These candied sweet potatoes are soft, buttery, caramelized and sweet! They are the perfect side dish for the holidays, because they are easy to make and so delicious. If you prefer a savory dish, this recipe is not for you. These candied sweet potatoes are almost like a dessert. The hints of cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg take this dish to the next level. 

Candied Sweet Potatoes – Healthyish Foods

Growing up, my Mom always made us a similar recipe for Thanksgiving. My sisters and I would battle over who got the piece with the crispiest edge. My Mom’s version did not include vanilla or nutmeg. However, in my opinion, the vanilla and nutmeg give the sauce a little extra something that tastes so delicious.  

Candied Sweet Potatoes – Healthyish Foods

Personally, I love how tender these potatoes get in the oven. They are truly fork tender and melt in your mouth when you’re eating them. So, if you love candied sweet potatoes, you have to give this recipe a try.

Looking for more delicious holiday side dishes? Try my homemade holiday stuffing or my one pan crispy smashed potatoes .

Candied Sweet Potatoes – Healthyish Foods
Candied Sweet Potatoes – Healthyish Foods

Candied Sweet Potatoes

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  • 3 medium to large sweet potatoes
  • ½ cup butter , 1 stick – salted
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
  • ¼ cup water


  • 9 x 13-inch baking dish – glass preferred
  • mixing bowl
  • peeler


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Peel your sweet potatoes and slice them into 1-inch thick rounds.
  • Spray a 9 x 13-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray and line it with the potatoes. You will have some overlap, which is fine.
  • In a mixing bowl combine, the melted butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. Stir until well combined. You will want the sugar and spices to melt into the butter.
  • Once everything is well combined, add the water to the brown sugar / butter mixture. Stir well.
  • Pour the brown sugar / butter sauce over the potatoes.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 50 minutes on the middle rack.
  • Remove the foil and broil for 5-8 minutes or until the potatoes begin to get a crispy edge. Keep an eye on the potatoes during broiling. Everyone’s broiler is different.
  • Remove from the oven and serve. Be sure to spoon some of the sauce over the potatoes!