14 Classic Sweet Potato Pie Recipes for Your Thanksgiving Table

Sweet Potato Pie VII
Photo: Melissa Goff

No offense to pumpkin pie, but the fall staple dessert definitely isn't the only orange pie that deserves a spot at your Thanksgiving table. In short, if you know, you know. Sweet potato pie is a simple Southern dessert and a classic for a reason: it's unfussy but always delivers on flavor. However, if you do want to dress your sweet potato pie up, there are plenty of extras like buttermilk, meringue topping, haupia, and marshmallows that'll take the humble tuber to the next level. Browse our top sweet potato pie recipes for a end to your Thanksgiving feast that will never disappoint.

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Sweet Potato Pie II

sweet potato pies with flower crust detail
Josephine Roeper

This fluffy sweet potato pie comes together in just 40 minutes and will be a hit at your Thanksgiving table. Some reviewers note that baking the sweet potatoes rather than boiling them will give the filling a less mushy texture, if such is desired.

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World's Best Sweet Potato Pie

World's Best Sweet Potato Pie
Deborah Martin

"Being from the South, we love our sweet potato pie," says recipe developer Lewis. "While many use many different ingredients to make their sweet potato pie this one stands out for its simplicity and goodness. This recipe was passed down to me from my best friend's mother who would cook the absolutely best sweet potato pies. After asking many times she finally wrote it down for me. Prepare yourself for the world's best sweet potato pie. Enjoy with whipped cream."

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Sweet Potato Pecan Pie

Sweet Potato Pecan Pie

This hybrid of two of the best pies in existence is simple to make and yields rich, delicious results. Reviewers note that this recipe yields extra filling, so you may want to use a deep dish crust, or incorporate the extra filling into something else, like a milkshake.

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Mini Sweet Potato Pies

mini sweet potato pies
Mon Amie

Serve these itty bitty sweet potato pies as an appetizer or dessert this Thanksgiving. They're adorable and everything comes together in half an hour. Trust us, you're going to want to make a double batch. Instead of peeling and dicing, reviewer pmckier recommends boiling the sweet potatoes with the skin on and peeling them with a butter knife while they're still tender. Use any extra batter or pie crust for other appetizers.

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Easy Sweet Potato Pie

Easy Sweet Potato Pie

This sweet potato pie recipe comes with a bonus: rum, which works with the butter and spices to create a distinct flavor and silky texture. "Everybody LOVED this pie," says reviewer Carol. "Even the picky folks. I made it again without the nutmeg and they loved it too. Everyone raved about the perfect consistency and the actual TASTE of sweet potato."

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Sweet Potato Pie with Marshmallow Meringue Topping

Sweet Potato Pie with Marshmallow Meringue Topping

Can't decide between sweet potato pie and sweet potato casserole? With this recipe, you get the best of both in one outstanding dessert. "This was the best sweet potato pie I've ever made or tasted," says reviewer lynnshamrock. "This was a hit with everyone in the family. It was sweet though, but I have a major sweet tooth. I will [definitely] make again. I loved it!!"

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Creamy Buttermilk Sweet Potato Pie

Creamy Buttermilk Sweet Potato Pie
Michaela Mercer Rosenthal

Adding buttermilk to your sweet potato pie will make it so creamy you won't even need any whipped topping. This pie is extra easy to assemble thanks to the use of canned yams, and reviewers noted that the pantry staple was just as good as fresh sweet potatoes.

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Sweet Potato Pie V

Sweet Potato Pie V
Valerie Brunmeier

If you like your sweet potato pie on the sweeter side, then this is the recipe for you. Adding a pinch of other spices, particularly ginger, cinnamon, and cloves, will add some complexity to the flavor profile. A few reviewers simply tasted the filling as they added the sugar in order to hit their preferred level of sweetness. This recipe makes a little extra, so keep an extra pie crust on hand.

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Mom's Sweet Potato Pie

mom's sweet potato pie
Faith N.

"Here in the South, sweet potato pie is a staple among many despite 100's of variations," says recipe creator Faith N. "This is the recipe that both my mom and grandma have used for years. Even my picky husband marks this as his favorite pie!"

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Haupia and Purple Sweet Potato Pie

Haupia and Purple Sweet Potato Pie

If you're lucky enough to get your hands on some purple sweet potatoes this year, this is the pie recipe you need to make. Recipe creator J. Simpson says this pie tastes "like auntie used to make when we were visiting--broke da mouth! (Very yummy and reminds me of home). This recipe has a shortbread crust topped with a smooth, sweet layer of purple potatoes, and a rich coconut cream." Make sure to serve it cold.

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Goldilocks Sweet Potato Pie

goldilocks sweet potato pie

This sweet potato pie gets its name for having just the right sweetness and texture. "Fantastic! I'll never make pumpkin pie again," says reviewer BarbaraSC. "I have an 21 year old grandson who loves pumpkin pie," adds reviewer Jim mathis. "I tricked him by making this sweet potato pie. I took pictures as I prepared it as proof of what was used. He says he now has a new favorite pie."

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Grandaddy's Sweet Potato Meringue Pie

Granddad's sweet potato meringue pie

"Gorgeous presentation and amazing taste," says recipe creator Julie Ledford. "This one always impresses guests :) It is an authentic South Carolina recipe of my grandfather's and he is begged to make it for every family get-together. Turns out beautifully every time." Reviewers said the meringue on top was a nice, yet still sweet, change from whipped cream.

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Sweet Potato Pie III

sweet potato pie

This simple sweet potato pie recipe yields enough filling for two pies, and everything comes together easily and quickly. "I totally can not bake and this turned out excellent," said reviewer Tina Marie DeSilvio. Reviewer Emily Tisdale notes that since sweet potatoes come in different sizes, it's better to use weight as a metric than the number of tubers — she recommends three pounds of sweet potatoes.

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Sweetest Southern Sweet Potato Pie

slice of sweet potato pie
Paula Todora (Paula T)

"This is a very unique sweet potato pie recipe, given to me by my mother," says recipe creator wisweetp. "It's quite sweet, with a lighter texture than your typical sweet potato pie. If you like sweet potatoes and you have a sweet tooth, this one's for you." The creator also notes that they now use cane syrup instead of corn syrup, as it yields a better flavor.

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More Thanksgiving Ideas

pumpkin cheesecake with whipped cream and chopped nuts
Daniel Whiting

Browse our entire collection of Thanksgiving Pie Recipes for a sure success when it comes to ending your Thanksgiving feast!

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