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Southern Candied Sweet Potatoes
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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. 
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Southern
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8


  • 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.