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Potluck Candied Sweet Potatoes

To make it easier to bring this traditional southern staple to a potluck or gathering, I updated it so that it can be cooked in a slow cooker. It's hard to go wrong with candied sweet potatoes when it comes to pleasing a crowd. —Deirdre Dee Cox, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5 hours
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 8 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • Minced fresh parsley, optional


  • In a small bowl, combine sugars. In a greased 5-qt. slow cooker, layer a third of the sweet potatoes; sprinkle with a third of the sugar mixture. Repeat layers twice. In a small bowl, combine the butter, vanilla and salt; drizzle over potatoes. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until sweet potatoes are tender.
  • Using a slotted spoon, transfer potatoes to a serving dish; keep warm. Pour cooking juices into a small saucepan; bring to a boil. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into pan. Return to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir until thickened, 1-2 minutes. Spoon over sweet potatoes.
  • Sprinkle with parsley if desired.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup sweet potato with 1/4 cup sauce: 252 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 91mg sodium, 54g carbohydrate (42g sugars, 2g fiber), 1g protein.

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  • Stephanie
    Nov 26, 2020

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  • Debglass11
    Oct 30, 2018

    This is a really good recipe and l love that it frees up space on the stovetop (or oven) for other side dishes! Made exactly as written, except I didn't thicken the sauce because I was short on time. Next time I'll do that. Simple to assemble, and the results are really good. A keeper!

  • Susan
    Nov 14, 2017

    Had this recipe for 40-years. It gets requested on each holiday. This recipe is not new. It's very old. My great grandmother passed it down decades ago (1930). We like to add cinnamon and nutmeg. Gives it a kick. Also add miniature marshmallows on top the last 5 minutes of baking.Can used canned yams in place of sweet potatoes.

  • xxcskier
    Dec 1, 2015

    These are so easy and absolutely delicious! I thought I might miss the crumb topping I usually use but I did not miss it at all these are great!!

  • 83Bake
    Dec 9, 2013

    These are so yummy! I made them for our "Friends-giving" dinner and everyone loved them!!! Super easy too so that was a bonus!

  • dcasper93
    Dec 5, 2013

    Awesome dish for Thanksgiving. I especially love that it is made in the slow cooker so not to take up valuable oven space. I added a sprinkle of cinnamon to my layers and it was wonderful!