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Southern Candied Sweet Potatoes

Southern Candied Sweet Potatoes are a wonderful fall side dish. Thick sweet potato slices are covered in a butter and sugar mixture and baked until soft. They are wonderfully sweet and flavored with a little cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and vanilla. They are a welcome addition to a holiday meal or a Sunday supper.

Southern Candied Sweet Potatoes


Only a few ingredients are needed to make this southern staple and I love to make them in the fall when sweet potatoes are in season and inexpensive.

To make Southern Candied Sweet Potatoes, peel and slice 4 to 5 medium to large sweet potatoes. Go ahead and use as many as you can fit in a 9×13-inch baking dish. Leftovers reheat well. You can even eat them for dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Southern Candied Sweet Potatoes


Sprinkle some salt on the sweet potato slices and pour a mixture of melted butter, white sugar, brown sugar, and the spices over them. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.

Remove the pan from the oven. Spoon the butter sauce all over the tops of the sweet potatoes and pop them back in the oven uncovered for another 30 minutes.

At this point they will be soft and the butter will have begun to caramelize around the edges of the sweet potatoes. They are so sweet and delicious. I especially love how well these sweet potatoes pair with pork.

Southern Candied Sweet Potatoes

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Southern Candied Sweet Potatoes

Southern Candied Sweet Potatoes

Southern Candied Sweet Potatoes are a wonderful fall side dish. Thick sweet potato slices are covered in a butter and sugar mixture and baked until soft. 
PREP: 10 mins
COOK: 1 hr
TOTAL: 1 hr 10 mins


  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 5 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/3 to 1/2-inch slices
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Melt butter in a saucepan. Add white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Stir and heat until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat. Add the vanilla extract.
  • Place sweet potato slices in a 9x13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with salt.
  • Stir vanilla into the butter mixture and pour over sweet potatoes.
  • Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. 
  • Remove pan from oven. Spoon the butter mixture over the potatoes.
  • Place back in the oven UNCOVERED for 30 minutes.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern

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33 thoughts on “Southern Candied Sweet Potatoes”

  1. I can already tell this will be a new fav!!! And super for my new restricted kidney diet, so Happy Holidays to y’all!

  2. Betty Smith

    I’m confused – Step 4 says pour butter mixture over sweet potatoes and Step 6 says spoon the butter mixture over the potatoes. Do we use half in Step 4 and half in Step 6? This does sound really good.

  3. Betty Smith

    I’m a little confused. Step 4 says pour butter mixture over potatoes and then Step 6 says spoon the butter mixture over potatoes. So – do you use half for Step 4 and the other half in Step 6. This sounds really, really good.

  4. Very easy to make. In the oven now. Just removed foil
    Used only 3 sweet potatoes that what I bought before seeing this recipe.. added a white potato. Soft already.
    Can’t wait to eat with chicken.

  5. Would love to make this but I am curious if it could be done in a slow cooker, any suggestions? Thanks!

  6. Here’s a tip: Stick the potatoes in the oven when the turkey is cooking; that way you do not waste any when you’re peeling them.

  7. In the instructions, you have added Vanilla twice?? in step 2 and 4, I think that is a mistake??

    1. Brenda Catoe

      But step 2 says add the vanilla, and step 4 says to stir it…not add it again. or that was my take on it.

    2. First of all, Step three should be step 2.
      Next what their trying to articulate is once you remove the mixture from The heat stir in the vanilla, therefore step 2 which should be step 3 should end with remove from heat.
      And the next step should say stir the vanilla Into the butter mixer.

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  11. Best sweet potato recipe ever according to my familt. This recipe was a star at Thanksgiving. Making them again for my grandson who wasn’t with us on Thursday. 😊Thank you

  12. I’m making these for thanksgiving! We love candied sweet potatoes and this is a much easier way than boiling first.

    1. I agree. I am making them now and this is easier than the stovetop method I was using . Plus the pieces are staying intact, just by doing what would normally do but putting in the oven. Thanks!

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