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This Southern Sweet Potato Pie is an heirloom recipe loved for generations! A delicious Southern favorite made with simple ingredients and perfect for Thanksgiving!

Sweet Potato Pie has been a well-loved dessert here in the South for generations and is gaining popularity in other regions now, too. I think it’s wonderful that many more people are trying – and loving – this classic southern pie!

Closeup photograph of slice of sweet potato pie on a white plate.

Southern Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet Potato Pie is a delicious southern classic and one of my favorite pie recipes! It’s simple, creamy and delicious and is absolutely perfect in the fall – or anytime! This pie recipe is a family recipe passed down from my great grandmother. It’s a favorite at family suppers during the fall and has always been a part of my family’s Thanksgiving dessert table!

Overhead photograph of sweet potato pie in a homemade pie crust in white pie plate.

What Makes Sweet Potato Pie a Favorite Pie Recipe?

Easy to Make Ahead: Time is precious during the holidays or before big family meals and this is easy to make ahead of time!

Made with a Few Simple Ingredients: There are only a few simple ingredients in the filling for this pie. Chances are, if you have sweet potatoes on hand, then you probably already have the other ingredients for the filling in your pantry, too!

Mild, Simple Flavors: There are no spices added to this pie. The flavor comes from the creamy sweet potatoes and the buttery, flaky pie crust. My recipe is like many other traditional, old fashioned southern sweet potato pies in this way. Other recipes may use various spices, making them very similar to pumpkin pie. While I make and love pumpkin pie too and do put my own pumpkin pie spices in that recipe, I don’t use those same spices in this pie. If you prefer, you can absolutely add ground cinnamon and/ or ground nutmeg or even a teaspoon of my pumpkin pie spice to this recipe.

Baked Sweet Potatoes Make the Best Pie

First things first. You will want to bake sweet potatoes for the sweet potato pie. Baked sweet potatoes provide a deeper flavor and richness to the pie that boiled sweet potatoes just does not provide in my opinion. 

How to Make the Best Sweet Potato Pie

Ingredients for Sweet Potato Pie

  • Sweet Potatoes – I like to use medium sweet potatoes.
  • Butter – Softened butter will mix more easily into the baked sweet potatoes when making this pie.
  • Sugar – My family has traditionally used granulated sugar for this pie.
  • Vanilla extract – The vanilla extract enhances the flavor of the pie. I do recommend using pure vanilla extract rather than imitation vanilla flavoring as I believe you can taste the difference in the baked pie. 
  • Eggs – You’ll need 3 large eggs for this pie recipe. I also like to have them at room temperature to mix into the pie filling more easily. 
  • Milk – Use whole milk or evaporated milk in this recipe. You will not want to use a lower fat content milk.
  • Unbaked Pie Crust – There is NO need to pre-bake these pie crusts. While I hope you try my homemade pie crust recipe, you can also use your favorite 9-inch pie crusts from the store if you wish.

Step by Step Instructions

Sweet Potato Pies are so simple to make. Here’s how I make it:

Bake Sweet Potatoes. Once baked and slightly cooled, peel the skins off of the sweet potatoes and place them into a large mixing bowl.

Make the Pie Filling. Heat oven to 350º F. Mash the peeled sweet potatoes with the butter. Add the sugar(s) and the vanilla extract and mix until well combined and pour in the milk and eggs. Mix until the mixture is well combined. I use a simple potato masher, but you can also use an electric mixer if you prefer.

Collage photograph showing step by step instructions on how to make a sweet potato pie.

Bake the Pie. Pour the pie filling mixture into unbaked pie crust. Bake until the center of the pie is just set and does not jiggle in the center when moved, about 60 minutes. Allow to cool on a wire rack.

Overhead photograph of unbaked sweet potato pie in a white pie plate on white background.

Serve. Serve slightly warm or allow to cool to room temperature store in the refrigerator to serve later.

Photograph of baked sweet potato pie on white background.

How to Serve Sweet Potato Pie

This pie is delicious served perfectly plain, but I also love to serve this pie with a few toppings:

Overhead photograph of sweet potato pie with toasted marshmallow fluff topping.

Perfect Make Ahead Dessert!

You cake easily make your pie ahead of time. Allow it to cool completely and then store covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Can You Freeze Sweet Potato Pie?

Yes! Sweet Potato Pie freezes beautifully!

Allow the pie to cool completely and then store the pie in a freezer-safe container covered well with foil and freeze for up to 3 months. To serve, thaw the frozen pie in the refrigerator overnight. Then, slice and serve as normal.

