Southern Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

Southern Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

Sweet Potato Pie is one of those desserts that is a must-have during the fall for any family celebration. Each year during early fall, my mother’s extended family always gets together for a family reunion. Some of the most delicious food I have ever put in my mouth always shows up at these reunions.

My Grandmother and her sisters-in-law would have been cooking for days to make sure they each brought their best dishes that Sunday. It was in no means a competition of recipes, but each of them knew which of their recipes complimented their sister’s or sisters-in-law’s best and that’s what they prepared.

The children would run around and play and be told a bajillionth time not to fiddle with the piano in the corner of the church fellowship hall.

Each year we thought we could get by with banging out a few tunes before we would get a reminder to leave the piano alone.

Each year, we were caught before the first note was played.

By the time the older grandchildren had moved on from sneaking toward the piano to playing other games, a new crop of grandchildren arrived to take our place in the pursuit of “how many notes can you play before you get caught?”

We had a ball, even though we knew our Aunt Ellen would be the very first one to catch us. She always had a sixth sense where that piano was concerned.



Southern Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

She also always made the best sweet potato pies. The kind that even as a kid, I was happy to dig into.

I was tickled when I was going through some of my Grandmother’s recipes a while back and stumbled upon Aunt Ellen’s sweet potato pie recipe. It’s as good as they get.

Here’s how she makes it.

Here’s my family’s Sweet Potato Pie Recipe. I can’t wait to hear how you like it.


Southern Sweet Potato Pie Recipe
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Southern Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

A delicious recipe for Southern sweet potato pie
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sweet potato pie recipe
Servings: 6
Author: Robyn Stone


  • 3 cups sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 large eggs beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 unbaked pie crusts


  • Peel and cube sweet potatoes. Boil until very tender. Remove from heat and drain. Add butter and mash. Add sugar and vanilla. Mix well.
  • Pour milk into a measuring cup add in eggs and mix well with a fork. Pour milk and egg mixture into sweet potatoes. Combine until well-blended.
  • Pour into unbaked pie crusts.
  • Bake each pie at 350 degrees for about 1 hour or until set in the center.

I still wonder how Aunt Ellen could catch us so quickly at that piano. You think it had anything to do with our giggling?

62 comments on “Southern Sweet Potato Pie Recipe”

  1. I love sweet potato pie especially when it is made without all the pumpkin pie spices. Just good ole butter and vanilla is all it needs.

  2. I think I would love your Aunt Ellen. ; ) YUM!

  3. I am loving all this fall food! Family recipes are the best!

  4. Tried and true family recipes are the best! I always like to pull out the old family recipes around the holidays too.

  5. Love sweet potato pie, and love that this one is not “gussied-up” to taste like pumpkin pie!!! Simple but delicious! Giggling….naw!!!!!! Thanks Robyn

  6. What a lovely sweet potato pie. Just saying the words makes me smile!

  7. I’ve always wondered about sweet potato pie. Do you know I’ve NEVER made it? It looks so custardy and delicious!

  8. I love sweet potato pie. That is something my Mom always made for the holidays. This recipe looks delicious. Blessings, Deborah

  9. so simple and so delicious. i will always pick sweet potato pie over pumpkin pie.

  10. I’ve never had sweet potato pie before… But, I absolutely adore sweet potatoes. I will definitely have to give this a try this fall.

  11. This is almost identicial to my Mom’s famous Sweet Potato Pie which I now make. They have brought $65 each at auction church!!! Never seen this recipe anywhere else. It will simply melt in your mouth. No spices in sweet potato pie for me!!!

  12. this is an interesting recipe …the color is so lovely

  13. I chose this recipe because I wanted something different than the usual sweet potato pie with cinnamon and nutmeg, you know all the traditional pumpkin pie spices. I was impressed by the simple ingredients and the clever use of milk. I tried a little of the batter and really liked how creamy and perfectly balanced it tastes. My pies are baking right now and I can’t wait to share them with my family!

  14. This recipe is too bland without the other spices. I have a Virginia cook book with a recipe similar to yours,,,
    The spices enhance the flavor not trying to duplicate pumpkin pie.

  15. Spices ruin the taste of Southern Sweet Potato pie. This is the perfect recipe.

  16. This recipe is identical to my moms sweet potato pie ! I couldn’t wait to have a slice of this delicious pie! I make this pie now for my family mom has passed but her recipe and memories of a warm loving mother busy in her kitchen are cherished in my heart! Emily (mom) you were the best cook ever and you taught me my cooking skills so thanks mom!❤️????????

  17. Just made 2 sweet potato pies they look delicious. Can’t wait for them to cool so i can enjoy !!
    My favorite pie!!

  18. You need a little nutmeg in there to spice it up or allspice

  19. I tried it, but halved the sugar. I also used brown sugar. Everyone loved it. The simplest recipes are the best!

  20. Well I love this recipe, minus all the sugar, would cut out 2 cups and just use the 3/4 cups yum Thank you


  22. It was delicious

  23. I made this and it was my first time ever making sweet potato pie. This recipe is great. It’s very easy and tastes amazing. I did add about 1 tsp of cinnamon to it as well as everything else and they came out great.

  24. This is how true sweet potato pie is suppose to taste. So many people think adding all the spices are the key, but you are suppose to taste just the vanilla, sugar and the sweet potatoes. This is how my mom made them. That’s true southern cooking.

  25. I did use your recipe, and added a touch of nutmeg, cinnamon, 2 tsp of lemon extract and 2 tsp of vanilla.

  26. Looks good

  27. This was my Moms recipe, I get request for it all the time. The best Sweet Potato Pie ever, I will pass it along!

  28. This recipe is nearly the same as my Husband’s Grandmother’s, she used undiluted evaporated milk. My husband thinks it’s absolutely the only way to make Sweet Potato Pie.

  29. Tried this for the first time, simply cos there’s no evaporated milk in it (I didn’t have any and I am NOT going it to go some). Is it supposed to be super runny when it goes in? We made it sans crust so it wasn’t a big deal and it’s cooked pretty well, just wondering?

    • Hi Emma,
      It shouldn’t be “super” runny, but it may be a bit runny until it bakes. It sounds like it turned out as it should if it’s already cooked well. Hope you enjoyed it! Thanks!

  30. Fantastic THE BEST

  31. It was amazing!

  32. Great pie! Just the one I was looking for, non- spicy. Will be my go to recipe. Used Mississippi Reds potatoes my sister-in- law gave me. Good choice, small, moist, tender and sweet. Baked two for Thanksgiving 2018. Thanks!

  33. This pie was delicious. My family loved it. My mother who is 90 said my pie was better than the ones she made.  I cooked two for Thanksgiving, and I am making two more today

  34. Are the 3 cups of sweet potatoes measured when cubed or mashed?

  35. This recipe makes 2 pies with 3 cups of sweet potatoes. So for 6 pies that’s 9 cups. I can’t remember all the details of my mom and grandma recipes. They taught and never wrote down recipes. I have no girls but my son loves to cook and is cooking and writing down the recipes. I have been using yours as a help guide. Thank you for your recipes they have been delicious.

  36. Best sweet potato pie ever. It was delicious.

  37. Second time making this recipe
    Very delicious. Hazel

  38. I’ve never made sweet potato pie before, but guess who has 2 in the oven now…. I can’t wait to see how good I did. I’m dying to brag to everyone. Sweet potato is my favorite.

  39. What kind of milk is used?

  40. Made the pies today.. Didn’t use 3 cups of sugar.because after 1 and half cup it was really sweet so stopped..Pies was great….

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