Candied Sweet Potatoes with Pecans


This is my favorite style of a Thanksgiving or Christmas time sweet potato side dish, since I'm not really a big fan of whipped sweet potatoes with marshmallow toppings. This is a very sweet dish (candied) but more to my liking. The spice and pecans add a whole new level of taste and texture.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr 50 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 20 mins
1 9x13-inch casserole


  • 4 pounds orange-fleshed sweet potatoes


  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened

  • ½ cup chopped pecans

  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

  • 2 teaspoons unsalted butter, softened


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Prick potatoes several times with a fork and place on a baking sheet.

  2. Bake potatoes in the preheated oven until you can easily pierce them halfway through with a sharp knife, about 1 1/2 hours. Remove from the oven and allow to cool until easily handled, at least 20 minutes. Leave the oven on.

  3. Meanwhile, mix brown sugar, 1/2 cup butter, pecans, and pumpkin pie spice for topping in a bowl until thoroughly combined.

  4. Peel the cooled sweet potatoes and cut crosswise into 3/4-inch thick slices.

  5. Lightly grease a 9x13-inch ceramic or glass baking dish with 2 teaspoons butter. Spread potato slices in a single layer in the dish and spoon a bit of topping over each slice. Add remaining potato slices in a second layer and sprinkle with remaining topping.

  6. Bake, uncovered, in the preheated oven until bubbly and browned, about 20 minutes. Use a serving spoon to dish this out, making sure to get to some of the sauce from the bottom for each serving.

Cook's Notes:

If you're bringing this to a gathering, cover the baking dish after layering and go! Since you need to transport this dish, it's better to finish it at the other end.

You can use chopped walnuts instead of pecans.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

308 Calories
12g Fat
49g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 308
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 90mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 24g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 4mg 19%
Calcium 68mg 5%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 558mg 12%

* 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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