A Delightful Thanksgiving Dessert: Sweet Potato Pie

by Ryan Lee
Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

Sweet potato pie, a staple in Southern culinary tradition, often surprises those unaccustomed to its dessert form. Indeed, its name does hint at its sweet potential.

This pie offers a delightful twist to the customary pumpkin pie during Thanksgiving celebrations, embodying both simplicity and elegance. For those with a preferred pie crust recipe, feel free to incorporate it into this dish.

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While a refrigerated pie crust is recommended for convenience, the addition of homemade whipped cream, whipped to a fluffy consistency, can significantly enhance the pie’s appeal.

It’s important to note the difference between sweet potatoes and yams; the former, smaller and creamier, are preferable for this recipe. Select sweet potatoes that are firm, unbruised, and have smooth skin. Rich in beta carotene, Vitamin C, and potassium, sweet potatoes are a nutritional powerhouse.

Once the sweet potatoes are baked and mashed, preparing the pie filling is straightforward.

As a bonus, any leftover pie makes an excellent post-Thanksgiving breakfast treat.


Serving Size: 8 people


  • 3 medium sweet potatoes (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 refrigerated pie crust (for a 9-inch pie)
  • 3 large eggs
  • Grated zest of 1 orange
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon each of ground cinnamon and ginger
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Sweetened Whipped Cream for serving


  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Prick the sweet potatoes with a fork and bake directly on the rack for 1 1/2 hours until soft. After cooling slightly and peeling, puree and measure 1 ¼ to 1 ½ cups.
  2. Fit the pie crust into a 9-inch pie plate and crimp the edges.
  3. For the filling, whisk eggs and orange zest in a large bowl. Add pureed sweet potatoes, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and salt, blending well. Gradually whisk in the cream.
  4. Pour the mixture into the pie crust and bake for 50 to 60 minutes. The pie is ready when a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.
  5. Cool completely on a wire rack. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Remember to whip the cream while the pie cools, and serve each slice with a dollop of whipped cream, if desired.

Additional Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes:

  • The Best Moist Pumpkin Bread
  • Apple Streusel Pie
  • Easy Pumpkin Pie
  • Pumpkin Gingerbread

For more Thanksgiving culinary ideas, including accommodating various dietary preferences and adding a twist to classic fall ingredients, refer to Katie Workman’s articles and cookbooks. Katie, a regular contributor to The Big Big News, offers family-friendly cooking insights on her blog and can be contacted at [email protected].

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

Can I use a homemade pie crust instead of a refrigerated one for the sweet potato pie?

Yes, you are welcome to use your favorite homemade pie crust recipe for this sweet potato pie. The recipe is versatile and accommodates different types of crusts.

What are the main differences between sweet potatoes and yams?

Sweet potatoes and yams differ in botanical families. Sweet potatoes are smaller, sweeter, and creamier, ideal for this pie recipe, whereas yams are larger, starchier, and drier, better suited for savory dishes.

How can I tell if my sweet potato pie is fully baked?

Your sweet potato pie is done when a sharp knife inserted near the center comes out clean. This typically takes about 50 to 60 minutes in the oven.

Can this sweet potato pie be made in advance?

Yes, the sweet potato pie can be prepared and refrigerated for up to 2 days before serving, making it a convenient make-ahead dessert for Thanksgiving.

What are the health benefits of sweet potatoes in the pie?

Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of beta carotene, Vitamin C, and potassium. They add nutritional value to the pie while offering a natural sweetness.

Is it necessary to use sweetened whipped cream for serving?

Sweetened whipped cream is a recommended topping for this sweet potato pie, but it’s optional. You can serve the pie with or without it based on your preference.

More about Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

  • Sweet Potato Pie Baking Tips
  • Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas
  • Homemade Pie Crust Recipes
  • Differences Between Sweet Potatoes and Yams
  • Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes
  • Making Ahead Thanksgiving Desserts

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CookingConnoisseur November 18, 2023 - 8:56 pm

Isn’t yam and sweet potato the same thing? always thought they were.. interesting info there

PieLoverRon November 19, 2023 - 2:48 am

homemade crust is always better, why even mention refrigerated crusts? not everyone’s into that store-bought stuff.

OrangeZestFan November 19, 2023 - 3:59 am

never thought to add orange zest to sweet potato pie, sounds like a game changer! gotta give it a go.

JennyBakes November 19, 2023 - 9:57 am

omg this pie recipe looks so yum! Gotta try it this thanksgiving, sweet potatoes are my fav!!

HealthyEater101 November 19, 2023 - 11:35 am

sweet potatoes are so good for you, great to see a dessert that’s actually healthy-ish. will def try this.


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