Cookbook Giveaway #4: Go Dairy Free and a Cinn-ful Sweet Potato Cookie Recipe

Posted by on November 19, 2009 | 179 Comments

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What would a “favorite cookbooks” giveaway be without my own book! Yes, I do reference my own recipe collection often, and have so much fun coming up with new variations, as you will see in today’s recipe of the day. Plus, I couldn’t believe that until today, I hadn’t even given away a copy of Go Dairy Free on my own blog. The shame of it.

To sweeten the deal even more, I am giving away one paperback copy of Go Dairy Free and one e-book copy of Go Dairy Free (which is identical in content), and the e-book is available internationally. So no matter where you are in the world, you are eligible to win this giveaway!

Now, I will do my best to be unbiased in this mini-review …

The full name is Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living … yes, a mouthful. You can see why I didn’t have room to put, “and it’s Vegan-friendly too!” The first half of the book is an extensive guide with various resources from explaining (in detail) what milk is to ingredient lists to dairy substitutes.

The second half of Go Dairy Free is all cookbook, with over 200 dairy-free (and tested egg-free) recipes. In the back you will find a full food allergy index noting which recipes are also gluten-free, nut-free, and/or soy-free. Since it is the holiday season, I will note some of the holiday-friendly recipes you will find within:

  • Tender Squash Dinner Rolls
  • Condensed “Cream” of Mushroom Soup (trust me, it is the best dairy-free version yet!)
  • Cheese-Free Scalloped Potatoes
  • Almost Traditional Green Bean Casserole
  • Traditional Mashed Potatoes and Whipped Mashed Potatoes
  •  Cashew Gravy

Oh yes, and of course there are more than a few desserts to choose from too. Here is just a sampling …

Pumpkin Cheesecake

vegan pumpkin cheesecake

Coco-Nog (soy-free too!)


Vanilla Ice Cream

dairy-free vanilla ice cream

Ready to Win? (Giveaway open internationally)

  • To enter to win a copy of Go Dairy Free (paperback or the eBook version), leave a comment on this post telling me why you want to win Go Dairy Free. Is it for you? Is it a gift?
  • To receive a bonus entry, spread the word about this giveaway … tweet it, share it with your friends on facebook, mention it on your blog, or email some colleagues … whatever works for you. Just make sure you come back here and leave a second comment letting me know you did.
  • To receive a third entry, become a fan of Go Dairy Free on Facebook and leave another comment letting me know you did (If you are already a fan, leave a comment letting me know that you are for the third entry).

Entries will close at midnight TODAY, so get your entry in now! All of this week’s cookbook winners will be announced at the end of the week.

Since I know many of you already have a copy of Go Dairy Free, I thought it would be fun to give you all something new. I made some changes to the Maple-Spice Pumpkin Cookie recipe in Go Dairy Free

pumpkin cookies

… to come up with these scrumptious Cinnamon Sweet Potato Cookies

Cinn-ful Sweet Potato Cookies - Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Vegan

Beyond swapping the pumpkin for sweet potato, I went solely with cinnamon for the spice, opted to use oil for the fat (to show you its versatility in cookies!) and tried to add a wee bit of fiber by using whole wheat pastry flour. I have yet to experiment with the gluten-free flours or blends in this recipe, but plan to soon. Enjoy!


Cinn-ful Sweet Potato Cookies

This recipe is adapted from Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook.

These deliciously soft cookies are perfect for sharing this holiday season. See the options at the end the recipe for jazzing them up even more.

If you use coconut oil (as I did), just make sure all of your ingredients are at room temperature. I have a bad habit of adding chilled maple syrup, which causes the coconut oil to solidify. Also, if you like a soft cookie, store any leftovers in a ziploc bag once cool. This recipe is Vegan, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Soy-Free, and optionally Nut-Free.

  • 2 Cups Whole Wheat Pastry Flour or All-Purpose (Plain) Flour (Can sub your flour blend of choice though I haven’t tested GF flours in this cookie as of yet)
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 3/4 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Melted Coconut Oil, Grapeseed Oil, or other Neutral-Tasting Oil
  • 1 Cup Sweet Potato Puree (can sub pumpkin puree)
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar, packed
  • 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Preheat your oven to 350ºF (175ºC).

In a medium-sized bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, mix the oil, sweet potato, sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla until well combined. Slowly incorporate the flour mixture into the wet mixture. The dough will be rather sticky. For best results and better manageability, chill the dough for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour. If using coconut oil, it will firm up particularly well.

Drop the dough by the heaping tablespoonful onto baking sheets (ungreased non-stick or lined with non-stick silpats or parchment paper).

Bake for 10 to 14 minutes, or until they no longer look wet, and are just beginning to brown around the edges, or to your desired doneness. (I like them a little softer on the insides, so I bake them for 10 to 12 minutes, depending on the size).


Cinnamon-Sugar Topping: If desired, combine 2 teaspoons of granulated sugar (white sugar, palm sugar, etc.) and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon in a small dish, and sprinkle the mixture atop each ball of dough before baking.

Pecan Topper: I like the festive touch of pressing one nice half pecan into the top of each ball of dough before baking. The pecans toast up nicely.

Flavorful Add-ins: If you like, you can add dried cranberries, raisins, chocolate chips, or nuts to your cookies. Stir about 1/2 cup to 1 cup of your desired add-ins into the dough after you stir in the dry ingredients.

