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Old Fashioned Sweet Potato Pie

Learn to make one of the South’s favorite holiday desserts, Old Fashioned Sweet Potato Pie.

Growing up in the South, I am quite used to sweet potato dishes being part of our holiday meals. There was plenty of sweet potato casserole, candied yams and yes, even sweet potato pie.

I remember one Thanksgiving in particular where the family had gathered at my granny’s house. For some reason granny was a bit frantic and hurrying to get her sweet potato pie in the oven.

I was too young to know exactly what was going on. I just remember that pie for some reason. To a child, it seemed that everyone there was perfectly happy and enjoying visiting with each other.

Melt in Your Mouth Sweet Potato Pie

Soul Food Sweet Potato Pie

I keep plenty of cooked sweet potato pulp frozen so I have it handy when I want to bake a loaf of Sweet Potato Bread or one of these pies.

What are the Ingredients for a Sweet Potato Pie?

Here’s what you’ll need to bake a delicious pie for your holiday meals (Full printable recipe near the end of this post): Sweet potatoes, sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, ginger, evaporated milk and a frozen pie crust.

I use store bought pie crust and have no shame in doing so. They’re delicious and a big time saver when you’re super busy preparing a big meal.

How Do You Make Southern Sweet Potato Pie?

Let’s go step by step to creating a delicious sweet potato pie.

Preheat your oven to 350°F

How to make the best sweet potato pie with fresh sweet potatoes

Step 1: Add your cooked sweet potatoes to a mixing bowl. Whip the potatoes with a hand mixer until smooth. This helps create a smoother finished pie. Next, add the sugar, melted butter, eggs, vanilla, salt and spices to the potatoes and mix well until combined. Next, add the evaporated milk and mix until everything is combined.

Easy so far, right? There’s really not much to it and you’ve already done what we’ll refer to as “the hard part”, even though there was nothing difficult about it.

Sweet Potato Pie filling

Step 2: Line a sheet pan with foil and place your pie crust on the covered pan. Using a sheet pan prevents messes in the oven in case of spills but also makes transferring the pie in and out of the oven easier. Add the pie mixture into the pie crust and place into your pre-heated oven. Bake for 45 minutes or until the center is set. You can use the tooth pick test if needed to test for doneness.

Allow the pie to cool completely before cutting to serve. Top with whipped cream if desired.

Homemade sweet potato pie cooling on a Southern porch during fall

Printable Recipe Card

Yield: 1 Pie

Old Fashioned Sweet Potato Pie

Old Fashioned Southern Sweet Potato Pie, a delicious soul food dessert perfect for holiday meals

Classic Southern Sweet Potato Pie, a traditional holiday dessert

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 2 c Cooked Mashed Sweet Potatoes
  • 1.25 c Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 c Butter, melted
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1 c Evaporated Milk
  • 9" Frozen Pie Shell


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. In a mixing bowl combine the sweet potatoes, sugar, melted butter, eggs, vanilla, salt, cinnamon and ginger. Mix together with a hand mixer until well combined.
  3. Next, add the evaporated milk and mix to combine.
  4. Add the pie filling mixture to the pie crust and place into the oven.
  5. Bake 45 minutes or until done. Center of the pie should be set when done.
  6. Allow to cool before serving. Top with whipped cream, if desired.


Allow the pie to cool completely before serving. Sweet potato pie can be made a few days in advance of a holiday meal and refrigerated until needed.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 Slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 304
Delicious pie of Southern sweet potato pie topped with whipped cream on a red and white china plate

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Debra Denkins

Tuesday 12th of March 2019

Hi if I was to use canned sweet potato’s would I still use 2 cups ?

Julia Jordan

Tuesday 12th of March 2019

Debra, You can substitute using canned sweet potatoes


Monday 29th of October 2018

Do you bake the sweet potatoes prior to making this pie? Or, can you use canned?

Julia Jordan

Monday 29th of October 2018

Denise, I use fresh sweet potatoes that I bake then mashed and had stored in the freezer. Sweet potatoes bake in about an hour at 400 degrees. Julia

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