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Easy Sweet Potato Pie

This easy sweet potato pie is made with a homemade pie crust and a silky sweet filling. Top with a dollop of whipped cream and enjoy!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword pie, sweet potato
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients

For the pie crust:

  • 5 oz. flour
  • 6 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. Shortening (Crisco)
  • 1/3 cup water

For the sweet potato pie filling

  • 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. whole cloves
  • 2 large sweet potatoes* cooked, skin removed & mashed
  • 7 oz. sweetened condensed milk (1/2 can)
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice

Instructions

For the crust:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. First, make the pie dough. See my notes below for the recipe and instructions.

For the sweet potato pie filling:

  • Melt the 4 Tbsp. of butter in a sauce pan and add in the cinnamon stick and cloves. Let this cook over low heat for 5 minutes, then remove cloves and cinnamon stick.
  • In a stand mixer/Kitchen Aid, mix the melted butter with remaining ingredients until smooth, light, and fluffy.
  • Pour this mixture into prepared pie crust and cook in the oven at 350°F for 45 minutes. Let cool for another 45 minutes before serving. Top with whipped cream!

Notes

Use my pie crust recipe from my Homemade apple pie or make a graham cracker crust. If making the homemade apple pie crust, use half of the ingredients since we don't need a top layer of dough for this pie.
For the graham cracker crust, mix 1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs, 1/3 cup sugar,  and 6 Tbsp melted butter together. Press down into a 9 inch pie pan and bake for 10 minutes at 350° F. 
Be sure the sweet potato is no longer hot when mixing. Let sweet potato cool. You can either cook in the microwave or bake the oven.
*Inspired by Southern Living magazine