Sweet Potato Casserole

If I’m not cooking Thanksgiving, I’m always in charge of bringing a dessert or side. So I am always trying out different sides to expand my repertoire. One of my favorite sides in the world is sweet potato casserole. Call me weird though, because I actually am not a huge fan of marshmallows on top. There’s no texture. So my version has a nutty glaze on top that is just like the top of a sticky bun.

I really hate peeling potatoes, but alas it is necessary for any sweet potato casserole. Then I cut them into chunks so that they would cook more quickly. It took about 15 minutes or so for them to become fork tender.
I used my trusty hand mixer to whip those sweet potatoes with lots of butter, milk, brown sugar, spices and eggs to give it some custardy substance. I could have eaten this yummy stuff all on its own!
The topping really made the sweet potato casserole though. It was such a fantastic combination of chopped walnuts, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and melted butter. It was very similar to the mixture I use to make my favorite sticky buns.
I layered the sweet potato mixture into my greased 9 x 13 pan before I evenly poured the glaze on top. I used a spoon just to make sure the glaze was even. At this point I could have covered it and waited to bake it until the next day. So this sweet potato casserole is even a make ahead side.

It baked for 45 minutes to set everything and caramelize the sugar. Oh my goodness, this was such an incredible sweet potato casserole! The filling was so fluffy and flavorful. The topping took it just to the edge of dessert while not going over. Hope you all love it too, it’s a great last minute addition to the Thanksgiving menu! xoxo

Sweet Potato Casserole
Sweet Potato Casserole
Sweet Potato Casserole
Sweet Potato Casserole


5 from 1 vote
Sweet Potato Casserole
Sweet Potato Casserole
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins

Sweet potato casserole is such a classic and amazing Thanksgiving side. This version is amped up with a topping that tastes like sticky bun topping!

Course: Side Dish
Keyword: Sweet Potato Casserole, Sweet Potatoes
Servings: 8
Calories: 414 kcal
Author: Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen
  • 10 whole sweet potatoes peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1/2 stick butter softened
  • 10 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 5 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Transfer the peeled and cut sweet potatoes to a large pot and submerge them in cold water. Bring the pot to a boil and boil the sweet potatoes until they are fork tender for about 15 minutes or so. Drain them and dump them into a large mixing bowl. Add the butter and lightly mash them together with a fork. Then add the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, milk and eggs. Use a hand mixer to whip them together thoroughly and make the mixture fluffy. Pre-heat the oven to 350 and get out a 9 x 13 baking dish. Spray it with cooking oil.
  2. Turn out the sweet potato mixture into the pan and spread it out evenly, smoothing out the top. Then make the easy topping. Stir the walnuts, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, melted butter and vanilla together thoroughly in a bowl until it is a sticky glaze. Evenly pour it over the sweet potato mixture, using a spoon to spread it out thinly. Bake the casserole for 45 minutes, until completely set. Let it cool for a couple of minutes, then serve immediately! It can also be assembled ahead the day before, covered and then baked the day of.
Nutrition Facts
Sweet Potato Casserole
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 414 Calories from Fat 152
% Daily Value*
Fat 16.9g26%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 77mg26%
Sodium 126mg5%
Potassium 60mg2%
Carbohydrates 65.3g22%
Fiber 5.5g23%
Sugar 31.7g35%
Protein 5.2g10%
Calcium 60mg6%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



12 thoughts on “Sweet Potato Casserole”

  1. Thanks for posting! I don’t like marshmallows on sweet potatoes either, but am tired of just a baked sweet potato. I definitely want to try this!

  2. Yumm! It’s not Thanksgiving without some sweet potato casserole! I love that you added a walnut topping instead of the traditional marshmallows. They can be a little too sweet for me and I think the nut will give it a fantastic crunch.

  3. I love sweet potatoes. They are also in season and very inexpensive this time of year for example I just bought a 4 pound bag for $.37! As another one of your reader stated, it gets kind of boring just eating baked sweet potatoes over and over. Thank you for this recipe which gives another idea of what to make with them! Looks very yummy!

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