Sweet Potato Biscuits

These bursting-with-flavor biscuits may be the best thing you can do with sweet potatoes. Why add another soft brown dish to the Thanksgiving table when you can make these delicious morsels instead? They can be baked ahead and frozen, and you'll get way more points for serving them than you would for, say, those tubes of crescent-roll dough (not to knock those, though — they can be transcendent). You want something a little different for Thanksgiving, right?

Hands-On Time: 1 hour
Ready In: 90 minutes
Yield: 16 biscuits

Ingredients

    2 to 3 medium sweet potatoes (about 1 1/2 pounds)
    1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into chunks
    2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
    2 tablespoons white sugar
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
    1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
    1/4 teaspoon ginger
    1 1/2 cups flour
    1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 400. Scrub sweet potatoes, prick them in several places with a fork, and microwave them until tender, at least 10 minutes. Carefully slice them in half, scoop the hot flesh from the skins, and add to a mixing bowl along with the butter. Using an electric mixer, whip together potatoes and butter until well combined, about 2 minutes. Beat in sugars, salt, and spices. Let the mixture cool for 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, stir together flour and baking powder in a medium bowl with a fork. Add flour mixture to potato mixture and use the fork to combine well. You may have to knead the dough by hand a bit at the end. On a floured surface, roll out or pat the dough into an 8-by-8-inch square about 3/4 inch thick. With a sharp knife or square biscuit cutter dipped in flour, cut out 2-inch square biscuits. (Making them square means you can use all the dough in one go, rather than rerolling it.)
  3. Place the dough squares 2 inches apart on a baking sheet that has been greased or lined with parchment. Bake until they're golden brown on the bottom and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean, about 15 to 20 minutes.

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