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Southern Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

Southern Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

This recipe is very popular here in the South. It's a particular favorite at our house because we always have plenty of sweet potatoes in our garden. Try it with a dollop of whipped cream. —Bonnie Holcomb, Fulton, Mississippi
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 55 min. + chilling YIELD:8 servings


  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1-2/3 cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 cup mashed sweet potatoes
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 unbaked pastry shell (9 inches)


  • 1. In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar, nutmeg and salt. In a large bowl, beat the potatoes, eggs, corn syrup, butter and sugar mixture. Gradually stir in milk. Pour into pastry shell.
  • 2. Bake at 350° for 55-60 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 513 calories, 21g fat (12g saturated fat), 96mg cholesterol, 290mg sodium, 77g carbohydrate (54g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

Reviews for Southern Sweet Potato Pie

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Debra12345 User ID: 8636152 238054
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2015

"I love it made it several times"

auntsansan User ID: 8605667 237559
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2015

"Yes yes yes..i tweeked it just a little bit...1/2tsp.nutmeg and add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract optional you can add .....................1 /2teaspoon of lemon extract,,,,,along with the VANILLA...its called crossing the flavor...... it must be lemon extract or lemon oil it CAN NOT imitation lemon EXTRACT."

lady4life User ID: 8470827 230620
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2015

"I baked it and loved it..very tasty without strong flavor of cinnamon and nutmeg..just sweet enough!"

Marisela419 User ID: 7395802 226636
Reviewed May. 20, 2015

"I had the best sweet potato pie from Mrs. Ramsey mother of our own hall of fame basketball star but she was more famous for a lot of us for her cooking and this recipe is darn near closes to it . My family loves it"

conley8 User ID: 7457924 217376
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2015

"I always cook sweet potatoe pies for my family for Thanksgiving an Christmas but this year I wanted to try taste of home recipe I did and my family loved it of course I added a little more sugar but for the most part it was worth it. Thank you taste of home."

chelley82 User ID: 8188067 216252
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2014

"This was my husband and I 1st time making a sweet potato pie and We both agree that the pie is definitely not sweet enough and missing some main ingredients we made a 2nd one and we left out the flour and add cinnamon and brown sugar and a little more nutmeg with some vanilla extract and more sweet potatoes and ole boy was it delicious"

tlbrkb User ID: 8187322 216195
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2014

"I just made these pies today for the second time. I would suggest as I have done both times to add 2 or more cups of sweet potatoes and cut back on a bit of the sugar. Other than that, this pie is so so so good!!"

Ulifleur User ID: 7720441 21267
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2014

"way too sweet... 2/3 c sugar would have been enough. Do you even test these recipes?"

Blissen17 User ID: 7913973 29097
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2014

"The recipe is amzing the sweet potato pie was divine"

Mrsatj User ID: 1860234 21264
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2014

"Best potato pie I have ever had."

mlmaas User ID: 7573684 11567
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2013

"I read this as 1 AND 2/3 cup of sugar, which combined with the corn syrup, was way too sweet. I would loose the corn syrup altogether and reduce the sugar to 2/3 cup. By the way, this overflowed in my oven, and tasted nothing like the sweet potato pies my parents made for us (Texas). I will not try this recipe again!"

sabaker User ID: 5043319 8127
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2013

"Please lose the ad that prints with Taste of Home recipes. We do not need to waste the ink on yet another ad."

maddbaker76 User ID: 4842903 29090
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2013

"Somehow I ended up adding too much butter to the recipe. It was still tasty & edible."

SassyLacey User ID: 4962891 8126
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2013

"This recipe looked so simple that I thought I would try it since this is my oldest grandson's favorite dessert. It was certainly not that good and no, I would not ever make it again. Will stick with my tried and true recipe that my grandson requests every Christmas or holiday that he spends with us."

CreoleMomma User ID: 6649614 11353
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2013

"This was the best sweet potato pie that I've ever eaten. I'll never try another recipe again."

