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This old-fashioned Southern Sweet Potato Pie recipe has a silky sweet potato filling, warm spices, and a buttery, flaky crust. Top it off with whipped cream for a traditional pie that’s perfect for Thanksgiving!

a slice of Grandma's old fashioned sweet potato pie with marshmallow whipped cream

Why You’ll Love This Southern Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

  • Sweet Potato Pie Is Better Than Pumpkin Pie. THERE. I said it. While some pumpkin recipes are dynamic and delish (like this Pumpkin Pecan Cobbler), most traditional, back-of-the-can pumpkin pie recipes are rather meh. Sweet potato pie, on the other hand, is exquisite. It has a creamier texture and a more complex flavor than pumpkin pie.
  • The Ingredients are Simple. One thing I love about many Southern dessert recipes (like Chess Pie, Buttermilk Pie, and Bourbon Pecan Pie) is the use of pantry ingredients. Sweet potato pie’s custard filling is made of freshly cooked sweet potatoes (no cans here!), evaporated milk, eggs, butter, and basic spices.
  • Make-Ahead Friendly. You can make sweet potato pie a day or two in advance, making it perfect for Thanksgiving and other busy holidays.
  • Whipped Cream. I finish this pie with a thing of dessert beauty: real-deal whipped cream (that would also be delish on this Pecan Pie Cobbler). No plastic tubs! No cans! I also have a yummy marshmallow cream variation for you sweet potato pie with marshmallow lovers.

5 Star Review

“We loved this even more than pumpkin pie! It’s so silky and the spices are perfect! This will be a tradition for us now on.”

— Maggie —
A slice of sweet potato pie on a plate with whipped cream and toasted coconut shavings

How to Make Sweet Potato Pie

The Ingredients

  • Pie Crust. A buttery, flaky, and perfectly golden pie crust is an essential part of a delicious pie. (This Darn Good Whole Wheat Pie Crust is my go-to recipe; make Chocolate Pecan Pie with the extra pie crust!)
  • Sweet Potatoes. Give this pie undeniable autumn flavor right from the start. Their natural sweetness is well suited to desserts like Sweet Potato Cookies and Sweet Potato Brownies, and they make the pie filling rich and velvety.
  • Spices. A blend of cinnamon, allspice, and ginger—the perfect sweet potato spice trifecta.
  • Evaporated Milk. For an extra creamy texture, this recipe includes evaporated milk. While many sweet potato pies call for condensed milk, the two are not the same. If you turn this into a condensed milk sweet potato pie recipe instead, it will not turn out.
  • Bourbon. The secret ingredient for sweet potato pie! Its smooth, buttery flavor is lovely with sweet potato pie. If you prefer to make your pie without bourbon, simply use extra vanilla extract. (Love bourbon? Try these Bourbon Balls next!)
  • Pure Vanilla Extract. For the best-ever old-fashioned sweet potato pie, use the real deal—it’s worth it.

Dietary Note

I have not tried making this as a vegan sweet potato pie, but you could experiment with swapping pureed sweet potatoes for the pumpkin puree in my Vegan Pumpkin Pie

For a gluten free version, omit the crust like in Crustless Pumpkin Pie, or use your favorite gluten free pie crust.

The Directions

boiled sweet potatoes in a pot
  1. Cook the Sweet Potatoes. Cut the sweet potatoes into chunks. Simmer until tender.
mashing sweet potatoes
  1. Mash. Measure 2 cups for the recipe.
mashing together wet ingredients for sweet potato pie
  1. Make it Delicious. Add the brown sugar, spices, salt, butter, and half of the evaporated milk.
pureed sweet potatoes
  1. Simmer. Mash to combine and cook on the stove until dark and fragrant.
Wet ingredients in a bowl for sweet potato pie
  1. Mix. Meanwhile, whisk together the remaining wet ingredients.
whisking together easy sweet potato pie filling
  1. Finish the Filling. Whisk the wet ingredients into the sweet potato filling.
Coconut in a skillet
  1. Puree. To make the pie super smooth, use an immersion blender to puree the filling (you can do this now, or earlier in the recipe).
sweet potato pie baked
  1. Finish. Bake sweet potato pie for 10 minutes at 375 degrees F, then reduce the heat to 325 degrees F and continue baking until cooked through; about 50 minutes. Serve at room temperature with whipped cream. ENJOY!
A slice of the BEST old fashioned sweet potato pie served on a plate with a fork and a dollop of cream

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Sweet potato pie should be kept in the fridge, tightly covered, and can last about 5 days. Let come to room temperature prior to serving.
  • To Freeze. Yes, sweet potato pie can be frozen! To freeze, tightly wrap your cooked and cooled pie in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, and store in a freezer-safe storage container or ziptop bag for up to 3 months. Let the pie thaw for at least 12 hours in the refrigerator before serving.

