Easy Candied Sweet Potatoes


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Hey Everyone!

This is Christy’s Mama. She’s having a photo shoot today and tomorrow at her house so I thought I’d chime in with one of my recipes while she works on that. If you
are looking for a wonderful, old-fashioned, mouth watering, easy and quick Thanksgiving side, look no further!  Here it is and so easy. The best part, no one will believe you are not a top chef in your kitchen.  

A friend who is always known for bringing a new wonderful dish to our potlucks shared this recipe with me and now all of you.  Susie is always trying new recipes and then sharing her hits with all the members of our stitch group. It’s like we have our very own test kitchen where someone else does all the cooking and cleaning.  We are just left to do the tasting and lip smacking.  Our stitch group named her our personal “Martha Stewart”.  I can’t think of a single thing she does that is not perfect. Her house is ready for House Beautiful to photograph at all times, her quilts have all their points matching,  her food is home cooked and you are welcome to come visit and put your feet up!  She is originally from Michigan but has become a southerner since we adopted her. The only thing I can think of to possibly

hold against her is that she calls some of us magnolia mouths because of our southern drawl. But she is so sweet when she says it, you just want to hug her!  We all want to grow up to be Susie.

Whenever I am with Susie for any length of time, the conversation always goes to new recipes.  We talk back and forth and then promise to email the ones everyone wants. A lot of these exchanges have given me some of my new go to dishes. This is one of those. I bet you are wondering when I am going to tell you what the recipe is….. This is known as the buildup for the suspense.  Your mouth should be watering about now. Mine sure is!

Are you ready?

Hold onto your seat!

Drum roll please….candied sweet potatoes!!!!

From a can!

Cooked in the oven!

So easy!


Makes you want to slap yo mama good!!!

Note: Sweet potatoes are a vegetable, no matter how you prepare them, so you can serve them with the meal and then have dessert too!  

Now I want you to try these if you are hosting Thanksgiving or need to take a dish to share. Leave your comments and let me know how everyone likes them.  If you don’t want to tell everyone how easy they are to make, just smile and say it’s a family recipe handed down through the generations. It’s the truth!  You are a part of the Southern Plate family. It was handed down from Susie to me (Mama), then to Christy and then to you, three generations! I’ll make sure Susie reads the comments and you will put a song in her heart. Enjoy! And remember Mama wishes you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving.

You’ll need: Butter, sugar, canned sweet potatoes, and cinnamon.  

Christy’s Note: most canned sweet potatoes are labeled yams so just buy those. This is one of those things that drives me slightly bat crazy, because they’re not yams, they’re sweet potatoes. Seriously, if you look on the ingredients of Canned Yams, it says “Sweet potatoes”. But, there are worse things in this world than the continual mislabeling of sweet potatoes so I’ve learned to internalize my annoyance :)

Drain sweet potatoes and pour into oven proof casserole dish.

This is a round casserole dish but it holds the equivalent of an 8×8 baking dish.

Sprinkle sugar over sweet potatoes.


Cut up butter and put on top.   

Sprinkle with cinnamon.

Place in oven for 35-40 minutes or until syrupy.


Easy Candied Sweet Potatoes
  • 29 oz. can sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 stick butter or margarine
  • ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Drain sweet potatoes and pour into oven proof casserole dish.
  3. Sprinkle sugar over sweet potatoes.
  4. Cut up butter and put on top. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
  5. Place in oven for 35-40 minutes or until syrupy.

Thank God for dirty dishes.
They have a tale to tell.
While others may go hungry,
Thank you, God,
We’re eating well.

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  1. sheila miller says

    OH YES…sweet potatoes and this much butter can be nothing but delicious!!! Gonna add some lemon to mine as my aunt always did to hers….love the lemon when it candies!!!
    Thanks Christy’s Mama!

  2. Brenda Caldwell says

    Thank you for this recipe…I love the easy ones :) Now I know where Christy gets all her southern charm…From her dear, sweet Mama! Thanks to Suzie too for letting you share this with us. (Love the comment about ‘Magnolia Mouth,’ LOL!

  3. Wendy Hampton says

    Ohhhhh these are so wonderful! I went right to the kitchen and made myself up some! Seriously good, I put white sugar on half of them and on the other half in a separate bowl I used brown sugar just to taste the difference. This was so good I ate it all myself and made something else for dinner for the hubster! Thank you for this recipe, it is now part of my Thanksgiving traditions!

  4. Laurel Terrell says

    These remind me of the ones that my father-in-law made. The only difference is that he would peel and cut up an orange to add that favor to the “taters”.
    Thanks for the reminder and for your good cooking and wonderful tale telling daughter that you have raised.

  5. Sandra Sikes says

    Been looking for this recipes, my brother loves these potatoes but I didn’t know how to make them. One of his friends mother made them years ago and he bugged me for years to make them for him. Lol now I can.

  6. says

    Yum. My mom used to make candied sweet potatoes often. I made the sometimes, but not too often because of peeling and cutting up the potatoes. This looks great and easy. Trying it soon. Thanks. I enjoy when you give your sweet girl, Christy, a break and share a bit of your sweet self also. Thanks. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  7. BeckyJo says

    I make something similar on my stovetop, which is lower in calories & much quicker to make. I melt 1-2 tablespoons of butter or margarine in a skillet (size depends on how many cans you use), add canned sweet potatoes, sprinkle brown sugar on top (1/4 C. per small can). Put lid on it and simmer for 5-10 minutes, depending on how thick you want the liquid.

  8. Nancy says

    Christy, this has nothing to do with the sweet potatoes..(they do sound yummy) just wanted to tell u how much I enjoy ur posts. This will be my second thanksgiving without my mama. Ive been feeling sorry for myself. Tried listening to holiday music, but that made it worse. Got on ur site and couldnt help but smile. You and your mom made my day. Thank you for all you do.

  9. Pam says

    I made these for Thanksgiving and there was not one crumb left in the dish. Also took this for my office Christmas party and was a big hit – one of the guys wanted to know who made them and said that was the best thing there from a table full of food! Love that they are so easy to make!

  10. Shelly says

    Sticky Skillet Candied Sweet Potatoes: Use a heavy bottomed skillet. I don’t measure so I’m not sure how much butter/margarine I use. I take a regular ole tablespoon, dig into the ‘butter bowl’ and get a big ole dollop. Do this twice. It’s quite a bit of margarine. Drain the big can of yams. I use 2 cans of the largest Bruce’s brand. Dump yams over margarine. Now pour one bottle of dark karo syrup over yams & margarine. Must be dark karo. Heat on medium high until a good boil all over. Turn down heat to simmer. It usually takes about 30 minutes for it all to cook down after the rolling boil but you can see when they are done…there won’t be any runny stuff, the yams will be thick and sticky. About half way through the sticky simmering, “try” turning the yams. If you can do this without the yams turning to mush, I mean casserole consistency :) you’re better than me but we like our yams all falling apart….that way every bite is sweet. There will be no runny juice, just thick n sticky. These are sooo sweet & delish!

  11. Tonia says

    Saw this recipe while I was busy cooking Christmas For my family we open presents and eat on Christmas Eve and I wanted to do something different this year instead of the sweet potato casserole so I just put them in the oven. Thanks for sharing

  12. Michelle says

    I will be trying these for thanksgiving. Yams are my favorite thing to eat this time of year. Getting fat with the good delicious foods. I will come back to this page after I’ve tried these to leave an after I’ve tasted these comment.


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