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Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans

This Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans is a treat as a side dish. It’s so deliciously sweet it could probably pass as a dessert.

This Sweet Potato Casserole recipe has been enjoyed by my family for at least 2 decades. Creamy sweet potatoes are baked with a sweet crunchy pecan topping. It’s not difficult to make and it pairs well with poultry dishes like chicken or turkey. Plus, it also is great with ham making it a great holiday side dish.

scoop of sweet potato casserole

How To Make Sweet Potato Casserole

For this tasty side dish, you need the following ingredients:

Sweet Potatoes

  • 1 40-ounce can of cooked sweet potatoes yams
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 stick butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. allspice
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Naturally, you start by preheating your oven to 350° Fahrenheit. Spray a casserole dish with non-stick spray.

While the oven is heating, put all of the ingredients for the sweet potato base in a food processor – a large can of cooked sweet potatoes, egg, sugar, butter, milk, cinnamon, spices, baking powder, and salt. Puree the ingredients together.

ingredients to make sweet potato casserole in a food processor

Pour the sweet potato base into the prepared casserole dish and even it out.

sweet potato casserole in dish without topping

Take the ingredients for the topping – brown sugar, all-purpose flour, softened butter, and chopped pecans – and place them in a large mixing bowl. Using two forks, blend the butter into the ingredients until it is coarse and crumbly.

pecan topping in a bowl

Sprinkle the crumb mixture on top of the sweet potato base.

sweet potato casserole with pecan topping

Bake the casserole for 45 minutes to an hour until it is no longer “jiggly” in the center. It will firm a little bit once it is taken out of the oven and cools.

sweet potato casserole with crunchy pecan topping
scoop of sweet potato casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole

Creamy sweet potatoes topped with brown sugar and pecans – it doesn't get any better.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 483 kcal


Sweet Potatoes

  • 1 – 40 ounce can of cooked sweet potatoes drained
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. allspice
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup plain flour
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  • Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit.
  • Mix sweet potato ingredients together in a food processor until smooth. Pour into a 9-inch casserole dish that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Mix brown sugar, flour, butter and pecans together. Spread evenly over potato mixture.
  • Bake 45 minutes to 1 hour or until casserole does not "jiggle."


Serving: 1Calories: 483kcalCarbohydrates: 79gProtein: 5gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 270mgPotassium: 554mgFiber: 6gSugar: 54gVitamin A: 299IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 127mgIron: 2mg
Keyword sweet potatoes
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baked sweet potato casserole

I have not tried it yet, but I imagine that this recipe could be converted to a sweet potato pie recipe by using two pie crusts and adjusting the baking time. What do you think?

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