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a slice of southern sweet potato pie on a plate with whipped cream and cinnamon

Southern Sweet Potato Pie

Brown sugar, warm spices, and sweet potatoes come together in a tender crispy crust that's just right for year round dessert deliciousness. 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Chill Time 3 hours
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 323kcal
Author Rachel Ballard


  • 1 store bought pie crust or your favorite homemade
  • 2 cups sweet potatoes about 3 medium or 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 stick butter melted
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • juice from half a lemon


  • Wash the skin of the sweet potatoes and add them to a large pot. Cover with cold water and bring to a boil. Boil until a fork or knife inserted in the center goes through with no resistance--about 30 to 40 minutes. 
  • Transfer the potatoes to a bowl to cool. When cool, peel off the skins and remove any eyes or dark spots. 
  • Preheat your oven to 350. 
  • Fit your pie crust to a 9-inch pie plate and flute or decorate the edges as desired. Set aside. 
  • With a hand mixer or in the bowl of a stand mixer, mash the potatoes until smooth. Add all of the remaining ingredients and blend to combine. 
  • Pour the sweet potato mixture into the pie shell and bake, until the center jiggles but is just firm to the touch--about 50 to 55 minutes. Tent the pie with foil if it starts to get too dark. 
  • Remove from the oven and allow the pie to cool about an hour. Cover with plastic wrap and chill until firm and set--about 3 hours or overnight. Serve with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon. 


This recipe is adapted from Divas Can Cook. You can see her recipe here. 


Calories: 323kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 221mg | Potassium: 183mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 5095IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 0.9mg