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Candied Yams/Candied Sweet Potatoes are made with sweet potatoes, brown sugar, butter and plenty of warm spices and are the PERFECT holiday side dish! #yams #candiedyams #sweetpotatoes #candiedsweetpotatoes #thanksgiving #holiday #sidedish #candied 
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5 from 9 votes

Candied Yams with Bourbon

Made with sweet potatoes, brown sugar, butter and plenty of warm spices these candied yams are the PERFECT holiday side dish!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: candied yams, holiday side dish recipe, sweet potato recipe
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 306kcal


  • 3 lbs sweet potatoes peeled and diced into about 1 - 1 1/2" pieces
  • 5 Tbsp butter melted
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1/4 cup apple cider
  • 2 - 3 Tbsp bourbon
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 - 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • pinch of ground cloves (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 400 F degrees and grease a 9x13" baking dish (or other 3 quart baking dish). Add diced sweet potatoes to prepared dish.
  • In a small bowl, combine melted butter, brown sugar, apple cider, bourbon, cinnamon, salt, ginger, nutmeg and cloves (if using). Stir together until mixed.
  • Add sugar mixture to sweet potatoes and toss to make sure all the sweet potatoes are coated.
  • Bake, uncovered, for 40-45 minutes, stirring every 20 minutes, until potatoes are tender and caramelized.


Sweet potatoes can be sliced into 1/2" thick rounds or 1/2" thick half-moon shapes if desired.


Complete steps 1 – 3, cover tightly and refrigerate overnight.  Let the dish sit on the counter 20 minutes or so before baking as directed.


Buy enough cans to equal the 3 lbs for this recipe, and drain any liquid from the cans.  Prepare as directed, but they’ll probably only need to bake about 25-30 minutes.


Calories: 306kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 308mg | Potassium: 605mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 24353IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 1mg