Sweet Potato Spice Cookies  

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3/4 cup margarine

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 egg

1 cup uncooked sweet potato, finely shredded

3 tablespoons orange juice

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1-1/4 cup quick oats

1 cup butterscotch chips

1 cup flaked coconut

1 cup pecans, chopped


In a mixing bowl, cream margarine and sugars. Beat in egg, sweet potato and orange juice. Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. Gradually add flour mixture to creamed mixture. Stir in remaining ingredients. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto greased baking sheet, 2 inches apart. Bake at 350 degrees for 14 to 16 minutes or until firm. Remove to wire rack to cool. 

Yield: 7 dozen

This recipe was submitted to the At Our Table Cookbook produced by The Catholic Exponent, by Cheryl Whetstone from St. Stephen Parish in Niles.


A reflection from Transitional Deacon Kevin Bertleff, who is on track to be ordained to the priesthood in July 2024.

Some of my favorite memories are of my family gathering at my grandparents’ homes for the holidays. Both of my parents are one of six siblings—thus those celebrations were usually quite large. And, of course, with a large family, comes a large meal. I distinctively remember how remarkable it was for me to see my grandparents, parents and all my aunts and uncles come together to prepare a great feast. I learned at a young age how important it is for family to gather at a table and prepare and share a meal.

The significance of this is applicable to all of us, especially as disciples of Christ who gather around the table for the great feast of Eucharist. One of the reasons I love Luke’s Gospel is because he uniquely highlights how Jesus loves to party—Luke shares so many stories of joyful celebrations centered on Jesus gathering and sharing meals with others.

Each time we prepare a meal with our family or friends, may we remember the sacredness of our moments together. May we know that every meal has a sacrificial character, which can strengthen our spiritual vision to see what the Lord shares by giving Himself to us in the Eucharist.

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