Cook & Connect: Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

This is a holiday reprise because so many people wrote to me raving about it last year. Thought I would share it again in case you have to bring something delicious to share at the Thanksgiving party.

I can’t possibly find my way to one good reason why I was standing in Target in early November surrounded by Christmas décor, while holiday music filled the air.

It was an enlightening moment, showcasing how far over the edge we have gone because, let’s face it, our holidays have been hijacked by super stores and their need for end-of-the-year retail sales.

On the bright side, it inspired me to share this recipe with you a few days earlier than planned, before the shopping madness goes into full swing, so you can get a head start on collecting the ingredients.

sweet potato pie spoonful | Dianna Bonny Photography

In my mind, Thanksgiving will always be a day of relaxed cooking and spending time with my family, and as far as recipes go, this is my magnum opus — the one that rocks the holiday table. My kids beg for it. I am one to spread the wealth, definitely not a fan of recipe misers — you know, the ones who purse their lips when asked to share and say, in a hushed voice, “It’s a secret.”

Good food and sharing invite healing. Done together, they just might garner the attention of the generosity gods — a very good thing to have in your favor.

This recipe can easily be done gluten-free, but I roll it out the old-fashioned way with flour, butter and brown sugar. I have also been know to double the topping ingredients and I highly recommend it.

Contrary to the name, sweet potatoes are the perfect non-sweet contrast to the crunchy confection topping. It can do double duty as a side dish or dessert — it’s up to you. I used yams for this pie pictured below because they were out of sweet potatoes — perhaps a pre-emptive move by the masses in preparation for Black Friday.

sweet potato pie recipe | Dianna Bonny Photography

Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

4 -5 sweet potatoes, roasted in skins and peeled

1/2 c butter

2 teaspoons vanilla

1/2 cup milk or half & half

2 eggs

Combine all ingredients, except potatoes, in a bowl and blend with mixer. Add potatoes and blend thoroughly. Place in a deep dish pie pan.


1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup self rising flour

1/2 stick butter, softened

1 cup chopped pecans

Mix all ingredients together until butter is blended. Pour on top of the potato mixture.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until the topping is crispy and bubbling.

Enjoy, share, and connect.

Sending holiday foodie love — well in advance.


Who is Dianna Bonny?

Hi, my name is Dianna Bonny. It’s my mission to candidly share my journey with you. For me, it’s all about the healing: to create a radiant healing energy for others who have befallen a similar fate. Together, we can forge beautiful lives of belonging and connection. Thanks for joining me today! I look forward to hearing from you.

  7 comments for “Cook & Connect: Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

  1. November 20, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Dianna, I wholeheartedly agree with you – Thanksgiving is a day spent paying attention to all the little things we are normally to busy to acknowledge. It’s quality time in the kitchen, enjoying the process of preparing and cooking a meal.

    I’m starting to get hungry just thinking about it! And looking at your pie! WOW!! I’ve never tried the sweet potatoe pie before. Around here, we have pumpkin pies and we serve yams as a side dish… might have to shake things up a bit and try something new! Thank you!

    • Dianna Bonny
      November 20, 2013 at 6:19 pm

      Happy Thanksgiving Janet! Hope you like it! I had the same with yams growing up but this pie is pretty versatile. Glad you enjoy the day as a celebration too. xo

  2. November 21, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Sounds delicious. I think I am going to make this. Thank you. Xx

  3. November 21, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    This looks absolutely yummy, Dianna! I guess I’ve always heard about “sweet potato pie,” but never actually was somewhere where one was available. Now that I see how good it looks, I’ll have to keep my eyes open! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  4. November 22, 2013 at 11:52 am

    I agree Dianna! ~> “Good food and sharing invite healing.” Thanksgiving to me is all about hanging out with friends and family while cooking, feasting and sharing good times. I have always been curious about what a sweet potato pie is. I am excited to make your recipe this year! I already have a bunch of yams so this will be perfect. Thanks!

    With gratitude, ~Rena

  5. December 1, 2014 at 6:27 am

    Great idea to share a recipe – gathering, cooking & eating together is very healing. This looks delicious and wish I’d seen it before Thanksgiving! I’ll try it for Christmas Eve. You are a wonderful writer, thank you so much. Happy Holidays!
    Hugs, Brabars

    • Dianna Bonny
      December 3, 2014 at 7:15 pm

      Thanks Barbara! Hope you enjoy it at for the Christmas holiday. I make it then too! xo

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