It doesn’t get much more Southern than Aunt Susie’s Sweet Potato Biscuits! She’s perfected the recipe over the years, making probably our favorite kind of biscuit to ever be. Made from scratch, each crumbly bite is filled with sweetness, incorporating warm spices to really soothe the soul. And goodness gracious, the melty cinnamon-honey butter smothered on top will have you happier than a clam. Head down yonder for a few of Aunt Susie’s Sweet Potato Biscuits. You’ll be glad you did!


For the biscuits:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more, to taste, for dusting a work surface and a biscuit cutter
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sweet potatoes, cooked and mashed
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half

For the honey butter:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Step 1 –Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Step 2 –Grease a baking sheet.

Step 3 –In a large bowl, add 2 cups of the flour, the sugar, the baking powder, the salt, 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon, and the nutmeg and stir to combine.

Step 4 –Cut the shortening into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.

Step 5 –In a medium bowl, add the mashed sweet potatoes and the half-and-half and mix together.

Step 6 –Stir the sweet potato mixture into the crumb mixture until the dough is just moistened.

Step 7 –Use the extra flour to lightly dust a work surface.

Step 8 –Turn the dough onto the floured surface and gently knead it, about 10 times.

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Step 9 –Pat or roll the dough out to 1/2-inch thickness.

Step 10 –Use the extra flour to dust a 2 1/2-inch biscuit cutter, then use it to cut the dough into biscuits.

Step 11 –Roll out the remaining dough and repeat the cutting process once. There should be about 15 biscuits.

Step 12 –Place the biscuits 1-inch apart on the prepared baking sheet.

Step 13 –Bake the biscuits until they are golden-brown, about 9-11 minutes.

Step 14 –While the biscuits are baking, in a small bowl, add the butter, the honey, and the remaining cinnamon and beat until the mixture is blended.

Step 15 –Serve the biscuits warm, topped with the honey butter.