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Sweet Potato Pie

This old fashioned Sweet Potato Pie recipe is a delicious alternative to pumpkin pie for the holidays. Fresh sweet potatoes and a cozy blend of seasonings create this irresistible holiday dessert.
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Chilling Time3 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 447kcal


9-inch Single Crust Pie Pastry

  • cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter very cold
  • 3 tablespoons shortening regular or butter flavored very cold
  • teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons ice water

Sweet Potato Pie Filling

  • pounds red or orange-skinned sweet potatoes like Red Garnet or Jewel
  • cup butter melted and slightly cooled
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • ½ cup half and half
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Freshly Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar


For the Pie Crust

  • Place the flour and salt in the bowl of a food processor. and pulse 4 or 5 times until combined.
  • Cut butter and shortening into small pieces. Add to the flour and process about 20 seconds or until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Add the vinegar and 2 tablespoons water and pulse about 6 times. Add additional water a little at a time and pulse until mixture begins to hold together. You may not need to use all the water.
  • Remove pastry from the food processor bowl, form into a ball and place it on a sheet of plastic wrap. Flatten the ball slightly with your hand and wrap the flattened pie pastry in the plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to two days.
  • When ready to roll out, remove the pastry from the refrigerator and let it rest on the counter for about 10 to 15 minutes. Lightly flour a large board and using a rolling pin, roll the pastry out in a circle about ⅛-inch thick until it is large enough to fit your pie plate, with about 1-inch of pastry going beyond the rim of the plate. Press the pastry gently down into the plate and then evenly trim the edges to about ½-inch of the edge of the pan with a sharp knife. Tuck the top edge of crust over and under and crimp or flute the edges.
  • Refrigerate until you are ready to add the filling.

For the Sweet Potato Pie Filling

  • Place the sweet potatoes in a large pot and add enough water so they are covered by at least 1-inch. Bring to a boil over HIGH heat. Reduce the heat to MEDIUM, cover and cook until the sweet potatoes are tender all the way through when pierced with a sharp knife, about 30 minutes (this can take longer depending on the size of your potatoes). Drain and run under cold water until cool enough to handle. Use paper towels to pull the skins off the sweet potatoes. Allow any excess water to drain off and pat them dry with paper towels (potatoes should be as dry as possible). Place them in a large mixing bowl.
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Using an electric mixer on LOW speed, mix the sweet potatoes until well mashed. Add the melted butter, the granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and half-and-half, and vanilla and mix again to combine. Add the cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt and mix again until smooth.
  • Pour the mixture into the pie crust, smoothing the top with the back of a spoon. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 375 degrees F and bake for an additional 40 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.
  • Remove the pie from the oven and allow it to cool completely before transferring it to the refrigerator. Chill for several hours or even better, overnight, before serving.

For the Whipped Cream

  • Use a metal bowl if you have one and place it and the metal beaters from your electric hand mixer in the freezer for about 30 minutes or more before starting.
  • Pour the cream into the cold bowl, and using a hand mixer, whip it with the sugar until medium peaks form, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Serve with freshly whipped cream. Store leftovers in refrigerator.


Nutrition information is for 1 slice of pie without whipped cream.
Best Sweet Potatoes for Pie
Orange or red-skinned sweet potatoes like Red Garnet or Jewel are the best choice for baking. They both have a deep orange flesh and a moist, creamy texture. They may be labelled as "yams" at the store which can be confusing but they are actually sweet potatoes and they are the best choice for pies as well as your other traditional Thanksgiving sweet potato dishes.
Sweet potatoes can vary greatly in size so use the scale in the produce department to weigh them and be sure you have at least 1 1/2 pounds. Sometimes one great big sweet potato can be enough but most likely you will need two.
Make it Ahead
This pie requires at least 3 or 4 hours to chill completely. I recommend making it a day in advance and refrigerating it overnight.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 447kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 271mg | Potassium: 478mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 16871IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 2mg