Classic Mississippi Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet Potato Pie

The Spruce

  • Total: 80 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Servings: 16 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (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. 

The recipe calls for unbaked pie shells. To ensure a well-baked bottom crust, you may partially bake (blind bake) the crusts before filling.


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  • 2 cups sweet potatoes (mashed or pureed)
  • 2 prepared 9-inch pie shells (unbaked; or, homemade pie shells)
  • 4 ounces butter (softened)
  • 2 cups granulated 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

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.

  2. Place 2 medium sweet potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Place the pan over high heat and bring to a boil.

  3. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover the pan, and cook until tender, about 10 to 15 minutes.

  4. When the potatoes are easy enough to handle, slip the skins off of them.

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

Make the Sweet Potato Pie

  1. Line 2 (9-inch) pie plates with the pie dough. Refrigerate until they are thoroughly chilled while you prepare the filling. 

  2. If desired, partially bake the crusts and cool before filling.

  3. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine the mashed sweet potatoes, butter, sugar, and evaporated milk. Whisk until the mixture is well-blended.

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

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

  7. Pour the sweet potato filling into the prepared chilled pie shells.

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

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

How to Freeze Sweet Potato Pie

  • 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.

  • Wrap the frozen pie completely with plastic wrap, closing any air gaps you might see. Wrap the plastic-wrapped pie in foil.

  • To thaw, unwrap the pie and let it thaw in the refrigerator for about 4 to 6 hours. 


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