Harvest Sweet Potato Pie Recipe
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Harvest Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

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We baked pies a few days before holiday gatherings and placed them in a tall pie safe on our back porch. My father called this sweet potato pie recipe "royal pie," because he thought it was fit for a king. It's a treasured hand-me-down family recipe. —Fae Fisher, Callao, Virginia
Recommended: The 13x9 Thanksgiving
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES:12-16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES: 12-16 servings


  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups mashed cooked sweet potatoes
  • 2 unbaked pastry shells (9 inches)
  • Whipped cream, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 391 calories, 18g fat (10g saturated fat), 88mg cholesterol, 307mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. In a bowl, combine first 10 ingredients; mix well. Beat in sweet potatoes. Pour into pie shells. Bake at 425° for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°; bake 30-35 minutes longer or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely. Serve with whipped cream if desired. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Originally published as Harvest Sweet Potato Pie in Reminisce November/December 1994, p51

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Faye User ID: 8972305 257064
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2016

"Made this pie today,one of my favorites. This is my 3rd year with this recipe. Thank you!"

mwagbe User ID: 7794609 257032
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2016

"As someone who grew up eating sweet potato pie I want to say that your recipe looks great! I didn't eat my first bite of pumpkin pie until I was in Junior High and having it for our Thanksgiving meal dessert. I still don't know why anyone would prefer it over sweet potato!!! :) I have my own family recipe for sweet potato pie but I will make yours one day and when I do, I promise not to change your recipe and then leave you comments. Once you change the recipe your comments are about another recipe! :)


linda granados User ID: 4837435 236137
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2015

"Thank you so much for a delicious recipe. Love Sweet Potato pie, I prefer this more so than pumpkin."

portland9 User ID: 7512286 70422
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2013

"The pie is absolutely fabulous. My mother has never tried sweet potatoes pie before, and - have always mentioned how she would enjoy it. Especially because she likes pumpkin pie so much.. She wasn't just pleasantly surprised.. She is hooked !"

Sharpie88 User ID: 7159235 201756
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2013

"Fabulous pie, we made it tonight and loved it. I forgot the lemon and it was still good. Next time I may add a little more cinnamon to it. This is the first sweet potato pie we enjoyed, we took some left overs to my dad and he loved it as well."

MY REVIEW User ID: 1613574 16264
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2012

"Loved this pie. I used fat free evaporated milk. Cut the sugar to 1 cup--but used 1/2 cup of dark brown sugar & 1/2 cup granulated. Has a good texture. Next time I am going to add more cinnamon & pumpkin pie spice. I enjoy a spicey taste."

JessGuinan User ID: 5140822 40825
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2011

"My husband asked for a sweet potato pie for the holidays & I think I've found my staple! This recipe was amazing and I don't even like sweet potato pie! I also forgot to add the vanilla (as I'm 9 months pregnant with baby brain...) but the batter is really sweet enough to hold its own and it's nice and spicy. This is an amazing recipe and I can't wait to make it again! Thanks for submitting it!"

connie13 User ID: 2015089 42823
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2011

"This is a wonderful, flavorful sweet potato pie. I cut back on the sugar and only used 1 cup and it was just right. I used regular pie shells, but the next time I make this recipe I will get deep dish pie shells. I had about one cup of the filling left over."

MY REVIEW User ID: 295582 15117
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2008

"O.K. This is my new FAVORITE recipe. This makes the best sweet potato pie in the world. I will never make it any other way.

Thank you so much for sharing this recipe and I hope you don`t mind, I posted it over at the "Recipe" Forum."

MY REVIEW User ID: 295582 42749
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2008 Edited Aug. 1, 2008

"I`m going to make your pie recipe today. I have been having a hard time finding a recipe that uses a full can of evaporated milk. They all use like 3/4 cup. So I was so happy when I found your recipe. I`ll let you know how it turns out.

Thanks again,

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