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Sweet Potato Casserole With Marshmallows

Traditional sweet potato casserole with marshmallows and pecans is a delicious side dish that will feed a family of four and provide leftovers.

The recipe is ready to put in the oven in about ten minutes and turns out amazing every time.

Holidays will never be the same with this easy sweet potato casserole recipe.

Creamy Sweet Potatoes

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I tend to be on the picky side when it comes to food. I wish I weren’t, but it’s true.

And, for years, I didn’t eat sweet potatoes. But, after I tried this creamy dish–reluctantly–I fell in love and it became a new favorite.

I got this recipe from my sister-in-law and boy was I thankful for it, and I promise you will be, too.

Classic Sweet Potato Casserole – An Easy Side Dish For Your Holiday Meal

Now, the holidays just don’t seem complete if this casserole recipe isn’t on the table. It’s definitely a Thanksgiving staple.

The traditional sweet potato casserole is quick and easy.

I also like it because you can make part of it the day before Thanksgiving or Christmas (or both) so you’re not in the kitchen all day.

What Ingredients Do I Need To Make Sweet Potato Casserole With Marshmallows?

Sweet Potato Base

  • Yams (drained)
  • White sugar
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Salt
  • Melted butter
  • Vanilla extract

Topping Ingredients

  • Brown sugar
  • All purpose flour
  • Melted butter
  • Chopped pecans
  • Mini marshmallows

Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions listed at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.

Step-By-Step Instructions

Sweet Potato Base

Picture of yams in a bowl.

Drain the juice off of the canned yams and add them to a large mixing bowl.

Canned yams and sweet potatoes are the same thing, but a variety of the sweet potato.

You can bake your fresh sweet potatoes first, if you’d like, or used the canned ones.

I like using canned because it’s quicker and easier, especially around the holidays.

I get the biggest can available. The 40-ounce can is enough to feed quite a few people.

I used my Kitchenaid mixer for this recipe. I love being able to throw everything in and mix it up easily.

You can also use a hand mixer for the recipe, as either one will work.

Give this green beans and bacon side dish a try along with your sweet potatoes this year.

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Pour the sugar on top of the yams.

Picture of eggs, sugar and yams.

Next, add the eggs to the bowl.

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Milk is the next ingredient in the list. Pour it right in.

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Finally, add the melted butter, salt, and vanilla to the bowl.

Be sure not to pour the hot melted butter over the eggs or it might cook them a little – speaking from experience. I’ve done it several times.

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Mix everything together well. I try to get all the lumps out, but a few are fine.

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Once you have the first part mixed up, grease a 9-inch by 9-inch casserole dish. Pour the mix into the prepared baking dish.

Stop here if you’d like to refrigerate it and save it until the next day. 

One of my favorite things about this dish is that you can prepare it up to this point and put it in the fridge to finish the next day. 

Cover it with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge. You can pull it out the next day, add the crunchy topping, bake it, and you’re ready to go

It makes for less time in the kitchen on Thanksgiving or Christmas day.

When you’re ready, you can go on to the next step.

Brown Sugar Topping

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Add some brown sugar to a bowl for the topping.

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Pour in some flour.

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Finally, add the pecans and melted butter.

Mix everything together until the pecans are covered.

You can almost smell it can’t you? Soooo good. It’s the perfect topping.

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Sprinkle the pecan topping all over the sweet potato mixture and bake for 40-45 minutes.

This is the best sweet potato casserole recipe. The topping creates a crunchy pecan layer that is out of this world.

It only takes a few minutes to make and leaves such a great impression on all your guests. They will be begging for more.

Now for the best part… (drumroll)

Marshmallow Topping

Picture of marshmallows on top of a sweet potato casserole.

Once you bake the sweet potato casserole, sprinkle the marshmallows on top.

I buy the mini marshmallows, but any size will do. I use about half a bag of marshmallows and spread them over the top.

(The hard part is keeping them away from the kids so they don’t eat all of them before I can even top the sweet potatoes).

When you cook them, start off with five minutes. There’s nothing worse than burnt marshmallows, except on s’mores, and then it’s doable.

But, on your sweet potato casserole, you don’t want them burnt (but, lets be real, I would eat burnt ones, too).

Keep checking often and don’t get sidetracked. Believe me, they can burn super fast–speaking from experience. 

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The marshmallows may deflate a bit after they sit for a few minutes, but they won’t taste any less AMAZING!

This size will feed about six adults. It’s sweet, and filling. If you have more than six people, you can easily double the recipe.

My brother-in-law didn’t like marshmallows (whaaat?), so I left them off of his little section, and he still loved the recipe. 

How Do You Store The Traditional Sweet Potato Casserole?

If you have leftovers you can save them in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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Check out the sweet potato casserole recipe card below, grab those ingredients, and start cooking! This is a fantastic recipe for the holiday season. 

Then, share your comments below and share a picture of your side dish on the Pinterest Pin!  If you made any changes or added something different, be sure to share with us. 

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Savory Quick and Easy Holiday Sweet Potato Casserole

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Savory Quick and Easy Holiday Sweet Potato Casserole with marshmallows and pecans is a delicious side dish. The recipe makes up in about 10 minutes and turns out amazing every time. Holidays will never be the same with this sweet potato casserole recipe. 


  • 1-40 ounce can yams (drained)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 stick melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 stick melted butter
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 6 ounces mini marshmallows


Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Grease 9" x 9" pan

  1. Drain liquid off of yams.
  2. In a large bowl, add yams, sugar, eggs, milk, salt, melted butter, and vanilla.
  3. Mix until well blended.
  4. Pour into casserole dish.


  1. In a small bowl, add brown sugar, flour, pecans, and melted butter. Mix with a fork and top sweet potatoes.
  2. Cook for 40-45 minutes.
  3. Add marshmallows on top and cook for 5 minutes. If not done, cook in 1 minute increments until marshmallows are a light golden brown.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 467Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 212mgCarbohydrates: 80gFiber: 6gSugar: 39gProtein: 5g

Nutrition is approximate.

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Kelly Lynns Sweets and Treats

Tuesday 30th of October 2018

Mmmm...this looks amazing! I'm coming to your house for Thanksgiving hehehe. PINNED!

Julie Pollitt

Thursday 1st of November 2018

Sounds fun!! Thanks!

Miz Helen

Monday 29th of October 2018

I love sweet potato casserole and your recipe looks delicious, perfect for the season! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week and come back soon! Miz Helen

Julie Pollitt

Thursday 1st of November 2018

Hi Miz Helen! Thanks so much and have a good rest of your week!

Karen, the next best thing to mummy

Sunday 28th of October 2018

This looks delicious and just right for this time of year, when it's beginning to get cold#happynow@_karendennis

Julie Pollitt

Monday 29th of October 2018

Hi Karen! Thanks so much. It's perfect for a chilly day. :)

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