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Southern Baked Candied Yams Recipe

Southern Baked Candied Yams Recipe

Growing up, a holiday meal just wasn’t quiet the same without a pan of these southern baked candied yams. Whenever we’d have new people over for Sunday dinner they’d always comment on how delicious the candied yams were. Everybody wanted to know “the secret”.

southern baked candied yams recipe

Pouring on that yummy candied mixture!


The secret wasn’t really anything major, as with most recipes. It was just slow cooking them in a candied mixture of  butter, sugar, whipping cream, maple, vanilla and warm spices.  That slow baking time really allows them to bask in that yummy, syrupy mixture until it is sweetened all the way through. The results? Heavenly candied yams that would put many restaurant versions to shame!

southern candied yams recipe

I’m so excited to share this recipe with you all. Now it does take a tiny bit more work to prepare than my weekday candied yams version, but it’s so simple and so worth it!!

If you’re a candied yam lover then you will adore the taste of these sweet, buttery, cinnamony baked yams!

Watch me make these candied yams from start to finish!

4.8 from 37 reviews
Southern Baked Candied Yams Recipe
  • 4 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 ½- 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • couple dashes ground clove
  • 1 ½ - 1 tablespoon real maple
  • ½ tablespoon real vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Wash and dry yams
  3. Cut off the the tips of yams.
  4. Peel yams.
  5. Slice yams into ½ thick circles
  6. Place into a 12 x 9 casserole dish. Set side
  7. In a medium size pot, melt butter over medium heat.
  8. Add sugar and stir until well blended
  9. Add whipping cream and stir until creamy.
  10. Stir in cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, maple, and vanilla extract.
  12. Pour mixture over yams.
  13. Cover with foil and back for 40 minutes.
  14. Remove foil and bake for an additional 20-25 minutes.
  15. Plate and spoon syrupy sauce over the yams. Serve immediately.


  1. Hi Monique !!!
    I just want to excitedly share with you that I did a hybrid of your sweet potatoe glaze recipe and your crust cobbler from you strawberry cobbler recipe and it came out absolutely delish !!!!! I simply cleaned and cut up my sweet potatoes as you desribed and boiled them in water for approxiamately 10-15 minutes and then mixed them in your sweet potato glaze recipe and simply spooned them in the cobbler crust recipe and it came out successfully sweet with the perfect crust and flavor !!!!! so thank you for all your culinary talents and your gift to share with the world, you really make it fun for my daughters and I to cook and even dare to be creative…even my fiancee and other family members now call to see whats on our daily menu, especially Sundays !!!!! So Thanks Again and God Bless !!!!
    Yolanda Jone, Spartanburg S.C

  2. These were absolutely amazing. Everyone loved them. My husband could smell them cooking and came looking for what smelled so good. I even made it today, a Monday, my first day back to work. It was super easy, I had to run to the store to get the Mexican Vanilla, Heavy Cream and real maple. That was the hardest part, going to the store. It was so rich and delicious it cooked up exactly as she said it would. Watching the video really helped. I will make this for the holidays but also as a side anytime. I can’t say enough about how good this is and how everyone loved it and were commenting, almost, with every bite. I had only bought 2 yams so I halved all ingredients and it worked perfectly. Thank you for our new family tradition that will forever be “the way mam makes them”.

  3. Thank you for this amazing recipe! I made my mother dinner for mother’s day and candied yams are one of her favorite dishes. I tried your recipe for the first time and she absolutely loved it (she said the yams were “superb” lol). I can’t wait to try more of your recipes! :)

  4. Wonderful recipe! This was a hit at the dinner table and it was easy to prepare. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I just want to say thank you for this recipe!!!!!!!!!!! My family loves them. This was my very first time making candied yams. They were divine. They tasted just like my grandmother’s use to taste.

  6. I make candied yams for every holiday, however I got the most compliments from this recipe. Everyone loved them!


  7. I still can’t get this recipe to turn out right … The sauce always seems grainy. I’m going to keep trying though!

    • Likely that you are not cooking the sugars down enough. Try lowering your heat slightly and cooking it a wee bit longer, that should make more smooth.

  8. OMG!!! This recipe was great! My family loved them so much they asked me to make them again two days after Thanksgiving. I will revisit this recipe, along with your macaroni and cheese, for Christmas. Thank you so much!

