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Pretzel-Topped Sweet Potatoes

Friends I've shared this recipe with say it's their favorite way to serve sweet potatoes. I like to make it for brunch as a colorful go-with dish. The mingled sweet, tart and salty tastes are an unusual treat. —Sue Mallory, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 2 cups chopped pretzel rods (about 13)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter, melted, divided
  • 1 can (2-1/2 pounds) sweet potatoes, drained
  • 1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • In a large bowl, combine the pretzels, pecans, cranberries, brown sugar and 1/2 cup butter; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat the sweet potatoes until smooth. Add the milk, sugar, vanilla and remaining butter; beat until well blended.
  • Spoon into a greased shallow 2-qt. baking dish; sprinkle with pretzel mixture. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until the edges are bubbly.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 484 calories, 24g fat (11g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 606mg sodium, 66g carbohydrate (43g sugars, 4g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • JMartinelli13
    Oct 28, 2020

    Used mini twist pretzels and dried cranberries. Spooned sweet potato mash into ramekins and then topped them. They baked in about half the time as a full size dish. Definitely will make again!

  • Diana
    Nov 30, 2019

    This has made the cut onto our holiday menu. Served it for Thanksgiving and everyone enjoyed it and took leftovers- even the picky eaters. I cut the sugar to 3/4 cup in topping and 1/4 cup in potatoes, and was nicely sweetened but not sickeningly so. I plan to experiment with erythritol and brown sugar splenda or other alternatives to make an even less sugar filled dish and I think it will be great! I used snyder's pretzel rods and they were wonderful in topping- never got soggy but not too hard. I made the potato base night before from fresh boiled/ mashed sweet potatoes. I used about 6 medium for my 10x7 dish. Then morning of I whipped up the topping and baked it up- covered and transported and reheated once more at the party. It was excellent! I do think you could enjoy this without nuts but I'd probably compensate with a cup of another cracker type to create dimension. One other tip would be to not chop the pretzel too small so it can withstand the cooking without getting soggy- mine weren't soggy but I think I could have easily chopped it too much, or if I'd used traditional pretzels or pretzel crackers they could get to small. Thanks to the original chef who created and shared this. What a lovely way to enjoy holiday sweet potatoes!

  • Gloria
    Nov 27, 2019

    Has anyone tried these without the nuts? Due to grandkids with allergies, I'd unfortunately have to leave them out.

  • khegeman
    Dec 1, 2013

    Too much topping. We did not care for the cranberries with the sweet potatoes.

  • djnuch
    Nov 23, 2013

    I made this last year and received rave reviews. I used fresh sweet potatoes and this year I am using Gluten free pretzels in the topping. It really is a fantastic recipe

  • DeePotato
    Dec 22, 2012

    I tried this recipe about a year ago and everone raved about it. Since then I've tried several other sweet potatoe recipe on this site, all very tasty too; however, this is the BEST for how the ingredients compliment each other in taste and texture. Plus the eye candy presentation and inviting smell ranks this colorful tasty dish as a must have, to make our family festive Christmas meal complete. Thank You for sharing your delicious recipe.

  • cookingqueen493
    Apr 27, 2012

    I loved these sweet potatoes!

  • angelasandoval
    Jan 11, 2012

    This is AMAZING! For personal preference, I used boiled fresh sweet potatoes and cut the sugar a bit by reducing the brown sugar in the topping to 3/4 cup and the sugar in the potato to 1/4 cup. (Still a very sweet dish)!

  • Hannah0418
    Dec 19, 2011

    AMAZING!!! A must at our family christmas dinner. instead of using canned, i peel and boil enough sweet potatoes to make 8-10 cups mashed.

  • Margielou_wa
    Dec 14, 2011

    This is one I plan to try for Christmas dinner.  Sounds great.