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Southern Sweet Potato Pie

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This old-fashioned sweet potato pie recipe will remind you of the one grandma used to make! A fantastic generational recipe, this Southern Sweet Potato pie deserves a place on the dessert table.

Of course, It might be tempting this year to buy a frozen sweet potato pie like Patti LaBelle’s version, but the season won’t feel right without a simple homemade Southern sweet potato pie.

A classic dessert for Christmas, you won’t believe how easy it is to make your from-scratch sweet potato pie masterpiece that you (and your taste buds) are proud of.

southern sweet potato pie recipe with whipped cream.

Why you will love an Easy Sweet Potato Recipe!

Sweet potatoes are a southern staple and eaten more often during the latter half of the year – during Thanksgiving and Christmas as side dishes.

There are about a thousand ways to enjoy the sweet potato, although my favorite way is most definitely in a pie like this recipe or a traditional sweet potato casserole with marshmallows.

While prepping for Southern Sweet Potato pie and purchasing a bag of sweet potatoes, you may have extras.

If so, try them out in a crock pot sweet potato casserole, candied sweet potatoes, or simple savory roasted sweet potatoes and onions.

Additionally, baking sweet potatoes or eating sweet potatoes Hasselback style is a great way to enjoy the last of the bag.

one piece cut out of sweet potato pie.

Old Fashioned Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

This sweet potato baked pie is a Southern classic and often everyone’s favorite pie.

Mashed sweet potatoes, all baked with sweet sugar and butter, help bring a rich life of their own, and once this simple pie is prepped, it is topped with candied pecans, and a generous helping of whipped cream pulls it all together.

Most often enjoyed in Thanksgiving and fall months, just like a traditional pumpkin pie, the hearty sweet potato fills a significant part of the holiday table every winter season and special occasion.

Simple Ingredients

  • refrigerated unbaked store-bought pie crust
  • sweet potatoes, cooked and mashed
  • unsalted butter softened
  • white granulated sugar
  • evaporated milk
  • eggs
  • all purpose flour
  • Flavor – ground nutmeg, ground cinnamon, and vanilla extract.
  • Whipped topping for serving

TIPS: Please see the bottom for a brown sugar substitute. This is the pie plate (9-inch pie dish). 

How to make Southern Sweet Potato Pie

Preheat oven to 350 and place the pie crust into the pie plate. Flute the pie crust edges.

Note: If you have a favorite pie crust recipe, you are welcome to make homemade pie crust over a refrigerated pie crust – I just like the ease of using the ones already done from the store.

  1. You don’t need the pie crust to go over the edges since there’s no crusted top to worry about, like apple pie. The crust should fit in the pie plate, and you can flute the edges. Set flaky pie crust aside.
flute pie crust recipe.
  1. In a mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together mashed sweet potatoes and butter.
  2. Add sugar and beat well.
  3. Add milk, eggs, and vanilla.
sweet potato pie recipe with eggs and brown sugar.
  1. Beat flour and all spices into the sweet potato filling.
  2. Pour the sweet potato mixture into the prepared pie dough crust and place the unbaked pie in the preheated oven. Bake in a hot oven for approximately 50-55 minutes.
sweet potato pie mixture in pie crust.
  1. Edges should be cooked, and the center will be slightly jiggly as it continues to set after the pie is pulled from the oven.
  2. Remove from oven and cool completely before serving with whipped topping and a side of vanilla ice cream. Makes eight sweet potato pie slices.
how to cut sweet potato pie.

How many sweet potatoes do you need for 2 cups smashed?

For this family recipe, you need 3-4 sweet potatoes to get 2 cups of mashed. Soften them in a pressure cooker like an instant pot or oven. Bake the potatoes.

Whatever method you use to soften your sweet potatoes is acceptable for this family favorite sweet potato pie, but traditionally baking them first provides the best potato flavor if you have time. Boiling is not recommended.

This is how I prep sweet potatoes in the Ninja Foodi.

Classic Sweet Potato Pie Recipe Tips

How do you know the sweet potato pie is cooked: Like most pies, the pie should be cooked, and a toothpick should come almost clean in most areas of the pie.

The center will still be SLIGHTLY jiggly and not fully set, but not soupy either. The pie may rise and then fall on cooling, which is normal.

Please note that ovens bake differently and at different temperatures, and it is impossible for me to know if your range needs more time.

Some ovens may need an extra 5-7 minutes to complete baking, but be careful not to overbake accidentally.

homemade is better than patti labelle pie.

How to store sweet potato pie: The golden brown pie needs to be thoroughly cooled (which could take about 2 hours) at room temperature.

Then store leftover pie in the refrigerator, covered with plastic wrap, for up to 3-4 days.

How to serve sweet potato pie? We always serve with cool whip topping, which goes great with warm spice flavors. 

You can also sprinkle with cinnamon and a bit of nutmeg or top with walnuts or pecans.

Can sweet potato pie be frozen? Sweet potato pie can be frozen. As with all frozen foods, make sure the pastry is well packaged. To defrost, place in fridge and let defrost naturally.

How to cut sweet potato pie: Pies can be difficult to cut without falling apart. Make sure the pie is completely cooled before cutting. Keeping a pie cold also helps with cutting.

Lastly, cleaning the sharp knife between cuts is the best way to cut pies, cakes, and fudge.

Can brown sugar be used?

Yes. If you prefer, substitute the 1 cup white sugar in the recipe above for 1/2 cup packed brown sugar combined with 1/2 cup white sugar.

Please note that this change makes a sweeter sweet potato pie.

white sugar in sweet potato pie.

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Southern Sweet Potato Pie (Like Grandma’s!)

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Old Fashioned Sweet Potato Pie recipe like grandma used to make, better than traditional pumpkin pie, this Southern Sweet Potato pie is packed with simple ingredients but SO flavorful!


  • Pie Plate


  • 1 uncooked refrigerated pie crust
  • 2 cups sweet potatoes cooked and mashed*
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 5 oz. evaporated milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • whipped topping for serving optional


  • Preheat oven to 350 and place uncooked refrigerated pie crust into a 9-inch pie plate. Flute the edges.
  • Set pie plate with fluted crust aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat together cooked and mashed sweet potatoes and unsalted softened butter.
  • Pour on granulated white sugar and beat ingredients together well.
  • Add evaporated milk, 2 eggs and vanilla extract.
  • Beat in flour and spices.
  • Pour uncooked sweet potato pie batter into the prepared crust and bake for 55 minutes.
  • Edges of pie and crust should be cooked and center of pie will still be a little jiggly in middle but an inserted toothpick should come out mostly clean. Please note that some ovens take longer to cook than expected times. If the pie needs to cook more and the crust is becoming too dark, add foil to the edges of the pie to stop the cooking.
  • Once the toothpick in the center is mostly clean, remove the sweet potato pie from the oven and cool it completely on the counter before serving.
  • Sweet Potato Pie may take 2 hours to fully cool. When cutting, use a clean knife in between cuts.
  • Serve dessert with whipped topping and candied pecans.
  • Store baked and cooled pie in fridge, covered with plastic wrap, for up to 3-4 days.


  • *Please note prior to the pie, sweet potatoes should be cooked and mashed. I recommend letting mashed sweet potatoes cool to prevent burns prior to prepping the pie. Typically 3-4 sweet potatoes make up 2 cups. See full article for more information.
  • If preferred, substitute 1 cup of sugar for 1/2 cup of packed brown sugar and 1/2 cup of white sugar.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 306kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 159mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 31g

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