Easy Candied Yams/Sweet Potatoes {6 Ingredients}

 Made with sugar, cinnamon, and mini marshmallows, these Candied Yams-Sweet Potatoes are sure to be a hit at your next Thanksgiving dinner!

Candied Yams-Sweet Potatoes in a casserole dish.

This dish is a favorite of ours that I learned to make during my first year of marriage.

It is my mom’s recipe and one that I have grown up on. Sweet potatoes or yams can be used depending on your preference. We’ve made it with both.

Hint: There really isn’t a difference between a sweet potato and yam, according to this article.

This recipe is crazy simple to make too! Just cut your yams…errr..sweet potatoes…into pieces, coat them with sugar, place them in a casserole dish, sprinkle with butter and cinnamon, then bake.

Towards the end of the baking time, you sprinkle with mini-marshmallows.

My kids love these Candied Yams-Sweet Potatoes because it’s on the ‘sweet’ side so to them, it feels like they are eating candy. Which I guess is why it’s called “candied” yams.

What is the difference between Yams and Sweet potatoes?

According to webstaurantstore.comyams are different than sweet potatoes both in taste and in color/shape. Yams have a darker, bark-like skin and may be white inside. Sweet potatoes have a brownish-like skin and are orange inside.

Are yams and sweet potatoes the same?

Technically, they are not. However, grocery stores and food producers use the names interchangeably when referring to sweet potatoes. The cans of ‘yams’ that you see in the store are really sweet potatoes.

A serving of Candied Yams-Sweet Potatoes on a small plate.

This dish was on the menu for one of the first informal cooking classes I conducted back when I first started this site. Every time I make it, I think back to that class…and how fun it was!

It was a group of military spouses who were far, far, far away from home.

Some of them didn’t know how to make a full Thanksgiving dinner so I decided I would round them up at my house and show them how.

From the turkey, to these yams, to pecan pie…we made it all.

I managed to save one of the pictures of that day 🙂

Group of women sitting at a table learning how to make Candied Yams-Sweet Potatoes.

I’ve taught many cooking classes since then, however, you never forget your first one…and for me, this one was it. They literally were in the kitchen, “Cooking with Libby.” 😉

More Sweet potato/Yam recipes you would enjoy

We have a yummy Sweet Potato Pecan Casserole that is on the site that is to die for! We make it for Thanksgiving every year. There are absolutely no left overs afterwards. We also use this Ultime Rectangular Baking Dish from Emile Henry to make this casserole and our candied yams.

Candied Yams-Sweet Potatoes

Made with sugar, cinnamon, and mini marshmallows, these Candied Yams-Sweet Potatoes are sure to be a hit at your next Thanksgiving dinner!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 5 Ingredient, easy, Thanksgving
Serves: 8 people
Calories Per Serving: 295


  • 7 cups chopped, one inch cubed yams (equivalent to 3 big ones. scrubbed and skinned)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/8 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter (chopped into pieces)
  • 4 cups mini marshmallows
  • Ground Cinnamon to taste


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a big mixing bowl, mix the 1/2 cup and 1/8 cup of sugar with the chopped yams.
  • Place chopped yams in a greased 9x13 inch baking dish.
  • Take the chopped butter pieces and place them on top of the yams, making sure to spread out the pieces.
  • Take the ground cinnamon and sprinkle on top of the butter and yams.
  • Bake for 45 minutes.
  • Sprinkle the 4 cups of mini marshmallows on top.
  • Bake for another 10 minutes or until marshmallows start to brown.

Libby's Notes

You must eyeball and estimate how much ground cinnamon to put on top, depending on your preference.
Recipe Source:
My mother


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 2g | Sodium: 31mg | Potassium: 1071mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 180IU | Vitamin C: 22.4mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 0.8mg
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  1. Looks like yall had fun and that sweet potato casserole is one we do every year and it is SOOOOOOOOOOO yummy!

  2. Tina @ Mommy's Kitchen says:

    Libby you are just sweet as that pie on the counter. That is so great of you to do that for all the wives. Everyone just needs a little help and inspiration. That what being a military wife is all about, being there for each other. High five to you my friend. Everything looks so good.

  3. Libby – what a phenomenal idea! I'm the wife of a retired military guy and would have SO enjoyed doing something like this while we were gone from our family. I'm blessed to tears and know those ladies will forever remember your fun day with them in the kitchen. Blessings!

  4. how fun! the class looks like a blast, and those are some crazy yummy looking sweet potatoes.

  5. Thank you everyone 🙂 We all had an awesome time that afternoon! It was fun getting together in the kitchen and talking turkey with them 🙂 We're hoping to do it again for Christmas 😉

  6. This is such a great idea! I have often wanted to do a cooking class, but have never done it. Taking one OR teaching one, either would be fun. Love the little gifts you put together for your students. I'll bet they just loved them. What a thoughtful touch.

  7. 5 stars
    This recipe and our Sweet Potato and Pecan Casserole recipe are huge hits around Thanksgiving!

  8. This recipe calls for sugar twice. What kind of sugar for each portion?

    1. Granulated white sugar is used in this recipe for both parts.

  9. Wendy. Geffernan says:

    Thank you!!

  10. Can I use canned yams? Should I drain them first? Also would i use a large or small can? Thank you so much!!

    1. Hi Trisha! You can use a large can of yams…drained. I would use 2 large cans if you have access to them.

  11. Betty Dickson says:

    I add lg can of well drained peaches and walnuts.

  12. Gracie Vargas says:

    5 stars
    This is the perfect recipe for me.I don’t like my yams , smashed I rather have,chunks. Thanks Libby.Happy Thanksgiving🦃🦃

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