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Mama’s Sweet Potato Pie

This Sweet Potato Pie is creamy and lightly spiced and easy to make! Similar to pumpkin but with a more delicate flavor, this one is a Southern family favorite!

Sweet Potato Pie on a table with a checkered cloth.

Lots of people will claim to be either sweet potato pie lovers or pumpkin pie lovers. I love both! Along with pecan pie. And chocolate pie. Ok, just PIE.

Last week I brought you my version of sweet potato casserole, and today I bring you sweet potato pie, which is also my favorite. I have a lot of favorites and they all seem to center on dessert. I’m not biased when I tell you that my mother makes the best sweet potato pie.

It’s not too sweet and not too custardy, but just the right mix of sweet potatoes, sugar, butter and egg to meld into a creamy, delectable blend for pie.

Sweet Potato Pie slice  on a plate.

We were in a bit of a hurry with this one so didn’t allow it to cool and set properly, but when you do it correctly the pie will have nice clean edges on each slice.

Of course, when I called Mama to ask for her recipe she said, “Well, I don’t really measure anything I just mix it up.” So I had to run through her estimates a couple of times to come up with an actual version of the recipe to share.

Pie crust for sweet potato pie

How to Make Sweet Potato Pie – Step by Step

Step 1.

Start by peeling a large sweet potato, or two smaller ones, cut into pieces and boil about twenty minutes or until very tender.

Step 2.

While the potatoes are boiling, pre-bake the pie crust just a bit so it’s slightly brown.

**Cook’s Tip: This keeps the crust from becoming soggy from the filling. My easy pie crust recipe is perfect for this pie!

Step 3.

When the potatoes are tender, drain and toss right back into the same pot you used for boiling. Then mash with a potato masher and add 1/2 stick of unsalted butter (1/4 cup).

**Cook’s Tip: I use a hand mixer instead of my big mixer for this recipe since it’s so quick and easy.

Step 4.

Mix the butter into the potato until the butter is completely melted and incorporated. Then drop in the rest of the ingredients and mix until the potatoes are smooth and creamy.

Step 5.

Pour into the pie shell and bake on a covered cookie sheet for 35-40 minutes at 350, or until center is set.

Tips for Making the Best Sweet Potato Pie

  • Boil the sweet potatoes instead of baking for the brightest color.
  • Use evaporated milk for a creamier texture.

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Mama's Sweet Potato Pie

Mama's Sweet Potato Pie

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Sweet potato pie is an old-fashioned Southern dessert that's economical and easy to make and quite delicious.


  • 2 cups mashed sweet potato, (about 1 large or 2 small)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup half and half or milk or evaporated milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Prebake pie crust until slightly brown. Allow crust to cool.
  2. Peel and cube potatoes and place in a large pot. Cover potatoes with water and bring to a boil. Boil for about 20 minutes, until potatoes are very tender.
  3. Drain potatoes and add back to pot. Mash potatoes with a potato masher or fork. Add butter and blend with hand mixer until melted and incorporated into potatoes.
  4. Add egg, sugars, milk, spices, flour, salt, and vanilla. Mix until creamy and well blended. Pour into pie crust.
  5. Bake 30-40 minutes or until center is set and not jiggly. Allow to cool completely before slicing.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 8 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 182Saturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 26mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 1gSugar: 21gProtein: 1g

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