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Malawian Mbatata (Sweet Potato Cookies)

This mbatata cookie is made with sweet potoatoes, a sweet and moist addition to a cookie, making for a delicious treat.  If you would like to make this Plant Paradox friendly be sure to see the notes in the post.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Malawian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 80kcal
Author International Cuisine


  • 1 cup mashed sweet potato about 2 sweet potatoes see note in Instructions
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose sifted flour
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 4 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup raisins


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Mix sweet potatoes milk, egg, and melted butter in a bowl and beat together
  • Stir in the remaining ingredients.
  • Drop by the spoonful onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes
  • Alternatively you can chill the dough for an hour and roll out on a floured surface
  • Use a heart shaped cookie cutter and place on a greased baking sheet.
  • Bake for 15 minutes
  • You can garnish with some cinnamon and sugar if desired
  • Serve warm
  • Note the cooking time does not include cooking the sweet potatoes. They should be peeled, cut up  and put into boiling water for about 20 minutes or until fork tender and then mashed with a fork or otato masher.


Calories: 80kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 74mg | Potassium: 126mg | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2315IU | Vitamin C: 2.5mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 0.5mg