Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Whiskey Pecans

Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Whiskey Pecans are the stuff of which my dreams are made. Literally. I doubt it’s normal to wake up in September fantasizing about your mother’s signature Thanksgiving sweet potatoes, but seeing as my hopes for normalcy were dashed the day I exited the middle school bathroom with my skirt tucked into my pastel day-of-the-week undies, I’ll keep on dreamin.’

Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Whiskey Pecans

I anticipate Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Whiskey Pecans eight weeks before Thanksgiving, eat them cold out of the refrigerator the morning after, and hide the leftovers from my family. I then carry my plunder on my return flight to Wisconsin, eating the majority before I’ve boarded the plane. If you think I’m joking, it is because you have not tasted Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Whiskey Pecans yet.

Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Whiskey Pecans are the total package. First, we have the natural sweetness of the sweet potatoes themselves, which is so lovely, it inspired my Sweet Potato Cookies. Next, we have (say this with me out loud) whiskey and honey glazed pecans. Oh heavens yes. Then, bright chunks of Granny Smith apples break onto the scene with their much-needed tartness to balance all of the whiskey caramel sweetness. We round out the dish with a hit of cinnamon and cayenne, and the entire ordeal turns into one nutty, caramely, spicy-sweet skillet of Thanksgiving glory.

Sweet Potato with Whiskey Pecans

Whiskey Glazed Sweet Potato Bake with Pecans and Apples

Last week, I couldn’t stand the sweet potato anticipation a moment longer; I baked a big pan of Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Whiskey Pecans for Ben and myself.  Though they were still divine enough to devour cold directly from the fridge, nothing compares to enjoying them with my family in the context of an epic meal. Next week, I’m heading home to Wichita to the warm embrace of family, two full-scale Thanksgiving dinners (Thursday with my dad’s family, Friday with my mom’s), with a trip to Oklahoma Joe’s on the side. By request, I’ll bring a loaf of Pumpkin Pull Apart Bread; by choice, I’ll bring my stretchy pants.

I’ll also complete an annual tradition that began in elementary school: The Thankfulness List. My wise fourth-grade teacher Mrs. Pfannenstiel assigned us to write down 100 things for which we were thankful, and I’ve repeated the exercise every year since. A mix of silly and sweet, the items on the list need only be sincere. I genuinely encourage you all to give The Thankfulness List a try. Each year, it helps me to be more aware of my blessings and fills my heart with gratitude.

Whiskey Glazed Sweet Potato Bake with Pecans and Apples

Friends, family, faith, and good health will be at the top of this year’s Thankfulness List. Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Whiskey Pecans will be Top 10. Don’t judge. Who am I not to be thankful for a dream come true?

Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Whiskey Pecans

Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Whiskey Pecans are easy to prepare, bursting with warm flavor, and a guaranteed crowded pleaser. An irresistible mix of sweet potatoes and apples tossed in a honey-pecan glaze, spiced with cinnamon and cayenne, then baked until tender, Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Whiskey Pecans are sure to become as widely popular in your family as they are in mine!

Yield: Serves 6-8

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes


  • 3 pounds sweet potatoes (about 4 large)
  • 1 cup roughly chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (a bit more if you like a good kick)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup whiskey (see notes section for brand recommendations)
  • 2 cups peeled, cored, and 1-inch diced Granny Smith apples (about 2 medium)


  1. Place rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 375 degrees F. Scrub potatoes, do not peel or pierce, and place whole on a baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until slightly soft when squeezed. Set aside until cool enough to handle, then remove skins and cut into 1/2-inch slices.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium skillet over high heat, add the pecans and lightly toast until fragrant, about 2-3 minutes (watch them carefully so that they do not burn). Add butter and olive oil, reduce the heat to medium, then add the honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cayenne. Allow the mixture to simmer and bubble for 4 to 5 minutes. Add the whiskey and simmer for 5 additional minutes.
  3. Lightly grease an 8x8-inch baking dish. Place the sweet potatoes and apples in the baking dish, alternating between the two so you have a mix throughout. Pour the whiskey-pecan mixture over the top. Bake for 30 minutes, until the apples are soft and the dish is fully warmed throughout.

