Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Sweet Potato Marshmallow Sandwich Cookies

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Sweet potatoes have never been a favorite of mine. I've never liked the smell of sweet potato casserole on Thanksgiving and have never scooped out large portions of the stuff. I even remember one night a couple of years ago when my mom was making her sweet potato casserole while my grandmother was over and we were talking. The smell of the sweet potatoes radiating out of the oven was making me uncomfortable and it was hard tolerating the smell. 

Fortunately, I've become way more open to food since then and even the orange potato is no exception. 

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A couple of weeks ago, I was so intrigued by this video and it's been on my mind since I first watched it.Then, on Sunday before making a trip to the grocery store, my mind set on purchasing the ingredients for a recipe of chocolate chip cookies from another cookbook, I was flipping through the newest December issue of Southern Living and saw these Sweet Potato Marshmallow Sandwich Cookies. I knew that they were calling my name. 

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Fast-forward to right now, and I'm telling you of these dream sandwich cookies. 

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Yes! The orange vegetable. 

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The magazine called for canned sweet potato, but I used an extra sweet potato we had from a bag intended for Thursday's traditional casserole. 

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Spices and flour galore in these cookies. 

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It comes together super quick. 

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Then... it has to chill in the refrigerator for an hour. After that, you get to roll out the dough and cut out circles of cookie dough. 

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While baking, you can make the marshmallow filling. 

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It has great ingredients like marshmallow creme, butter, vanilla, and meringue powder. 

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Once the cookies have baked and cooled, you are ready to ice. 

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Essentials. 

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Loaded with sweet potato, filled with marshmallow, and squished together. Everything you could ever want right here before Thanksgiving. 

Sweet Potato Marshmallow Sandwich Cookies
from Southern Living
makes 12, 2 1/2-inch sandwich cookies

Ingredients:
for the cookies:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup mashed sweet potato (1 medium sweet potato)
brown sugar 

for the marshmallow filling:
1/2 cup marshmallow creme
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons meringue powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 

Directions:
To make the cookies, heat oven to 400F. Bake the sweet potato for 45 minutes. Slice open, mash, and measure 3/4 cup. Set aside.
Combine the flour, spices, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.
Beat the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer at medium speed until creamy. Gradually add the sugar and beat until smooth. Stir in the vanilla extract and mashed sweet potato. Gradually add the reserved flour mixture on low speed until just combined.
Divide the dough in half and flatten each half into a disk. Roll each to 1/4-inch thickness between 2 sheets of wax paper and transfer to a baking sheet to chill for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350F. Working with one half of dough at a time, cut circles with a 2 1/2-inch cutter and place on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake 12-14 minutes. Allow to cool for 1 minute on sheets before transferring to a wire rack.
To make the filling, Beat the marshmallow creme and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer until blended, about 2 minutes. Gradually add the powdered sugar. Then, add the meringue powder and beat at high speed until fluffy, 2 minutes. Stir in the vanilla and spread between 2 cooled cookies. 

6 comments:

  1. these look heavenly! your photos get better and better!


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  2. I love all things sweet potatoey. Wish I had one of these right now! Have to agree with Caina that your pictures are great.

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  3. I want to make sweet potato quick bread and yeast bread next!

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  4. Thank you so much, Carina!! That means so much :)

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  5. Sydney @ The Crepes of WrathNovember 21, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    I adore how perfect these came out - they're like petit fours in cookie form! Absolutely gorgeous and Thanksgiving ready!

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