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whipped sweet potatoes in casserole dish topped with pumpkin pie spice, pecans and a little maple syrup

The Best Whipped Sweet Potatoes

  • Author: Tara Smithson
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 5 cups 1x


This recipe for The Best Whipped Sweet Potatoes is absolutely delish! The sweet potatoes are whipped to perfection. These potatoes are the ideal Fall side dish and a must have at the Thanksgiving dinner table. Plus, it's only 5 ingredients!


  • 3 large sweet potatoes, or 5 small to regular size sweet potatoes (should equal about 4 cups after peeled and chopped)
  • 1/4 cup half and half (plus, possibly a few additional tablespoons *see notes below*)
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed into measuring cup


  1. Begin by bringing a large pot of water to a boil.
  2. While the water is boiling, peel and chop the sweet potatoes into small cubes. This allows them to cook evenly and quicker.
  3. Carefully add the potatoes into the boiling water.
  4. Boil for 13 to 16 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, until they are tender enough to break apart when stuck with a fork. The water should have some small broken apart pieces and maybe even a bit of orange color floating at the top.
  5. *It's really important to make sure they are completely cooked. Overcooked is better than undercooked in this recipe.*
  6. Strain the potatoes, then add them to a large bowl, if using a hand mixer, or to the bowl of the stand mixer.
  7. Add in the brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter. Blend at medium speed for 1 minute.
  8. Slowly, pour in the half and half. Start speed on low until combined, then turn heat to medium heat for 30 seconds. Stop and use a spatula to run down the sides of the bowl to make sure everything gets incorporated. We don't want any chunks! Mix on medium-high speed for a few minutes until it is nice and pureed.
  9. Pour it into a casserole dish or bowl to serve.
  10. Enjoy!


Optional: Top with additional cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice, a few tablespoons of maple syrup and a couple pecans. 

*It's really important to make sure the sweet potatoes are completely cooked. Overcooked is better than undercooked in this recipe.*

*If the potatoes look a little thick at the end, add an additional tablespoon of milk in increments until they reach the desired texture.*

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: side dish
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: thanksgiving

Keywords: whipped sweet potatoes, the best sweet potatoes, easy sweet potatoes, thanksgiving side dishes