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Sweet Potato Biscuits, Buttery and Flaky Goodness!

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Buttery and flaky, Sweet Potato Biscuits make a lovely addition to any Thanksgiving or Christmas menu. Homemade buttermilk biscuits are a Southern tradition and just by adding mashed sweet potato to the dough you get a sweeter, moister biscuit.

These biscuits are particularly tasty when paired with baked ham or turkey or drizzled with honey.

Sweet Potato Biscuits are made with mashed sweet potato, buttermilk, and butter for extra flavor. Make two batches of this easy homemade biscuit recipe and freeze a dozen to use later for holiday parties.

a stack of Buttery Sweet Potato Biscuits on a white plate

Sweet Potato Biscuits

The first time I ever tried Sweet Potato Biscuits was at a wedding buffet. One of the caterer’s signature items was mini Sweet Potato Biscuits split open and piled high with slivers of honey-baked ham and dressed with a honey mustard sauce. Delicious!

More than likely, you’re already planning to serve some type of sweet potatoes at your Thanksgiving meal. Whether it’s a Sweet Potato Casserole or Mashed Sweet Potatoes, save back a cup of the cooked potatoes to mash up for a batch of Sweet Potato Biscuits.

How do you make Sweet Potato Biscuits?

  1. Start with cooked sweet potato. DO NOT use canned sweet potatoes as they tend to have too much water. Mash the sweet potato with a fork and mix with buttermilk.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl then add cold, cubed butter.
  3. Mix in the butter until crumbly. You may use a pastry blender, fork, or your fingers for this task.
  4. Add the sweet potato mixture to the flour mixture and mix until just moistened.
  5. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead a few times. Just enough until the dough holds together — don’t overdo it!
  6. Roll out the dough and cut out biscuits with a biscuit cutter.
  7. Bake at 425-degrees for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden.
top photo - mashing sweet potatoes with a fork; bottom photo - biscuit dough with cutter on pastry board

Can you cook sweet potatoes in the microwave to make Sweet Potato Biscuits?

Sure! Instead of peeling, cutting, and boiling the sweet potatoes you can bake a large sweet potato in the microwave until it is good and soft.

Prick the sweet potato several times with a fork and cook on high power for 6 to 7 minutes. Give the potato a squeeze to make sure it is soft (be careful, it’s hot! )and cook another minute if needed. Cool until you can handle, then split open the sweet potato and scoop out the pulp.

split open Buttery Sweet Potato Biscuits with a slice of hame and mustard vinaigrette

What goes with Sweet Potato Biscuits?

Not only are Sweet Potato biscuits a delicious bread to serve with Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, they’re perfect for breakfasts and luncheons, too. Here are a few ways to serve them:

  • Serve warm drizzled with honey
  • Split open and topped with sliced ham and honey mustard or honey Dijon vinaigrette to make party sandwiches
  • Use Sweet Potato Biscuits in place of buns for BBQ pork sliders
  • Serve with homemade honey butter or cinnamon butter.

Can Sweet Potato Biscuits be frozen?

Of course! To freeze the biscuits, let them cool completely then place in resealable plastic freezer bags. They will keep in the freezer for several weeks. To reheat the biscuits, wrap frozen biscuits in aluminum foil and place in a preheated 350-degree oven for about 10 minutes or until warmed through.

Buttery Sweet Potato Biscuit with ham and mustard vinaigrette on a white plate

Recipe Ideas for your Thanksgiving Menu

I like to start planning early when it comes to holiday meals. Of course, there are a few traditional dishes that are always on our menu from year to year, but I usually like to add at least one new recipe. Here are a few Thanksgiving recipe suggestions you might like to consider, as well:

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I love my vintage biscuit cutter because its sharp edge cuts through the dough easily, plus it has a little handle for holding the cutter. You can always use a drinking glass to cut out biscuits, but the biscuit cutter works best for me.

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a stack of Buttery Sweet Potato Biscuits on a white plate

Sweet Potato Biscuits Recipe

When making any kind of Southern biscuits, always remember that you only need to knead the dough 4 to 5 times. More than that and the biscuits will get tough. Also, don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty — it’s easier to mix the butter into the dough with your fingers!

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Last Updated: 15 Oct 2019
Yield: 18 biscuits

Sweet Potato Biscuits

a stack of Buttery Sweet Potato Biscuits on a white plate

Make the ultimate Southern biscuit sandwich with Buttery Sweet Potato Biscuits, sliced ham, and a smear of homemade honey dijon vinaigrette.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 cup cooked mashed sweet potato
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly coat baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Use a pastry cutter or fork to mix in the butter until crumbly. (Use your fingers to break up any large clumps of butter.)
  4. Stir together mashed sweet potato and buttermilk, then add to the flour mixture. Use your fingers to mix until just moistened.
  5. Press dough together in the bowl to form a ball, then turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead 3 to 4 times.
  6. Roll the dough to 1/2-inch thickness and cut out biscuits.
  7. Place biscuits on the prepared baking sheet; bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden.

Notes

Original recipe by Southern Living, December 2001

    Use cold butter cut into cubes for the biscuit dough. Use a fork or pastry blender or even your fingers to mix the butter into the dough.

    Only knead the dough 4 to 5 times on a lightly floured surface. More than that and the biscuits will become tough.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

18

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 218Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 515mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 4g

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Sheila Thigpen, author of Easy Chicken Cookbook and The 5-Ingredient Fresh and Easy Cookbook, is a recipe developer, food photographer, and food writer. She spent 20+ years as a business manager in the publishing industry before she retired in 2018 to focus on her passions — cooking, photography, and writing. Living near the beautiful Smoky Mountains, Sheila and her husband have two adult daughters and two fine sons-in-law, are active in their church, love to travel, and have a precious little granddaughter who has stolen their hearts. Follow Sheila on YouTubePinterestInstagramFacebook, and Twitter!

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Sophie Anderson

Thursday 17th of October 2019

Excellent recipe. I added 1 teaspoon of orange extract to flavor it.

Brandy | Nutmeg Nanny

Friday 17th of March 2017

These look amazing! Can't believe I've never thought of this before!

Jessica | Novice Chef

Wednesday 15th of March 2017

I cannot wait to try these out! We are a HUGE sweet potato family!

Ashlyn @ Belle of the Kitchen

Tuesday 14th of March 2017

I'm a southern girl but have never had sweet potato biscuits, and I have no idea why! I love sweet potatoes and I love biscuits; definitely have to make these!

Melanie | Melanie Makes

Tuesday 14th of March 2017

Those biscuits look absolutely dreamy - the perfect way to start the day!

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