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Sweet Potato Pie

It’s all about the crust!

Sweet potato pie is a Southern food tradition that we adore. Silky and sweet, it’s no wonder that it’s such a popular fixture on holiday tables across America. While we don’t mean to mess with tradition, our version of this classic pie has a couple of tiny twists that we think make it extra tasty.

Our crust is made up of crushed Nilla wafers, a healthy dose of melted butter, and a little bit of sugar to sweeten things even further. The outcome is a delicate, lightly flavored vanilla crust that adds a tender crunch to the silky sweet potatoes above it.

We also make our filling totally from scratch – no cans needed here – and that homemade flavor is really second to none. A little extra dusting of wafer crumbs and some toasted marshmallows on top bring in a fluffy and crunchy component that contrasts so well with the smooth filling. This always gets rave reviews, so give it a try this holiday season!

Sweet Potato Pie

Serves 6-8; 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients
  • For the crust:
  • 50 Nilla wafers, divided
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted, and divided
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • For the filling:
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/4 lb sweet potatoes, peeled, cooked, and mashed (about 2 whole potatoes)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows
Preparation
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F and set aside a 9-inch pie plate.
  2. Crush 40 of the vanilla wafers into crumbs and add to a medium bowl. Combine with 1/4 cup melted butter and 2 tablespoons sugar. Mix well and press into bottom and sides of pie plate.
  3. Coarsely crush remaining wafers and mix with remaining melted butter. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, beat sweet potatoes, cream cheese, 1/3 cup sugar, corn syrup, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla until well combined. Pour into pie crust.
  5. Bake 50-55 minutes. Top with remaining wafer crumbs and marshmallows and bake 5 minutes more. Cool completely and chill until ready to serve. Enjoy!