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Black Folks Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

As long as I can remember I’ve always had sweet potato pie in my life. I think every last cousin, uncle, aunty, mother and so on know how to make my families famous sweet potato pie recipe. Or as we like to say Blacks Folks Sweet Potato Pie Recipe.

It’s so good. It rich and creamy and perfect especially when it’s still slightly warm. It just melts in your mouth. So I decided to interview my Grandmother because she always used to bake it for me when I was a kid and this is how I was introduced to this amazing sweet potato pie.

Below you will find my families Sweet Potato Pie recipe and an interview with my Granny about this delicious recipe. Enjoy

Black Folks Sweet Potato Pie Recipe food stylist

4.81 from 21 votes

Black Folks Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

Rich and creamy Sweet Potato Pie Recipe that is simple to make by loaded with flavor

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Black Folks Sweet Potato Pie Recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 2 Pies
Calories 114 kcal
Author Alicia Suggs


  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes
  • 2 ½ sticks unsalted butter Plenty of Butter
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 1 ½ cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 cup carnation milk
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp nutmeg


  1. Boil Sweet Potatoes in water until you can stick a fork into it

  2. Peel Sweet Potatoes

  3. Mash Sweet Potatoes in bowl with masher then whip them with beater

  4. Then mix butter, white granulated sugar in bowl

  5. Beat in Eggs one at a time

  6. Then add Vanilla, Nutmeg and Carnation Milk

  7. Once all mixed up pour into pie shell

  8. Bake at 375 degrees for 65 minutes center of oven. 

  9. Stick took pick into pie make sure it comes out clean

  10. Let it cool then serve

    Black Folks Sweet Potato Pie Recipe food stylist


Black Folks Sweet Potato Pie Recipe food stylist

My Granny’s Interview

Do you like dessert’s and why?

Yes, I like desserts. Sometimes it just makes me happy to eat something that is sweet.

Where did you get the Sweet Potato Pie recipe?

I got it from my sister Cynthia who is older than me. I asked her for her recipe because I never liked any others until her’s. She could bake really well.

Were desserts something always incorporated in your family life?

Pretty much. Most of the time mom would always make pie, cookies, and cobbler, especially in the summertime. Often with every meal, there was usually a dessert.

Favorite desserts of mom?

Peach Cobbler. It was sweet and was good especially the top crust it was so buttery.

How many times have you made the Sweet Potato Pie?

I think I have made the sweet potato pie many times. I just follow the recipe and it’s easy enough for everyone to follow.

Fondest Dessert Memory?

Sitting down with my mom and she would cut me a piece of pie. She would set the table and we would just sit around and talk with all my 8 siblings enjoying dessert and family-time.

Do you think that’s missing today, families eating together?

I think that’s something that I feel is lost now, people don’t set the table and just talk anymore.

Your Favorite Dessert?

Sweet Potato Pie

If you like this dessert, you might want to give this recipe a try: Chocolate Chip Cookies Without Brown Sugar


  • Deborah
    November 17, 2018

    How many pies does this recipe make?

  • Kim
    November 21, 2018

    Can you use carnation milk?

  • kim
    November 21, 2018

    can you use carnation milk or condense milk? wrong email at first.

  • donna
    November 21, 2018

    Hi, Alicia – if i were to SUBSTITUTE the white sugar for brown sugar, what would the measurements be?

  • Charlotte Dugar
    November 21, 2018

    Can you imagine someone comparing a pumpkin pie to our most famous sweet potato pie…Lol imean really lol 😂😂😂😂

  • Stephanie Mahoney
    November 21, 2018

    It’s a very good pie .taste like my mom pie when she made them

  • Toni Washington
    November 22, 2018

    Thanks for sharing your family’s recipe. Happy Thanksgiving 2018. Our family is the sweet potato pie EATERS… Hahaha. My 21yr old son is home from college & had a special request for sweet potato pie this year. After trying a few store bought or paying local pie companies in the past does not give us that homemade pie taste & knowing its rare to find a great pie maker brought me TO researching something my family may 💘. I made enough for 4 pies following your recipe & when my son walked in @ midnight he sliced a pie & said… Oh my God momma this is the best…. I told him I made them from the black folks pie recipe, he asked me not to ever loose it. Thanks again for sharing

  • alethia Williams
    November 22, 2018

    Can you use almond milk instead of carnation milk

  • Wallace hale
    November 23, 2018

    can I use large eggs

  • Tamica
    November 23, 2018

    Do u use a frozen pIe crust or thawed pie crusT?

