Sweet Potato Pecan Pie

by Alli

Sweet Potato Pecan Pie combines two of my favorite flavors – pecans and sweet potatoes. This is the perfect pie to serve during the holidays. 

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When it comes to sweet potatoes, I like them any way I can get them. Whether they are baked, fried or baked in a casserole with pecan topping, I’m all about sweet potatoes. 

This sweet potato pie is baked in a graham cracker crust. Halfway through the baking time, a pecan topping is added. You can serve this pie warm or at room temperature. It’s even delicious the next day – straight out of the refrigerator. 

Slice of Pie Before Serving

How To Make A Graham Cracker Crust for Sweet Potato Pecan Pie

You can buy a graham cracker crust or make your own. I certainly won’t judge. I’ve done both but a homemade crust is always better.

You’ll need 1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs. You can use graham crackers and a food processor to make crumbs or you can buy them already made. 

Graham Cracker Crumbs for Sweet Potato Pie

With a fork, toss together the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter in a medium-sized bowl. Pour the mixture into a 9″ pie pan. Press the crumbs firmly onto the bottom and up the sides of the pie pan.

I use the bottom of a measuring cup to press the crumbs down. Then I use my fingers to press down the sides.

Homemade Graham Cracker Pie Crust

How To Cook Sweet Potatoes For A Pie

You can roast the sweet potatoes or boil them. But first, scrub the potatoes with a produce brush and rinse with cool water.

How To Boil Sweet Potatoes

To boil sweet potatoes, you need to peel them first. Use a vegetable peeler or sharp paring knife to peel the potatoes. Cut into cubes. Try to keep the cubes about the same size. 

Add the sweet potato cubes to a large saucepan. Fill the pot about halfway with water. You want the potatoes covered. Bring to a boil. Cover and cook for 15 minutes or until tender but not falling apart. Drain and mash. 

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

How to Bake Sweet Potatoes

Heat the oven to 400ºF. Line a baking dish with foil. Place sweet potatoes on the foil-lined baking pan and roast for an hour or until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a knife. 

Let cool slightly. Cut the potatoes in half and scoop out the flesh. Discard potato skins. 

How Long Does A Sweet Potato Pecan Pie Last?

A baked and cooled pie will keep up to 4 days in the refrigerator. You can freeze a baked sweet potato pie for up to one month.

A Southern Staple

Sweet potato pie is a southern staple. I can’t remember a holiday when mama didn’t make at least two sweet potato pies. We always had pecan pies as well. I think sweet potato pecan pie is the best of both worlds. 

Sweet Potato Pecan Pie

Combine the cooked, mashed sweet potatoes with the butter and mix until smooth. I use a handheld potato masher. Add sweetened condensed milk, egg, spices and salt.

Filling for Sweet Potato Pecan Pie

Mix well and pour into the crust.

Filling in Pie Crust Before Baking

Bake for 20 minutes at 425ºF. While the sweet potato pie is baking, make the pecan topping. Stir together the egg, brown sugar, corn syrup, and butter. Add the chopped pecans and stir until combined.

Pecan Topping for Sweet Potato Pie Remove the pie from the oven and spoon on the pecan topping. Bake for 25 minutes or until set. Serve warm or at room temperature. Refrigerate leftovers. 

Sweet Potato Pie With Pecan Topping on Cooling Rack

Yield: 8 servings

Sweet Potato Pecan Pie

Sweet Potato Pecan Pie

Sweet Potato Pecan Pie is a delicious way to combine two of my favorite things - sweet potatoes and pecans.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and cooked
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Graham cracker crust (9-inch)

Pecan Topping

  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons corn syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Graham Cracker Crust

  • 1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons melted butter


  1. To make the graham cracker crust, combine the crumbs, butter, and sugar in a medium-sized bowl. Toss with a fork until mixed well. Press on the bottom and up the sides of a 9" pie plate.
  2. Preheat oven to 425ºF.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the hot sweet potatoes and butter until smooth. Add sweetened condensed milk, egg, ground cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, and salt. Mix well. Pour into crust.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes.
  5. Prepare the pecan topping while the pie bakes. In a small bowl, stir together the egg, brown sugar, corn syrup, and butter. Mix well. Stir in chopped pecans.
  6. Remove pie from the oven, reduce the oven to 350ºF and spoon pecan mixture over the pie.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes or until set. Cool. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 385Total Fat 24gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 16gCholesterol 67mgSodium 279mgCarbohydrates 38gFiber 4gSugar 18gProtein 6g

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