Maple, Date-Walnut, Yam Cookies with Cream Cheese Buttercream
Prep Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 dozen cookies

Maple, Date-Walnut, Yam Cookies with Cream Cheese Buttercream

Tender and flavorful, warm spice yam cookies, accented with dates and toasted walnuts, and dressed with optional cream cheese buttercream. Easy and delicious.

Fit And Healthy

Nutrition Info Per Serving


  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 16 oz. can Bruce’s Candied Yams, drained, mashed
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon rum extract, optional,
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup walnuts, small chopped
  • 1/2 cup dates, chopped
  • 2 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Lemon zest of one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Walnuts for garnish

Steps to Prepare

1. Mix flour, spices, baking soda, salt in medium bowl. Set aside.
2. Beat butter, brown sugar 5 minutes on medium speed, until light and fluffy.
3. Add eggs, mashed yams, vanilla, rum extract, maple syrup, beat another 3 minutes.
4. Reduce speed to low, add slowly flour mixture, and stir until incorporated.
5. Add walnuts and dates. Stir to just blend.
6. Create dough round, divide in half, cover with plastic wrap, chill at least 5 hours.
7. Preheat oven to 325 F. Line large baking pan with parchment paper.
8. Roll out dough on floured work surface, 1/4 inch thick. Cut out circles, place on baking sheet.
9. Bake 10 minutes, rotating once in between. Place on rack in pan for 10 minutes then transfer to cool.
10. To make frosting, beat butter, cream cheese, extract and zest about 6 minutes on medium speed. Pipe on cooled cookies. Garnish with chopped walnuts