Sweet Potato Biscuits

My sister and I would hop off of the school bus at the end of the driveway to see Grandmother standing at the top of the drive waving to us. We didn’t have huge backpacks like the kids now have, so we’d shift our books around as we raced each other up the driveway to see which one would be the first to get our afternoon hugs. Like she always did though, she’d tuck one of us under one arm and the other one under the other arm and give us a great big hug at the same time. Then, as we went in and put our things down, we each got another big hug as we started telling her all about our day.

We would sit at her long wooden kitchen table as we did our homework, but I admit I had a hard time concentrating as I watched her move about in her kitchen. Moving from one part of the kitchen to another, lifting a lid here, stirring the pot there, and doing it all as quietly and gracefully as if she were a butterfly. She was amazing to watch.

She would save a few things for us to help her do when we finished our homework – clearing and setting the table, putting the ice in the glasses, and helping her cut the biscuits to put in the oven. Somehow, she was always able to make a way for my sister and I to both be involved in the biscuit making.

As the weather started to get cooler for fall, she’d begin to make her sweet potato biscuits. Their orange coloring and slightly sweet taste was always welcome and we’d get excited knowing that Halloween, Thanksgiving and then Christmas were near.

Whenever I make sweet potato biscuits now for my family, it’s hard not to remember those afternoons with her in her kitchen. Sharing the stories with Little Buddy of those afternoons together make them even more special.

Here’s my family Sweet Potato Biscuits recipe. I hope you love them as much as we do!

Sweet Potato Biscuits

Southern Sweet Potato Biscuits Recipe

Sweet Potato Biscuits make a delicious biscuit recipe that the whole family loves. Get this heirloom sweet potato biscuits recipe that you'll turn to again and again.

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Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time22 mins
Servings: 12
Author: Robyn Stone


  • 1 cup cooked mashed sweet potato
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 2 pinches salt
  • 1 pinch sugar
  • 3 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter


  • Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
  • Mix together sweet potato and milk in a small bowl.
  • Cut shortening and very cold butter into dry ingredients of flour, salt and sugar in a large mixing bowl.
  • Slowly pour milk and sweet potato mixture into your dry ingredients. Mix lightly.
  • Pour dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently pat into a round disc about 1/2 inch thick. Cut dough with a sharp metal or glass cutter.
  • Place into hot oven and bake for 10-12 minutes.
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  1. I love sweet potato biscuits sliced with a little country ham inside and a side of cheese grits. Thanks for the recipes and sharing your memories.

  2. Robyn, ever since I saw this recipe a few days ago I”ve been wanting to comment but hadn’t found the time. I am going to make these with dinner tonight, they sound so incredible (and the story that goes along with it). I wish I had food stories like yours. I did not come from food people, at all. I hope that I will be just like the grammy your remember and that my grandchildren (and maybe even my children) will have stories like yours some day. Thanks for sharing this fantastic looking recipe!

  3. Update, I made them for dinner. I used gf flour (and added baking powder and salt, taking some of the gf flour out, to make it self rising) and they didn’t rise much. But my family loved them anyway. My little buddy (same age as yours) loved them and ate 4. This boy eats NOTHING. I am serious, he only eats pasta, bagels and some fruit. He tries everything but most things make him gag (oddly enough). He was on his third biscuit and he said to me “what’s this orange stuff?” I said, “part of the mix I made the biscuits with” and he said “oh ok.” His sister laughed, he made a funny look and I said “you like sweet potato pancakes right (one other thing I can get him to eat)?” and he said “oh ok I get it”. He finished the rest of his biscuits. Thank you Robyn, we loved them. I will do a web search for a flour mix I can use that will rise, but even without the rise they are pretty darn good. Your grandma knew a thing or two about making good food, for sure. Glad you are here to pass along some good stuff.

  4. Do you have to use shortening or can you use cold butter or cold stick margarine. I have never bought shortening before.
    Thank you,
    By the way I love your recipes and stories thank you.

    1. Hi Melanie,
      You can use all butter if you prefer. I’ve always used part butter, part shortening for my biscuits – most likely because that’s what my grandmother taught me. 🙂

  5. I love sweet potato biscuits. There is a restaurant here in a small town called Smithfield,Virginia. It’s the ham capital of the world! My friend and i love to meet for lunch at The Taste of Smithfield for a bowl of soup and their yummy sweet potato biscuits stuffed with country ham. Hmmm hmmmm GOOD!!
    I was wondering if I could use buttermilk instead of milk. The restaurant’s biscuits are oh So moist and seem to have a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg in them. Oh and for hefty price you can take a container of the biscuits home for the freezer. Id rather make my own!

    1. Sweet potato biscuits are amazing! I hope you enjoy these! I always use whole milk, Muffin, so I can’t say how they would taste with buttermilk as I don’t use it in this recipe.
      I hope you enjoy them! Thanks! xo

  6. I see that you have butter and melted butter in the ingredients list but in the recipe it only says to use the cold butter. What do we do with the melted butter? I can’t wait to make these, all your biscuit recipes are delicious!

    1. The melted butter is to brush on the hot biscuits when you take them out of the oven. Thanks for asking about it! I hope you enjoy them – I’m so happy you like the other biscuits! Thanks Karima! xo

  7. Hello Robyn,
    I’ve never heard of sweet potato biscuits until my dad asked about them after listening to them being mentioned in a talking book. He’s blind and gets ready material from the National Library for the Blind and Disabled. I’d love to make them. After reading your recipe and the terrific memory you shared. My problem with making them for me is that I’m dairy intolerant. Any dairy and I’m sick like the flu hit me. I use soymilk in place of milk so I’m hoping it will work for the sweet potato biscuits but I don’t know what to use in place of the butter. I have a feeling that margarine would be a poor substitute. Due to the water content in it I don’t even know if it’s possible to use margarine in place of butter. Do you have any suggestions as a substitute that would work? I’d use the real deal but the price I would have to pay would be to great, it takes well over a week before I fully recover from any dairy products.

    1. Hi Robin,
      I would replace the amount of butter with the same amount of shortening, like Crisco, for the biscuits. I have members of my family who are dairy intolerant, too so I know what a problem it can be. Hope your dad enjoys these biscuits! xo

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