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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! Like Sweet Potato Casserole, it is a definite family favorite!

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, I don’t use those same spices in this pie. If you prefer, you can absolutely add ground cinnamon, ginger, 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 pie. Baked sweet potatoes provide a creamier texture and 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

Sweet Potato Pie Ingredients

  • 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. If you are looking for a brown sugar version, I’ve included how to make it later in this article and in the recipe notes.
  • 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 2 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 your preference of whole milk, heavy cream, 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

This pie is 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 Sweet Potato Pie Filling. Heat oven to 350º F. Mash the peeled sweet potatoes with the softened 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 and store in the refrigerator to serve later.

Photograph of baked sweet potato pie on white background.

How to Serve

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.

Can You Make Sweet Potato Pie Ahead of Time?

Yes! You cake easily make your pie ahead of time. I think besides it tasting fabulous, this is another reason it is such a favorite pie recipe!

How to Store Sweet Potato Pie

Once baked, allow the pie to cool completely. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Can You Freeze Sweet Potato Pie?

Yes! It 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.

4.88 from 41 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 Southern Sweet Potato Pie is an heirloom recipe loved for generations! A delicious Southern favorite made with simple ingredients baked sweet potatoes, butter, milk, eggs and sugar! Loved fall dessert that's perfect for Thanksgiving!

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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  1. 5 stars
    Who knew that cinnamon and nutmeg didn’t belong in sweet potato pie? Or that baking the sweet potatoes would add so much flavor? This was the best sweet potato pie I’ve ever tasted and everyone loved it for Thanksgiving.

    1. I just love this pie made with baked sweet potatoes. It does give a richer taste to me, too. My family doesn’t like cinnamon and nutmeg in this pie but they can be added if one prefers. I’m so glad you loved this pie just the way may family has always loved it.

  2. What is the approximate measurement, in cups, of the baked sweet potatoes? They come in so many sizes….my whole bag has very small potatoes. Thanks for your help and I’m super excited to taste this recipe!

    1. Vanessa, the 3 medium baked potatoes would equal about 2 cups of mashed potatoes. Hope this helps.

  3. 5 stars
    Mine is baking in the oven now! The batter tasted delish. I used the brown sugar option. Who knew sweet potato pie does not need the spices! It allows the flavor of the potatoes to shine through. Can’t wait to devour it tomorrow. Thank you!

    1. It is amazing the difference the baked potatoes make, isn’t it? I hope everyone enjoys it tomorrow, Theresa.

    1. You can add nutmeg if you want. As I stated in the post, you can add any spices you want. This is my great-grandmother’s recipe and our family liked the pure taste of the sweet potatoes.

    1. Lisa, you can replace milk with your favorite dairy-free milk option, such as oat milk, almond, or coconut. Hope you enjoy.