s a cookie with a variety of flavors that all spell fall! Glad you posted at the Sweet Sharing Monday link party. I’ve pinned, liked, twittered and G+-ed your post. I’d love it if you dropped by for a visit at http://www.kneadedcreations.com . I look forward to seeing you over there! Deb @ Kneaded Creations.

    • The First Year Blog — November 14, 2013 at 8:22 am

      Thanks for sharing this recipe, I really appreciate it!

  14. cookedwithlovebymom — November 14, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Well these just look tasty! I just shared my Sweet Potato recipe, should have put raisins and pecans in them! P.S. I say p-KAHN

  15. Britni Newton Vigil — November 15, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Beth these look so yummy and I’ve never had sweet potato in my cookies before so definitely going to try. Thanks for sharing on the weekend re-Treat link party!

    Britni @ Play. Party. Pin.

    • The First Year Blog — November 15, 2013 at 5:32 pm

      Thanks for coming by Britni!

  16. Liz @ Life Made Sweet — November 15, 2013 at 11:00 am

    What can’t a sweet potato do! Surprised regular potatoes even still exist! These sounds so fall yummy!

    • The First Year Blog — November 15, 2013 at 5:32 pm

      Oh gosh, I love regular potatoes so they are never going anywhere in my house!

  17. Gaye @CalmHealthySexy — November 16, 2013 at 9:48 am

    These look wonderful. I’m printing and pinning the recipe. Visiting from Fabulous Feature Friday at Get Schooled Saturday.

    • The First Year Blog — November 16, 2013 at 1:28 pm

      Thanks for coming by Gaye!

  18. Meegan — November 20, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Oh my goodness. Your cookies have me drooling! Thanks for linking up to Tickled Pink Times Two! xoxo

    • The First Year Blog — November 21, 2013 at 7:41 am

      Thanks for being a wonderful hostess Meegan!


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