World's Best Sweet Potato Pie


Being from the South, we love our sweet potato pie. 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.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs
3 9-inch pies


  • 3 large sweet potatoes

  • 1 cup butter (such as Land O'Lakes®), melted

  • 5 eggs, beaten

  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk (such as PET®)

  • 1 cup white sugar, or to taste

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice

  • 3 pie shells, thawed


  1. Place sweet potatoes into a large pot and cover with water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until tender, 40 to 50 minutes. Drain water, peel sweet potatoes, and mash in a bowl.

  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

  3. Mix butter and eggs together in a bowl until smooth; stir into mashed sweet potatoes. Mix milk, sugar, flour, vanilla extract, nutmeg, baking powder, and lemon juice into sweet potato mixture; pour into the 3 pie shells.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Lower oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and continue to bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a pie comes out clean, about 40 minutes more. Cool pies for 15 to 30 minutes before refrigerating to cool completely, 1 to 2 hours.

    close up view of a Sweet Potato Pie with cream in a pie pan, a slice of Sweet Potato Pie on a white plate with a fork, a cup with coffee and a small pumpkin
    Danielle Kerley

Cook's Note:

Sweet potatoes can also be placed on a wire rack inside a pressure cooker and cooked until tender.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

301 Calories
17g Fat
32g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 301
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 8g 39%
Cholesterol 64mg 21%
Sodium 244mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 74mg 6%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 271mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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