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Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes

Still searching for some great Thanksgiving dinner sides? Or desserts? This one could easily go both ways. Or…in my case, it happened to be lunch. This recipe has a few steps involved but is really still pretty easy and oh so tasty. The creamy, slightly sweet filling paired with the crunchy topping is just perfect!


Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

Yield: 3 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 55 minutes

Twice baked sweet potatoes have a sweet and creamy filling with a crunchy topping.


    • 2 large sweet potatoes
    • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
    • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
    • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
for the topping:
  • 1/8 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/8 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Wash sweet potatoes and prick all over with a fork. Wrap in foil and bake for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until tender when pierced by a fork.
  2. When cool enough to handle, cut potatoes in half and hollow out all but ~1/4 inch border of the sweet potato flesh. Discard one skin. Place remaining three skins in a baking dish that has been sprayed with non-stick spray. Add the flesh to a food processor with 1 tablespoon butter, cream cheese, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, and 2 tablespoons brown sugar. Process until smooth. Spoon into the sweet potato skins.
  3. In a small bowl, combine topping ingredients with a fork until everything is incorporated with the butter. Spoon over sweet potatoes, lightly patting down to adhere. Bake until topping is golden brown, about 10 minutes.

I made a small batch of these because there were only 2 and a half of us eating them. Just multiply all the ingredients to serve a bigger crowd!



Verdict: Delicious! Loved these for lunch, loved them as a side dish–although I can’t remember what I served them with. Hellllllo pregnant brain!
Husband’s take: He liked these a lot too! And I think he was quite skeptical at first. E also inhaled them (I scooped the filling and topping out and gave it to her minus the skin).
Changes I would make: None!
Difficulty: Like I mentioned, a little work, but not difficulty.


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37 Responses to “Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes”

  1. Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — November 12, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Ooh! I love all your food..its all stuff my 17 month old can actually eat! 🙂 Not that Id be complaining about this either..I love sweet potatoes..this makes them even better! Congrats on the baby shower too! 🙂

  2. Laurie {Simply Scratch} — November 12, 2012 at 9:12 am

    I love this recipe! The crunchy topping is calling my name!

  3. Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats — November 12, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Ah…the addition of cream cheese had me! These look great!

  4. Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) — November 12, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Ooh – the topping on these looks incredible!

    • Rachel — November 12th, 2012 @ 2:34 pm

      Thank you! It was my favorite part!

  5. Deb H. — November 12, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Love this idea, but in my mad little brain I’d also top with a Sriracha sour cream. Or just a bit of Sriracha into the sweet potato mixture. I love the combo of heat and sweet.

  6. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — November 12, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Lovely Tatters Rachel and happy Virtual Shower Day!!! HUGS!

  7. Bev @ Bev Cooks — November 12, 2012 at 10:19 am

    SO in lust with these.

    wait is that gross?

  8. Erin | The Law Student's Wife — November 12, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Drooling. Totally agree that this would make a great Thanksgiving side, but is it wrong that I actually want them all to myself?

    • Rachel — November 12th, 2012 @ 2:40 pm

      Not wrong at all! 😉 I had one for lunch the other day!

  9. Rachel @ The Pescetarian and the Pig — November 12, 2012 at 11:28 am

    OOoooooo-weeeee! These look amazingly creamy! Sounds perfect for Thanksgiving. They actually sound so good they could pass as dessert!

  10. sarah k @ the pajama chef — November 12, 2012 at 11:39 am

    oooh i love the sound of these! dinner soon 🙂

  11. Maryann Norlock — November 12, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Love your recipes.How can I print them out?
    Thank You,

    • Rachel — November 12th, 2012 @ 2:34 pm

      Eeek—a print button is on my mile-long to-do list, Maryann. Right now, you can just copy and paste the text into a document and print that way. If you’re having any trouble, let me know and I’d be happy to email you the recipe text for a recipe so you can print it off from your email account. Thanks, and sorry about that!!

  12. Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking} — November 12, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Loving the ingredients in these! There’s pretty much no way possible they wouldn’t be delish! 🙂

  13. Cassie | Bake Your Day — November 12, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    I have had a huge sweet potato thing going on lately and these will fit just perfectly with that kick. Love this! Happy shower day, again! 🙂

    • Rachel — November 12th, 2012 @ 2:32 pm

      Thanks Cassie! xoxo

  14. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — November 12, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    I’m with the other Rachel–the topping is my favorite part too!! 😉

  15. Kathryn — November 12, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Such a great way to eat sweet potatoes and I love the idea of that topping!

  16. Tracey — November 12, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    I posted a sweet potato recipe today too, we’re on the same wavelength 🙂 Yours look awesome, I just love the topping!

  17. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — November 13, 2012 at 12:20 am

    I have become a huge sweet potato fanatic, minus the marshmallows! I love these twice baked and that crunchy topping, oh yeah!

  18. Aggie — November 13, 2012 at 7:03 am

    These look amazing. I’ve been craving sweet potatoes, have never tried them like this!

  19. Jamie @ Thrifty Veggie Mama — November 13, 2012 at 8:03 am

    These look great Rachel. I love sweet potatoes and this just puts them over the top!

  20. sally @ sallys baking addiction — November 13, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    io’m totally and completely in love with twice baked potatoes and twice baked SWEET potatoes just sounds off the charts Rachel! I can’t believe i missed these the other day – i’m pinning… saving them to make around christmas for my family!

  21. Dana @ Simply Romanesco — November 13, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Hi Rachel! I just love, love, love sweet potatoes! And this recipe is already on my Thanksgiving list 😀

  22. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — November 14, 2012 at 10:27 am

    These sound so perfect for Thanksgiving! I’ve never made twice-baked sweet potatoes before–totally going to have to try this. 🙂

    • Rachel — November 14th, 2012 @ 12:31 pm

      Hope you love them! I was inspired by a savory recipe with goat cheese and chives but I went the sweet route 🙂

  23. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — November 14, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    I’m in love with sweet potatoes 🙂

  24. angela @ anotherbiteplease — November 14, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    oooo I am lovin this idea to do with sweet potatoes…and it happens to be the dish assigned to us to bring!!! thanks for sharing.

  25. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — November 15, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Oh, I love sweet potatoes! This is a great way to serve them!

  26. JulieD — November 20, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Wow, these looks amazing! I love sweet potatoes!

  27. Sally Bell — January 4, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    They all look nummy.


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