Southern Homemade Sweet Potato Pie
***UPDATE*** Check out this Southern brown butter sweet potato pie!

Yall…….I am sitting here typing up this post while eating a piece of this sweet potato pie and I am seriously wondering how the heck can a sweet potato taste this freakin good!

I’ve had a TON of homemade sweet potato pies and made plenty of recipes for them. This one is definitely giving those others a run for their money!

homemade sweet potato pie recipe

This sweet potato pie recipe starts with an easy homemade pie crust that is buttery & flaky.

Then comes those fresh sweet potatoes! Fresh sweet potatoes are a MUST if you want a true, authentic tasting southern sweet potato pie. The kind that makes you take a bite and then just stare at it. Yall know what I’m talking about!

I hope that you enjoy this recipe just as much as I do!

****2015 update**** I now make this pie by roasting my sweet potatoes and using my favorite pie crust recipe. I also add in a splash of lemon juice.

homemade sweet potato pie recipe

Get the Recipe: Southern Homemade Sweet Potato Pie Recipe ~ So Easy, So Delicious!

4.56 from 188 ratings
Soulful sweet potato pie made with old-fashioned ingredients!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 10 people


  • The Crust, makes two pie crust
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ¾ cups butter flavored shortening
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup ice water
  • The Sweet Potato Filling
  • 2 cups sweet potatoes, 2 medium sweet potatoes usually does it. I always have a bit extra left
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoons ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • Let's Make The Crust!
  • In a bowl add the flour and cut in the shortening, until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  • Stir in the sugar & the salt.
  • Mix the egg up inside the ice cold water. Pour into the crust mixture and stir until combined.
  • Turn the crust mixture out onto a floured surface and gather it into a large ball. You may need to kneed it lightly just to get all the dry crumbs to incorporate into a ball.
  • Divide the ball into two pieces. (Store the other ball in the refrigerator and use it for another yummy pie in the future!)
  • Roll the dough out about 1/4 inch thick and then place it into a deep dish pie pan.
  • Press the crust into place with your hands.
  • Refrigerate until ready to use. You can brush it with egg whites to get that shiny crust if you'd like.
  • To make the filling, place sweet potatoes in a large pot and fill with water just until it covers them.
  • Bring to a boil and boil for 45 -50 minutes or until they are fork tender.
  • When done, let cool and then remove the skin. It should peel off very easily.
  • Place peeled sweet potatoes in a bowl and break it up with a fork.
  • Use a mixer to mix the sweet potatoes until smooth and creamy.
  • Add in butter and mix to combine.
  • Add in sugars, milk, eggs, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, and flour. Beat until mixture is smooth. It may be a little speckled, don't worry it won't be that way when it's done.
  • Pour into prepared pie crust and bake for 55-60 minutes. (don't be alarmed if the pie puffs up while cooking. It will sink down)
  • Let cool on the counter for about 30 minutes and then chill in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours to fully set.


Cuisine: American, southern
Course: Dessert, Pie
Author: Divas Can Cook
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