Candied Sweet Potatoes

Total Time

Prep: 40 min. + cooling Bake: 15 min.


10 servings

Updated: Nov. 16, 2023
My town is known as "the yam capital of the United States." These candied sweet potatoes go well with baked ham or roasted turkey. —Essie Nealey, Tabor City, North Carolina


  • 3 pounds sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • Optional: Chopped walnuts and minced fresh thyme


  1. Place the sweet potatoes in a Dutch oven and cover with water. Cover and bring to a boil; boil gently 30-45 minutes or until potatoes can be easily pierced with the tip of a sharp knife.
  2. While potatoes cool, preheat oven to 375°. When sweet potatoes are cool enough to handle, peel potatoes and cut into wedges. Place in an ungreased 11x7-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon. Dot with butter; drizzle with corn syrup.
  3. Bake, uncovered, 15-20 minutes or until bubbly, basting with sauce occasionally.

Candied Sweet Potatoes Tips

How do you store candied sweet potatoes?

Let the sweet potatoes cool completely before transferring to an airtight, lidded container. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3-5 days.

Can you top this candied sweet potatoes recipe with marshmallows?

Why not double up on sweets?! To top these candied sweet potatoes with marshmallows, once your sweet potatoes have baked, remove them from the oven and sprinkle with miniature marshmallows (or larger if you prefer!). Return to the oven and bake 5 minutes longer until the marshmallows are puffed and golden. Alternatively, you can set them under the broiler for 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until marshmallows have browned to your liking.

What are some substitutes for corn syrup in this recipe?

Drizzle the sweet potatoes with a liquid natural sweetener such as maple syrup or honey for just the right amount of additional sweetness.

Mark Neufang, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 248 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 59mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 4g fiber), 2g protein.