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Harvest Sweet Potato Pie

Years ago, 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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min.
  • Makes
    16 servings (2 pies)


  • 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
  • Pastry for two single-crust pies (9 inches)
  • Whipped cream, optional


  • In a bowl, combine first 10 ingredients; mix well. Beat in sweet potatoes. Pour into crusts. Bake at 425° for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°; bake 30-35 minutes longer or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely. Serve with whipped cream if desired. Store in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 391 calories, 18g fat (10g saturated fat), 88mg cholesterol, 307mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • Kera
    May 23, 2020

    Made this a few times now and will continue to make it

  • vsmith8403
    Dec 3, 2019

    Not my favorite pie. It wasn’t sweet enough for my taste. My husband is a big sweet potato person and he was not a fan.

  • Brielle
    Jan 12, 2019

    First time I ever made a sweet potato pie, everyone raved about it!!! Only difference was I didn't have lemon extract so I used a tiny bit of fresh squeezed lemon juice. Totally making this again

  • donnasgulfcoastin
    Nov 12, 2018

    Going to try this recipe for the holidays, but wondering if can use canned sweet potatoes instead of cooking fresh ones. Recipe just says 4 cups of mashed cooked sweet potatoes. Thank you. Will rate as soon as make.

  • Faye
    Nov 21, 2016

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

  • mwagbe
    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! :)Regards,Charlotte

  • linda granados
    Nov 1, 2015

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

  • portland9
    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
    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.

  • lcornerstone
    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.