Mbatata Biscuits (Sweet Potato Biscuits) – Traditional Malawian Cookie!



Mbatata Biscuits (Sweet Potato Biscuits) is a traditional Malawian recipe for a classic biscuit (cookie) made with mashed sweet potatoes and flavoured with cinnamon. The full recipe is presented here and I hope you enjoy this classic Malawian version of: Sweet Potato Biscuits (Mbatata Biscuits).

Preparation time: less than 30 minutes

Cooking time: approximately 35 minutes

Serves: 4



  • 180g mashed sweet potato
  • 60ml milk
  • 4 tbsp melted butter
  • 250g sifted flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon



Mix together the sweet potato, milk and melted butter. Blend well then add all the remaining ingredients. Bring together to form a dough then tip onto a floured surface, knead and roll out until it’s just over 1cm thick. Cut with a pastry cutter then place on a well-greased baking tray. Place in an oven pre-heated to 160°C and bake for 35 minutes, or until golden. Remove from the oven, dust with icing sugar and set aside to cool.

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