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Southern Candied Yams


These yams are one of my favorite side dishes. It is definitely on every Thanksgiving and Christmas menu. A family favorite for sure. I like my yams sweet so this recipe may not be for everyone. These creamy yams are baked in butter, filled with warm spices, nestled in brown sugar and simple syrup makes the taste buds explode with satisfaction.


My mom always used canned yams to make candied yams. They were delicious so you can use canned yams but always keep in mind the yams are frequently packed in syrup, which will make them sweet.





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Frequently Asked Questions


How long can I store candied yams in the fridge?

Store the candied yams in an airtight container, and store in the fridge for 4-5 days.


Can I freeze candied yams?

Candied yams can be kept in a proper airtight container in the freezer up to 4 months.


What is the best way to reheat candied yams?

Candied yams can be reheated in the oven 350°F about 10-15 minutes or until warm throughout. If using the microwave reheat 45 seconds.

If you are reheating from the freezer, allow the candied yams to thaw in the refrigerator 24 hours and then reheat.


Ingredients Southern Candied Yams



3 large sweet potatoes

1/2 cup butter (unsalted)

1 tbsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ginger powder

1 cup water

1 cup granulated sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup light brown sugar















Let's Cook!


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F

  • Rinse the sweet potatoes and place them in a sauce pan over medium to high heat.

  • Make sure the water covers the sweet potatoes. Cook for 40-45 minutes or until tender. If you can stick with a fork with ease, they are done. Set to the side to cool.

  • Slice the sweet potatoes in round medallions and place them in your casserole dish.


  • Slice the butter and lay it on top of the sweet potatoes.

  • Sprinkle the cinnamon, ginger powder and vanilla extract. (clear vanilla was used in this recipe, either is fine)


  • Spread the light brown sugar over the sweet potatoes.

  • In a sauce pan create the simple syrup with one cup of sugar and one cup of water.

  • Bring to a boil or until the sugar dissolves. Pour the simple syrup over the brown sugar.


  • The hot syrup will begin to melt the butter. Stir the syrup to allow the brown sugar to dissolve and place the casserole in the oven to bake for 40-45 minutes.


Bon Appetit, ENJOY!





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Debra Johnson | Food Blogger
Hi, I'm Debra

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