Old School Southern Candied Yams

February 20, 2024


Old School Southern Candied Yams

This Old School Southern Candied Yam recipe is a true southern staple. It features sweet and tender yams that are slow-cooked and bathed in rich cinnamon-sugar syrup.
Adjust Servings5


  • 2 lbs sweet potatoes peeled and sliced into ½ inch rounds.
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • Salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup butter ½ stick


  • Start by washing, peeling and slicing your sweet potatoes into equal ½ inch rounds. In a small mixing bowl, add brown sugar, white sugar and a pinch of salt, stir to combine.
  • In a pot add ¼ cup water and vanilla extract. Bring to a light boil over medium to low heat.
  • Add half the amount of sweet potato slices, and top with half the amount of sugar mixture, repeat step for remainder of potatoes and sugar. Top with cinnamon and give the pot a small shake to allow sugar to settle towards bottom. Cover, leaving a small opening on the side of your pot and allow to simmer for 30-45 minutes, flipping the top layer of yams halfway through.
  • Once the yams are fork tender, add butter, and allow to melt. Let rest for 10 minutes and enjoy!


• Be sure not to stir at all while they are cooking, this may lead to them breaking apart.
• To elaborate on what it means for them to be “fork tender”, you should be able to
stick a fork into the yam and it easily slide in without any effort or resistance. If they still seem too hard when testing, then you will need to cook them for a bit longer.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!


  1. Talicia Smith

    5 stars
    My husband is a huge fan of yams and i tried this recipe it was a hit now i use on a regular. Thank you

    • Katie Cross

      Awesome! So glad y’all enjoy them!


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