Sweet Potato Casserole with Sugar Pecan Topping

For me, the best part about Thanksgiving is the food. I love being with family, and I love watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. We end the day eating leftovers and turkey sandwiches while watching Christmas Vacation and Home Alone to bring in the Christmas season. But, still, my favorite thing about the day is the food.

Sweet Potato Casserole | Every Day Cheer

Thanksgiving isn’t the same if we don’t have the same traditional Thanksgiving side dishes every year. And, of course, this includes lots of casseroles.

sweet potato casserole

My favorite recipe is my mom’s sweet potato casserole. It has the most amazing brown sugar and pecan topping, and I’m serious when I say that I don’t even want dessert when I have this. It is better than dessert! Trust me on this.

Sweet Potato Casserole Every Day Cheer Blog

It is so easy to make. If you choose to use baked sweet potatoes instead of canned yams, it will increase the cook time by quite a bit. The first time I made this I couldn’t believe how long it took the sweet potatoes to cook until they were fork tender. But it’s worth it to have a more “nutritious” version of this sugar-filled side dish!

Have you started planning your Thanksgiving Day menu yet?

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Sweet Potato Casserole with Sugar Pecan Topping
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Recipe type: Thanksgiving & Holiday
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8-10
  • 3-4 cups cooked sweet potatoes (or canned yams)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • ⅓ cup half and half
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Topping:
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  1. Mash potatoes
  2. Mix in sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla, half and half, and spices.
  3. Pour into 9x13 baking dish.
  1. Melt butter
  2. Mix in remaining ingredients
  3. Sprinkle on top of sweet potato mixture.
Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.


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  1. says

    If this is anything like my Mom’s recipe {which it looks like it is}, then you are so right, no dessert necessary afterwards. But, then again, it’s Thanksgiving so my stomach has a way of making room for it anyway!! :-)

    • Erin says

      Ha! I would definitely make it anyway… you may even be able to change everyone’s mind about how much they like sweet potatoes 😉

  2. Meghan says

    We make a version of this and pressure cook the sweet potatoes rather than baking. It only takes about 20 minutes and is simple enough to make on non holidays too(which we still consider quite a treat)!

  3. maria says

    Sounds wonderfully delicious and easy so I think I will try this. We always substitute the sugar with maple syrup which is liquidy so I will have to play with this recipe but I am sure it will become a new favorite!! Thank you!!

  4. says

    This looks delicious. My husband and I are taking a vacation away from family for Thanksgiving this year to Florida but I still am planning on making Thanksgiving dinner at the house we’re staying at and this is definitely going to be on my menu. That and the green bean casserole…for some reason that casserole is my weakness! Thanks for the awesome recipe Erin!


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