Growing up in Louisiana we never had a sweet potato casserole during the holidays . We always had these Southern Candied Sweet Potatoes , I had never seen a sweet potato casserole until I was in my teens. Don’t get me wrong , I love a good casserole with marshmallows melted on top . Seriously though, nothing beats a good old fashioned sticky candied sweet potato. If you have never had candied sweet potatoes , well you are missing one of life’s little treasures.
This recipe for southern candied sweet potatoes was given to me by one of my Mother’s best friends and it isn’t one of those recipe you just throw together. It has simple ingredients and it is cooked with lots of love, meaning it takes a little extra time . Don’t be scared of all the steps because the end result is worth the work . This dish is perfect for Thanksgiving, but it’s so good that it can be made for any meal . Another great recipe for Thanksgiving is Southern Smoky Green Beans.
Start off by boiling the sweet potatoes for about 20-25 minutes. They should only be partially done at this point.
Drain the potatoes and allow them to cool.
While potatoes are cooling make the simple syrup . Combine the water and granulated sugar, bring up to a boil. Reduce the heat a little and let the mixture cook to a thickened syrup.
The mixture should be reduced by about half , this should take about 30 minutes. Turn off heat and stir in vanilla.
Peel the cooled sweet potatoes by hand. The skin should peel off easily.
Slice the sweet potatoes in long strips and place in a casserole dish.
Pour the simple syrup over the sweet potatoes .
Cut cold butter in small pieces and place it evenly over the sweet potatoes.
Mix together the cinnamon and sugar then sprinkle it over the sweet potatoes. Baked in a preheated 400 degree oven uncovered for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes turn the oven off, don’t open the door. Allow the potatoes to sit in the oven for an hour, but if it’s a little longer it’s even better.
The end result is a gooey sticky candied sweet potato. Make sure when serving, spoon all that yummy syrup from the bottom on your potatoes. Trust me, if you show up with this dish at Thanksgiving you will be the things legends are made of. They will speak of your legendary sweet potatoes for years.
Southern Candied Sweet Potatoes
- 6 Medium Sweet Potatoes
- 1 stick butter
- 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 tsp vanilla
Cinnamon Sugar Topping
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Place the sweet potatoes in a large pot and cover the potatoes with water
- Bring to a boil for about 20-25 minutes, you want the sweet potatoes to be partially cooked
- Drain them from the water and allow them to cool
- While the potatoes cool make your simple syrup
- Combine the sugar and water ,bring up to a boil and then slightly reduce the heat
- Stirring from time to time you want it to thicken and reduce , this will take 25-30 minutes
- When the syrup is thickened turn off the heat and stir in the vanilla
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Now by hand peel the skin off of the sweet potatoes
- Slice the sweet potatoes in long strips by slicing them in half length wise and then slice those halves in strips
- Place the strips in a casserole dish..I used a 4 quart dish but a 9x13 baking dish would work also
- Pour the simple syrup over the sweet potatoes
- Slice the cold butter into small squares and evenly place them over the sweet potatoes
- Mix the sugar and cinnamon together
- Poor the cinnamon and sugar mixture over the top of the sweet potatoes
- Bake uncovered for 25 minutes
- Turn off the oven and do not open the door
- Allow the sweet potatoes to set in the oven for one hour, if they sit for a little longer it's okay . The longer they sit the better they get
Last year was my first year of trying sweet potato done the American way. Loved them far more than I thought I would. Think everyone will love me forever if I make this for our Thanksgiving get together!
I think you are correct… take these and love will ooze from everyone lol.
Whoa, these candied sweet potatoes look insanely delicious! I’ll be making these for Thanksgiving for sure!
Goodness me, these sweet potatoes look so good! I can only imagine how wonderful they must taste! I have never tried making them with syrup, butter and sugar, but I can imagine it must create this delicious, sticky and jammy texture!
Oh yummy! These look so delicious and full of flavor! Perfect for Thanksgiving!
