Southern Sweet Potato Pie is a southern tradition for fall and Thanksgiving. It’s a simple pie made from fresh sweet potatoes, sugar, eggs, flour and fall spices.
In a buttery pie crust with a dollop of whipped cream, this southern dessert is a memorable one.
Sweet Potato Pie vs Pumpkin Pie
Sweet potato pies have a very similar taste and texture to pumpkin pie, but I prefer sweet potato pie. Typically a pie made with sweet potato is a little lighter in texture and sweeter with less spice and I think sweet potato pies are more buttery.
Ask any southerner and they will tell you that sweet potato pie is greatly superior to pumpkin pie.
Tips For Making Southern Sweet Potato Pie
- I love to use this Flaky Pie Crust recipe, but a store-bought pie crust or your favorite homemade one is just fine.
- You’ll need 1 cup of mashed sweet potato for this recipe. I bake a few medium to large sweet potatoes until they are very soft. Let them cool and then peel the skin off. Hand mash them really well.
- Instead of baking them, you could peel the sweet potatoes, cube them, and boil them in water until soft, but I find they have better flavor if you bake them.
- This pie is done when it jiggles in the center just slightly when you shake it.
- Can be served chilled or at room temperature.
More Sweet Potato Recipes
- Sweet Potato Cream Cheese Bars
- Lightened-Up Sweet Potato Pie
- Sweet Potato Waffles
- Sweet Potato Pancakes with Marshmallow Sauce
- Southern Candied Sweet Potatoes
Southern Sweet Potato Pie
- 1 cup mashed sweet potato
- 1/2 cup salted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup evaporated milk
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 (9-inch) unbaked pie crust
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Place sweet potato and butter in a mixing bowl and use an electric mixer to beat until smooth.
- Add brown sugar, granulated sugar, milk, eggs, vanilla extract, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and flour. Beat until smooth.
- Pour into pie crust. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until center is set.
38 thoughts on “Southern Sweet Potato Pie”
First time making sweet potato pie and I decided to use this recipe. Everyone loved it. I did bake my sweet potato for this recipe and think it made it a good sweetness.
Very nice post. Good job
Lawd have mercy! This pie is delicious. I used a graham cracker crust from the store and to ensure that the crust didn’t get soggy I painted the bottom with egg white and baked for 5 minutes. Let cool and then added the filling.
Thank you for this recipe. We ate it in one night.
I’ve made this pie so many times and I tell you what, better then pumpkin.
Best sweet potato pie recipe ever!
This was absolutely the best Sweet Potato Pie recipe I’ve ever had, Easy to make and it was delicious warm and after being refrigerated. Definitely bake the potatoes instead of using boiled or canned!!
The feedback I’ve gotten on this recipe is phenomenal!! Best sweet potato pie ever. This has replaced pumpkin pie in my house!!
Excellent sweet potato pie. Have made it 3 times now and everyone wants more.
Best sweet potato pie and so easy to make
I love sweets!!!!!!……however this one is very sweet like too sweet and I never ate a full pie. I made two line I always do and I always eat both (with sweet regret). I’ve remade them and reduced the sugar so we shall see. Other than that this is one of the best sweet potato pies I’ve made. I was concerned the texture was runny didn’t believe it would set but it baked perfectly!!!!
I found 1 cup of mashed sweet potato nowhere near enough to fill a full 9-10 inch pie?
I made it and it was delicious. Easy to make just like my mother made.