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Easy & Simple Sweet Potato Pie Recipe: Homemade Perfection!

Theophanes is a New-England-based blogger and likes to write about food and baking.

Sweet potato pie

Sweet potato pie

How to Make Sweet Potato Pie

Growing up in the Northern U.S., I spent every Thanksgiving eating pumpkin pie—and you know what? I hated it. It tasted foul, like cheap spice in a can. However, in the winter, yams and sweet potatoes become a staple in this household. When I learned you could make pies out of them, I nearly died. How delicious could it be?

As it turns out: too sweet. My first attempt used a recipe that called for two whole cups of white sugar. It was disgustingly sweet, but for some strange reason, although I had no evidence of the contrary, I believed it could still be wonderful if I could only get it right. After three years of tinkering, I finally wrote down my perfect recipe, a hodgepodge of other recipes combined to make one perfect pie. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Your whole family will love this sweet potato pie recipe.

Your whole family will love this sweet potato pie recipe.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

1 hour 10 min

1 hour 25 min

1 regular-sized pie


  • 1 pre-made pie crust, raw
  • 2 cups sweet potatoes, boiled and mashed
  • 2 tablespoons butter, soft
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon flour (white, rye, or other)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 175 degrees Celsius.
  2. Combine sweet potato mash, butter, vanilla extract and eggs in a bowl. In another bowl, combine sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt to make dry mixture. Combine dry mixture with sweet potato mixture. Blend well.
  3. In measuring cup, mix buttermilk and baking soda. Add these to the rest of the filling and stir well.
  4. Put filling in pre-made pie crust.
  5. Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until the center is settled enough for a toothpick to come out of the center clean.
  6. Eat and enjoy!

Optional: Homemade Whip Cream

We love to make our own whip cream here, and it's very easy to do. Just buy a carton of heavy cream and mix it with sugar (we prefer three parts cream to one part sugar here, but some people may like more sugar). Take an egg beater and whip it until it's fluffy and serve it fresh. It makes for a fun game and a show before dessert is served!