Yields 3 to 4 dozen cookies, depending on how big you make ’em

Cinn-ful Sweet Potato Cookies - Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Vegan

Blog Events: I am submitting this recipe to the Holiday Food Fest – Gifts of Good Taste. I haven’t had the chance to wrap them yet, they are still fresh out of the oven. But I like to tie them in cellophane wrap with ribbon around the top for a simple, yet attractive hostess gift.

Comments (179)


  1. DeeDee W. says:


    I would really love to be able to have a copy of this book!! Yesterday, I was just given the news that I have a high allergy to dairy protein!! Dairy is my food life!! My husband and I went out and purchased some rice milk and I have been reluctant to try it to say the least 🙁 I was born and raised on milk and all of its wonderful items. I am a person who cannot go a day without some form of dairy, whether it be in the form of cheese, yogurt, or just simply a glassful of the deliciousness!! This is the one and only thing I was dreading with going to the allergist, but it is now my life and I have to learn to live with it. My husband is a GREAT supporter and I don’t know what I would do without that support. Thank you for giving away a copy of this book. I believe it would greatly help me in this new endeavor of mine. (BTW…I am also a diabetic).

  2. DeeDee W. says:

    I also just became a fan on facebook…I will spread the word to all my friends…some of them are vegan!!

  3. Jane Hoh says:

    I am finding that dairy products bring on hot flashes. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  4. Lily Kwan says:

    I want to win Go Dairy Free because it would make a great gift for my friend.

  5. Lily Kwan says:

    I became a fan of Go Dairy Free on Facebook.

  6. Elizabeth says:

    I would LOVE to win this book!! My daughter has been diagnosed with milk, peanut, tree nut, fish and shellfish allergies. I am going crazy trying to figure out how to feed her good food that her body can handle. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to better feed my child.

  7. Renee G says:

    I’d love to win a copy of this book, so I can start cooking better for my husband. (He’s lactose intolerant).

  8. Corina Vendetto says:

    I would love to win this cookbook for my son, Trey. He has been such a trooper for the last 6 months since we found out about his casein allergy, on the heels of being diagnosed with chronic autoimmune thyroiditis. His life has been turned upside down with meds/supplements 2-3 times a day, then add to that everything that he can no longer have. And he has taken it all in stride… with a maturity well beyond his 9 short years. One of the first things that he said after we found out about the casein was “Mom, we’ll find solutions!” He puts up with a ton in the fourth grade too! Kids can be vicious – and I think he is just wonderful! There’s so much out there about gluten-free, nut-free… I want a cookbook that focuses on my son’s needs, so that he and I can find solutions together! Love him so much and, as a parent, need as many resources to share and pass on to him as I can. Thank you, Corina Vendetto.

  9. Elizabeth says:

    I am already a fan on Facebook

  10. Gianna says:

    Dairy has always given me issues.. less though since i’ve had children. I’d love to try some new recipes 🙂

  11. Jenny says:

    Once again, this cookbook looks great…love your resources, especially just beginning this non-dairy journey! Thanks for the info!

  12. Marissa says:

    I’d love to win this book as I went dairy free a few months ago and I have yet to get a cookbook that doesn’t have dairy in it. It would be great to have something where I don’t have to come up with subs myself 😉

  13. Sheryl says:

    I have been lactose intolerant my whole life and this would be an amazing resource to have. Thanks!

  14. Linda Haskell says:

    My husband who loves dairy products gave up all dairy because of prostate cancer. I would love to give him some non-dairy encouragement. I love to cook for him because he says that what I make is love to him.

  15. natalie says:

    wow those recipes look wonderful!

  16. Yum–those sweet potatoe cookies look really good. Maybe that is how I can trick my DH into eating sweet potoates. 😉

  17. Sharon Gray says:

    The pictures of some of the recipes look so mouthwatering. Actually, I would give this cookbook to my daughter-in-law who is beginning to cook / bake dairy-free for my grandson, who is four years old. His tummy aches will hopefully go away and he will feel better. I might have to purchase one for myself then so I can make him some treats.

  18. Kelly says:

    Oh, I would love this! I gave up dairy 4 months ago and it was the best thing I ever did. =)

  19. Leona says:

    I’d love to win a copy of this cookbook. Merry Christmas to me (a litlte early)!

  20. Yvonne says:

    I want to make all these delicious things!!!

  21. hazel hunt says:

    This would be really nice to win!

  22. Jen Faust says:

    Hi! Is this giveaway still open.
    I really want this book, as I’ve recently become hooked onto their Facebook updates.
    I’ve been dairy-free for 2 years now, as I’m nursing my milk-allergic toddler.
    I couldn’t be happier. Who the heck needs cow’s milk?!

  23. Vicki says:

    I need your book!

  24. Jen Callahan says:


    My 11 month old daughter has severe dairy allergies and I would LOVE to transition my whole family to a non-dairy lifestyle to keep the family eating together and the SAME meals. I would love this book so I could get started just as my sweet baby daughter is beginning to grab everything she sees us eat.

    Thanks for your consideration.

  25. Jen Faust says:

    Shared giveaway on Facebook…

  26. Jen Faust says:

    Already a fan on Facebook…

  27. Sarah says:

    I would love a copy of this book to help get started on my daughters casien free (and gluten free) diet.

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