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Candied Yams (Extra Rich)

Candied Yams recipe. Yams or Sweet Potatoes candied in brown sugar cinnamon spiced bourbon sauce.

Candied Yams

Take your mom’s candied yams recipe to the next level with bourbon and black walnut bitters. These decadent candied sweet potatoes will have you wanting seconds!

I absolutely love the sweetness candied yams bring to my Thanksgiving menu. It is like dessert before dessert.

Ingredients for Candied Yams

The bourbon and black walnut bitters are optional. You can omit the ingredients from your candied sweet potatoes and they will still be delicious. The bourbon and black walnut bitters gives the candied yams a richer flavor.

Candied Sweet Potatoes

How to Make Candied Yams on the Stove

First, you want to pick long small yams. These are younger and more flavorful than huge old yams. I prefer the long skinny yams since we are slicing them into coins.

Wash, peel, and slice your yams into coins and set aside.

In a medium pot over medium-low heat melt butter and add remaining ingredients. Toss to coat.

Cover and cook on medium-low heat for 30 minutes or until fork tender.

Transfer to a serving dish.

Candied Yams


  • As mentioned before you can omit the bourbon and walnut bitters.
  • You can swap out brown sugar for white sugar if you are out.
  • Sprinkle the top with toasted chopped pecans.
Candied Yams

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Candied Yams in a Brown Sugar Spiced Bourbon Sauce

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Sweet Potato Recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 282 kcal
Author Stephanie Jackson


  • 2 lbs sweet potatoes peeled and coined
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp bourbon optional
  • 3-4 dashes black walnut bitters optional


  1. In a sauce pan melt butter over medium heat.
  2. Add in remaining ingredients and toss to coat.

  3. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until fork tender.

Recipe Notes

  • The last 2 ingredients, Bourbon and Black Walnut Bitters, are optional but will take your candied yams to the next level. 
Nutrition Facts
Candied Yams
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 282 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Protein 2g4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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