Photograph of slice of sweet potato pie with toasted marshmallow fluff topping.

Brown Sugar Sweet Potato Pie

To make this pie a brown sugar sweet potato pie, you simply have to modify the sugar used. Rather than 1 cup of granulated sugar, use instead:

  • ¾ cup brown sugar (light or dark)

Follow the rest of the recipe as given.

More Favorite Fall Pie Recipes

Pumpkin Pie

Apple Pie

Pecan Pie

Here’s the recipe for my family’s Sweet Potato Pie. I hope you love it as much as we do.

4.74 from 19 votes

Southern Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

Dessert 2 hrs

Overhead photograph of sweet potato pie in a homemade pie crust in white pie plate.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 45 mins
Servings 8
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone
This Classic Southern Sweet Potato Pie Recipe is an easy and delicious favorite made with baked sweet potatoes, butter, milk, eggs, and sugar!

Ingredients  

Optional Toppings

Instructions 

  • Bake the sweet potatoes. Preheat the oven to 400º F. Scrub the sweet potatoes until clean, prick them 4 to 5 times with a fork. Place onto a baking sheet and bake for 45 – 50 minutes until the sweet potatoes are tender when pricked with a toothpick. Remove from the oven and allow to cool until they can easily be handled. Peel the skin from the sweet potatoes and place the sweet potatoes into a large mixing bowl. Reduce the oven heat to 350º F.
    3 medium sweet potatoes, baked
    Photograph of baked sweet potatoes.
  • Make the Pie Filling. Add butter to the sweet potatoes and mash until smooth. Add the sugar(s) to the sweet potatoes and mix until well combined. Add the vanilla extract, milk, and the eggs. Mix until well combined. Pour into the unbaked pie crust.
    ½ cup butter, 1 cup granulated sugar, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 2 large eggs, ½ cup milk, 1 (9-inch) unbaked pie crust
    Collage photograph showing step by step instructions on how to make a sweet potato pie.
  • Bake the Pie. Bake the pie until the center of the pie is set, about 1 hour. Remove the pie from the oven and allow to cool slightly.
    Overhead photograph of sweet potato pie in a homemade pie crust in white pie plate.
  • Serve. Serve the pie warm or allow to cool before slicing. Top with whipped cream (or your favorite topping) and serve.
    whipped cream
    Closeup photograph of slice of sweet potato pie on a white plate.

Notes

Brown Sugar Sweet Potato Pie Option
You can also use ¾ cup brown sugar in this pie recipe for a Brown Sugar Sweet Potato Pie version. You can use either light or dark brown sugar, based on your preference. 
Note: Nutrition Information does not include topping.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 161mg | Potassium: 252mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 8491IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 1mg

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From the Add a Pinch recipe archives. Originally published October 2011, updated 2021.

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  1. I’ve looked for 15 years for a recipe that seems to be like the one my Nana made me and finally I found your recipe. I’m going to make it today!! I have a very strong feeling that it’s going to hit the nail on the head with your recipe. Thanks

    1. I’m happy you found this recipe, Jennifer. This has been a favorite for several generations in my family. Hope you enjoy!

  2. This is the recipe I was looking for! I don’t like my sweet potato pie with all of the spices like a pumpkin!

    I would however love to use sweet condensed milk in mine. How much though?

  3. BEST Sweet potato Pie recipe!! My son does not like pumpkin pie or Sweet Potato pie with spices in them. This recipe is so easy and tastes wonderful. I did cut back on some of the sugar (Not much). These won’t make it to the freezer for Thanksgiving. Thank You again for sharing.

    1. Thank you, Carole. I have family members that are sensitive to some spices so I can always make this pie and everyone can eat it. I hope you can get some made and frozen for the holidays! xo

  4. This reminds me so much of my great grandmother’s sweet potato pie. Occassionally, she would add some coconut to it. Simple, but very good!

  5. I’ve been stalking this recipe ever since my Great Aunt cooked me up my first abalone dinner, ever. She served a frozen sweet potato pie for dessert. It was bright orange, and you could see light through it.

    I have to search every year and tried yet another recipe for Thanksgiving this week. Spices don’t really “ruin” the flavor for me, because I love pumpkin pie.

    But, spices DO ruin the gorgeous translucency and brightness of fresh sweet potatoes cooked up in simple, butter-laced custard!!! I’d go with all white sugar, for the same reason 🙂

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