Orleans Blues Bars

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½ cup salt-free butter
½ cup sugar
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 jumbo egg
1 cup well mashed sweet potatoes
½ tsp. vanilla
2 tsps. baking powder
½ tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
½ tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 cup broken southern pecan pieces 
½ cup raisins
½ cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels (optional)

Cream sugars and butter. Add egg and beat until smooth. Add vanilla and sweet potatoes. In a separate bowl, mix the remaining ingredients. Add to potato mixture and stir until well mixed. Spread dough into greased 11x7x1" pan. Bake at 375 degrees (F) for 20-25 minutes. Cool completely. Cut into 2" square bars.
Note:  Sugar may need to be adjusted based on the sweetness of the type of potato used. The potatoes used in this recipe were quite sweet.
If an 8" pan is used the bars will be a little thicker, and baking time will need to be increased by a few minutes (not more than 5).  Double the recipe for a 13x9x2 pan.