My mom’s Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Whiskey Pecans are a direct take Guy Fieri’s Whiskey Glazed Sweet Potatoes. She uses Maker’s Mark whiskey, which is a fantastic choice for this recipe. I tweaked her version slightly and used my favorite bourbon, Bulleit. Both versions are delightful, but if you forced me to choose one to use in this recipe for life, I would pick Maker’s Mark. Note: I could be biased, since anything made with love by mom earns automatic taste bonus points.

About Erin Clarke

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  1. Now that’s how to eat sweet potatoes…yummo!!! And I love, love, love the Thankfulness List. What a great tradition to carry on every year!!!

  2. Love sweet potatoes and love pecans!

    also a fan of the whiskey!

    { Teffys Perks Blog } X

  3. Haha – your intro made me laugh!
    Yup – these sweet potatoes with pecans and apples would indeed be hard to share! Looks amazing – safe travels next week!

  4. I totally have been dreaming about my mom’s sweet potato dish since September, too! Twinsies. :) I’m going to be dreaming about this recipe, too, now until I can make it for myself. Yummmz.

  5. Oh, I am a new sweet potato lover and I absolutely MUST try these! Whiskey and honey and pecans and sweet potatoes? Yes.

  6. Erin, this looks amazing. High five for booze in food! I have to make this just for the glazed pecans alone : )

  7. I am loving sweet potatoes right now and am looking for new ways to cook em. I can’t wait to try this recipe, especially since I have all the ingredients already at home.

  8. I could eat sweet potatoes all day long! These look delicious Erin!

  9. just from the title of your post, i knew this stuff was good. Im convinced.

  10. This is like the trifecta of Thanksgiving awesome!!

  11. Yum!! I have a boyfriend who would LOVE this!!

  12. Any time I can have sweet potatoes and pecans as a side dish, I’m happy! This dish is so pretty and the whiskey pecans sound fantastic. I like the idea of 100 things, it’ll be so fun to make it. What a fun Thanksgiving project!

  13. consuelohoneyandfigs Reply

    Could this stuff look anymore amazing?? Those honey-whiskey pecans are calling my name, they sound utterly delish!
    And the Thankgiving list is such a fab idea, I think I’m trying that one!
    I hope you have a great & safe travel :D

    • They are totally calling your name Consuelo! I can practically hear my honey and pecans wanting to get together and make this sweet potato bake happen for you. Thanks so much for your kind wishes and have a lovely evening!

  14. Try cranberries instead of the apples, the tart and sweet are so good together. Looks pretty too.

    • Patty that sounds like such a fun twist! Maybe we’ll just have to do two pans: one with tart apples and one with tart cranberries. For “research” purposes of course ;-)

  15. Hi Erin so glad I discovered your blog. This looks so lovely. I would love to have this for Thanksgiving!

  16. Wow. Just wow. The photos are just gorgeous, that first one blew my mind.

  17. Gurl!! I LOVE THIS!! and with the whiskey pecans.. this is a “needs to make now” dish!!

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  24. Whiskey pecans?! Um, yes please. This is so perfect for Thanksgiving!

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  27. I’m planning to prepare this for a group Christmas luncheon. The instructions say to bake the prepared casserole for 30 minutes. What oven temperature do you recommend? Thanks!

    • Hi Nancy! I’m so excited that you are going to try this dish. Bake the casserole at 375, the same temperature at which you roast the potatoes. I hope you and your guests enjoy it!

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  37. Have you ever tried using a Maple Rye Whiskey?

  38. For some reason when I try to share your links, they get blocked on Facebook. The message just says “You can’t post this because it has a blocked link.” So sad!

    • It is SO sad Kim! For whatever reason, Facebook thinks any of my recipe links from 2013 are spam

      • Bah! I did their little “tell is if you think we’ve made a mistake” so hopefully it will be rectified someday…well I am super impressed with your blog, these are AMAZING recipes. I am just learning to love to cook, and these beautiful, delicious edibles and drinks are warming me up to it! Happy Thanksgiving!

        • Thanks so much Kimberly!! I truly appreciate it. Thank you also for your kind words about my blog! It absolutely makes my day :-) I’m so happy you found my site, and wishing you a warm wonderful Thanksgiving.

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