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sweet potatoes cut in half lengthwise candied in white casserole dish
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Candied Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Altered from the late Mrs. Connie Parker’s recipe. She shared her version with me many years ago after years of bringing it to church potlucks. I roast my sweet potatoes instead of boiling them and melt the butter instead of dotting with cold butter.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword bbq sides, candied sweet potatoes, candied yams, christmas dinner, Easter, holiday sides, sweet potato casserole, sweet potatoes, thanksgiving dinner
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 17 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 27 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 298kcal
Author Kathleen Phillips | GritsAndGouda.com
Cost 6


  • 5 or 6 small to medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup salted butter melted
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows optional


  • Preheat oven to 375°. Place sweet potatoes on a foil-lined baking sheet. Do not poke holes in potatoes. Roast potatoes for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until a fork easily pushes to the center of the potatoes when tested. Let cool completely. This step can be done 3 days in advance.
  • Remove skins from potatoes and cut in half lengthwise; place them in an ungreased 2-quart or 13x9-inch casserole dish. Pour sugar evenly over sweet potatoes. It’s ok for it to spill over between the potatoes. Drizzle the corn syrup over the sugar. Do not stir. Drizzle everything with butter. Bake for 40 minutes or until sugar is melted and bubbly.
  • If adding marshmallows, change oven to broil. Sprinkle marshmallows on sweet potatoes and broil 1 to 2 minutes or until lightly toasted.


To roast sweet potatoes in an air fryer: Place the sweet potatoes right on the rack in the air fryer. Cook at 375 to 380 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes, depending on the size of the sweet potatoes.
  • Roasting sweet potatoes for easy peeling and added caramelized flavor is a hands-off alternative to boiling potatoes.
  • Sweet potatoes can be roasted up to 3 days in advance before candying them. This make ahead step saves time on the day you plan to serve them.


Calories: 298kcal