Meal Prep Tip

Cook the sweet potatoes, mash them, and measure out the two cups needed for the recipe up to 3 days in advance. You can also add the butter, sugar, spices, and evaporated milk to the potatoes. Refrigerate the mixture in an airtight container before you’re ready to finish and bake the pie.

The best old fashioned sweet potato pie recipe in pie dish with whipped topping and coconut flakes
Old fashioned sweet potato pie recipe on a plate topped with whipped marshmallow cream

Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • Chill Your Beaters and Bowl. When whipping cream, put your mixing bowl and the beaters from your electric mixer in your freezer or refrigerator first; the colder they are, the fluffier the cream.
  • Know When Sweet Potato Pie Is Done. When your pie is ready, it should wiggle slightly in the center (a little like Jell-O). If it swooshes or moves like a wave, your pie needs more time in the oven.
  • Keep the Crust From Over-Baking. If the crust begins to brown more quickly than you would like, shield it with a pie crust shield, then keep on baking until the pie’s center is set.
  • Cover the Cracks. I find sweet potato pie rarely cracks (unlike pumpkin). And if it does? That’s what the whipped cream is for!
  • Stock Up on Disposable Pie Pans. While they may not be as pretty as your grandmother’s pie pan, I like to bake pies that I intend to freeze or gift in disposable aluminum pie pans. This leaves your “pretty” pie dish available for other recipes you may need it for (like this Sweet Potato Quiche).

Sweet Potato Pie

4.99 from 60 votes
The best Southern sweet potato pie recipe. This old-fashioned pie is made with easy ingredients and is perfect for Thanksgiving!

Prep: 45 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 2 hours

Servings: 10 slices; 1 (9-inch) pie

Ingredients
  

For the Filling:

  • 1 9-inch pie crust Store-bought or your favorite recipe (try my Whole Wheat Pie Crust)
  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter (about 1/2 stick)
  • 1 1/4 cups 2% evaporated milk, divided (about 10 ounces)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon or 2 additional teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes optional, for serving

For the Whipped Cream:

  • 1 cup cold heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 (7-ounce) jar marshmallow cream for marshmallow variation only

Instructions
 

  • Prepare and roll out the pie crust. Transfer it to a standard 9-inch pie dish. Trim the edges and fold them under themselves before crimping with your fingers or a fork. Cover the crust with plastic wrap and refrigerate it for at least 30 minutes or up to 1 day.
  • Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 375 degrees F.
  • To prepare the filling, scrub and peel the sweet potatoes. Then, dice into large, 3-inch chunks. Place chunks in a large pot and cover with cool water. Bring the pot to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium. Let simmer until the potatoes are tender and pierce easily with a thin knife, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Drain the potatoes into a colander, transfer back into the pot, and mash. Measure out 2 cups, which is the amount that you need for the pie, and reserve any extra for another recipe.
  • To the same pot, add the brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, salt, butter, and 5 ounces (1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons) of evaporated milk. Place the pot on the stove and cook on low for about 5 minutes, mashing the potatoes further as they cook.
  • To make the silkiest possible pie, use an immersion blender to puree until totally smooth; you may also transfer the mixture to a blender or food processor. Once the mixture is smooth and smells very fragrant, remove from the heat and let cool in the pot.
  • While the sweet potato mixture cools, whisk together the remaining 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons (5 ounces) of evaporated milk, granulated sugar, eggs, bourbon, and vanilla extract, in a separate bowl until totally smooth.
  • Carefully pour the egg mixture into the warm sweet potato mixture and stir until evenly and smoothly combined.
  • Remove the crust from the refrigerator, pour the prepared filling into the pie crust, and then gently place the pie dish on a baking sheet. Bake the pie for 10 minutes at 375 degrees F, then reduce the heat to 325 degrees F and continue baking until cooked through; about 50 minutes. Check the pie periodically. If the crust is browning more quickly than you would like, shield it, then continue baking as directed. When the pie is ready, remove, and let cool completely.*
  • Finally, prepare the whipped cream (see notes for marshmallow variation). Place the cream in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.** Begin beating on low, then slowly increase the speed to high, beating just until soft peaks form. Add the vanilla. Beat on high, scraping down the sides of the mixer a few times, until a loose whipped cream forms. The cream should be harder than soft peaks but not as stiff as hard peaks. Serve the pie at room temperature, with whipped cream.

