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25 Old Fashioned Sweet Potato Pie Recipes 

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Just like grandma used to make, these old-fashioned sweet potato pie recipes will elevate your holiday table. With variations such as crispy brûlée topping, torched marshmallows, and even meringue! We even present you with a few ideas to use purple sweet potatoes to make your dessert platter pop!

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Grandma’s Classic Recipes 

These sweet potato pie recipes are just like the classic recipe your Grandma and mom used to make sweet potato pie for Thanksgiving.

  1. Classic Sweet Potato Pie 

Just like grandma’s old fashioned sweet potato pie this recipe will warm your heart and tummy. Make sure to scrub and cut the potatoes into chunks before cooking them down. This will ensure you have a fresh end result. 

grandma old fashioned sweet potato pie recipe
  1. Pie With Store Bought Crust 

Grab your favorite store-bought crust and whip up this sweet potato filling. In 90 minutes you can have 2 big pies for the whole family and more. Other ingredients needed include water, eggs, sugar nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, salt, lemon juice, heavy cream, and unsalted butter.

Sweet potato pie recipe on table with napkin and pie pan
  1. Basic Sweet Potato Pie

Bake up this pie recipe with a pound of sweet potatoes, 1 Premade frozen pie crust (not baked), unsalted butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, milk, eggs, and vanilla extract. Wash your potatoes, boil them, then place under cold running water and the skin will come off easily. 

grandma old fashioned sweet potato pie recipe with dollop of whipped cream on top
  1. Southern Sweet Potato Pie 

Grandma’s old fashioned southern sweet potato pie won’t disappoint a single person at Christmas or any other occasion. They have a super flaky crust, creamy filling, and are full of warm spices. The author recommends adding a pinch of black pepper too! 

southern sweet potato pie recipe on plate
  1. Brown Butter Pie

Brown butter SP pie is extra delicious because the butter is melted down then simmered into a speckled nutty concoction. Brown butter is so amazingly delicious you could use it for anything.

Brown butter sweet potato pie recipe
  1. Pie With Marshmallow Cream

Marshmallow cream makes this easy pie so heavenly. You need 2 pounds of sweet potatoes, butter, brown sugar, evaporated milk, eggs, maple syrup, and spices. Specifically use cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves!

sweet potato pie with marshmallow cream topping slice on plate
  1. Maple Sweet Potato Pie 

Maple and sweet potatoes are a combination made in heaven! Other ingredients you need include granulated sugar, heavy cream, eggs, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg! For the pastry you will need flour, sugar, salt, and butter. 

maple sweet potato pie in glass pie pan with leaf pie crust cut out and pecan topping

Old Fashioned Sweet Potato Pie Variations  

These old fashioned sweet potato pie variations are sure to be crowd-pleasers. They put a delicious spin on a vintage favorite recipe.

  1. Air Fryer Pie 

Use your air fryer to make grandma’s old fashioned sweet potato pie! It takes 20 minutes to prep and 1 hour to cook. You will need some non stick cooking spray to grease the air fryer basket.

air fryer sweet potato pie with slice cut out
  1. Southern Air Fryer Pie 

Try a southern version of air fryer SP pie! With a creamy smooth filling and crispy flaky crust. It’s perfect to serve up for any holiday like Thanksgiving or Christmas. 

southern air fryer sweet potato pie slice on plate with dollop of whipped cream on top
  1. Mini Sweet Potato Pies 

These mini sweet potato pies will delight your guests because they get their own little portion. You will need a food processor to blend the cooked potatoes, a rolling pin, and a muffin tin. Wait until the pie is nice and chilled before adding the whipped cream. 

mini sweet potato pies on blue floral plate topped with powdered sugar
  1. Purple With Gingersnaps 

Old fashioned meets purple and gingersnaps in this fun recipe. Your dessert platter will really pop with purple sweet potatoes in a homemade gingersnap crust. You will need gingersnap cookies, dark brown sugar, chopped walnuts, cinnamon, unsalted butter, and a few other pantry staples. 

purple sweet potato pie in glass pie pan topped with flower
  1. Slow Roasted Purple Pie 

Slow roast some fresh purple sweet potatoes for this classic pie recipe. It will surely be the star of the show with pumpkin pie spice and topped with toasted swiss meringue!

slow roasted sweet potato pie on white glass plate with whipped cream topping
  1. Purple With Meringue 

Torched meringue amps up this recipe for purple pie with buttery crust. It will take 35 minutes to prep, 2 hours to cook, and 2 hours to chill. You will need a 9 inch glass pie plate, a pastry brush, a blender, a stand mixer with whisk attachment, and a culinary torch. 

