Baked Sweet Potato Casserole - The Southern Lady Cooks

This baked sweet potato casserole is my favorite. Wonderful side dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas but we love this anytime. It’s a super easy dish to make, doesn’t have a lot of ingredients and is a delicious dish! You may also love this great Mashed Potato Casserole, it’s another popular recipe.

Ingredients Needed for Baked Sweet Potato Casserole:

Large sweet potatoes, cooked and peeled (I boil mine. You could also use canned sweet potatoes, drained. Two of the tall 40-ounce cans, but I think the fresh sweet potatoes are best)


Heavy cream (could use evaporated milk or regular milk)

Brown sugar


Vanilla extract

Ground cinnamon


Chopped (Walnuts or pecans)

Marshmallows (optional)

Recipe Notes: I used a 2 quart casserole dish for this recipe. This dish reheats well in the microwave or oven and could be put together the night before. Just add the nuts and marshmallows when cooked the next day. I’ve also made this in a 7X11 dish. Just whatever everything will fit in!

Recipe Comments: “I made this last week for Thanksgiving and HANDS DOWN best sweet potatoes EVER….. the family fell in love…. I have referred your page to soooo many people!”-Krisitie

“Saw this and tried it for the first time on Turkey Day. My family was not happy with my idea of trying this recipe instead. However, they are now converts and have insisted this casserole be our new, official holiday sweet potato recipe. .and I agree with them 100%! It is phenomenal!”-Lori

Baked Sweet Potato Casserole - The Southern Lady Cooks

Baked Sweet Potato Casserole - The Southern Lady Cooks

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Baked Sweet Potato Casserole

This recipe for Baked Sweet Potato Casserole will become your favorite.

Course: Side Dish

Cuisine: American

Keyword: Baked Sweet Potato Casserole

  • 4 medium to large sweet potatoes cooked and peeled (I boil mine. You could also use canned sweet potatoes, drained. Two of the tall 40 ounce cans, but I think the uncanned are best)
  • 1 stick butter or 1/2 cup or 8 tablespoons
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream could use evaporated milk or regular milk
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon Can use more of the spices if you like. I like to taste the sweet potatoes
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup nuts chopped (Walnuts or pecans)
  • Marshmallows Optional
  • Cook and peel sweet potatoes and mash with potato masher.

  • Add butter and cream to potatoes just like if mashing regular potatoes. Stir in brown sugar, egg, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Spray a casserole dish with cooking spray.

  • Put mashed sweet potatoes in dish and sprinkle nuts over the top. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes.

  • Remove from oven and add enough marshmallows to cover top of baking dish. Can use the miniature or big marshmallows. Put back in oven until marshmallows start to melt and brown on top. (I just stick mine under the broiler for a few minutes.)

I used a 7 x 11 casserole dish for this recipe.  Reheats well in the microwave or oven. This dish could be put together the night before without the nuts and marshmallows and cooked the next day.

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