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Sweet Potato Pie Recipe - Soul Food

Southern Sweet Potato Pie made completely from scratch. Baked sweet potatoes give this holiday classic a rich flavor, paired perfectly with a buttery, flakey pie crust.
Course Dessert
Cuisine holiday, Southern
Keyword Sweet Potato Pie
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author I Heart Recipes



  • 1 lb sweet potatoes peeled & chopped
  • 2 medium sized eggs
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 8 tbsp salted butter softened

Pie Crust

  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup cold salted butter diced or shredded
  • 1/4 cup butter flavored shortening
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp ice water


  • Sprinkle in 1 1/4 cup of all purpose flour into a large mixing bowl.
  • Add in the cold butter, butter flavored shortening, 2 tbsp of sugar, 1 tsp salt, and 1 tsp of vanilla extract.
  • Mix the ingredients until it forms into a dough, then wrap with plastic wrap and store the dough in the refrigerator.
  • Toss the peeled and chopped sweet potatoes into a medium sized pot, and pour in about 4-6 cups of water.
  • Place the pot over high heat, and boil the potatoes, until they are fork tender.
  • Once the potatoes are done, drain the water, and let the potatoes cool.
  • Toss the cool sweet potatoes into a mixing bowl, and whisk until the potatoes are nice and creamy.
  • Sprinkle in 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg, 1/4 tsp ground ginger, and 1 cup granulated sugar.
  • Next, add in two medium sized eggs, 1/2 cup of evaporated milk, 1 tbsp vanilla extract, and 8 tbsp of softened butter.
  • Whisk until the mixture is nice creamy and airy.
  • Remove the dough from the refrigerator, flatten it out, then place it into a 9 inch pie pan.
  • Bake the pie shell for 7-10 minutes on 325 F.
  • Remove the shell from the oven, then turn the heat up to 350 F.
  • Start adding the sweet potato pie filling into the pie shell, and smooth it out.
  • Bake the pie for 45 - 50 minutes.
  • Let the pie cool until it is room temperature.
  • Enjoy!



If you are not a fan of ginger you can leave it out.