  • Eileen Rutzler
    November 24, 2018

    Is this Carnation evaporated milk?

  • Edith Hurst
    November 24, 2018

    I cannot wait to make this pie!! I love sweet potato pie! So much better than pumpkin!!

  • Tracy
    November 24, 2018

    Hi Alicia, what are the measurements For 1 (one) pie?

  • Kim
    November 25, 2018

    My husband also Adds brown sugar & molasses. StRuggling to imagine this pie without It.

  • Pamela
    November 25, 2018

    Do I understand correctly; you boil the sweet pot whole, in their skin? I look forward to trying this rec!

  • Frankie Mathis
    November 25, 2018

    Thanks for sharing, it is alw a ys good to get those grandma and great mother’s recipies. So pure so great..WHAT ABOUT THE PEACH COBBLER RECIPE♡♡♡?

  • Jazmere
    November 26, 2018

    Just for an estimate, how long should i boil the SWEET POTATOES for?

  • Jonee
    November 26, 2018

    Hi, Alicia – I Just came acrOss your amazing looking recipe and can’t wait to try it! Thank you for sharing with us.

  • Jen
    November 27, 2018

    Carnation milk, is the evaporated milk? I love sweet potato pie. Haven’t made it in years.

  • Bethany Pheneger
    November 27, 2018

    THE pie looks great, but I THINK a name could be found that doesn’t have racial conotations.

  • Bethany Pheneger
    November 27, 2018

    Alicia, I did not see your picture before I left my comment about the name of the pie. I do apologize, and that comment was left with the best intentions–i didn’t want anyone to possibly be OFFENDED. The pie does look delicious and if that’s the family name for it, that’s fine with me! Again, i apologize if I did offend in any way.

  • Lorraine Henderson
    November 27, 2018

    Thank you so much for sharing this sweet potato pie I have been searching for this recipe for years never could find it-the first time I ate sweet potato pie it was love at first bite and didn’t want to settle for punkin pie ever again-so I bow to you kind lady!

  • Laurie
    November 29, 2018

    A bit of an offensive recipe name, don’t you think?

  • Pam
    November 29, 2018


  • Gail wilson
    November 29, 2018

    Is this a regular pie crust or deep dish pie?

  • Rebecca
    November 29, 2018

    Is 2 and 1/2 sticks of butter correct, that is 1 1/2 cups of butter. It sounds like A lot.

  • Elaine Suggs
    November 29, 2018

    Hello AlIcia stumbl on your looking for diff recipes. Loved the sweet potato pie, and I Think we may be kiN.

  • Tracy
    November 29, 2018

    When you say “1 cup Carnation Milk” do you mean sweetened condensed milk, or evaporated milk?

  • Theresa
    November 30, 2018

    Hey, I’m sorry but is it evaporated milk or condensed
    Milk? Sorry about the all caps but i cannot get it to stop.

  • Stephanie
    November 30, 2018

    Just the way my Momma used to make IT! Yum!

  • Sonya Davis
    November 30, 2018

    Alicia, I think it’s presious you interviewing your grandmother. This recipe is just like my grandmothers, unfortunately I can’t interview mine. Cherish your time with family cause like your wise grandmother said “it seems to be lost”. Hope you share another recipe for the upcoming holiday. Merry Christmas.

  • Patricia
    December 1, 2018

    21/2 sticks of butter? Oh, so yes!!!! Thank you for sHaring a bit of history with dessert.

