If the holidays are approaching fast, and if you’re looking for a side dish to impress or just some good old comfort food for yourself, then this Candied Sweet Potatoes recipe is a must-try. Irresistibly tasty with hints of cinnamon in ground cinnamon and topped with delightful mini marshmallows. Candied Sweet Potato Casserole is a Thanksgiving classic and a great dish to bring for a potluck. The sweetness is a nice balance with the traditional savory dishes like dressing, green beans and potatoes, and slow cooker half Turkey breast and top it off with a fresh homemade cranberry jam recipe.

Why you will like this recipe


Would you choose this recipe? It’s remarkably quick and easy. You only need a few minutes to gather the ingredients and mix them all together, and it’s ready to pop into the oven. This sweet Potato casserole comes together quickly using basic pantry and fridge ingredients.

A side dish that will bring back memories of Thanksgiving past.

Recipe Ingredients and Substitutions

  • Sweet Potatoes – If substituting with fresh, boil until tender, let cool and peel. Cut the sweet potatoes and mash leaving some chunkiness.
  • Butter – butter works best, I don’t recommend using margarine.
  • Ground Cinnamon – You should adjust the amount to your personal taste preference.
  • Brown Sugar—Brown sugar adds not only sweetness but also a lovely depth to the flavor. I don’t recommend substituting.
  • Vanilla Extract – A Vanilla paste can also be substituted.
  • Mini Marshmallows – These are optional, but the melted and slightly brown and crisp marshmallow topping adds to this side dish’s flavor and texture.

See the recipe card for ingredients quantities.

Recipe Directions

This recipe comes together fast so start by preheating your oven to 350°F

  1. Add the drained sweet potatoes to a medium-sized bowl or 4-cup measuring cup.
  2. Slightly mash the yams so they are a little chunky and not smooth. Stir in the melted butter, cinnamon, brown sugar, and vanilla.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a casserole dish.
  4. Top with marshmallows and cover the casserole dish loosely with aluminum foil. Bake in preheated 350°F oven for 35 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are bubbly. Uncover and increase heat to 450 and continue baking until marshmallows are browned.

Recipe Notes

  • Add about 1-2 tablespoons of frozen orange juice concentrate for a citrusy twist when adding the vanilla extract.
  • Easy to prepare the night before and reheat when ready to serve.

Serving Suggestions

It is classically served with Thanksgiving dinner, but it is great any time of the year.

Tools Used

  • 7-inch square corning ware casserole dish. I picked mine up at an antique store but you can find newer ones on Amazon.
  • 4-cup measuring cup
  • mixing spoon

How to store leftovers

Cover unused portions in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

FAQ’s

Can I use Yams instead of Sweet Potatoes?

Yes, however, some people refer to yams as sweet potatoes. Sweet Potatoes have that classic orange flesh. Yams are completely different vegetables and are less sweet. Here is a good explanation of the differences; North Carolina Sweet Potatoes.

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Small baking dish of yams covered in marshmallows.

Mini Candied Sweet Potato Casserole

These tasty candied yams are good any time of year, not just at Thankgiving!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 2 CUPS
Calories: 254kcal
Author:Sydney Dawes

Ingredients

  • 1 (28-ounce) can yams
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 tablespoon butter
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows

Instructions

  • Add the drained yams to a medium size bowl or 4 cup measuring cup.
  • Slightly mash the yams so they are a little chunky, not smooth. Stir in the melted butter, cinnamon, brown sugar, and vanilla.
  • Transfer the yam mixture to a casserole dish.
  • Top with marshmallows and cover the casserole dish loosely with aluminum foil. Bake in preheated 350°F oven for 35 minutes or until the yams are bubbly. Uncover and increase heat to 450 and continue baking until marshmallows are browned.

Notes

  • For a citrusy twist add about 1-2 tablespoons of frozen orange juice concentrate when adding the vanilla extract.
  • Easy to prepare the night before and reheat when ready to serve.
  • Nutrition

    Serving: 1g | Calories: 254kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 130mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 19g
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