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Old Fashioned Candied Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows

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Candied sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows are a Thanksgiving staple at our house.  Really they would be a great addition to a roast chicken or pork dinner as well!
small dish of candied sweet potatoes with marshmallows in front of remaining pan

     This super easy to make side dish is a sweet and tasty addition to your menu.  It is a must have at our Thanksgiving table, however it would also be great with pork chops, roasted chicken, pork roasts and more.  It is a classic for good reason!

      Thanksgiving is one of those meals that you just don’t mess too much with.  People expect to have some of their favorites on the table.

      At our big family Thanksgivings we usually end up with two sweet potato dishes.  My sister isn’t happy unless these marshmallow topped sweet potatoes are available.

pan of sweet potatoes dotted with butter and brown sugar ready to bake

      My grandpa wants to make sure a pecan topped sweet potato casserole is available.  Luckily there are enough cooks and eaters in the family that having both isn’t a problem!

      We used to always make my great-grandma’s egg noodles for the main meal, but now we tend to make them the day after with leftover turkey and great homemade broth.  Luckily any leftovers to these candied sweet potatoes are a great accompaniment to that as well.

pan of sweet potatoes topped with raw marshmallows ready to bake

I have updated this post a bit with more information, but here is what MiMi had to say about it when we originally shared it in 2015:

     My mom made sweet potatoes like this every year.  It’s just not Thanksgiving without them.  I’ve made them other ways too, but always have to make these in addition to them if I do.  Some things are non-negotiable at Thanksgiving. 

    Stove Top stuffing has to be served for my boys.  Kristie must have green bean casserole, Carlee is all about mashed potatoes and gravy and Chloe must have these sweet potatoes.  

   It’s egg noddles for me.  I called my mom to make sure I got this just right.  I know when I asked for the recipe that she would say to get out THE cookbook and look.  

   She didn’t have to tell me she meant the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook.  Before we were finished with the next sentence I had it out and the recipe was there.  

   We make a few changes to that recipe and it suits us perfectly.  I hope you enjoy it too.


serving spoon going into pan of candied sweet potatoes topped with golden brown marshmallows

A note from MiMi: I read the cans and found this interesting. One of the cans says 

YAMS: cut sweet potatoes in syrup while the other reads 
CUT SWEET POTATOES: cut yams in light syrup. 
 Then I looked at the ingredients and they are the same. Sweet potatoes, water, corn syrup and sugar.
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Carlee’s addition to the note: We debate the differences between yams and sweet potatoes fairly regularly at Thanksgiving. One year we had out dictionaries and encyclopedias trying to figure it out. 

If it comes up this year, I am sure people will just pull out their phones! Either way we saw this on Facebook recently… we thought this might have solved it but the cans bring it back into question!

    For big family dinners and holidays we make a large pan of sweet potatoes.  I thought I would scale it down a bit for a regular family meal.

      The recipe card for this post reflects the scaled down version.  If you want to go big, here is the recipe we use for Thanksgiving: 

corner of pan filled with candied sweet potatoes topped with golden brown marshmallows

9×13″ Candied Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows for Larger Gatherings


  • 3 40 ounce cans sweet potatoes in syrup
  • 6 T butter
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 bag marshmallows

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Butter or spray a 9×13 baking dish.
  3. Drain most of the syrup from each can of sweet potatoes.
  4. Pour 1 1/2 cans of potatoes into the baking dish.  Slice the butter into pieces and place half on top of the potatoes.  Sprinkle with half the brown sugar.  Repeat with the remaining potatoes, butter and brown sugar.  
  5. Bake uncovered for about 50 minutes.  It should be bubble.
  6. Place the marshmallows on top and bake until lightly brown.

If you want a fun and different way to make sweet potatoes, check out my Easy Duchess Sweet Potatoes. It is a simple recipe with big swirly flare! 

Add-in ideas:

  • a dash of cinnamon would be a tasty addition
  • a sprinkle of chopped pecans adds great texture
  • a dash of salt is good too

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Yield: 9 servings
Author: Cooking With Carlee
Old Fashioned Candied Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows

Old Fashioned Candied Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows

Candied sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows are a Thanksgiving staple at our house. Really they would be a great addition to a roast chicken or pork dinner as well!
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 55 MinTotal time: 1 H & 4 M


  • 40 ounce can sweet potatoes*
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1.5 cups marshmallows


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F and grease a 8″ square baking dish or small casserole.
  2. Drain most of the liquid from sweet potatoes. Pour sweet potato chunks in prepared dish.
  3. Dot with butter and sprinkle with brown sugar.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes.
  5. Top with marshmallows and return to oven until they reach the desired level of doneness, about 5-10 minutes.
  6. Serve warm and refrigerate leftovers. 


If you don’t have a 40 ounce can, 1 or 2 29 ounce cans can be easily substituted depending on how many you are feeding.



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