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The best candied sweet potatoes recipe - Baked in the oven, this quick and easy traditional recipe is topped with marshmallows which roast for maximum flavor. This simple and easy recipe uses brown sugar and orange juice to make a sweet sauce. Simple and easy make ahead recipe. Great for family meals, Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

Homemade Candied Sweet Potatoes with Orange Juice and Marshmallows

These candied sweet potatoes are like dessert with a thick syrupy sauce made from orange juice, brown sugar, and butter. Top them with marshmallows and bake a few minutes to toast. Perfection!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings


  • 4 large sweet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • pumpkin pie spice to taste
  • 1 bag mini marshmallows optional


  • The night before your meal, clean, peel, and chunk the sweet potatoes. I like to leave mine in bigger-than-bite-sized chunks. Place in a large baking dish. Use a dish big enough that the potatoes are mostly in a single layer.
  • Combine butter, brown sugar, and orange juice in a mixing bowl. Pour over potatoes. Top with a handful of marshmallows, which will melt into the sauce.
  • Cover and microwave for 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender. If you're making ahead, allow the potatoes to cool and refrigerate until it's time to serve. If not, just move on to the next step.
  • To serve: Top with remaining marshmallows and bake at 375 for ten minutes (twenty minutes if cold), until the potatoes are hot and marshmallows are just toasted.
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