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!

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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. Danielle says

    This recipe was amazing. This is actually the first recipe of yours I tried 2yrs ago and I always come here to get recipes. You know what the first recipe of yours I tried was the red velvet cake. That cake is sooooo good. My family and I just love the food you cook and enjoy it!! great site and talent

  2. Yolanda says

    Diva you can cook! The candy yam recipe was good.
    I used brown sugar and white sugar. The cream and maple syrup was a fabulous touch that I have never used before. Family enjoyed the yams even more. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Alicia says

    Thank you for a great recipe and video. Girl, you are sassy! I love it! These candied yams were a big hit at my Mardi Gras party yesterday. Even my friend from the south said they were fantastic. Thank you!

  4. Renee says

    Why do you call them yams when you are making sweet potatoes?? You do know sweet potatoes and yams are two different things???

    • Alysha S says

      Renee Honestly it depends on where your from. I call then yams as well because I am from the east coast and now I live in Texas and they call them sweet potatoes. I can tell that you dont travel very much lmao

  5. says

    I was hesitant at first because you’re attractive, intelligent, witty, energetic and funny. My expectations were low because that’s just how negative I am; however, I have to give credit where credit is due – especially considering I was wrong. The recipe was the best I’ve had. I only made two changes: (1) One cup of brown & one cup of white instead of all white and (2) milk instead of creme (b/c I didn’t have cream). The results were still good although one has to use twice as much milk. So thank you for giving me the best candied yam recipe Iv’e ever had.

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