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Slow Cooker Candied Sweet Potatoes Recipe

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As soon as fall rolls around, I love being in my kitchen!  I love all of the yummy fall flavors, including sweet potatoes!  I love that I can put these in my crock pot in the morning and have an amazing side dish by dinner time.  They are literally my favorite side dish of all time. :)


Slow Cooker Candied Sweet Potatoes Recipe:
(serves 8-10)
6-7 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into slices
1/2 cup orange juice
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 cups mini marshmallows
Spray slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.  Spread chopped sweet potatoes in the bottom of the slow cooker.  In a medium mixing bowl, combine orange juice, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and brown sugar.  Pour over the top of the sweet potatoes and place lid on the slow cooker.  Cook on low for 4-6 hours or high for 2-3.  Once cooked, pour all the contents from your slow cooker into a baking dish.  Top with marshmallows and broil in oven until marshmallows are golden brown.
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  1. indy25 says

    I’m French and I used to live in Michigan 20 years ago . I remember having this kind of sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving and I loved it !! Thanks for the recipe !! I will try to do it for my kids (and for myself of course) because I want them to taste this “so american” dish !! the only problem is that it’s difficult to find mini marshmallows here in France but I guess I could use the normal size ones !!

  2. Erin says

    Has anyone tried to make this the night before? We have to travel about an hour and a half on Thanskgiving ann addd i would like to make this the night before – pop it in the fridge and then reheat it the next day and then add the marshmellows. Any thoughts?

    • Cyd says

      After reading over the recipe carefully, I think this would work. We have always reheated leftovers which is basically the same thing. Add your marshmallows at the very end. Best of luck and have a Happy Thanksgiving. :)
      Cyd (mom of the six sisters)

      • Erin says

        Thank you! One more question – I need to double this recipe – I have an average size crockpot. Do you think it will all fit?

        • Cyd says

          I would do it in 2 crock pots if you have them. But if you double this recipe in one you would need to allow for maybe some extra cooking time. They would be piled pretty deep. Not sure how big your average sized crock pot it is. I’m hoping it’s a 6 quart one and then you would might be ok.

          • Erin says

            Hi! I wanted to follow-up on this in case anyone else had the same questions I did – I doubled this recipe and used two crockpots. Cooked this the night before, mashed them up and put them in (disposable with a lid) pans and stuck them in the fridge. The next day I reheated them a little bit, then added the marshmellows, and continued to reheat them. They came out so yummy! I am making them again this year for Thanksgiving and bringing them to our Friendsgiving. I love this recipe! Thanks for sharing – Happy Holidays :)

          • Cyd says

            Hi Erin! I’m so glad they turned out for you! Whew!! What a relief! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  3. Jenn says

    Fabulous recipe! My family loved it! I am trying out different recipes for Thanksgiving and this is the winner. I made it Wednesday, put it in the fridge overnight then reheated for dinner Thursday on 350° for about 20 minutes. Added mini marshmallows and broiled for about 3 minutes or so. Trial run worked great!

    • staciden@cableone.net says

      Awesome thanks for the tip! I will do this the night ahead also since I will be returning from a 5 day trip to San Diego the day before Thanksgiving then traveling via car an hour and half to have dinner with family on Thursday!!

  4. wendy says

    Would this work with just the sweet potatoes straight from the crock pot without putting in a baking dish with the marshmallows? I need to bring a dish to a potluck and wanted to just serve the potatoes from the crockpot if it would still taste good.

    • Shana says

      You could remove the glass part from your crock pot and line the top with marshmallows and broil the entire thing before you go to your potluck. That way you still have the browned marshmallows, but without the marshmallows will be just as yummy.

  5. mammadawn2 says

    First off you all are lucky to have sisters, I am theonly girl out of 5. Anyway thank you so much for posting this slow cooker Sweet Potato dish it was exactly what I waslooking for, for my Thanksgiving dinner. I look forward to any new things I find on your blog!

  6. Dana says

    Ok, lazy person’s question. Do you think this would work with canned yams? Perhaps with just a shorter cooking time?

  7. rachel says

    I have a guest with a citrus allergy… do you think anything could be used as a substitute for the orange juice? Thanks for any help!

