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Candied yams, aka sweet potatoes, are like dessert during dinner, says Marrekus Wilkes of Cooks with Soul. “The sweet and buttery flavor warms me all over and reminds me of seeing my grandmother in the kitchen peeling and slicing the yams, then coating them in her famous caramel-type sauce. When she would bake them in the oven you would think that a pie or cake was coming out, and not a side dish to go with turkey and ham. Our recipe has all the notes of Grandma’s kitchen and I am glad to share it with you.” The recipe is a Yummly original created by Cooks with Soul.


  • nonstick cooking spray (or softened butter)
  • 5 sweet potatoes (medium, orange-fleshed, about 3 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup turbinado sugar (or granulated sugar)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
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    1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9- by 13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Scrub sweet potatoes to remove any dirt, then peel, slice crosswise ½ inch thick, and arrange in the baking dish.
    2. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Sprinkle in salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugars and whisk until all ingredients are incorporated into butter. (The sugars will melt as the dish bakes.) Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
    3. Pour butter mixture over sweet potatoes, covering them as best as you can (the sauce may be difficult to spread, but once it heats up, you’ll baste it again). Cover the baking dish with foil.
    4. Bake sweet potatoes for 30 minutes. Remove the potatoes from the oven and baste them with the candied mixture. Replace foil and bake until the sweet potatoes are tender when pierced and the sauce is thick enough to coat a spoon, 15-20 minutes more. If you’d like the sauce a little thicker, remove the foil and bake uncovered about 5 minutes.
    5. Remove from the oven, let rest 5-10 minutes, and then serve.
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    NutritionView More

    Sodium15% DV350mg
    Fat18% DV12g
    Protein4% DV2g
    Carbs12% DV35g
    Fiber12% DV3g
    Calories250Calories from Fat110
    Total Fat12g18%
    Saturated Fat7g35%
    Trans Fat
    Calories from Fat110
    Total Carbohydrate35g12%
    Dietary Fiber3g12%
    Vitamin A240%
    Vitamin C4%

    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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    KatMich 6 days ago
    This was the best candied yam recipe I ever had! I only used half the sugar (brown sugar only) in the recipe and it was the perfect sweetness. The vanilla gave it a warm flavor.