Sweet Potato Pie

filed under: Dessert · Pies + Tarts on November 19, 2019

With the perfect blend of spices and smooth texture, Sweet Potato Pie just might be your go-to pie this Thanksgiving. And yes, I do mean it may beat out the pumpkin pie! But, if you want the pumpkin pie, too, give my Pumpkin Slab Pie a try!

Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet Potato Pie has a lot of history to it. Recipes for this creamy and comforting pie have been around since the 1800s. George Washington Carver even had a recipe included in his 100 ways to use sweet potatoes. I can see why! With a flaky crust and perfectly spiced sweet potatoes, the pie just melts in your mouth. After my last bite, I was hoping there was more on my plate to enjoy. In fact, I did help myself to another piece because it is just that good!

Overhead of Sweet Potato Pie Cut into a few Pieces

How to Make Sweet Potato Pie

It’s really simple to make Sweet Potato Pie. It just takes some time to bake it. It’s simply a matter of mixing the pie ingredients together to make this delicious dessert! Before you begin, be sure to preheat the oven to 350°F.

  • Put an unbaked pie crust in a pie pan and cinch the edge of the crust. (Just use a fork to crimp around the crust if you don’t feel like doing any fancy scalloping.) I love this Pie Crust Recipe.
  • Bake the crust for 10 minutes and remove it from the oven to cool while you mix the pie ingredients.
  • Combine all the pie ingredients together, mixing with a hand mixer for about 5-6 minutes.
  • Pour the sweet potato mixture into the pie crust that was cooling down and cover it with tin foil. Bake this for about 50 minutes, followed by another 20-30 minutes without the tin foil.

Don’t worry if the pie is all puffed up–it will settle as it cools.

Smoothing out sweet potato pie filling

Can I Freeze a Sweet Potato Pie?

Definitely! If you are planning to make Sweet Potato Pie for a holiday dinner, I understand how busy it is. So, having a few things made ahead of time can really take off some of the stress! The first thing I will emphasize is to allow the pie to cool completely, and I do mean completely (like for 8 hours or so) before freezing it. Then, wrap it in plastic wrap, maybe even a couple of layers of it, and seal it in a freezer bag. The nice thing is that your frozen pie will last up to 3 months!

To reheat the Sweet Potato Pie so it’s ready to serve, there are a couple of ways you can do this.

  1. Remove the pie from the freezer, making sure to wipe off any frost that may be on it. Then, put it on a baking sheet to bake for 40-70 minutes at 300°F. This time is for a 10-inch pie, but times are less if you are reheating a smaller pie. To check, put a knife in the center, pull it out and check if the pie has warmed up. That’s it!
  2. Another option is to take the frozen pie out ahead of time and let it thaw for 4-5 hours with the plastic wrap on. Remove the plastic wrap when you are ready to bake it. Any size pie will then take about 30 minutes at 300°F.

Top the pie with whipped cream or ice cream for a traditional topping. But, don’t forget about mini marshmallows and maybe a little maple syrup to sweeten it up even more!

Piece of Sweet Potato Pie

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5 from 1 vote
Sweet Potato Pie
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 20 mins
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins

With the perfect blend of spices and a lovely, creamy texture, Sweet Potato Pie is a perfect dessert for your holiday feasts!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Sweet Potato Pie
Servings: 12
Calories: 289 kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke-iambaker.net
  • 1 9-inch pie crust, unbaked
  • 1 can (29 ounces) sweet potatoes, packed in syrup and drained
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (126g) evaporated milk
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Place unbaked pie crust in a 9-inch pie pan.
  3. Cinch the edge of your pie crust to create your desired shape.
  4. Place the pie crust in the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool while you prepare the filling.
  5. In a large bowl, combine sweet potato, melted butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, evaporated milk, eggs, nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla.
  6. Using a hand mixer, beat all ingredients together on medium speed until smooth (5-6 minutes)

  7. Pour filling into the prebaked pie crust.
  8. Cover pie with foil.

  9. Bake for 50 minutes, remove from oven and remove foil, and then bake for another 20-30 minutes or until a sharp knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Recipe Notes

The pie will puff up during baking and then settle as it cools.

Homemade Pie Crust Recipe (clickable link)

Bite Taken Out of Sweet Potato Pie with Whipped Cream on Top

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  • Rose Canneto says:

    My pie came out perfect. I’d like to try it with fresh sweet potatoes. Would b I use 2 cups masked sweet potatoes?

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      I would use 3 cups!

  • martha Calloway says:

    I would like to know if you can use frozen pie crust.

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Sure. Just follow the directions on the package for baking instructions.

  • Pam VanBogart says:

    Hi Amanda I love your recipes I love to bake and I am always looking for new recipes. I have never tried sweet potatoe pie but I think I will. Thank you

  • margaret says:

    is that can yams that they use

  • Stephanie says:

    This is almost like my recipe. Only difference. I use 2 cups of fresh mashed sweet potatoes (I boil with the skin on). I use 1/2 stick of unsalted butter. 2 tsp of real vanilla extract and 1 tsp of lemon extract (enhances the flavor). I Tbsp of flour to thicken the filling a little. This make 2 sweet potato pies

  • Evelyn y SHARIF says:

    Every thing looks so good and easy to make.

  • Ellen says:

    You May also use frozen pie crust, but let it thaw before filling.

    And I also use a cap of lemon flavoring, along with the cinnamon and nutmeg.