Cinnamon Apple Sweet Potatoes

My Grandma shared this recipe with me and it’s been a favorite of mine every year at Thanksgiving. It’s by far better than any other yam side dish I’ve had. (I don’t like yams and marshmallows.)

Original recipe makes 1 – 9×13-inch baking dish


6 sweet potatoes
6 large apples – peeled, cored and sliced
1 1/4 cups white sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
2 1/2 cups water
1 tablespoon butter

  • PREP

    20 mins

  • COOK

    1 hr 20 mins


    1 hr 40 mins


  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Place the sweet potatoes into a large pot and cover with salted water. Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until just tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain and allow to steam dry for a minute or two. Peel and cut into 1/2-inch slices; layer the sweet potatoes and apples into a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  3. Meanwhile, stir together the sugar, cornstarch, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a saucepan. Stir in the water and butter and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook and stir until thickened and no longer cloudy, 5 to 10 minutes. Pour over the sweet potatoes.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until the apples are very tender and the sweet potatoes are golden on top, about 1 hour.


Calories: 282 kcal
Carbohydrates: 67.6 g
Cholesterol: 3 mg
Fat: 1.4 g
Fiber: 7.5 g
Protein: 2.6 g
Sodium: 330 mg