This is hands down my favorite pie and is so easy to make! Sweet potato pie is a delicious southern holiday favorite that always makes its way on our Thanksgiving and Christmas table.

Mama's Sweet Potato Pie

Growing up in Alabama, I grew to love sweet potato rather than pumpkin pie. As a matter of fact, I don’t remember actually trying pumpkin pie until I was in a military chow hall.

It was that time of year and I was super excited to have a taste of one of my favorite desserts. Needless to say, the excitement was short lived once I took a huge bite of the pie. I immediately spit it out!

THE FOOLERY!

It wasn’t until years later, at a work potluck, did I have the courage to give pumpkin pie a go again. This one wasn’t as bad and was rather tasty (could be that it was homemade). Although the pie wasn’t half bad, my love for sweet potato pie was still stronger.

This sweet potato pie recipe has been in our family every since I can remember and remains on my top 10 recipe list. I hope you enjoy it as much as we have! 

For those of us that are in a rush, these canned sweet potatoes make a great substitution! IMG_7626

 Usually I make 3 or 4 full size pies with this recipe, but this time I decided to try making mini pies that were more suitable for shipping to my deployed best friend. One of her favorite desserts is sweet potato pie (a lot of us southerners have that in common) and I thought what better way to send her a piece of home than to mail her some homemade pies.

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I made a total of 12 mini pies and 2 full size pies and they all turned out perfect!

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 So that the mini pies would hold up on their journey, I vacuum sealed the lids to the jars and decorated them to match her care package.

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I had a blast making these! Aren’t they cute? I think these are perfect to give away at holiday parties and to send as gifts to friends and family.

What do you think? 

 

Mama's Sweet Potato Pie
Serves 24
Sweet potato pie is a delicious southern holiday favorite that always makes its way on our Thanksgiving and Christmas table.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 lb sweet potatoes (or 2 29 oz canned yams, drained)
  2. 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  3. 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  4. 3/4 cup sugar
  5. 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  6. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  7. 1 tsp lemon extract
  8. 3 eggs
  9. 3-4 frozen pie crusts
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In mixing bowl, beat sweet potatoes until smooth. Add butter and continue to beat.
  3. Next, add milk, sugar, nutmeg, vanilla, and lemon extract to sweet potato mixture and mix well.
  4. Beat in eggs on at a time making sure to scrape sides of bowl.
  5. Carefully pour mixture into pie crusts and bake for 40-45 min.
Notes
  1. Check to see if pie is done by inserting a toothpick into the center of pie. If toothpick comes out clean, the pies are done.
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Mama's Sweet Potato Pie (Mason Jars)
Serves 36
These cute little sweet potato pies are perfect for holiday potlucks and military care packages!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
Mason Jar Crusts
  1. 36 4 oz mason jars
  2. 3 pkgs of refrigerated pie crusts (2 crusts per pkg)
  3. 4 inch round cookie cutter
  4. nonstick spray
Filling
  1. 2 lb sweet potatoes (or 2 29 oz canned yams, drained)
  2. 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  3. 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  4. 3/4 cup sugar
  5. 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  6. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  7. 1 tsp lemon extract
  8. 3 eggs
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Thoroughly wash and dry mason jars. Spray insides with nonstick spray.
  3. Unroll pie crusts and use cookie cutter to cut out 36 circles. Insert mini crusts into mason jars and press firmly against glass to get rid of air bubbles.
  4. Set aside.
  5. In mixing bowl, beat sweet potatoes until smooth. Add butter and continue to beat.
  6. Next, add milk, sugar, nutmeg, vanilla, and lemon extract to sweet potato mixture and mix well.
  7. Beat in eggs on at a time making sure to scrape sides of bowl.
  8. Carefully scoop mixture into mason jars and place on cookie sheets. Bake for 30-35 min.
Notes
  1. If shipping pies, vacuum seal lids to ensure freshness.
  2. Great for holiday potlucks and military care packages!
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