Classic Mississippi Sweet Potato Pie

Classic Mississippi Sweet Potato Pie

The Spruce / Armando Rafael

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 60 mins
Total: 80 mins
Servings: 16 servings
Yield: 2 pies
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
212 Calories
8g Fat
32g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 16
Amount per serving
Calories 212
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 11%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 73mg 24%
Sodium 50mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 3g
Calcium 32mg 2%
*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.)

This is a classic Southern sweet potato pie made with butter and mashed Mississippi sweet potatoes. The pie is flavored with vanilla and cinnamon. There's just nothing quite like it, especially for holiday dinners in the South and across the U.S. It's similar to traditional pumpkin pie but has a softer, sweeter flavor. The cooking method and ingredients are virtually the same as pumpkin pie except you must cook the sweet potatoes. Top with whipped cream for a full-on treat.

Sweet potatoes are available year-round, so don't feel like you have to wait for a holiday to enjoy this amazing dessert.

You can use purchased refrigerated or frozen pie pastry or homemade pie shells. While the recipe calls for unbaked pie shells, you may partially bake (blind bake) the crusts before filling to ensure a well-baked bottom crust. Just be sure that they cool completely.


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  • 2 medium sweet potatoes (or 2 cups mashed or pureed)
  • 2 prepared 9-inch pie shells (unbaked; or homemade pie shells)
  • 4 ounces butter (softened)
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 (5-ounce) can evaporated milk (1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • For serving: whipped cream

Steps to Make It

Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this classic sweet potato pie recipe is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for baking. 

Prepare the Sweet Potatoes

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Classic Mississippi Sweet Potato Pie ingredients

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  2. In a large saucepan, place two medium sweet potatoes and cover with water. Place the pan over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover the pan, and cook until tender, about 10 to 15 minutes.

    sweet potatoes in a pot with water

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  3. When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, slip the skins off.

    sweet potatoes in a bowl, peeling the skins off

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  4. Mash the sweet potatoes or puree with an immersion blender. Measure out 2 cups.

    sweet potatoes in a bowl mashed with a whisk

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Make the Sweet Potato Pie

  1. Line two (9-inch) pie plates with the pie dough. Refrigerate until they are thoroughly chilled while you prepare the filling.

    pie dough in a pie plate

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  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F. In a large mixing bowl, combine the mashed sweet potatoes, butter, sugar, and evaporated milk. Whisk until the mixture is well-blended.

    mashed sweet potatoes, butter, sugar, and evaporated milk in a bowl

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  3. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, vanilla extract, ​and cinnamon until they are well-blended.

    eggs, vanilla extract, ​and cinnamon in a bowl

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  4. Add the egg mixture to the sweet potato mixture and blend thoroughly.

    egg mixture and the sweet potato mixture mixed together in a bowl

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  5. Pour the sweet potato filling into the chilled pie shells.

    pie filling poured into the chilled pie dough shell

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  6. Bake for about 1 hour, or until the filling is firm and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

    sweet potato pie on a cooling rack

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  7. Cool on a wire rack, add whipped cream, and serve.

    Classic Mississippi Sweet Potato Pie slice on a plate

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  • If the crust edge appears to be over-browning, place a pie shield on the pie or make a foil ring to protect the crust.

Recipe Variations

  • If you don't have fresh sweet potatoes, use canned sweet potato puree.
  • Substitute light cream for the evaporated milk, if desired.

How to Freeze Sweet Potato Pie

  1. Cool the pie thoroughly on a rack and then chill it in the refrigerator. Place the pie on a baking sheet and put it in the freezer for a few hours or up to 12 hours until it is frozen solid.
  2. Wrap the frozen pie completely with plastic wrap, closing any air gaps you might see. Wrap the plastic-wrapped pie in foil.
  3. To thaw, unwrap the pie and let it thaw in the refrigerator for about 4 to 6 hours.