Sweet Potato Pecan Cookies

Sweet Potato Pecan Cookies

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
4 ounces unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 large egg, room temperature
1 cup well-mashed or pureed sweet potatoes
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 tsp finely grated orange rind
1/2 cup chopped pecans

In a mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg; set aside. In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in the egg, sweet potato, vanilla, and orange rind. Beat mixture into dry ingredients. Stir in pecans.

Drop batter by teaspoonful onto lightly buttered cookie sheets, leaving about 1 1/2 inches between them. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 12 to 15 minutes, or until browned. Cool on racks and store in an airtight container.

If desired glaze with a mixture of 1 cup confectioners’ sugar and 2 tablespoons orange juice while cookies are still warm.

Makes about 3 dozen.