Real Simple Sweet Potato Pie Recipe From Scratch

Last Updated on April 9, 2022 by Ellen Christian

You are going to love this real simple sweet potato pie recipe! While pumpkin pie may be traditional for Thanksgiving, there are other alternatives that are just as good. My husband is from Texas where sweet potato pie is a popular dessert throughout the year.

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Real Simple Sweet Potato Pie Recipe From Scratch

Real Simple Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

This recipe is very easy to make even though it’s made from scratch. So, if you’re looking for a real simple sweet potato pie recipe, you have come to the right place. Now, this recipe uses a homemade pie crust. But, you can make the pie crust with three ingredients. If you’re not up to making a homemade pie crust, there’s no reason that you can’t use a store-bought pie crust instead. I’m all about keeping recipes easy.

pie crust in a pie plate

Now, I’ve heard about people using a sweet potato pie crust with their pie recipe. But it’s not something I have tried yet. If you want to try one instead of using the recipe I’ve included, check out this post by Cooking Light and let me know how it turns out. It’s a great way to cut the carbs in pie recipes.

peeled sweet potatoes in a pot

So, this real simple sweet potato pie recipe starts with fresh sweet potatoes. Now, it really does only take a few minutes to peel them and cook them. I promise. Don’t take the easy way out and start with pre-cooked canned sweet potatoes or yams. The pie recipe won’t taste the same at all.

Real Simple Sweet Potato Pie Recipe From Scratch

Sweet potatoes or yams?

Many people wonder if sweet potatoes and yams are the same things. They are not. They are two different vegetables. Yams have brownish skin with a starchier center. Sweet potatoes have a more reddish color skin with a sweet, orange-colored center. They may look similar but the taste of this real simple sweet potato pie won’t be the same at all if you try to use yams.

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Real simple sweet potato pie toppings

So, what do you put on top of your sweet potato pie? Of course, you don’t have to put anything on top. You can enjoy the pie as is. It’s that good. But, if you want to add a topping, you have a few different choices. I like to use my homemade whipped cream. It’s absolutely delicious and far better than anything you can buy in the store. You can also top it will a scoop of French vanilla ice cream. Or, you can sprinkle a tiny bit of confectioner’s sugar on top.

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Real Simple Sweet Potato Pie Recipe From Scratch

Ingredients for real simple sweet potato pie recipe

Most of what you need, you will probably already have in your cupboards. You’ll need common baking ingredients like flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and vanilla. For the pie crust, you will need flour, butter, and cream cheese. Be sure to take the butter out a few hours before you plan to make the recipe so that it can soften.

A slice of pie being removed from the pie plate

This pie recipe is baked in a 9″ pie pan. If you want to use an 8″ pie pan, you will need to bake it longer. You can check for doneness by inserting a knife in the center of the pie. When it comes out clean, the pie is done. Then, let it sit until room temperature before serving. Store leftovers in the refrigerator in a tightly covered pie container. The leftover pie should be eaten within two days. If you want to keep it longer than that, you can store individual slices in the freezer.

steps to make a sweet potato pie

Here’s a printable copy of my real simple sweet potato pie recipe.

Yield: 8

Real Simple Sweet Potato Pie Recipe From Scratch

Real Simple Sweet Potato Pie Recipe From Scratch

You are going to love this real simple sweet potato pie recipe! It's a delicious alternative for Thanksgiving.


  • Crust
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup butter softened
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • Filling
  • 2 cups mashed sweet potatoes (3-4 small sweet potatoes)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • About 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9-inch pie pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix cream cheese and butter until combined. Add in flour and mix until the dough starts to clump together. If necessary, knead together to form a ball, and then press the dough down into the pie pan, covering the bottom and the sides of the pan.
  3. Peel the sweet potatoes and cut up into one-inch chunks. Place in a pot with boiling water just covering the potatoes, and cook until fork-tender. Puree the cooked sweet potatoes in a food processor to get a smooth consistency.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine mashed sweet potatoes and remaining ingredients, and stir to incorporate. Pour into pie shell, and bake for 60 minutes.


Store leftovers in the refrigerator and use them within two days.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 395Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 171mgCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 2gSugar: 34gProtein: 3g

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