Sweet Potato Pone is, in many ways, the Southern answer to the pumpkin pie and beloved in colder climates. While it doesn’t have a pie crust, it does feature the creamy, rich, sweet filling infused with autumn spices that perfectly work with the other parts of the Thanksgiving feast. The sweet potatoes live up to their name by adding a distinct caramel flavor that the cream and sugar bring to prominence. Sweet Potato Pone adds a touch of Southern charm to the dessert table!

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  • 1/4 stick or 4 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk or half-and-half
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3-4 large sweet potatoes, peeled and grated


Step 1 –Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 2 –Spray an 8-inch square baking dish or 8-inch iron skillet with cooking spray.

Step 3 –Cream the butter and the brown sugar with a hand mixer.

Step 4 –Add the eggs, the molasses, the milk, the vanilla, the cinnamon, the salt, the nutmeg, and the cloves to the butter mixture, mixing to combine.

Step 5 –Fold the sweet potatoes into the butter mixture.

Step 6 –Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish.

Step 7 –Bake until cooked through, about 1 hour.

Step 8 –Serve.