Candied Sweet Potatoes with Maple Syrup


I created these candied sweet potatoes with maple syrup to entice my young children to eat sweet potatoes. They didn't like them plain, and none of us liked recipes using marshmallows, pineapples, etc. This slightly-sweet version fit the bill. The kids are all grown-ups now, but they still request this for Thanksgiving.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 2 ½ pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed

  • butter-flavored cooking spray

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice

  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup

  • 3 tablespoons salted butter, melted


  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil; add sweet potatoes. Continue to boil until potatoes are easily pierced with a knife, 15 to 20 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray.

  3. Mix cinnamon, salt, pepper, nutmeg, and allspice together in a small bowl. Mix maple syrup and melted butter together in another small bowl.

  4. Drain potatoes and transfer to a bowl. Mash thoroughly. Add spice mix and stir until well blended. Transfer potatoes to the prepared baking pan. Drizzle maple syrup mixture over top.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until heated through, 5 to 10 minutes.


As a shortcut, you can substitute frozen, cooked sweet potatoes for uncooked. You may also leave the sweet potatoes cubed, toss them with the spice mixture, then drizzle with the butter and maple syrup. We've done it both ways, but our family prefers them mashed.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

189 Calories
5g Fat
36g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 189
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 401mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 4mg 18%
Calcium 59mg 5%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 507mg 11%

* 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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