These candied yams are sweet potatoes coated in brown sugar, butter, honey, and cinnamon, then baked to perfection.
This classic holiday side dish goes perfectly with loaded mac and cheese, honey jalapeno cheddar cornbread, and baked ham with brown sugar glaze.
Why I Love These Baked Candied Yams
- These candied yams are definitely a comfort dish and an excellent source of Potassium and Vitamin C.
- These yams will make your house smell incredible!
- Rich, decadent, and super easy to make.
Yams – Feel free to use any red or orange flesh sweet potatoes for this recipe.
Orange Zest – It adds flavor and balances the sweetness. I highly recommend adding it.
- This recipe is super versatile and very forgiving. Feel free to add a pinch of pumpkin pie spice or any spice you like.
- Place any leftovers in an air-tight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
- Add some walnuts or pecans for some crunch!
What Should I Do If My Glaze Is Too Runny?
You may add some cornstarch and water to thicken up the glaze. I recommend mixing 2 tsp cornstarch and 2 tsp water and then stirring it into the glaze. After you add the cornstarch and water let the glaze cook for an additional 10 minutes or until it’s nicely thickened. Although, if you cook the yams uncovered in the oven, the glaze should thicken nicely without cornstarch.
Should I Add Marshmallows?
I personally don’t like adding miniature marshmallows on top of my candied yams because I find them sweet enough without the marshmallows.
More Side Dishes You’ll Probably Enjoy
- Creamy Garlic Butter Mushrooms
- Slow Cooker Creamed Corn
- Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes
- Honey Roasted Carrots
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- 6 sweet potatoes peeled and sliced
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 3 tbsp honey
- 4 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ginger
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp orange zest
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- salt to taste
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Scrub the yams clean, peel, and cut into 2-3 inch slices.
- Place the sliced yams in a baking dish and set aside.
- To make the glaze, place the butter, orange zest, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, white sugar, brown sugar, honey, and salt in a saucepan and cook over medium-high heat.
- When the mixture thickens and the brown and white sugar completely dissolves, turn the heat off.
- Stir in the vanilla extract.
- Pour the glaze all over the yams.
- Cover and cook for 40 minutes.
- Uncover and baste the yams with the glaze.
- Cook for an additional 45 minutes uncovered until the yams fully cook through and are fork tender.
- Let the yams sit for about 5 minutes before serving.
Jeff Davis says
Hi Julie, I was almost in despair. I had used your recipe last month and made THE BEST candied yams I ever ate. I don’t like the marshmallows. But low and behold I couldn’t find your recipe. Thank the good Lord for HISTORY!!! LOL Love them baked like this. Much better than boiling them. Thank you!!
Looks really delicious! Definitely going to make this for the next family get-together. Thanks for sharing the recipe, keep up the good work!