Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes

by Rachel Gurk on November 12, 2012 · 35 comments

in Desserts, Sides & Vegetables, Vegetarian

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

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 55 minutes

Yield: 3 halves

Serving Size: 3-6


  • 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.


{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

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!


5 Rachel November 12, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Thank you! It was my favorite part!


6 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.


7 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective November 12, 2012 at 10:04 am

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


8 Bev @ Bev Cooks November 12, 2012 at 10:19 am

SO in lust with these.

wait is that gross?


9 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?


10 Rachel November 12, 2012 at 2:40 pm

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


11 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!


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

oooh i love the sound of these! dinner soon :)


13 Maryann Norlock November 12, 2012 at 12:07 pm

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


14 Rachel November 12, 2012 at 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!!


15 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! :)


16 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! :)


17 Rachel November 12, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Thanks Cassie! xoxo


18 Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray November 12, 2012 at 2:51 pm

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


19 Kathryn November 12, 2012 at 4:59 pm

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


20 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!


21 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!


22 Aggie November 13, 2012 at 7:03 am

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


23 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!


24 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!


25 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 :D


26 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. :)


27 Rachel November 14, 2012 at 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 :)


28 Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen November 14, 2012 at 12:34 pm

I’m in love with sweet potatoes :)


29 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.


30 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction November 15, 2012 at 2:58 pm

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


31 JulieD November 20, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Wow, these looks amazing! I love sweet potatoes!


32 Sally Bell January 4, 2013 at 6:00 pm

They all look nummy.


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