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Candied Sweet Potatoes Recipe

    This recipe for candied sweet potatoes has stood the test of time. This dish is easy to make on the stovetop with common kitchen ingredients, making it perfect for a weeknight meal or as a holiday side dish. 

    Sugary candied sweet potatoes are a unique take on a traditional side dish that can be served at both regular dinners & Thanksgiving.

    Let’s jump right into the recipe for Candied Sweet Potatoes Recipe.

    Candied Sweet Potatoes Recipe

    These candied sweet potatoes are roasted until caramelized after being tossed in a mixture of butter, brown sugar, and spices. A quick and very easy side dish that goes well with any protein, including chicken, pork, turkey, and beef.

    Let’s know the whole recipe so that you can enjoy it too!


    • Preparation – 15 Mins
    • Cook: 1 Hour
    • Total: 1 Hour 15 Minutes


    • 5–6 medium sweet potatoes
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 2 Tablespoons water
    • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
    • 1 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger


    • Sweet potatoes should be peeled and sliced into 1/2 inch thick slices. Place in a 3-quart baking dish that has been greased. Toss in the salt and toss to coat. To grease, simply use nonstick spray.
    • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (191 degrees Celsius).
    • To Make Sauce: Break the butter stick in half lengthwise. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan along with the water, maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.
    • The butter won’t melt unless it’s cooked and stirred. Give up on the constant stirring and bring to a low boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and let it sit for 2 minutes. Turn off the heat and add the vanilla extract to the sauce.
    • Now, toss the potatoes in the sauce to coat them.
    • Stir the sweet potatoes every 20 minutes while they bake for an hour. Cover the dish with aluminum foil after the first 20 minutes if you want your potatoes to bake evenly.
    • Take it out of the oven, season it with salt and rosemary (if using), and let it cool for 10 minutes uncovered before serving. 
    • Remember, when hot from the oven, the sauce is watery, but as it cools, it thickens.
    • SERVE & ENJOY!

    How to Store Leftover Candied Sweet Potatoes Recipe:

    Refrigerate leftovers in a properly covered container for up to 1 week. The sauce will be thick after refrigerating, but it will thin out as you warm it up. Simply microwave to warm.

    Tips For Candied Sweet Potatoes Recipe:

    • The butter and sugar mixture is so important; you must make sure that every potato is coated in it.
    •  If you don’t, you may find that some of your sweet potatoes are very tender while others are not. If that happened, it would be the worst possible scenario.

    Sweet, buttery, caramelized, and sticky, these candied sweet potatoes are everything you could want as a side dish.

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