I grew up loving Mini Sweet Potato Pies so I took a trip back down memory lane to put my twist on a holiday classic. This is one dessert that always makes an appearance at Thanksgiving and Christmas. And since sweet potatoes are available year-round, I find myself enjoying them outside of the holidays.
If you're looking for a whole pie, check out my Southern Sweet Potato Pie recipe.
Made in the form of a mini dessert, these sweet potato pies are the perfect hand-held treat. They are ideal for any gathering, they pack well, and most importantly, everyone loves them! And on top of that, they are really easy to make.
Ingredients you'll need:
- Sweet potatoes are the foundation of this recipe. The great thing about sweet potatoes is you can find them year-round. With three sweet potatoes, you can make at least two dozen mini pies or two regular-size pies. Use any leftovers in my Sweet Potato Pancakes.
- Steen's pure cane syrup is my go-to. This thick caramel–flavored syrup is a natural sweetener and adds a ton of richness to this dessert.
- The typical spice trio of vanilla extract, cinnamon, and nutmeg are the perfect compliments. No other spices are better for the season.
- You'll need both sugar and brown sugar for additional sweetness.
- Eggs help to bind the pie together and since evaporated milk (I use PET) works at high temperatures without curdling, it makes a great choice to add creaminess to the pie filling.
- And you can find frozen mini pastry shells at your local grocer.
Can you make this pie ahead of time?
Yes! You can certainly make the filling beforehand and use it within the next 2-3 days if refrigerated. You can also freeze the filling for 2-3 months. Since the shells are frozen, you'll want to keep them frozen until you're ready to use them.
Now let's talk pie crusts...
First, the facts. There is nothing better than homemade pie crust. There just isn't. BUT. Making pastries is not really my thing. So, when I'm making pies my first choice is to go with a refrigerated or frozen option.
While I'm quick to purchase a pre-made crust, I also know they are not created equal. Here are a few recommendations...
For my mini crust, I use Dutch Ann Frozen Tart Shells. They are cholesterol-free and made with 100% vegetable shortening. These are easy to work with as they come already prepped in small aluminum pie pans. For a regular-sized crust, I would use Wholly Wholesome's Organic Pie Shells. They have a gluten-free option as well.
If you are comfortable with buying your pie pans separately, You could use the fresh sheets of flat or rolled pastry dough. Trader Joe’s Pie Crust, Wholly Wholesome's Organic Pie Dough, and Leadbetter’s French Picnic Pastry Sheets are great choices.
How to make sweet potato pies:
Only a few easy steps sit between you and what will soon be one of your favorite desserts and it all starts with the sweet potatoes.
- To bake your sweet potatoes: Preheat your oven to 350°F. Using a fork, make a few holes on the top of the sweet potato. Place them on a baking sheet and bake them for 1 hour. Allow them to cool and peel back the skin.
- To boil your sweet potatoes: In a large pot, you will boil your sweet potatoes for 30 minutes. You want them to be very soft when they're done. I typically peel my sweet potatoes prior to placing them in the water to boil. If you boil them skin-on, they'll need to cool before you can work with them. Peel them beforehand and you skip that step.
- In a large bowl, mash your sweet potatoes using a potato masher.
- Once mashed, add your sugar, brown sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, melted butter, pure cane syrup, eggs, and evaporated milk into the same bowl.
- The key to any great sweet potato recipe is the texture of the resulting filling. It must be velvety smooth and free of any chunks. Blending for around 5 minutes should get you to the desired consistency.
- Once you fill your crust, bake them for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. They'll be ready to serve after cooling for 15 minutes.
- When all is said and done, you end up with a creamy, sweet, and comforting dessert that is great any day and any time.