Perfect for any fall gathering these Sweet Potato Biscuits have just a hint of cinnamon. The light touch of sweetness makes them perfect for breakfast, brunch or your holiday feast, but they’re easy enough to make any time you like.
Sweet Potato Biscuits, you say? Yeah, man! They’re like the best of all worlds in one little round bit of yumminess. Now, if you love sweet potatoes it’s one more way to get some in your belly.
But honestly, the sweet potato flavor is subtle enough that you’ll love the biscuits even if you don’t love sweet potatoes. A gentle touch of cinnamon takes the flavor soaring to new levels. I am not kidding! You have got to try these.
On the other hand, if you do truly love sweet potatoes you’ll want to learn to make Smoked Sweet Potatoes. They can go on the smoker alongside your ham or turkey.
The Recipe is Tried and True
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I made a few adaptations, but the inspiration for the recipe is from one of my all time favorite cookbooks, The Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook. This link is to my original 1999 cookbook, but if you’d prefer the updated version, this goes to The All New Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook.
Is anybody else out there like me and still like your printed cookbooks? I love finding recipes online like most of you, but there is something satisfying about sitting down with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and thumbing through a real old fashioned cookbook.
This recipe has been updated and improved:
We’ve removed shortening as an ingredient to use all butter. Freezing the butter and then grating it is the perfect way to get flaky biscuits. We have had so much success with that method in our 3 Ingredient Buttermilk Biscuits that we’re incorporating it here too.
There is something therapeutic about making biscuits. Making that big ball of dough and sprinkling it with flour and then rolling it out is just good clean fun. If that’s the kind of fun that appeals to you be sure to check out Southern Food Then and Now.
The first time I made these biscuits I used the 2 inch biscuit cutter and I thought they were just a bit small. I feel like 2.5 inches gives you a more substantial biscuit, but that’s a matter of preference too. You could even make little tea biscuits. Yum!
If you love the idea of sweet potatoes in your bread you’ll want to try this recipe too. Sweet Potato Muffins with Crumble Topping have an optional praline glaze that takes them totally over the top. If your looking for some more sweet biscuit recipes, you’ll want to try these Cinnamon Biscuits. They’re phenomenal with a little bit of icing on top!
Sweet Potato Biscuits
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- ¼ cup sugar
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 4 Tablespoons butter frozen for at least 2 hours
- 1 cup cooked, mashed sweet potatoes (about 1 large sweet potato) processed in food processor or mashed with potato masher
- ½ cup milk
- Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and sugar in a bowl.
- Grate butter into dry ingredients, tossing as you go.
- Add sweet potatoes and milk, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.
- Turn dough onto lightly floured surface, kneading 4 or 5 times.
- Roll dough to ½ inch thickness; cut with 2-2.5 inch biscuit cutter.
- Place on lightly greased baking sheet or parchment paper.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 14-15 minutes in traditional oven or at 350 in convection oven for 12-13 minutes, or until lightly browned.
- Brush with melted butter, if desired.
Do you have everything you need to make biscuits?
- Food processor (this links to a page of several choices – all Amazon 4 star rated or better)
- Potato Masher
- Biscuit Cutter Set
- Parchment Paper
The Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook suggests filling these biscuits with a slice of ham, bacon or turkey. That’s an idea we can wrap our heads around. We happened to have some homegrown tomatoes on biscuit baking day and we enjoyed a hot biscuit with a piece of Applewood Bacon and a slice of tomato. Oh my!
If you’re reading this you must love biscuits. You’ll also want to try our Asiago Cheese & Black Pepper Biscuits. They are divine! And Mexican Style Biscuits has all the flavors of Mexican Cornbread, but in biscuit form.
Make ahead and freeze
I’m a huge fan of doing anything I can ahead of a big holiday meal. The more time I have to spend with friends and family the happier I am.
These Sweet Potato Biscuits are perfect for that. Bake them and make sure they’re completely cool before freezing. I would be very comfortable making them 2 or 3 weeks ahead.
At Thanksgiving I always include my Mama’s old original Pecan Pie recipe and I make those ahead and freeze them too. No one can tell the difference. I promise. Both are included in this collection of 15 Make Ahead Recipes for Holiday Meals.
One more traditional Thanksgiving dish that can be made a day ahead and kept in the fridge or a couple of weeks and frozen is Slow Cooker Turkey Breast. It makes the most divine gravy which also freezes well.
Love Sweet Potatoes?
This is a super simple recipe that makes a wonderful side dish year round. Only 4 ingredients are in this one and it has humble beginnings in the Gullah culture of the Carolina Lowcountry. Gullah Style Sweet Potato recipe can be found here.
When this recipe came to be it was because a friend had been going on about the great sweet potato biscuits she had in a restaurant. Or so I thought. As it turns out she was actually telling me about sweet potato cornbread. Duh.
Almost through with this biscuit post I went ahead to complete it – and y’all do love the biscuits. But, now we have added Sweet Potato Cornbread to Biscuits and Burlap. You’ll want to click over for that recipe too.
If you make either recipe, be sure to leave a comment, and tag @biscuitsandburlap in a picture on Instagram. See y’all next time!
Don’t forget dessert! For the perfect end to your fall meal try this Apple Crisp with Cranberries. Mmm…..
Anvita Bhatnagar Mistry says
I love sweet potatoes but never knew I could make biscuits with them. This recipe seems interesting. Saving it for later.
They are so good! Thanks, Anvita!
What a delightful recipe that’s easy to make! Photos looks awesome too!
Thank you Annissa!
These biscuits are just screaming to be made for Thanksgiving. I bet they would be yummy for breakfast too!
Thank you, Vicky! They’re one of our favorite recipes!
These sound superb! I can’t wait to try them! My fans of sweet potatoes, so I always have some around!
Great! Hope you love them as much as we do.
These sweet potato biscuits look so flaky and delicious! I’m trying these for sure!
Hope you enjoy them, Shanika!
nicole triebe says
Give me all the sweet potato recipes for fall! these sound heavenly!
Thanks so much, Nicole!
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Judy Hyder says
Love sweet potato anything! But, my daughter has to have gluten-free foods, is it feasible to sub. gluten-free all purpose flour for regular flour?
Judy, I’m afraid we don’t have any experience with gluten-free flour. If you give it a try be sure to come back and let us know how it turns out.
I used to make sweet potato rolls for Thanksgiving, and they always disappeared. These sound divine, and easier. But now I have to be gluten free, unfortunately. I may try to cut the recipe in half and use gluten free flour, so I wouldn’t be wasting so many ingredients if it fails. And then I can make your version with all purpose flour for everyone else. If we can do Thanksgiving with everybody I invite this year. I’m crossing my fingers, but I suspect that it won’t be safe by then.
If you try them with gluten free flour be sure to let us know how they turn out.