  • Sheila Gregory
    December 1, 2018

    Sounds delicious!! Always prefer sweet potato pie rather than pumpkin. Looking forward to making this recipe.

  • Michelle
    December 2, 2018

    This is very close to my mom’s recipe. She also used mace, and CINNAMON. I will try yours..

  • Linda
    December 2, 2018

    Do you have the recipe to post for the peach cobbler you love best?
    I love peach or blackberrY cobbler!!

  • Jill Snead
    December 2, 2018

    No Cinnamon?

  • Leah
    December 3, 2018

    Can I use large eggs instead of medium?

  • Carol Massie
    December 5, 2018

    Can i peel the sweet potatoes first, then boil them? Or would that make them too watery?

  • kathilyn
    December 5, 2018

    Does your grandmother have a recipe for banana bread and banana pudding?

  • Lynn d willis
    December 6, 2018

    Thank you for posting this recipe. I have been looking for a good sweet potato pie recipe for a while. I loved the little interview you did with your granny. I think it’s such a shame that this younger generation don’t know what it’s like to have family time sitting around the table. I was very fortunate that I got to experience and know the importance of that with my granny and great grandma.

  • Lynn dixon
    December 6, 2018

    Thank you for posting this recipe. I have been looking for a good sweet potato pie recipe for a while. I loved the little interview you did with your granny. I think it’s such a shame that this younger generation don’t know what it’s like to have family time sitting around the table. I was very fortunate that I got to experience and know the importance of that with my granny and great grandma.

  • Will
    December 10, 2018

    A few things asked above. Evaporated milk is not the same thing as condensed milk. Condensed milk is super sweet, whereas evaporated milk has no sugar.

    This is a good recipe, but I also like to use an even simpler recipe to further distinguish sweet potato pie from pumpkin pie. Namely, I would leave out the nutmeg or any spices and just use eggs, sweet potatoes, sugar, butter, and vanilla. If you love sweet potatoes you will really love this pie as well. Looking forward to try and your version with nutmeg though.

    December 10, 2018


  • LilBert47
    December 22, 2018

    As other reviews stated I was looking for a great grandmama sweet potato pie (cause in moving I lost mine).. I was so glad to find yours…it sounds fantastic and i will definitely be making this for christmas. you keep up the great work. and you know what really impressed m? You have responded to all of your reviews. thanks is a sign of a woman with great CHARACTER! god continue to bless you

  • Sonjanique Smith
    December 28, 2018

    First, thank you so much for SHARING!! I’ve been trying to find a good recipe for sweet potato pies because I love them so much. I can eat a whole pie by myself. I see the name, read of the ingredients and said this may be it. Lol. I am using to do 4 deep dish pie crust. How would you say I increase the ingredients?? Thanks in advance for your time and response HUN!

  • GG
    December 30, 2018

    Hello Alicia, I haven’t tried your recipe yet but it’s similar to my own recipe I use condensed milk less vanilla and 1 stick of butter.
    I appreciate how you named and uphold the family recipe. We as an African American nation has lost so much to other cultures that has stolen gifting of our Heritage and nature. We are proud people and should stand on how the LORD has blessed us as a unique people with many talents that had been mimicked and not acknowledged. Keep on trucking! Say it loud to be black and proud! No shame in the game of life!

  • Elizabeth
    December 30, 2018

    Thank you for sharing a piece of our history. I can’t wait to bake this pie!

  • Kristen
    January 1, 2019

    I Have not ever made a sweet potato pie before and i am super excited to do so
    I roasted my sweet potatoes in the oven. I am going to make it for New year’s day dinner.
    May you have a fab 2019

  • Wendi
    January 1, 2019

    HELLO Alicia. I loved this recipe. Tried IT with the deep dish crust and it was great. Thank you so much. My family loved it.

  • Sharon
    January 1, 2019

    HI Alisha, does this make one pie or two and are the pie crusts regular depth or deep dish? Thank you! I can Hardly wait to make this pie, love the Name of the pie, by The way!:)

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