Candied Sweet Potato Skins

A new take on potato skins!

Candied Sweet Potato Skins takes sweet potatoes to a new level. I’m excited to share this recipe with you. This dish is a perfect balance of taste and nutrition. Sweet potatoes are a versatile and nutritious root vegetable that can transform any meal into a flavorful dish. Sweet potatoes are packed with essential vitamins and minerals, and boast numerous health benefits that make them a valuable addition to your diet.

Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes

Before we dive into the recipe, let’s explore some of the remarkable health benefits of sweet potatoes:

Rich in Nutrients

Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and B6, as well as manganese, potassium, and dietary fiber. Vitamin A, in particular, supports healthy vision, immune function, and skin health.

Antioxidant Powerhouse

These vibrant tubers are loaded with antioxidants, including beta-carotene, which helps combat oxidative stress and reduces the risk of chronic diseases.

Supports Digestive Health

The high fiber content in sweet potatoes promotes healthy digestion, prevents constipation, and supports a healthy gut microbiome.

Regulates Blood Sugar

Sweet potatoes have a low glycemic index, making them a suitable option for people with diabetes. They help regulate blood sugar levels and provide a steady source of energy.

Anti-inflammatory Properties

Sweet potatoes contain compounds like choline and anthocyanins that help reduce inflammation and support overall health.

Front view of hollowed out sweet potato arrange on white cutting board with knife and bowl in background.

Candied Sweet Potato Skins are a fun way to bring Thanksgiving to any meal year-round.

If you like this recipe try my Caramel Pecan Pie Bars.

Candied Sweet Potato Skins

Difficulty: Intermediate Prep Time 25 mins Cook Time 1 hr Rest Time 5 mins Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Servings: 6
Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


This sweet potato recipe is my version of my favorite sweet potato casseroles all mashed up into one. The sweet potatoes are baked, the centers are removed to make room for crunchy pecan pieces, brown sugar, and cinnamon, then finished off with toasted marshmallows. 



  1. Preheat Oven to 400 Degrees. 

  2. Prepare sweet potatoes. Wash them thoroughly. Pierce the sweet potatoes all over with a fork.

  3. Wrap the sweet potatoes in foil. 

  4. Place on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven for an hour or until they are fork-tender. Remove from oven and allow to cool until you can handle them.

  5. Once the sweet potatoes have cooled, cut the sweet potatoes in half. 

  6. Now, you'll use a spoon to hollow out the centers. Leave about 1/4" of sweet potato around the skin. Repeat for each potato. When you're finished you should have 6 halves. Reserve the insides of the sweet potatoes to make "Buttery Mashed Sweet Potatoes".
  7. Arrange halves in a greased sheet pan, cookie sheet, or cast-iron skillet.

  8. Mix brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecans together in a bowl. Sprinkle the mixture evenly inside the skins.

  9. Now, place the skins with the cinnamon, sugar and pecan mixture in the oven to bake at 350 degress for 10-15 minutes, until the pecans look toasted and the brown sugar and cinnamon have darkened in color. 

  10. Remove from the oven and top with the mini marshmallows. Place back in the oven until the marshmallows are golden brown. Approximately 5-10 minutes. 

  11. Remove from the oven and allow to cool 3-5 minutes. Then, they are ready to eat!


Bake the sweet potatoes in advance for a little shortcut in preparation a day or two before you plan on serving your dish. 

Reserve the insides of the sweet potatoes to make my rich "buttery" mashed sweet potatoes. They make for an excellent side dish.

Keywords: sweet potatoes, marshmallows, pecans, brown sugar, candied, potato skins

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