SRAdair User ID: 5856862 29076
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2013

"This turned out wonderfully! Not too sweet. I was not sure when to add in the dry ingredients since that step was missing in the recipe."

hattis User ID: 5843675 12755
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2012

"Forgot to rate it!! Absolutely a five star dessert!"

hattis User ID: 5843675 4652
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2012

"My 9 yr. old grandson loved it! He ate two pieces!"

jmax929 User ID: 5915526 23347
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2012

"Wonderful, family loves it!"

yhitchens1 User ID: 4755236 33129
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2012

"This is the only pie I make now. It is very good."

mrsvick2 User ID: 6992425 4651
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2012

"I have search for this taste for years!!! I was thrown by the use of PET milk and syrup, but this is the best ever!!! After my family demolished the first one I was obligated to make 3 more, one for each family to take home after Thanksgiving dinner. I will carry this recipe on in my archives to pass to my daughter. Loved it !!!"

Renae Scott User ID: 6953754 29060
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2012

"this is the most flavorful sweet potato pie i have tasted since i missplaced my grandma's recipe, i would put this one up with my grandma's anyday, sorry grandma, :("

POPPY1 User ID: 428879 10886
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2012

"This is the most delicious Sweet Potato Pie I have had EVER had!!! I have been looking for a recipe that tatsted like or similar to my mother in-laws and this is the Bomb!!! Will never be envious of her pie again.I now have my own delicious recipe that is 100% better than hers. I always have to make 2 because over the course of the week, I eat 1 all by myself :-) I took one to work and everyone ranted and raved about it even a friend who hates sweet potatos. They ask when am I going to make another Sweet Potato Pie??? This is THEE ONE!!!"

grannycarol4 User ID: 3527634 12154
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2011

"Best sweet potato pie ever. I have added cinnamon & rum extract which makes it taste even better."

Coleen P User ID: 5647082 10233
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2011

"great pie even friends that don't like sweet potato pie loved this My daughter took it to work with her and they wanted more!!!"

claddagh_hands User ID: 6249313 12754
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2011

"Bonnie i made this recipe and it was everything i thought it would be. Excellent recipe. I am going to make this for Thanksgiving. Thanx again. -Jaimie Rose. Gloucester, Ma."

BarbaraP. User ID: 3497241 10196
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2011

"It was a easy pie to make. A little sweet to me but for my first sweet potato pie it was good. I'm sure I'll make it again. It was well liked by family."

summersbd User ID: 3558176 23613
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2011

"I have been making this recipe since the first time I saw it in the Country magazine and it is definitely a favorite!"

grannycarol4 User ID: 3527634 29059
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2010

"This recipe is the best. I always get more pie(s) than the recipe says. I also add vanilla extract, rum extract & cinnamon. YUMMY!!!"

solei User ID: 5629650 11561
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2010

"This is the worst Sweet Potatoe Pie recipe i have ever made..i used it because it looked easy enough and i cant seem to find mine since the move...It is EXTREMELY TOO TOO SWEET, i had to throw it out! and this was w/omiiting the corn syrup. Never Again, sorry but true."

gperkinson User ID: 5418885 11351
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2010

"Wow! What a good pie. My three year old grandson ate every bite of his piece. It is creamy and taste great. There was none left. Even better than grandma's.


sugarpie68 User ID: 1146476 23330
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2010

"This recipe was super easy and my sons and I love it! I'm gonna make it for Thanksgiving, too!"

archuletasway User ID: 5042645 12747
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2010

"I've been making this recipe since it first came out in 1994. It is not your everyday recipe at at. The top has an awesome crust on it and my ex in laws from Louisiana begged me to make it when they came to visit and for most holidays. I lost my book and am thankful that I was able to pull it up here on-line. It will be made first thing tomorrow. Cant wait to taste it again..."

Whisk-karrs User ID: 4511400 12151
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2009

"I had very high hopes on this one but was sorely disappointed at Thanksgiving. Would never fix again. Sorry."

yahhh User ID: 1929110 21262
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2008

"Best pie ever!!! It's really simple to make, and now I'm asked to make it every year during the holidays for my family."

presious31 User ID: 2643156 10136
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2008

"this is a easy recipe and i just loved this pie and so does my family i make it every year,they alawys ask for more ,so i just want to thank you so much"

alee8837 User ID: 2557706 23611
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2008

"Simply the best pie! Always rates #1 at any functions!! Everyone asks for the recipe...but I don't like giving it out."

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