Southern Sweet Potato Pie

Learn how to make southern sweet potato pie from scratch with this easy, homemade recipe! Combine a few pantry staples to make this classic dessert for the holidays or parties.

Try making alongside Pumpkin Pie to have both classic pies at your Thanksgiving. 

slice of sweet potato pie on a plate

Sweet potato pie is a classic dessert and always a hit at Thanksgiving or Christmas. The warm spices of cinnamon and nutmeg combined with sweet brown sugar make the classic sweet potato taste you crave all year long. Add in a buttery crust with a dollop of whipped cream on top, sweet potato pie is a fall and holiday dessert that will be a staple on your dessert tables. 

preparing sweet potatoes for pie

How to make southern sweet potato pie

Making southern sweet potato pie is simple! The pie is made with cream, sugar, sweet potatoes and a few simple spices. Sweet potatoes are already pretty sweet, so you need less than 1 cup of sugar for this recipe. You can cut back on the sugar even more, if desired.

  • First, cook the sweet potatoes, allow them to cool and then mash in a large bowl.
  • Next, combine all of the other ingredients for the pie together with the sweet potatoes.
  • Pour the mixture into the pie crust and bake. Allow the pie to cool and then serve with whipped cream!

Sweet potato pie sitting on a table

Tips to make this sweet potato pie recipe

  • You should have about 2 cups of mashed sweet potatoes.
  • This sweet potato pie recipe should have the same creamy texture of many custard based pies. You don’t want to OVER BAKE – it will become dense and lose the satin texture. To make sure your sweet potato pie reaches the perfect doneness, take your pie out of the oven and give it a wiggle – the center of the pie should jiggle slightly in the center. If you have a cooking thermometer, the internal temperature should be about 175 degrees. If you don’t have a thermometer, stick a knife into the edge of the filling. The knife should come out moist, but still clean.
  • Let the pie cool and rest for at least 4 hours, however 24 hours or overnight is best.
  • Serve the pie with whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream, if desired.

slice of pie

What does sweet potato pie taste like?

Yes, sweet potato pie and pumpkin pie do taste similar. Sweet potato pie is more light and airy while pumpkin pie is dense and creamy. It has a bit more sweetness than pumpkin pie (more vanilla extract) while pumpkin pie has more spices, which gives it a bit more zest. 

Can you freeze sweet potato pies?

Yes, but when you are ready to bake, make sure to thaw slowly in the fridge to avoid weeping. 

Can you heat up sweet potato pie?

If you make this ahead of time, you can reheat this homemade pie for about 15 minutes at 325 degrees to serve warm.

southern sweet potato pie

We love this homemade sweet potato pie from scratch. Homemade pies tastes better than anything you can buy at the store. We also really love to enjoy a slice of Classic Key Lime Pie. Try these easy homemade pie recipes for your next holiday gathering! 

southern sweet potato pie

Southern Sweet Potato Pie

Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 15 mins
Learn how to make sweet potato pie from scratch with this easy, homemade recipe!
5 from 1 vote


  • 1 1/4 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, or milk
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • pinch salt
  • 1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust


  • Place cubed sweet potatoes in a medium saucepan and add water to cover. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and cook 15 minutes, uncovered, until tender. 
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Prepare a single pie crust in a pie pan and set aside.
  • Drain potatoes and return to pan. Mash until smooth, and allow to cool to room temperature.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar together until smooth. Add eggs and mix well. Add (2c) mashed sweet potatoes, milk, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt. Mix on medium speed until incorporated and smooth. Pour filling into pie crust.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, then reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Continue baking for 30 to 40 minutes, until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely and store in refrigerator until ready to eat.


  • Nutritional information is based on a standard pie crust. Depending on the brand of crust used, nutrition may vary.
  • Let the pie cool and rest for at least 4 hours, however 24 hours or overnight is best.
  • Serve the pie with whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream, if desired.


Calories: 351kcal, Carbohydrates: 38g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 83mg, Sodium: 235mg, Potassium: 223mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 18g, Vitamin A: 8564IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 40mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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One comment on “Southern Sweet Potato Pie”

  1. I love sweet potato pie! It looks like you have perfected it, Ashley. Thank you for all the tips and tricks to get it right.

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