slice of purple sweet potato pie with meringue on top
  1. Sweet Potato Pockets 

Sweet potato pocket pies (aka hand pies) are stuffed with creamy filling with a flaky crust. They are great for a pre-dinner finger food sweet. Also they’re extremely portable which is perfect if you’re traveling for a holiday. 

sweet potato pie pockets
  1. Pecan Crunch Pie

Old fashioned style sweet potato pie with a pecan crunch twist will become your new favorite holiday dessert. You will need 2 hours and 15 minutes total plus ingredients like evaporated milk, molasses, chopped pecans, and maple syrup. 

sweet potato pie slice lifted out of pie with crunchy topping
  1. Sweet Potato Pie Bars 

These pie bars are topped off with marshmallows for the ultimate holiday dessert. You will need cream cheese, flour, light brown sugar, sweetened condensed milk, cinnamon, eggs, vanilla, and a few more items. 

sweet potato pie bar on plate with fork and marshmallow topping
  1. Chocolate Sweet Potato Pie Bites 

These sweet potato cheesecake chocolate bites are just like grandma’s with a modern twist. In 1 hour you can have the most beautiful and creamy dessert. You will need mashed sweet potato, half-and-half, nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, eggs, cream cheese, sugar, and chocolate graham cracker crumbs.

chocolate sweet potato pie bites stacked on top of each other
  1. Sweet Potato Cheesecake

This sweet potato cheesecake is thick and decadent with toasted marshmallows. Including rest and chill time you need to give yourself 7 hours total. Make a homemade crust with graham cracker crumbs, unsalted butter, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla extract. 

sweet potato cheesecake slice with marshmallow topping

Best Crusts & Toppings 

Another way to elevate your traditional sweet potato pie is by adding a special topping. These recipes take the classic sweet potato pie recipe and elevate it with either a decadent topping or delightful crust.

  1. Pecan & Pretzel Crumble Top

Grandma’s traditional sweet potato pie recipe is really amped up with this pecan and pretzel crumble top! Just break up the pretzels into pieces first. Then you will brown the butter with  sugar, cinnamon and flour. See the rest of the steps by clicking the link. 

pecan and pretzel topping on sweet potato pie in glass pan
  1. Pie With Marshmallow Meringue 

Everyone will adore this SP pie with decadent marshmallow meringue topping. It’s fast and simple and prepared in 5 minutes only with easy pantry staples. It’s fun to broil or torch the marshmallows too. 

sweet potato pie with meringue topping and fall background
  1. Brown Butter Black Bottom

You can make your own crust from scratch or just use store-bought for making this brown butter black bottom pie. You will need cubed salted butter and dark brown sugar for the filling and the brown sugar black-bottom crust!

sweet potato pie slice with brown butter black bottom on white plate
  1. Brûlée Bourbon Potato Pie 

The brûlée top of this pie will knock the socks off your guests. It’s a caramelized sugar crust that’s been toasted optimally with a culinary torch. It results in an outstanding top for a sweet potato pie recipe! Plus it’s way easier than it sounds.  

sweet potato pie brulee bourbon slice on white plate beside of full pie in glass dish
  1. Casserole Pie with Marshmallows 

This easy sweet potato pie casserole is creamy, packed with warm spices, and topped with pecans and marshmallows. You will need one hour and 15 minutes total of your time resulting in 9 portions. Key ingredients include heavy cream, ground black pepper, ground cardamom, and chopped pecans.

sweet potato casserole pie with marshmallows on top
  1. Chocolate Sweet Potato Pie 

You will love every bite of this chocolate SP pie. Key ingredients like pitted dates and coconut cream. It’s important to soak the date and refrigerate the coconut cream so it’s super thick. 

chocolate sweet potato pie slices on wooden background with pecans on top
  1. Sweet Potato Pie Maple Cream 

This maple cream version of Grandma‘s traditional sweet potato pie recipe has amazing flavors. For example cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and a pinch of salt to really make it pop. Key ingredients include brown sugar, vanilla extract download, and evaporated milk. 

sweet potato pie slice on glass plate with fork and whipped topping
What Kind Of Sweet Potatoes Should I Use For Pie?

There are a wide variety of sweet potatoes available but the best kind to use for pie has red or orangish skin and deep orange flesh. These include Red Garnet and Jewel because they are the sweetest and most moist. 

Now that you have the best list of ideas for grandma’s old-fashioned sweet potato pie you’re ready for the holiday. I just have to make one with purple potatoes they are so pretty! Which one is your favorite?

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