Video

Notes

  • *TIP: To test a sweet potato pie for doneness, lightly wiggle the baking sheet. If the center of the pie has a pronounced, wavy jiggle, it needs additional time in the oven. If the center of the pie has a lighter, more structured jiggle, it’s done. Remove from the oven, place the pie dish on a wire rack, and let cool.
  • **TIP: When whipping cream, put your mixing bowl and beaters in your freezer or refrigerator first; the colder they are, the fluffier the cream.
  • FOR MARSHMALLOW WHIPPED CREAM: Beat the cream in a cold mixing bowl until soft peaks form. Beat in the marshmallow cream and vanilla and continue beating on medium-high speed, scraping down the bowl a few times, until a soft, fluffy mixture forms (it won’t be as stiff as stiff peaks). Serve with pie.
  • TO STORE: Gently cover your pie and store it in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Let come to room temperature prior to serving.
  • TO FREEZE: Bake your pie as directed in a disposable aluminum pie pan (leaving your pie dish available for other recipes). Tightly wrap your cooked and cooled pie in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, and store in a freezer-safe storage container or ziptop bag for up to 3 months. Let the pie thaw for at least 12 hours in the refrigerator before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1(of 10) without coconut or whipped toppingCalories: 331kcalCarbohydrates: 50gProtein: 6gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 67mgPotassium: 296mgFiber: 3gSugar: 29gVitamin A: 9864IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 60mgIron: 1mg

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  1. Is the sweet potatoes the red skinned,orange inside? The non starchy variety, unlike the tan colored skinned ones & yellow inside?

    1. Hi Helene! This recipes uses orange flesh sweet potatoes (like what you see in the photos) not the white potato variety. I hope you enjoy the recipe if you try it!

  2. We loved this even more than pumpkin pie! It’s so silky and the spices are perfect! This will be a tradition for us now on.5 stars

  3. This was a big hit! My husband has always preferred sweet potato pie to pumpkin so I’ve been on a hunt for the right recipe for a few years now. I think I finally found it! Thank you!5 stars

    1. Hi Faith! No, I do not recommend either of those; the condensed milk is thick and already sweetened, so it will throw off the texture of the pie; those are separate ingredients. The kosher salt is needed to make the other flavors pop. I definitely recommend trying this recipe as it is written, and I hope you enjoy it!

  4.  This recipe sounds delicious without the nutmeg, and using the other spices. I was wondering if I could substitute canned, drained yams in this instead of fresh. Just found it online, Thanksgiving is tomorrow, I don’t want to go out in the wind and cold, and it’s crunch time baby! I might give my idea a shot anyhow before you’ll even get back with me. 

    1. Mary, in times of desperation you can! I’ve actually done this, and I will tell you that the flavor and texture are not nearly as good (but they do in a pinch). Also canned yams always come sweetened (at least all the ones I’ve ever seen), so you’ll want to adjust the sweetness of the filling to taste; overall, the whole dish will probably be sweeter because of this tool I’m sorry I’m just now getting back to you (traveling out of the country!), but if you decided to try it out, I’d love to hear how it goes!

  5. The marshmallow topping was whipping up nicely until I added the vanilla and fluff. It was good, but the consistency was nothing like whipped topping. It was watery and almost chunky looking. Could you advise?

    1. Theresa, I’m afraid your whipped cream was overwhipped. YOu can try to save it by splashing in a bit more cream, but it’s hard to go back from that.

      1. Hi! I’m wondering if I can use full fat evaporated milk instead of 2%. I ordered 2% and they substituted for the regular can bc they were out. Thank you for your time.

  6. Wow! This sweet potato pie is soooooo good! I have one question though. Recipe stated it is for one 9 ” pie. I had enough for 2 pies! Anyone else get 2 pies out of the recipe?5 stars

    1. I’m so happy to hear that this recipe was a hit, Jennifer! I only had enough for one pie, but extra filling is always a good thing! Thank you for taking the time to share this kind review!

  7. Making for the second time.  Didn’t have All Spice, had to use nutmeg and ground cloves.  Just smells so good.  My husband is so excited right now?. It’s just perfect.5 stars

  8. Sweet potato pie is definitely pumpkin to the 10th power. But do yourself a big favor and bake the potatoes until very well done and caramelized instead of boiling them. The flavor is unequaled because it accentuates the natural sweetness of the potato.

