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Sweet Potato Cobbler

My grandmother used to make the best sweet potato cobbler, but, like many cooks, she didn't follow a recipe. I tried many cobbler recipes before I discovered this one. It's a favorite for church dinners and is a special treat at home.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 3-1/2 cups water
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 5 to 6 tablespoons cold water
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • Whipped cream, optional


  • In a saucepan, cook sweet potatoes in water until crisp-tender, about 10 minutes. Drain, reserving 1-1/2 cups cooking liquid. Layer potatoes in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish; add reserved liquid. Combine sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt; sprinkle over potatoes. Dot with butter.
  • Preheat oven to 400°. For pastry, combine flour and salt; cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Gradually add water, tossing with a fork until a ball forms. On a floured surface, roll pastry into a 13-in. x 9-in. rectangle. Place over filling; cut slits in top. Brush with butter; sprinkle with sugar. Bake until top is golden brown, 30-35 minutes. Spoon into dishes; if desired, top with whipped cream.

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  • Edward
    Jun 1, 2020

    Perfection this recipe is pure perfection. Super easy to make and super tasty

  • AgentAndy
    Nov 26, 2013

    I used to make a sweet potato cobbler but lost the recipe probably 15 years ago. I have to say that I like this recipe better. I was in a hurry and accidentally mixed the sugar into the crust instead of sprinkling it on top. What an outstanding mistake! I will make this again.

  • cruiser58
    Oct 2, 2011

    excellent just like my mom use to make,lost her recipe over the years,glad I found this.