Try a winter classic in a new way: sweet potatoes sweetened with brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg, then twice baked in potato halves.

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Twice Baked Candied Sweet Potatoes! Twice baked sweet potatoes sweetened with brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, then topped with mini marshmallows. Makes for great individual side dishes! |

About Twice Baked Candied Sweet Potatoes

I didn’t start to give sweet potatoes the respect they deserve until I was well into my twenties, but I’ve been doing my part make up for lost time. I’m always down for trying a new sweet potato recipe, and I especially love new twists on classic favorites.

And, you guys, these twice baked candied sweet potatoes are exactly that.

They take everything that’s good about candied sweet potatoes (the sugar, the spices, the marshmallows) and serve it in the built-in bowl that is a halved sweet potato.

Plus, these twice baked sweet potatoes make great individual-sized side dishes. No need to worry about serving; everyone can just grab a half!

Baked candied sweet potatoes with marshmallows.

Can you make twice baked sweet potatoes ahead of time?

Yes, these sweet potatoes can be made in advance!

Follow the recipe instructions like normal, but stop just before baking the potatoes a second time. Store the potatoes in a sealed container for up to two to three days.

When ready to bake, pick up from where you left off in the recipe instructions, but increase cook time by about five minutes.

Can twice baked sweet potatoes be frozen?

Yes, they totally can! Potatoes are great for freezing and these candied sweet potatoes are no exception.

Follow the recipe instructions like normal, but stop just before baking the potatoes a second time. Place the prepared potatoes on a baking tray and freeze for about two hours. Once frozen, individually wrap the potatoes (use whatever you like most – foil, plastic wrap, or just plastic bags) and store in the freezer. Frozen sweet potatoes can last for up to 12 months.

When ready to bake, place the frozen sweet potato halves on a baking sheet. Pick up where you left off in the recipe instructions, but increase the bake time from 10 minutes to 20-30 minutes. Then set the oven to broil and toast the marshmallows as instructed.

Twice baked candied yams with marshmallows.

Notes & tips for baked candied sweet potatoes

  • For this recipe, I used orange-flesh sweet potatoes, which are sometimes labeled “yams” in American grocery stores. However, you can use any variety of sweet potato or yam that you’d like or prefer for this recipe. If you’re curious about the different types and labels for these veggies, check out this article: What’s the difference between yams and sweet potatoes?

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Recipe Details

Twice Baked Candied Sweet Potatoes! Twice baked sweet potatoes sweetened with brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, then topped with mini marshmallows. Makes for great individual side dishes! |
4.12 from 25 votes

Twice Baked Candied Sweet Potatoes

30 mins prep + 1 hr 20 mins cook
323 kcal
Yields: 4 servings
Try a winter classic in a new way: sweet potatoes sweetened with brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg, then twice baked in potato halves.



  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Coat sweet potatoes in olive oil and pierce skins numerous times with a fork. Place sweet potatoes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake sweet potatoes for 1 hour and 10 minutes. Allow sweet potatoes to cool for 10 minutes.
  • Cut sweet potatoes in half. Using a spoon or a cookie scoop, remove the inside of the sweet potatoes, being careful to leave a 1/4 to 1/2 inch ring around the sides so that the potatoes keep their shape. Place sweet potato pulp in a large mixing large bowl. Set the halved and emptied sweet potatoes back on the baking sheet.
  • Add brown sugar, melted butter, sweetened condensed milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger in the bowl with the sweet potato pulp. Using a hand mixer, blend ingredients together and smooth.
  • Spoon blended sweet potato mix back into the sweet potato halves, filling each a little past full.
  • Place potato skins back in the oven and heat for 10-15 minutes, then remove from oven.
  • Set oven to broil.
  • Stick marshmallows in the soft sweet potato mix, completely covering it.
  • Place filled sweet potatoes back in the oven on the top rack until marshmallows melt and lightly brown, about 1-2 minutes. Since each oven is different, keep a close eye on the marshmallows so they don't burn. If they do burn, you can use two spoons to remove the marshmallows (they should come right up in a solid piece) then repeat the steps of placing the marshmallows on the sweet potatoes and lightly browning them in the oven.
  • Serve twice baked sweet potatoes immediately.


Calories: 323kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 142mg | Potassium: 36mg | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 510IU | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 0.2mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I'm not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

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    • Chris mcevoy

    Can I Put the sweet potatoes in the microwave to bake them oh do they have to be put in the oven thank you!