These are perfect for the holidays and I can’t wait to make them. I know that they won’t
last long around my family.
Oh my goodness! I have never had candied sweet potatoes, but I can tell this must be AMAZING! I can already tell I much prefer your recipe over the marshmallow casserole types. I will make this for Thanksgiving! Yum. Thank you for sharing. These treasured family recipes are always the best.
Yum! This Southern Candied Sweet Potatoes looks sooo delicious! I must say that this is really perfect for the holiday. My family will love this!
I have never tried something like this with sweet potatoes before. Looks fantastic.
These are perfect for Thanksgiving or any holiday. I just happen to have sweet potatoes that I need to use up, I will give this a try
These Candied Sweet Potatoes looks so good! This recipe is the perfect side for the upcoming Holiday season!
Can I make these a day ahead and then bake the next day just long enough to heat through?
I have never done it so I’m not sure.. I would sure it would work. Let me know if you try it.
I would say you could make the potatoes and pour the “syrup” over them, refrigerate. Take out an hour before you bake them, to get to about room temperature. Then top with butter and cinnamon/sugar mixture and pop in the oven. We have made candied sweet potatoes for years the day ahead and it works out fine. Happy Thanksgiving!
These potatoes are wonderful. I made them for Thanksgiving. Now I am making them again for New Year’s Day. Thank you for sharing your recipe.
I’m so glad you enjoyed these .. they are a family fav at our house .
Recipe indicates one and cup but did not say what
It is 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar to cup of water to make a thick simple syrup, sorry about the confusion Ruby.
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How many does this serve?
Hi Nancy ..I would guess 6-8 servings.
Fourteen “reviews” and only one person actually made the dish. This has become the trend on recipe sites. “Looks sooo delicious” “Can’t wait to try it!” These kinds of comments are not of any value. Please, make the sweet potatoes and tell us what you think, for Pete’s sake!
Hi Virginia ..Thanks for your feedback. This is an old family recipe and I make this for every holiday, so this is tried and true. I can think of several people that have commented on my Facebook post over the past few years that they have made it and liked it. PLus I have had feedback on Pinterst . There are so many places to leave reviews some people just don’t think to come back to actual recipe site, they stay on the platform they are comfortable with. Sorry for the confusion .
I totally agree. Feedback is needed on those who have made the recipe. Thanks for your observation.
No confusion, Debbie. You have a fabulous recipe, but the “gee, looks good” reviews are useless. My tirade was aimed at your commenters, not at your recipe. Gosh, if I have to visit Pinterst and Facebook to get actual testimonials, I guess I’m sunk!! Too old for that!!
Virginia, I agree with you 100%. People wear me out with all this “the recipe looks good” or “I can’t wait to try this”. Review, to me means you have tried the recipe and you are stating the outcome. That being said, this dish was outstanding. Everyone raved about them.
Glenda ..I am so glad you enjoyed these Sweet Potatoes.
Hi Debbie, thanks for sharing your recipe. Do you think cinnamon can be omitted if we don’t like it?
Hi Clemence ..I think if you omit the cinnamon it will be fine
Hello, I was wondering if I could make these candied sweet potatoes a day ahead and heat them in the oven? Thanks,
Hi Sherry these sweet potatoes are great leftover I would recommended cutting them a little thicker since you will be heating them again.
this looks yummy…but so much sugar..has anyone cut the sugar back or used monkfruit instead?
Made this recipe and it was fast, easy and absolutely delicious! I made the recipe with Bruce’s Yams (canned) and was pleasantly surprised on how amazing it tasted. I will make with actual boiled sweet potatoes per recipe next time. I didn’t have them on hand but did have 2 tall cans of the yams. My whole family enjoyed!
I am glad to know that this is equally delicious with canned yams , it is a huge time saver. Thanks for your input and kind words.
Can you make these a day or 2 before thanksgiving
I have never made these that far ahead. I have made them in the morning and put them in the warming drawer until we were ready for them.