A while ago, the assistant principal at my daughter’s school mentioned he liked sweet potato pie. Since I sometimes take baked goods to the teachers’ lounge, I figured it might be a good idea to include some things with sweet potatoes.
The first thing I made was a sweet potato pie. It was okay, but too sweet. Since then, I’ve found others that sound much better. What I didn’t find many of were recipes for sweet potato pie bar cookies. Sure, there were a few and I didn’t have time to search the whole Internet, but it seemed like there was room for more sweet potato pie bar cookies, so I decided to try making some myself.
Sweet Potato Pie Bars are a combination of a pumpkin pie bar and a sweet potato pie recipe. I actually made half of this and used an 8 inch metal pan, but I went ahead and put the whole recipe because they turned out so good. The bottom layer is thin and fairly buttery, but I was pretty happy with the results. If you think you can make them better, let me know.
Sweet Potato Pie Bars
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour plus 1 tablespoon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoons ground cinnamon
6 oz unsalted butter, cut up
1 cup finely chopped pecans
1 pound cooked sweet potato
4 tablespoons melted butter
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened Condensed Milk
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon fresh nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Have ready a 13×9 inch metal pan – greased or lined with foil and sprayed with cooking spray.
Combine flour, salt, both sugars and cinnamon in bowl of food processor. Add cold butter and pulse until mixture is crumbly. Set aside a heaping half cup of the mixture, then dump the rest into the pan and press into bottom.
Clean food processor bowl. Process sweet potatoes, melted butter, sweetened condensed milk, eggs, remaining, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange zest, salt and vanilla. Process until smooth. Pour evenly over crust.
Toss reserved flour mixture with pecans and sprinkle over sweet potato mixture. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until set. Set on a wire rack to cool.
Lift from pan and cut into squares.
Makes about 32