Grandma’s Candied Yams

Grandma’s Candied Yams are sweet potatoes baked with lots of love.
The potatoes are baked in butter, sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon spices. 


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In the south candied yams are like a dessert and a side dish at the same time. They are sweet, buttery and full of spice. I love to eat yams with greens, cornbread and fried chicken.

Talking about a winning combination.

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My grandma’s candied yams are the best. We use the same ingredients, but there is something about her yams that is heaven-sent.

I guess its all of that experience right? And of course a grandmother’s touch. There is nothing like it!

Grandma's Candied Yams

Grandma’s Candied Yams


My grandmother also makes hers on a gas stove with the real deal old school pots. Cookware makes a big difference in how your food comes out.

They just don’t make stuff like that anymore. The recipe makes enough yams for at least two to three people, depending on how big your appetite is.

If you are cooking for a larger group, it is easy to just double the recipe.

Grandma's Candied Yams

Grandma’s Candied Yams

Cooking is very intuitive.

If your yams seem like they are a little dry, just add a few teaspoons of water or a little butter and place the foil back over them for a few minutes.

If they are not sweet enough for your taste, just add more sugar and place them back in the oven for a few minutes.

The recipe may appear to call for quite a bit of sugar, but if you know anything about candied yams, you have to use quite a bit of sugar to become what is considered sweet for a candied yam.

Trust me, when I first started cooking them I placed about 1/2 cup of sugar into my dish.

I tasted them when they were almost done and immediately noticed that wasn’t enough sugar lol. Trial and error my friends.

Yams aren’t as hard to get right as they may seem. All it takes is a little practice.


Enjoy my friends!


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Grandma's Candied Yams
Grandma's candied yams are sweet potatoes baked with lots of love. The potatoes are baked in butter, sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon spices.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: candied yams, sweet potatoes
Servings: 2 people
Author: Ashley Frederick


  • 2 large yams sliced
  • 4 tbsps of butter- sliced
  • 1 c of granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsps of cinnamon
  • 2 tbsps of nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp of vanilla


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cut all of the skin from the potatoes, slice them into about 1/2 thick slices and rinse them thoroughly. 
  • Place the yams In a baking dish and vanilla flavoring.  
  • Then season the yams with cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar. 
  • Using your fingers, massage the seasonings throughout all of the yams. 
  • Cover with foil and bake for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. (Until the yams are fork tender, but not falling apart.) 
  • Remove from oven, add butter slices throughout the baking dish and recover to allow the butter to melt. (No more than 5-10 minutes)
  • Remove the yams from the oven and spoon the butter over the yams until all of the potatoes have been moistened.
  • Serve and enjoy.
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