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Easy Sweet Potato Pie

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Easy Sweet Potato Pie is a simple to prepare, homemade version of this southern treat. Sweet, creamy, and full of flavor. Make this recipe soon, you won’t be disappointed.

overhead view of cut sweet potato pie with two slice on two white plates.

To me, nothing says that it is Thanksgiving better than a good ole sweet potato pie.

For years I was intimidated to even give this pie a try. Each year I would ask my mom to make this treat for me so that I could enjoy it. To me, it is the perfect dessert to end a very filling holiday meal. A few years ago I decided to spend some time in the kitchen to watch my mom make these pies and I was floored to see how easy they are to make. The hardest part about preparing these pies is the prep required for the sweet potatoes.

The recipe begins by picking out four large sweet potatoes. Next, you need to clean, peel, and cut the sweet potatoes into large chunks. Lastly, you have to boil them until they are fork-tender and drain off all the water to add them to the recipe. That is all you need to do to prepare the sweet potatoes. Place the potatoes along with all of the other pie ingredients into a stand mixer bowl and mix until smooth before adding into the pie crust to bake. That is it! This recipe is so simple and definitely worth giving a try this holiday season. 

What ingredients do I need to make this easy sweet potato pie recipe? 

ingredients for sweet potato pie on marble surface

  1. Sweet potatoes
  2. Butter
  3. Sugar
  4. Milk
  5. Eggs
  6. Ground nutmeg
  7. Ground Cinnamon
  8. Vanilla extract
  9. 2 (frozen) prepared pie crust or make your own 

How to make the best recipe for sweet potato pie: 

Begin the recipe by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F. If you are using frozen pie crust remove now is the time to remove them from the freezer and allow them to sit at room temperature while preparing the sweet potato pies. You will need two pie crust for this recipe. 

Clean the sweet potatoes, peel off the skin, and cut them into large chunks. Place in a large pot and cover with water. Bring the sweet potatoes to a boil over high heat and allow them to cook until fork-tender, about 10 minutes. 

cut up yams in a pot after they have been boiled for about 10 minutes

Drain the water off the sweet potatoes and add them into a stand mixer bowl or large bowl to use a hand mixer. Add the butter and mix on medium speed until combined. 

overhead view sweet potato and butter combined in mixer bowl

Adjust the mixer speed to low and add in the sugar, milk, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and vanilla extract. Mix until combined. Add in the two eggs and turn the mixer speed back on medium and mix until smooth. If there is still a few chunks of potato in the mixture, it is fine. 

ingredients for sweet potato pie combined in stand mixer bowl

Turn the mixer off and slowly add the filling evenly into the two pie crust. Place into the oven to bake at 350 degrees F. for 55 to 60 minutes or until lightly browned.

filling for sweet potato pie added into pie crust before baking.

Allow the pies to cool before serving. Serve and Enjoy!

overhead view of two freshly baked sweet potato pies on marble surface

overhead view slice of sweet potato pie on white plate next to fork.

Easy Sweet Potato Pie

Easy Sweet Potato Pie is a simple to prepare, homemade version of this southern treat. Sweet, creamy, and full of flavor. Make this recipe soon, you won't be disappointed.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sweet potato pie
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Resting Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 286kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 large sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 frozen prepared pie crusts

Instructions

  • Begin the recipe by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F. If you are using frozen pie crust remove now is the time to remove them from the freezer and allow them to sit at room temperature while preparing the sweet potato pies. You will need two pie crust for this recipe.
  • Clean the 4 large sweet potatoes, peel off the skin, and cut them into large chunks. Place in a large pot and cover with water. Bring the sweet potatoes to a boil over high heat and allow them to cook until fork-tender, about 10 minutes. 
  • Drain the water off the sweet potatoes and add them into a stand mixer bowl or large bowl to use a hand mixer. Add the butter and mix on medium speed until combined. 
  • Adjust the mixer speed to low and add in the 1 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
  • Mix until combined. Add in the 2 large eggs and turn the mixer speed back on medium and mix until smooth. If there is still a few chunks of potato in the mixture, it is fine. 
  • Turn the mixer off and slowly add the filling evenly into the two pie crust. Place into the oven to bake at 350 degrees F. for 55 to 60 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Allow the pies to cool before serving. Serve and Enjoy!
  • Store any leftover pie in an airtight container up to 4 days. This pie may also be frozen up to 1 month.

Notes

Tip to make the best sweet potato pie: 
  • You may prepare the sweet potatoes in advance. 
  • Be sure to use whole milk for the recipe or you can also use canned milk. 
  • Taste the pie filling and don't be afraid to adjust the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg to your preference. 
  • Careful not to over mix or over bake your pies. 
  • To keep this recipe simple use frozen pie crust, but you can also make your own for a completely homemade version. 

Nutrition

Calories: 286kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 198mg | Potassium: 326mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 12282IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1mg
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close up side view slice sweet potato pie on white plate

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