Candied Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows

Candied Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows are baked in a sweet brown sugar and butter sauce that's spiked with spiced rum! The soft, melty marshmallows on top make this sweet potato recipe over-the-top delicious and the perfect choice for holidays.

Top view of Candied Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows with a spoon.

Sweet potatoes are a must-make on holidays and there are so many ways to put your own twist on them.

Some people like a sweet potato mash, some prefer a casserole. Some like pecans on top and others prefer marshmallows.

Top view of Candied Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows on a white plate on a rustic wood background.

If you've been on the hunt for the ultimate sweet potato recipe for the holidays, I am so happy that you ended up here because this is it!

These sweet potatoes are soft and lush a cooked in a sweet, buttery, brown sugar sauce. Not just any old brown sugar sauce, though...it's a spiced rum sauce.

Doesn't that sound amazing? It so is. They are family-friendly, so kids love them, too. You are never going to want to make sweet potatoes any other way again!

Side view of Candied Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows on a white plate on a rustic wood background.

HOW TO MAKE CANDIED SWEET POTATOES

Candied sweet potatoes are made by baking cubed sweet potatoes in a dark brown sugar, maple syrup, butter, rum sauce that is seasoned with salt and cinnamon. The potatoes are baked for an hour and a half at 375 degrees F until the potatoes are tender and the sauce has thickened. They are then topped with marshmallows. See below for a detailed ingredients list and instructions.

WHY ARE THEY CALLED CANDIED POTATOES?

Candied sweet potatoes are sugary sweet and taste like candy, hence the name candied sweet potatoes!

Candied Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows ingredients on a wood cutting board.

CAN I OMIT THE MARSHMALLOWS?

Yes! If marshmallows aren't your thing, you can totally omit them.

CAN YOU FREEZE CANDIED SWEET POTATOES?

You can freeze candied sweet potatoes, but they may be mushier when reheated.

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CAN CANDIED SWEET POTATOES BE MADE IN ADVANCE?

You can make these candied sweet potatoes in advance. Make the day before serving, but don't add the marshmallows. Let cool, then cover with foil, and refrigerate overnight. When ready to serve, remove from the refrigerator and let sit on the counter for 20 minutes. Bake covered at 400 degrees F for 25 minutes. Remove the foil and add the marshmallows.

HOW TO REHEAT CANDIED SWEET POTATOES

Reheat leftovers covered in the oven at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.

Top view of Candied Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows in a casserole dish on a rustic wood background.

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If you try this recipe, I'd love to know what you think in the comments below. Enjoy!

6-8 servings

Candied Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows


Candied Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows are baked in a sweet brown sugar and butter sauce that's spiked with spiced rum! The soft, melty marshmallows on top make this sweet potato recipe over-the-top delicious and the perfect choice for holidays.

  prep time: cook time: total time: 1 HOUR 45 MIN 

INGREDIENTS


6 sweet potatoes
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup spiced rum
2 cups mini marshmallows




INSTRUCTIONS


1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 13 X 9-inch glass baking dish.

2. In a medium saucepan, bring the brown sugar, butter, maple syrup, salt, and cinnamon to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 8 minutes, stirring often, until the sauce is thickened. Remove from the heat and stir in rum.

3. Pour the sauce over the sweet potatoes and stir to coat. Bake, stirring every half an hour until syrup is thickened, about 1 1/2 hours. Remove from the oven and top with the marshmallows. Broil for several minutes to toast marshmallows, if desired. (The marshmallows get melty and soften without returning the pan to the oven to broil. If you do choose to broil, the marshmallows will be brown and toasted and melt into the sauce a bit.)

4. Let sit for 10 minutes before serving.


NOTES


If your potatoes have cooked for the full cooking time and still seem too saucy for your liking, continue to cook until thickened more. Note that as the potatoes cool, the sauce will slightly thicken.

Author: Becky


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