  9. This recipe is probably the most delicious recipe for candied yams that I have ever tried! I loved the flavor that came out, though admittedly I didn’t use heavy whipping cream…I used whipped cream in the recipe because I didn’t have heavy whipping cream, and I used Pumpkin Spice seasoning instead of all the different seasonings because it included them all in it, with the addition of ginger and allspice, which also taste good on yams. My husband said it was the best candied yams I’d ever made, and my 3 year old only wanted to eat those (of course since they are sweet ;) Overall, I’d definitely have to make this again. OH! I also didn’t put them in the oven. I had a whole chicken and rolls in the oven, not enough space for the yams. So I just did the on the stove top like I always do, but I guess what really fixed my potatoes were the measurements you used. Thanks for the guide!

  10. Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe. I have been cooking candied yams for many years and my family and friends always loved them. It was always a given that I do the yams and the collards. Well I was bored and wanted to do something different. I decided to try your recipe on Thanksgiving and my kids were having a fit because they didn’t want me to fix what wasn’t broken. Well girl, now it’s a whole other story. Everyone loved them !!! I also loved them because I didn’t have to spend time making a syrup like I used to do. Bravo!

  11. You have outdone yourself with this recipe! This was the first time I have ever made homemade candied yams and I will NEVER go back to the can! When I tell you that this recipe was orgasmic, that’s exactly what I mean. I LOVED IT! Thank you for this recipe that I will continue to use for years! Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Brianna, I have the same problem with the yams not being cooked enough. I thought it was just me. I don’t know what we are doing wrong, but I ended up cooking them an extra 40 minutes. Go figure!!

  12. Hello! – It is Thanksgiving Day and we are running late because for some reason it is taking a lot longer to cook these yams than it calls for in the recipe. I followed the recipe to the “T” and carefully followed each and every step. I even watched the video. Twice. 40 minutes, then 30 minutes later and the yams are still “crunchy”…a few of the smaller pieces are softer but I’m guessing I have another 30 minutes at least. Whats up? Never had any problems with my oven and cooking times. I wonder how so many people are getting this recipe Perfectly, and here we sit…..

    • Try par boiling the potatoes for 10-15 minutes first. After they cool they will be much easier to peel and this will decrease your cooking time. Overall I agree the recipe is excellent.

  13. Diva Giiiiiiirrrrllllllll

    This recipe is awesome!!! I’ve added in a lil more maple then you did because I love maple syrup.
    My family loves it

    Thank you for sharing


  14. Happy Thanksgiving 2013 to everyone and their families and friends. My mom and sister are southern cooks to the core. Mom refers to me as the “Can’t boil water” daughter. I recently moved to NC to live with my dad and wanted to cook one of his favorite holiday dishes, yams. I came across this recipe and decided to give it a try. Never attempted cooking a yam in my life. Followed it to the letter and knocked it out the park. My dad loved them so much. He said they reminded him of his mom’s yams when he was a boy. He went on to say that he hadn’t tasted yams this good since moving to NC over 40 years ago. This made my day and Monique I have you to thank for that. Just sitting and watching my dad enjoy one of his favorite holiday dishes which I had cooked, was such a rewarding feeling. Thanks Mo

  15. OMG! Monique I used your recipe last night and i am sold, i will never do my yams any other way, i also tried your recipe for the collard greens with smoked turkey, I can honestly say my greens are the best in the family now hands down!! And Yes Divas Can Cook!!

  16. I made this for the first time ever and OMG it was so delicious!! I can not wait for the family to taste it tomorrow 11/28/2013. Thanks!!!!!

  17. Monique,
    Would it be alright to substitute Georgia white sweet potatoes for yams?

    Signed….a Divo who can cook since age eleven.

  18. Hello! My family never made this dish, but I absolutely love it and would like to add it to our list of regulars. Unfortunately I have yet to find a recipe I really like. So I plan to try this one out cuz well, let’s face it, southern food is always the tastiest! Anyway, my question is this: Have you ever tried this recipe in a slow cooker and do you think it would taste the same? I have limited oven space and am trying to find a way to have everyone’s favorite sides.

  19. My family went CRAZY!! 100 stars deserved. Wonderful recipe!!!

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