Southern Baked Candied Yams: How to Make the Best Candied Yams

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Dec. 28, 2011

Three words for ya. Make.These.Asap. These are some of the best candied yams to ever grace my taste buds. Something about baking them slow in the oven in that syrupy....buttery....sugary....cinnamony..... mixture just creates a candied yam that is perfectly "candied" yet still has that fresh taste.

These candied yams always make an appearance on my holiday dinner table!


Sweet potatoes 4 , peeled, sliced to 1/2 inch thick
Unsalted butter 1/2 Cup (8 tbs) (1 stick)
White sugar 2 Cup (32 tbs)
Whipping cream 1/4 Cup (4 tbs)
Cinnamon powder 3 Teaspoon
Nutmeg powder 1/2 Teaspoon
Ground clove 2 Dash
Maple syrup 1 Tablespoon
Vanilla extract 1/2 Tablespoon (Mexican blend vanilla)



1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

2. In a 12 x 9 casserole dish put the yam slices, spread them in a layer. Set side.


3. In a medium size pot, melt butter over medium heat.

4. Add sugar and stir until well blended and pour the whipping cream. Mix until creamy.

5. Add in cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, maple, and vanilla extract and mix well till combined.

6. Pour the mixture over yams.

7. Cover with a foil and bake for 40 minutes.

8. Remove foil and bake for an additional 25 minutes or till the yams are soft and done.


9. In a serving plate, serve the candied yams with choice of spicy main dish.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Cook Time: 75 Minutes
Ready In: 75 Minutes
Servings: 10

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 325Calories from Fat 105

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 12 g18.5%

Saturated Fat 7 g35%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 36 mg1.5%

Total Carbohydrates 55 g18.3%

Dietary Fiber 2 g8%

Sugars 43 g

Protein 1 g2%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet