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Candied Yams Recipe
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Candied Yams
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  • READY IN 40 mins

Candied Yams

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"This is a simple and quick way to enjoy a Thanksgiving favorite! Canned yams or sweet potatoes may be used."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    40 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Place sweet potatoes in a medium baking dish. Distribute butter pieces evenly over the sweet potatoes. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Layer with miniature marshmallows.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven 25 minutes, or until sweet potatoes are tender and marshmallows have melted.
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  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 08, 2007

I've made this recipe twice and it was enjoyed by all. One thing you must try is adding cinnamon after adding the butter, it is so much better, add enough to lightly dust the entire thing, add more or less depending on your taste. I forgot to add it in the second batch and everyone said it was missing something and wasn't as good, I realized then that I forgot the cinnamon!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 09, 2003

The recipe didn't mention draining the canned yams, so I didn't. Most of the marshmallows fell into the juice and dissolved, and I ended up with yams floating in a watery juice. They tasted fine, but looked awful. Next time, I'll know to drain them. I think next time I will mash them up, too.

Nov 27, 2007

These came out really great with a few minor variations. I drained and coarsly smashed the canned yams to make them smoother, but also to keep some texture to them. I mixed yams and brown sugar together and then topped with the butter & marshmallows. I uncovered the dish about 15 minutes before it was done so the marshmallows would slightly brown. I used more marshmallows then the recipe called for and I think that along with the smashing of the yams prevented them from melting into the yams too much. Very tasty!! Another tip...spray the foil with cooking spray before you cover this to prevent it from sticking to the marshmallows.

Dec 29, 2005

My first Thanksgiving in charge and this dish was wonderful! I prepared it ahead of time so I'll give the details in case it helps someone else. Four large fresh yams (microwaved 20 minutes per a previous reviewer) peeled and cubed (they were almost too soft to cube) fit in a 1 1/2 quart casserole. I added the butter, sugar and a cup of marshmallows and left it in the fridge. Nothing I had was cooking at 400, so I tossed it in for 20-30 minutes with some other things at 350, and for another 20-25 at 375. I left it covered that entire time as I wanted it to heat up, but not burn. The marshmallows melted in and it was all golden bubbly goodness. I covered the top with more marshmallows and popped it back in uncovered long enough for the marshmallows to merge and get toasty. (Just about the same time it takes to brown the french onions on the green bean casserole!) They held a soft cube form long enough to pick up with a fork, but dissolved the minute they hit your mouth. Scrumptious! Second time around, I peeled the yams first and cubed them and steamed them until tender. It seemed MUCH easier for me than microwaving first and the final texture came out better. I used too much butter, though, and it was very watery in the bottom. Or there may be something to using a higher heat to carmelize the sugar. Still tasted great!

Jan 05, 2006

Good ...i did use fresh yams,1 tsp vanilla extract and few dash of cinamon,peeled,cubed boiled 15mins before baking in the oven.Even added a little butter and brown sugar after taking it out n let it sit for at least 15mins before eating and the flavour just marinated..i did not use the marsmallows... thanks

Jul 06, 2003

I agree, cinnamon really does give this one an extra punch. Had the same problem with marshmallows melting all the way through, will try the big marshmallows next time. One thing to suggest, use a foil pan to cook these in...the cooked marshmallows are really tough to get off your pans!! But for as easy as this one is I can't believe how many compliments I got on it!!!!

Jun 13, 2006

I made this last Thanksgiving-had never made this dish before because I thought I did not like candied yams. Well either I was missing out or this is just a really good recipe ;-) I made it again for Christmas. My husband likes it so much I am making it here in the middle of June! Be sure to drain the yams before you start.

Nov 09, 2003

I used fresh Yams (microwaved for about 20 minutes then peeled.) EASY AS PIE! And great!!!!


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  • Calories
  • 282 kcal
  • 14%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 50.7 g
  • 16%
  • Cholesterol
  • 20 mg
  • 7%
  • Fat
  • 7.9 g
  • 12%
  • Fiber
  • 2.4 g
  • 10%
  • Protein
  • 2.3 g
  • 5%
  • Sodium
  • 145 mg
  • 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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