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small casserole dish with candied sweet potato recipe
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5 from 7 votes

Candied Sweet Potatoes

Candied Sweet Potatoes will be the hit of your holiday table. They look incredibly fancy, but in reality are the simplest side dish recipe.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: side dish recipes, thanksgiving side dishes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Lisa Longley


  • 6 large sweet potatoes peeled and cut into 1 inch rounds
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla


  • Melt butter in a large skillet over medium low heat.
  • Stir in the sweet potatoes, then stir in the brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Gently stir to combine. Bring to a simmer and cover.
  • Cook, covered, for 40 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are fork tender. Stir 2 or 3 times while they are cooking, being very gentle as you stir so as to not break up the potatoes as they cook.
  • When the potatoes are tender, add in the salt and vanilla. Gently stir one more time to combine. Serve and enjoy.