Classic Buttermilk Sweet Potato Biscuits

Sweet Potato Biscuits

Diana Rattray

Prep: 12 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 27 mins
Servings: 15 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
95 Calories
6g Fat
11g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 15
Amount per serving
Calories 95
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 214mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 1g
Calcium 82mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These soft sweet potato biscuits are a refreshing change of pace, and they're made moist and delicious with sweet potatoes and a few spices. If you crave a more savory version, omit the spices and reduce the amount of brown sugar or omit it altogether.

The sweet potato biscuits complement a ham or pork dinner perfectly or serve them for breakfast with apple jelly or your favorite preserves. If you use canned potatoes for the recipe, make sure you rinse any excess syrup off before you mash them.​


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 5 tablespoons chilled butter (cut into pieces)
  • 1 cup sweet potato (mashed cooked)
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Preheat oven to 400 F.

  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat, or spray with baking spray.

  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, soda, salt, and spices until well combined.

  5. With a pastry blender or fingers, work in the 5 tablespoons of butter until the mixture is crumbly.

  6. In another bowl or large cup, combine the sweet potato and buttermilk until well blended. Add to the dry ingredients and mix with a fork to form a soft dough.

  7. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead 3 to 5 times to form a cohesive dough.

  8. Pat into a circle about 3/4-inch thick and cut out biscuits with round or square biscuit cutters.

  9. Arrange the biscuits on the baking sheet and brush with melted butter. Bake for about 12 to 14 minutes, or until the tops of the biscuits are browned.


  • These are delicious biscuits to serve with a baked ham dinner or make little sandwiches with slices of ham. They would be great with a creamed ham sauce as well.
  • The biscuits also go well with a pork roast, chops, or fried chicken.
  • Serve them for breakfast with jam, jelly, syrup, or your favorite preserves.
  • Cut the biscuits out and bake them atop a chili pot pie or casserole of beans.
  • Biscuits may be cut out and frozen unbaked. Arrange them on the baking sheet and put the pan in the freezer. When the biscuits are solid, remove them to a zip-close bag. Seal the bag and label with the name and date. Bake the frozen biscuits as directed, but add about 3 to 4 minutes to the baking time.