Friday, March 23, 2012

Cookies Made from Leftovers

Someone gave me some sweet potatoes and I thought it would fun to make a creamy soup before warm weather gets here. I made some sweet potato soup from this recipe:
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups water or broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Boil the sweet potatoes. Saute the carrots and onion. Add the other stuff and let it simmer for about 20 minutes. Puree the soup until it is a consistency you like.

While I really liked this soup, no one else in my family did. I ate it by myself for a couple of days and still had leftovers. What was I going to do with all this soup? How could I trick my family into eating it? The answer to this question is always: Make a dessert out of it!

Leftover Sweet Potato Cookies
  • 1/4 cup milk (I used rice milk)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 cup leftover pureed sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
If you are making cookies--especially cookies from leftovers where you may be adapting a recipe--make sure you are keeping an eye on the consistency of your batter. You don't want it to be too runny or too dry. Add/subtract wet and dry ingredients as needed to obtain a good cookie dough consistency.

I adapted the above recipe from a pumpkin cookie recipe. I omitted the eggs, instead adding pureed leftovers. I substituted oil for the butter and halved the amount it called for. I also reduced the sugar.

The sweet potato cookie dough

Bake them at 350 until they are done (about 10 minutes).


A delicious half eaten cookie

Do you make desserts out of leftovers that don't get eaten? If so, what do you usually make?


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