      1. Hi Kate! For this recipe, you’ll want to peel and boil the potatoes (if you are making baked potatoes for yourself, you can peel or not peel as you prefer).

  9. Planning ahead for  Thanksgiving and I’m researching sweet potato pie, which I  prefer to pumpkin. I plan to bake the potatoes. Do you foresee any changes to the proportions?
    Thanks

    1. Hi Carol! I haven’t tried making the recipe this way, so you’d be experimenting. If you decide to try it, I’d love to hear how it goes!

    2. I bake the potatoes until they are very well done, this makes the flavor so good! I let them cool. Take the skin off, you can just scoop them out and measure them the same as boiled, 2c. then proceed with the rest, so yummy with the baked version and easier, to me! I love the immersion blender it makes the filling so smooth5 stars

  10. Made this to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend. My whole family loved it! I was impressed with the silky texture. I even won over my dad (who doesn’t like pumpkin pie) and my mom liked it MORE than pumpkin pie. Thanks again for a hit!5 stars

  11. People are consistently surprised when I make this pie. Like, they’re initially doubtful about it being sweet potato instead of pumpkin. But then they try it and realize their mistake!

    Served it with some veggie chili and cornbread today, and it was a fall-flavored hit!5 stars

  12. Hey, I will be making this for my husbands birthday in two weeks. What is the best bourbon to use? should I try a regular one or a spiced one?

    Thanx :)

    1. Hi Allison! Since the pie already has delicious spices, I used a regular bourbon. Any regular bourbon will work great. I hope the recipe is a hit!

  13. Just tried this recipe it was the best SPP my husband had ever had! Me too! Usually not crazy about it but this one, couldn’t stop eating it. By the way, i followed this recipe Exactly and it actually made filling for two 9 inch pies and they were both filled to the top … so just FYi for anyone trying this. Good thing I had bought two pie crust!5 stars

  14. I made this for Thanksgiving since I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin pie. Both my husband and I loved this and I will definitely make it again. It was very easy to make and the texture was so smooth and creamy! Delicious!5 stars

  15. Is there a way to make a dairy-free version? My aunt has an issue with the evaporated milk, but not the butter. Could I use evaporated coconut milk instead? Or some other dairy substitute? Looking for suggestions.

    1. Hi Finn! I’ve only tested this recipe as written, so I wouldn’t be able to advise if those substitutions would work. If you decide to experiment, let me know how it goes!

    1. Hi Carolyn! In step 5 of the recipe card I state that you need to “Measure out 2 cups, which is the amount that you need for the pie, and reserve any extra for another recipe.” Hope this helps!

  16. Going to make this for the first time. Using pre-made frozen pie crust. Would you leave frozen until baking? I do with pumpkin.

    1. Hi! I have tested this with a frozen pie crust, but you should just follow the directions on the package for baking instructions. It should tell you if you need to pre-bake it or not. (I am assuming you won’t need to bake it first, but again it will depend on your crust) Hope this helps!

  17. Hi Erin. Can’t wait to try this to serve for Thanksgiving tomorrow. Is it possible to substitute 2% milk for the evaporated milk? Thanks!

    1. Hi Dee! I’m afraid I can’t recommend that, as I’ve never tested it and worry it would be too thin. You might be able to try half and half but I still have no idea how that would work. If you decide to experiment, let me know how it goes!

  18. Made three of these for Thanksgiving 2021. For the first time, I did not have to cover the crust while baking! This pie was noticed by everyone for not having such a strong nutmeg taste! Recipe going into my favorite file. Thank You!
    PS: I did use the frozen pie crust that you roll out. I let thaw and placed in the pie pan. I did not pre-bake. Also used my chicken’s fresh eggs and a good vanilla. So Excited, its a Perfect Pie!5 stars

  19. Thank you so much for this fantastic recipe! It is really delicious. I doubled the recipe and baked the potatoes whole for a few hours instead of boiling them. I refrigerated it overnight and the next morning it was amazing! 100% recommend!5 stars

  20. Do you think I could sub out the pie crust, and add a biscuit base instead? Maybe have it take on more of a sweet potato slice rather than a pie?
    Thanks!

    1. hi Gloria, maybe. This is not something I’ve experimented with or tested so I can’t say for sure. If you decide to experiment let me know how it goes!

