Southern Sweet Potato Cobbler

Sweet Potato Cobbler
Diana Rattray
Ratings (37)
  • Total: 85 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 70 mins
  • Yield: 6 to 8 Servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
533 Calories
17g Fat
94g Carbs
5g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This delicious sweet potato cobbler makes a fabulous dessert with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream. Or drizzle some heavy cream over the warm cobbler.

Try not to overcook the sweet potatoes. They should be fork-tender but still somewhat firm. Canned sliced sweet potatoes are rather soft, but they may be used in the recipe. 

The cobbler is a nice alternative to sweet potato pie, casseroles, or candied sweet potatoes.


  • 3 medium sweet potatoes (about 2 to 2 1/2 cups of sliced cooked sweet potatoes)
  • 1 (4 oz) stick  butter
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour* (about 5 3/4 ounces)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • For the Syrup:
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to 350 F.

  2. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. 

  3. Peel the sweet potatoes. Slice them into rounds about 1/2-inch thick and add them to the boiling water.

  4. Cover the pan and cook for about 12 to 14 minutes, or just until they are tender but still firm in the center when pierced with a fork. 

  5. Put the butter in a 2 1/2 to 3-quart shallow baking dish and place it in the oven until the butter has melted.

  6. Mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup milk. Spoon the batter over the center of the melted butter. Do not stir.

  7. Combine the 3/4 cup of granulated sugar, the brown sugar, hot water, vanilla, and cinnamon.

  8. Arrange the sweet potatoes over the batter and pour the syrup mixture over the sweet potatoes.

  9. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.

  10. Serve with ice cream,  whipped cream, or whipped topping.

Tip: ​*Use self-rising flour and omit the baking powder and salt.