Candied Sweet Potatoes

These candied sweet potatoes are super simple to make. The sweet potatoes are tender and buttery, while cinnamon and cardamom add warmth and flavor. The pecans add a great crunch.

Candied Sweet Potatoes
Photo: Greg DuPree
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 15 mins


  • cup packed light brown sugar

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted

  • 3 tablespoons hot water

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom

  • 4 medium sweet potatoes (12 ounces each), peeled and sliced (¼-inch)

  • cup chopped toasted pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly coat a 13-by-9-inch (3-quart) baking dish with cooking spray. Stir brown sugar, butter, hot water, cinnamon, vanilla, salt, pepper and cardamom together in a large bowl. Add sweet potatoes and toss to fully coat. Shingle the sweet potatoes in the prepared baking dish. Drizzle any remaining brown sugar mixture over the top.

  2. Cover the baking dish with foil. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking until the sweet potatoes are tender and the sugar mixture is syrupy, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from oven; let stand for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with pecans and serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

265 Calories
9g Fat
44g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size ⅔ cup
Calories 265
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 3g 6%
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Vitamin A 24313IU 486%
Sodium 241mg 10%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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