Chef John's Sweet Potato Muffins


Instead of sweet potato pie (which I'm not that fond of), I made sweet potato muffins and I was thrilled with the results. Muffin or cupcake? Frosted or unfrosted? Doesn't matter--these really are fantastic.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
24 muffins


  • non-stick cooking spray

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 pinch freshly grated nutmeg

  • 4 large eggs

  • 1 ½ cups white sugar

  • ½ cup light brown sugar

  • 1 cup vegetable oil

  • ¼ cup melted butter

  • 2 cups mashed sweet potato (yams)

  • 1 cup chopped pecans, plus more for topping

  • 2 teaspoons demerara sugar for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line muffins tins with paper muffin liners. Spray with non-stick cooking spray.

  2. Whisk flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, ground ginger, and nutmeg together in a mixing bowl.

  3. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, white sugar, and brown sugar together until mixture gets light and foamy, about 2 minutes. Pour in vegetable oil and melted butter; whisk together thoroughly. Add mashed sweet potatoes and chopped pecans. Add dry ingredients. Whisk together until dry ingredients disappear into the batter, about 1 minutes. Let batter set for 10 minutes before filling muffin cups.

  4. Fill muffin cups about 3/4 of the way to the top. Sprinkle tops with pecans and a pinch of demerara sugar.

  5. Bake until a bamboo skewer inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Let cool in pan about 10 minutes; transfer muffins to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Cook's Note:

If you don't have leftover cooked sweet potatoes, you can microwave them for about 7 or 8 minutes. Then scrape the flesh into a bowl.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

260 Calories
15g Fat
29g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 260
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 20%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 228mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 40mg 3%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 127mg 3%

* 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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