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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 46 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. This recipe was amazing!!! My family and I loved it! Thank you :)

  2. I just wanted to say thank you for your recipe! I have been looking for a while for a recipe that was AMAZING and not so bland. I am baking them right now and I know as long as I follow your recipe it will turn out delicious!

  3. I used this recipe once and my kids loved it, so I decided to use it again and add some Kalua in it…. It blew everyone one away at the dinner party. I’m a single father raising a 14 year old girl and A 17 year old son and now have more attention than I wanted. Great recipe

  4. My family and I just love this recipe along with some many others here. For the past three years I have been setting up my laptop in the kitchen and cooking like a Diva because of you. Thank you.

  5. Best candied yam recipe ever. This is my 2nd year using this recipe. Just wanted to give you a shout out for making me look like a star on Thanksgiving! Picky husband and toddler approved!!!

  6. I don’t think you realize how amazing you are!! You are heaven and you recipes are simply fanatic! I have been referring to your recipes for over 3 years now; for all celebrations from Thanksgiving to Christmas, and Birthdays to simply Sunday dinners. I can’t thank you enough!!….THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!

  7. I made these candied yams for the first time last year and they were a hit! I was asked to make them again this year. Thank you so much for the posts Monique!

  8. Yes, I have to agree with the previous commentor. I grew up eating candied yams but as an adult I attempted to cook yams for my children and it never came out right until I tried your recipe. Thank you for refining & restoring a family tradition.

  9. This will be my 4th year making them. It just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without these yams! My family would faint if they wern’t on the table, lol. You’ve ruined me…I can’t/won’t even look at another recipe for candied yams! If anyone reading these reviews is on the fence about trying this recipe look no further, get the ingredients and MAKE them… and get ready for a ton of compliments on your cooking! After trying these you’ll die and think you went to sweat potato Heaven!! Thanks again, M, for sharing this incredible recipe!

    • I just made these and OMG – YUM ! Best yams, not kidding, I ever made & can’t wait to share them with my family tomorrow ! Your suggestion to taste test was awesome because I liked a little more maple.THANK YOU for sharing this great recipe :)

  10. Help please, I cannot have something so rich though you KNOW I’d love to..but what can I sunbstitute for the one stick of butter?
    can I use 2 cups of brown sugar instead of the white sugar?
    any idea what I can exchange the 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream?I guess I could use it if I had to,,, but all that milk fat.
    Now the “Real Maple” can I just use more pure vanilla extract?


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