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Sweet Potato Cookie Bars

  • Author: The Kitchen Whisperer

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Ingredients

Bars

  • 1 cup baked sweet potato (about 1 medium-large potato)
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil, very soft (or melted then cooled slightly)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 22 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups oat flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup raw coconut (unsweetened)
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Cinnamon Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 23 Tbl milk or cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. To make bars, line 2 8×8 square pans with parchment leaving a 1” overhang.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the sweet potato, coconut oil and brown sugar.
  4. Add in the eggs one at a time and mix to incorporate.
  5. Add in the vanilla and mix just until blended.
  6. Stop the mixer and add in the oats, flour, cinnamon, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
  7. Turn the mixer on low to combine, stopping to scrape down the sides.
  8. Stop the mixer and add in the cranberries, raisins, coconut, pineapple and walnuts.
  9. Mix on low just until combined.
  10. To make cookies use medium size cookie scoop (about 1/4 cup) and scoop out the mixture gently compressing it into the scoop.
  11. Place on the parchment 1 1/2” apart (on a standard size tray you should be able to fit 12).
  12. Taking clean hands gently press the mounds down slightly.
  13. Bake for 9 minutes. The cookies will be soft still in the middle but the outside should be slightly firm.
  14. Place the tray on a cooling rack and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  15. Using a spatula gently transfer the cookies to the cooling rack (off of the cookie tray) and cool completely.
  16. To make bars, evenly divide the mixture between the pans smoothing out and pressing down to make even.
  17. Bake for 18-22 minutes. The mixture top of the bars should be somewhat firm but have much give inside (the inside should be very soft but not mushy).
  18. Transfer the pan to a cooling rack and cool for at least one hour before lifting out.
  19. Grasping the parchment paper, gently lift out and cut into squares.
  20. Once cooled make the glaze by whisking together the powdered sugar, cinnamon and milk. You want this to be thick and produce a ribbon when the whisk is pulled away.
  21. Drizzle the glaze over top and allow to harden before storage.
  22. Store the cookies or the bars in an air tight container. I keep mine in my fridge as I prefer them cold.
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