Sweet Potato Pie

There's nothing like a freshly baked sweet potato pie to usher in the holiday season. The autumnal dessert just tastes like home, doesn't it? This top-rated sweet potato pie recipe, which is subtly spiced with ingredients you probably already have on hand, has been beloved by the Allrecipes community for decades.

Learn how to make, store, freeze, and serve the best sweet potato pie of your life with this community favorite recipe.

Sweet Potato Pie Ingredients

If you have fresh sweet potatoes and a few kitchen staples, you likely have everything you need to make this homemade sweet potato pie.

  • Sweet potato: This recipe calls for a pound of whole sweet potatoes. Fresh produce will give you the deepest, richest flavor. If you're in a rush, you can substitute canned sweet potatoes (just be sure to drain them first).
  • Butter: Like so many baked goods, butter is essential to sweet potato pie. It adds moisture, flavor, and texture to the custard filling.
  • Sugar: Obviously, granulated sugar adds sweetness. It also helps keep the pie filling soft by locking in moisture.
  • Milk: Whole milk serves as the liquid base that's essential for dissolving the dry ingredients and creating a cohesive filling. It also adds creamy flavor and texture.
  • Eggs: Traditional sweet potato pie has a custard filling, which means the filling relies on eggs (particularly the yolks) to bind the ingredients together. Make sure to allow the eggs to come to room temperature before incorporating them into the mixture.
  • Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and Vanilla
    Vanilla extract and warming spices like cinnamon and nutmeg are responsible for the cozy flavor that you likely associate with sweet potato pie. For extra flavor, consider adding a touch of ginger or allspice.
  • Unbaked Pie Crust: Use our top-rated for guaranteed delicious results. Of course, a frozen or refrigerated crust will work in a pinch.

Sweet Potato Pie vs. Pumpkin Pie

Sweet potato and pumpkin pies are both autumnal desserts that are popular during the cooler months, particularly during the holiday season.

has a milder flavor that's typically flavored with a lot of spices. Sweet potatoes are naturally a bit sweeter and flavorful, so sweet potato pie doesn't usually feature as many spices.

Pumpkin pie is also generally quite dense, while it's sweet potato-based counterpart is slightly more airy.

How to Make Sweet Potato Pie

It's easier than you think to make a bakery-worthy sweet potato pie. You'll find the full recipe below, but here's a brief overview of what you can expect:

  1. Boil and drain the sweet potatoes, then peel off the skins.
  2. Use a hand mixer or blender to combine the sweet potato flesh with the other ingredients.
  3. Bake the mixture in the unbaked pie crust and bake until a knife or toothpick comes out clean.

Can You Make Sweet Potato Pie Ahead of Time?

Yes, you can make sweet potato pie ahead of time! It's a great idea if you're prepping for a holiday and want to conserve oven space on the big day.

How to Store Sweet Potato Pie

Store sweet potato pie in the fridge, covered tightly in storage wrap or aluminum foil, for three to four days. You should refrigerate the pie as soon as it has cooled to room temperature.

Can You Freeze Sweet Potato Pie?

You can absolutely freeze sweet potato pie — and you should if you want to get a jump-start on holiday baking.

To freeze sweet potato pie, bake it in an aluminum pie plate (aluminum is thinner than ceramic alternatives, so it will help the pie freeze faster and prevent the development of ice crystals). Cover the cooled pie in several layers of storage wrap. Top the storage wrap with a layer of aluminum foil.

Thaw in the fridge overnight.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"This pie lasted all of about 5 minutes in my house," says . "Everybody enjoyed a change from the usual pumpkin pie."

"Smells terrific while it's baking and the taste is amazing! We topped ours with real whipped cream mixed with a little vanilla."

"This is a wonderful recipe," raves . "The first time I followed the directions exactly. It was really good. The second time I used the blender to mix all of the ingredients and it was even better."

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Sweet Potato Pie

close up on a single serving of sweet potato pie on a plate, topped with whipped cream
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr 40 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 55 mins
1 (9-inch) pie


  • 1 (1 pound) sweet potato, with skin

  • ½ cup butter, softened

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • ½ cup milk

  • 2 large eggs

  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust


  1. Place whole sweet potato in pot and cover with water; bring to a boil. Boil until tender when pierced with a fork, 40 to 50 minutes.

    Sweet potato placed in a pot of water, coming to a boil.

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  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  3. Remove sweet potato from the pot and run under cold water. Remove and discard skin.

  4. Break sweet potato flesh apart and place in a bowl. Add butter and mix with an electric mixer until well combined.

    flesh of sweet potato broken apart and placed in a mixing bowl with butter

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    sweet potato and butter beaten until well combined

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  5. Add sugar, milk, eggs, nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla; beat on medium speed until mixture is smooth.

    rest of ingredients added to butter and potato mixture.

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    Mixture beaten until smooth and combined.

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  6. Pour filling into unbaked pie crust.

    filling poured into unbaked pie crust.

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  7. Bake in the preheated oven until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 55 to 60 minutes.

  8. Remove from the oven and let cool before serving.

    close up on a single serving of sweet potato pie on a plate, topped with whipped cream


Recipe Tip

The pie will be puffed up like a soufflé when you remove it from the oven, but it will deflate as it cools.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

389 Calories
21g Fat
48g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 389
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 26%
Saturated Fat 10g 49%
Cholesterol 78mg 26%
Sodium 254mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 17%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 28g
Protein 5g 9%
Vitamin C 1mg 2%
Calcium 49mg 4%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 251mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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