  21. I followed this recipe and this pie tasted AMAZING! My 10 yr old daughter is a very tough critic & passionately honest & she loves this pie! Thanks for making it easy & giving us a video to watch!5 stars

  22. Thanks so much Erin for these wonderful recipes! We loved this pie
    P.S: Sweet potatoes are my favorite food and I have been searching for ways to make more things with them5 stars

  23. Hi there! I’m using sweet potatoes from my garden this year, which are a tad smaller than what you typically see in the grocery store. About how many cups or weight (grams) does two large sweet potatoes come out to be? Just want to be sure my ratios are correct. This recipe sounds wonderful! LOVE the additions of the bourbon and marshmallow!

    1. Hi Danielle! I didn’t measure my sweet potatoes in cups or weight, but you will need 2 cups cooked sweet potato for this pie. Hope you enjoy it!

  24. Hi Erin, I’m making this sweet potato pie for Thanksgiving. I’m unclear as to when to add the marshmallow cream when making the topping. Should the heavy cream and marshmallow cream be beaten together at the same time?

    1. Hi Nanci! This post has recently been updated and has no marshmallow cream. If you would like to include it, you would add it with the heavy cream. Hope you enjoy the pie!

  25. I was short on time and used canned sweet potato yams. I also added extra cinnamon and nutmeg. It was delicious! Next time I will try it with fresh sweet potatoes!5 stars

  26. I’ve never made or tasted sweet potato pie before but decided to make this. It was sooooo good! I did add a little extra sugar. I love the creamy goodness and light great texture.5 stars

  27. I have read your recipe multiple times but I can’t see where you use the granulated sugar. I don’t see it in the picture.
    Can you help please? I sound desperate, don’t I. Sorry!
    Looking forward to making your recipe because you have such wonderful reviews.
    Thank you

  28. I’ve never had a sweet potato pie before but was curious. It’s the perfect combination of sweet but not too sweet. 5 stars

  29. Hey! I made this earlier and the pie is perfectly sweet and creamy. The spices are perfectly balanced, and the pie is not too dense.5 stars

  30. It’s the first time I made sweet potato pie and it came out delightfully good. So good, in fact, I’m making another one in the weekend.5 stars

  31. I just found this recipe and have already made it twice! It is so good, but of course, I put my own touch to it. I added more spice. We love cinnamon so I added just a touch more of the spices.5 stars

    1. Hi Angela! I’ve actually only tested the recipe with evaporated milk but doing some research it seems like there are a few things you can use as a substitute. Half and half, heavy cream, or regular milk. If you decide to experiment with one of these I’d love to know how it comes out! Thank you!

  32. I think I’m missing something, is the whipped cream just whipping cream and vanilla? Is there any confectioners sugar added? If marshmallow fluff was added how much would need to be added? I very much want to make this!

    1. Hi Stephanie! The whipped cream isn’t sweetened but you could add a few tablespoons of confectioner’s sugar if you like.

  33. My siblings usually hate sweet potatoes, so happy that they like this one! I made it two times already and I can’t stop eating it all alongside my sister. Definitely a hit!5 stars

  34. Totally love this recipe! Especially since we have tons of sweet potatoes coming from the farm. So easy and so delicious. I’m excited to make this again for Thanksgiving this year.5 stars

  35. 5 stars! My hubby said I did it right this time. We moved away from our family and have been missing so much. With the holidays here, I had to be a one woman show and get it right. Your recipes mean more to me than I can really express.5 stars

  36. YUM! I am new to baking and this recipe was easy to follow, my husband and kids enjoyed it. I do add more cinnamon and vanilla for my taste.5 stars

  37. First time making it and my husband and children love it!! Only thing is it took longer than an hour but it was definitely worth the wait! I will definitely make this for Thanksgiving.5 stars

  38. I just whipped this recipe up and put in the oven a few seconds ago. I tasted the remaining mix left over in the bowl and it’s AMAZING. I am so happy to have found this recipe.5 stars

    1. Hi Renee! The full recipe in located in the recipe card of this post. It’s above the area where you commented or you can click the “jump to recipe” button at the top of the screen and it will take you directly there. Hope this helps!

  39. My family was mad that I didn’t make pumpkin pie but they LOVED this sweet potato pie! Phew!
    Great recipe…thank you!5 stars

  40. This pie turned out delicious! I did not have bourbon but did have Rum, so I used rum instead. I topped with regular whip cream and candied pecan pieces.5 stars

  41. I am. going to make this for Christmas. My Grandson says he loves sweet potato pie. Not pumpkin. So I will print this receipe and get the ingredients to make him smile and enjoy.5 stars