    • Cyd says

      We have some other different sweet potato recipes on our blog. Just type in sweet potatoes in the search bar on Sixsistersstuff.com. We also have a lot more sweet potatoes on our sister site – MyRecipeMagic.com. Just type in sweet potatoes under the tab “search by ingredients”. Hopefully this will help you find something without the citrus. Thanks so much for stopping by our blog! Happy Thanksgiving! :)

    • Cindy says

      If you use canned yams you could use the the juices from the can, just reserve some when you drain them then use the same amount of juice as the amount of OJ in the recipe.

    • Stephanie says

      I’m out of orange juice, so I’ll be using apple cider instead since apples & sweet potatoes also work well together.

  8. Melissa says

    I’m new in the kitchen and I am going to make 2 crockpots of this recipe for thanksgiving. Is there anything I can do to prep the night before to make things easier the day of and if so what? Sorry for the silly question. Thank you.

    • Cyd says

      The only thing you could really do is have the sweet potatoes already cut up and put them in some type of zip loc bag or container. That morning you will just dump it all in your slow cooker and let it do all the work. And it’s not a silly question!! :) It will all work out great. Just follow the directions – the slow cooker will do all the work cooking it. Then put it in your baking dish and let the marshmallows grow big and brown a little. So yummy! Crossing our fingers for you!!! Happy Thanksgiving.

  9. Susanna says

    I always find slow cooker sweet potato recipes end up with thin sauce, so I reduced it in a saucepan before placing in the oven. I used a 3.5qt cooker and everything fit. Thanks for the recipe!

  10. Sarah says

    This is In the slow cooker now :) worried something isn’t right lol. My 5 qt slow cooker is almost filled so I hope that’s enough liquid

  11. Olivia says

    Incase anyone didn’t know, marshmallows don’t need more than a few seconds under the broiler. Eek. Nothing like a little excitement on Thanksgiving!

  12. Laura says

    This turned out amazing! It was so simple to throw together. I had multiple people ask me for the recipe. Definitely making it into my keeper pile!

  13. Tiffany Clark says

    Are you supposed to boil the sweet potatoes before doing this dish? I attempted to make this last Thanksgiving and I had such a difficult time with it since I didn’t boil the potatoes first :(

    • Cyd says

      You don’t boil the sweet potatoes first with this recipe, that is why they cook so long in the slow cooker. Hope this helps.

  14. Mary Jean Coates says

    Love Your recipes. I am a senior citizen and still enjoy baking & cooking. Love to try new recipes!

    Please put me on your email list! Thanks and Happy Cooking!!!

  15. Carol says

    I am really looking forward to making this!
    I loved the orange glazed yams the Pirate’s House in Savannah served on Sunday afternoons when i lived there forty years ago. I tried making them a few times for our family dinners, but they didn’t catch on because my mom has always preferred the traditional candied yams and sweet potato casseroles. They will be on my Thanksgiving menu this year though, and I believe my grandchildren will love them as much as I did!
    I have a couple questions. What size crockpot is this recipe for? Also, how many pounds of potatoes does it call for…they come in so many sizes and weights.

    • Cyd says

      We used a 6 quart crock pot for this recipe. Your average sweet potato weighs about 5 to 6 ounces. We used 7 for this recipe.

  16. Lisa says

    Has anyone tried this with yams instead of sweet potatoes? Also, I’m wondering if I can make the recipe in the slow cooker at my home, transfer them to a baking dish, and broil them at my folks’ house right before they’re served. Do you think that would work? Thanks!

  17. Stacey says

    I bought 6 large sweet potatoes and have a 6 quart crock pot. It is filled to the top with the potatoes. A half of cup of liquid does not seem like enough?

  18. Nancy says

    Thanks so much for sharing this – I did figure out my potatoes were more like 11-12 oz size so I doubled the sauce accordingly as my crock was full! I used a crock pot liner and added marshmallows straight to the crock and removed it to put in the oven to broil the marshmallows to a beautiful golden brown! I’ve searched for a candied yam recipe for a crock for a long time to replace my southern favorite dish. My mother (from Louisiana originally) loved them ! Thanks again and hope your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving !

  19. says

    We made this for Thanksgiving and it was just about as big a hit as the turkey. My adult daughter, who only takes a “token bite” each year, LOVED this and has requested it for Christmas & Thanksgiving from now on. Thank you so much for a new family tradition.


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