Yams for the holidays, in a thick syrup, very sweet and delightful. Top with a dash of cinnamon, if you like!

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large pot over medium heat, place potatoes in water. Top with butter and sugar, cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, without stirring, until mixture is thick and syrupy, 40 minutes. Mixture will thicken slightly as it cools. Remove from heat and serve warm.

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Nutrition Facts

446 calories; protein 1.1g 2% DV; carbohydrates 61.5g 20% DV; fat 23.1g 36% DV; cholesterol 61mg 20% DV; sodium 181mg 7% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
11/28/2007
I just eliminated the water. They will make thier own. Add 1/2 cup brown sugar, sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon,a dash of nutmeg and 2 teaspoons of vanilla flavoring Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/22/2003
The flavor was alright not the best I've had and there was too much liquid. It wasn't a "syrup" as it never thickened. The yams were just floating in loads of liquid. I won't make this again. Read More
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107 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 70
  • 4 star values: 27
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
11/28/2007
I just eliminated the water. They will make thier own. Add 1/2 cup brown sugar, sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon,a dash of nutmeg and 2 teaspoons of vanilla flavoring Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2003
My mother-in-law wanted yams for Easter dinner, so I made this recipe. I didn't get syrupy and thick in the pan, I cooked it for about 45 mins. and the yams were done but there was no syrup - just water and seasonings. So - I put it in a corning ware dish and popped it in the oven with all the liquid. I let it cook at 400 degress for about 40 mins. and it turned out great!! Everyone loved it and said they hope I make it for Thanksgiving! I added a small amount of nutmeg, cinnamon and swirled some molasses on top while it was cooking! It was a true success !! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/22/2003
The flavor was alright not the best I've had and there was too much liquid. It wasn't a "syrup" as it never thickened. The yams were just floating in loads of liquid. I won't make this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2006
I cooked the potatoes on the stove first. Then I put them in the oven with the sugars and butter. I too used 1 cup of brown sugar and 1 cup of white sugar. That is the only thing that I changed about this recipe. It was a hit with my family! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/26/2005
I cooked the potatoes on the stove first then cooked them in the oven and added nutmeg and cinnamon to the syrup. These were a hit and just like mom used to make when I was a kid. Thanks Pamela! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/06/2007
This is momma s recipe! If you want the candied yams to be more syrupy decease the water to 1/4 cup you really don t need as much as the recipe states. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/03/2005
These always come out great. I leave the pieces of sweet potato bigger than what I'd consider a "cube" because otherwise they disintegrate. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2010
These were quite delicious! I followed some of the other reviewers advice and only used enough water to coat the bottom of the pan used 1 cup of white sugar and 1 cup of brown sugar instead of 2 cups white and added 2 teaspoons cinnamon and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. After the 40 minutes on the stove I took out all the potatoes and simmered the syrup for about 10 - 15 more minutes to thicken it. After that I poured the syrup onto the potatoes covered them up and brought them over for Thanksgiving! I thought they were good and the family gave positive reviews! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/27/2006
These were outstanding. I must have used four really big yams because it looked like there was hardly any water in the saucepan so I added more and ended up with a lot of the syrupy stuff at the end but thats was alright....I just added some more cubed yams and cooked them again. I also used half brown sugar and half white sugar and mixed the yams at the end with a hand mixture for a smoother consistency. Maybe I am just partial to butter and sugar...but these were terrific and easy to make. Thanks!! Read More
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