    • Chris mcevoy

    I did answer all the re Required things that were asked my email and my name!
    I was just wondering potatoes in the microwave instead of using the oven how would that not be a good idea thank you and have a wonderful Thanksgiving Chris

    • Chris mcevoy

    I did answer all the requirements asked name an email?

    • Chris

    Hi Chrisy
    I am making the sweet potatoes today for thanksgiving! Can I put the sweet potatoes in the microwave to bake them instead of the oven? Was just wondering?
    Thank you! Have a wonderful thanksgiving day chris

    • Dee G.

    I have tried now can make this recipe twice or use your recipe and make it in a casserole how do you keep the sweet potato from not being able to hold the insides mine were so paperthin that I couldn’t use it any suggestions by the way the recipe it is awesome I just want to do it like the picture

    • Hey, Dee! For the sweet potatoes, how much are you scooping out of the middle? In order for the potato to keep its shape, you have to leave about 1/4 to 1/2 inch of potato “flesh” around the edges/skin so it’ll still hold a bowl shape. If you scoop out too much, the potato can’t hold its form anymore and will flatten. It can be a little tricky, but the best I can suggest is to start scooping out from the middle and slowly work your way to the sides. Check the potato often (picking it up, touching the sides, etc) and the moment it starts to bow out too far or the sides appear to get flimsy, stop scooping. You can even out the corners to get a bit more potato, but overall, if you scoop slowly it’ll give you a good idea of how much is “too much” to scoop out and when to stop so you can get the pretty presentation.

    • Mitch

    Is it possible to do these the day before and reheat and then broil the marshmallows just before serving?

    • Hey, Mitch! I haven’t personally tried this, but I think this should be okay. Start at step 7 and go from there 😀

    • Eden Passante

    I’ve never ever tried marshmallows on my sweet potatoes before. I’ve heard such good things about it though, so I definitely will have to try it out!

    • It’s SO worth it, Eden! If you try it, I’d love to hear what you thought 😀

    • Raven Chrisp

    I always test new recipes out on myself before I serve the family something new, I must say this was beyond my expectations. Thank you for this new spin on a old classic. #soyummyinmytummy

    • Thank you so much for writing in, Raven! I’m so glad you liked it 😀 Hope the family does, too!

    • kristie

    Excited to try this. My hubby loves sweet potatoes! Thanks for sharing

    • John Loup

    These look absolutely Devine. My wife always made a sweet potato casserole during the holiday season. One year when our son and daughter-in-law were over, my daughter-in-law turned her nose up and refused to eat any. My wife flatly explained to her that she, my wife, had a rule. You either at least try a taste of everything or you ate nothing. When she got through tasting, there almost wasn’t enough to serve at the table. True story.

    • Ashley
    • 5 stars

    These look fantastic! What a great way to serve sweet potatoes 🙂

    • jennyb
    • 5 stars

    That looks sooooo good. Why don’t we have food like this in Australia??

    • Us crazy Americans certainly know how to take a normally healthy food and turn it into a dessert… and still have the nerve to call it a dinner side dish 😀

    • Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence
    • 5 stars

    Such a fun and creative twist on candied yams. Love that toasted marshmallow topping. Sweet potatoes are definitely one of my favorite sides at the Thanksgiving table. Have been since I was a kid!

    • Kimberly Ann @ Bake Love Give
    • 5 stars

    I can’t even wrap my head around how amazing these look! You’ve nailed all of the delicious elements of candied yams for sure!

    • Ludavia @ Nifty Betty
    • 4 stars

    I never thought of doing this on sweet potato halves! Seems easier than peeling and doing the whole casserole! Thanks for sharing this. I will be making this recipe a lot!

    • Thanks Ludavia! I hope you like it 😀

    • Lindsay AFM
    • 5 stars

    These look gorgeous and sound delicious!! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    • Becky @ Disney in your Day
    • 5 stars

    Yum! I love sweet potatoes but most of my family doesn’t so we don’t often have them. I think I’ll need to make these regardless!

    • At least with this recipe you could do a single serving 😀

    • Angie
    • 5 stars

    Mmm, those look so good. Candied Sweet Potatoes or Candied Yams are some of my favorite dishes at Thanksgiving.

    • Trish – Mom On Timeout
    • 5 stars

    These are straight up GORGEOUS! What an amazing side dish for Thanksgiving!Pinned!

    • heather @french press
    • 5 stars

    well, if she didn’t like them before, she will certainly LOVE them now!! what a fun way to serve sweet potatoes