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Aunt Bessie's Sweet Potato Pie from Taste of Southern.

Sweet Potato Pie

  • Author: Steve Gordon
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Slices 1x
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


Follow step-by-step, photo illustrated instructions for making our favorite Southern Sweet Potato Pie from scratch. We’ll show you everything, from how to make the pie crust, to how to bake the Sweet Potatoes, to how to put it all together. Much easier to make than you might expect and certain to bring lots of happy smiles and hugs of gratitude from anyone lucky enough to get a slice. Printable recipe included.



  • 2 cups mashed Sweet Potatoes, after baking.
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • ½ stick Butter, melted
  • ½ cup Evaporated Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 level teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1 level teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 prepared pie crust.


Preheat oven to 400ºF

  1. Generously butter the bottom and sides of your pie plate.
  2. Line the bottom of your pie dish with pastry dough.
  3. Fold and form the edges of the crust as desired. Place in refrigerator until ready to fill.
  4. In a Medium size mixing bowl add the sweet potatoes.
  5. Mash well with a potato masher to remove any chunks and lumps.
  6. Add granulated sugar
  7. Add evaporated milk
  8. Add vanilla extract
  9. Add nutmeg
  10. Add ground cinnamon
  11. Add melted butter
  12. Using a hand mixer on low speed, beat all ingredients together until fully incorporated, adding a little more milk if needed. Mixture should be creamy but not soupy.
  13. Pour the mixture into the pie shell filling it right up to the top edge. Do not overfill.
  14. Bake on bottom rack in oven for 10 minutes at 400ºF.


  1. Bake 25-30 more minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out dry.
  2. If crust edges begin to brown or burn, cover with strips of aluminum foil until the pie is fully baked.
  3. Remove from oven, place on a wire rack and let cool.
  4. Serve warm and Enjoy!


You can certainly use a ready made pie crust for this recipe. You’ll just love it even more if you make your own from scratch. We’ve got a full step-by-step on how to make your own crusts right here on Taste of Southern.

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