We’re always happy to see a sweet potato, be it baked and slathered with butter or roasted with garlic and herbs. That said, we often overlook sweet potato’s dessert potential—even though it’s right there in the name—and we’re here to right that wrong. Presenting, a round-up of sweet potato desserts that are too delicious to turn down.
From Fudgy Brownies to Silky Pies, Here Are 26 Sweet Potato Desserts You’ll Love
1. Sweet Potato Sugar Cookies With Marshmallow Topping
Here, a deliciously moist sweet potato cookie with a cake-like texture and sweet, melty marshmallow frosting. Suffice it to say, this is not your average sugar cookie.
2. Sweet Potato Brownies With Date Caramel Frosting
A healthy, low-calorie baked good that you actually want to eat? It sounds like an impossibility, but these decadent sweet potato brownies will make you a believer, whilst giving you a solid dose of beta-carotene to boot. (The date caramel frosting is just there for your sweet tooth.)
3. S’mores With Homemade Sweet Potato Graham Crackers
Good news for the gluten-free: You don’t need to sit and stare sadly into the flames while everyone else enjoys a s’more—just make a batch of these sweet potato ‘graham crackers’ and you’ll be sinking your teeth into a classic campfire treat in no time.
4. Cinnamon Sugar Sweet Potato Fries With Vanilla Icing Dip
Sweet, salty, crunchy—we’re big fans of sweet potato fries in general, but this spin on the classic has us a bit outside our comfort zone...in the best possible way. Bottom line: You haven’t lived until you’ve eaten a plate of shoestring sweet potato fries doused with cinnamon-sugar and icing.
6. Classic Sweet Potato Pie
Move over, pumpkin pie—this gently spiced sweet potato version of the classic holiday dessert is every bit as rich and delicious.
12. Spiced Sweet Potato Cheesecake
Rich, creamy and sinfully delicious with an ever-so-subtle earthiness; if you’ve never put sweet potato into a cheesecake before, you’ve been doing it all wrong.
14. Sweet Potato Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting And Caramel Drizzle
Presenting your new cream cheese-frosted favorite. Warm fall spices and subtle earthy flavor give these cupcakes a similar taste to carrot cake, but with an incredibly moist and tender texture that only sweet potato can achieve.
15. Sweet Potato ‘goguma” Green Tea Latte
If you want to finish off your meal with a little something sweet, but don’t want to venture into full-blown dessert territory, we strongly suggest you snuggle up with a mug of Goguma—a type of Korean latte that consists of pureed sweet potato, milk and honey. Here, the comforting beverage gets an extra kick from green tea.
16. Sweet Potato Sour Cream Coffee Cake
Cinnamon swirls and sugary icing—you really can’t go wrong with coffee cake, and this sweet potato version is truly an upgrade on the classic. Here, the sweet potato puree produces a cake that’s so tender and fluffy you could rest your head on it. (Sensing a theme?)
21. Fluffy Almond Butter Sweet Potato Muffins
In this recipe, almond butter and sweet potato combine to make a mean muffin—moderately sweet, fluffy and flavorful. (And did we mention gluten-free?)
23. Fondant Slow-roasted Sweet Potatoes
Enjoy these fondant sweet potatoes for dessert and you’ll be all kinds of confused...and very happy. The potatoes themselves are cooked in a savory style to great effect, emerging as golden nuggets that will melt in your mouth; once you drench them with the rich maple syrup pecan sauce, well, you’re looking at dessert.
26. Sweet Potato Cake With Marshmallow Frosting
Nutmeg, cinnamon, marshmallow buttercream...Oh, my! This tender sweet potato cake melts in your mouth and tastes like fall.