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Coconut-Bourbon Sweet Potatoes

What is it about sweet potatoes that unnerve some people? For those who firmly state they hate a yam because of the color or texture, the rich addition of coconut, bourbon and spices might just win them over. —Rebecca Anderson, Driftwood, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 35 min.
  • Makes
    14 servings


  • 8 cups mashed sweet potatoes
  • 3/4 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon molasses, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom, optional
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 3/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1-1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  • In a large bowl, combine the first nine ingredients; add molasses and cardamom if desired. Stir in coconut and raisins. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish; sprinkle with marshmallows.
  • In a small bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar and cinnamon. Add butter; mix until crumbly. Stir in pecans; sprinkle over marshmallows.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until heated through and topping is golden brown.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 444 calories, 15g fat (7g saturated fat), 48mg cholesterol, 167mg sodium, 73g carbohydrate (42g sugars, 6g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • Bea
    Dec 5, 2020

    Great recipe! I changed it up a bit. On very low heat (low & slow) I melted 1/2cup Butter add 1cup brown sugar to caramelized, 10-15mins then add 1/2cup Jim Beam Vanilla infused Whiskey for another 10-15mins. Then add all but a few Tbsp’s to drizzle over top. I don’t always have marshmallows but with or w/o this is a great recipe.

  • nlebron
    Dec 14, 2018

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  • dschultz01
    Nov 25, 2016

    Made this for Thanksgiving. I thought this was very good, but it didn't get the rave reviews I was hoping for. One person said it tasted like it had too many spices in it. Overall, I liked it but my other recipes are better.

  • melmaddie
    Oct 31, 2016

    I made this for a work potluck - it was so good, everyone loved it! Will add into my holiday rotation!

  • sddeck
    Oct 14, 2013

    MAKE THIS A REGULAR ADDITION TO YOUR HOLIDAY MEAL-you will not be disappointed!!!

  • llafontaine80
    Jul 16, 2013

    This will be my go-to recipe from now on. It's like sweet potato casserole on crack and it is AMAZING!

  • Brums
    Jul 1, 2012

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