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Southern Sweet Potato Biscuits

This ain’t your mamma’s biscuit. It ain’t your grandma’s biscuit neither. This is a delicate, lightly sweet, soft southern biscuit that is flavor BINGO! Plus, it is simple and a TERRIFIC use for any leftover baked sweet potatoes! Southern Sweet Potato Biscuits are my new GO-TO biscuit!


There are a few important facts in making sweet potato biscuits. First, choose the right sweet potato. You will want a potato with moist flesh and that will be a potato that is very orange inside. White and purple flesh potatoes are too dry for this application. The Jewel and the Garnet are both a good choice.

Simply follow the recipe below and the tips and tricks as well and you’ll be well on your way to a terrific Southern Sweet Potato Biscuit! Of course, if you are interested in Classic Southern Biscuits, you might want to check out these traditional Southern Biscuits and of course, you’ll want to know what ALL THE SECRETS to Southern Biscuits are! 

A close up shot of Southern Sweet Potato Biscuits in a basket with a blue and green kitchen towel under them

Southern Sweet Potato Biscuits


After these were served as an appetizer at a recent wedding banquet, I had to learn how to make them myself. I based my recipe off of Paula Deen’s Sweet Potato Biscuit recipe changing a few ingredients – like increasing the sugar, adding a butter topping and adding rosemary to the mix.


A photo of Southern Sweet Potato Biscuits in a basket with a blue and green kitchen towel

Southern Sweet Potato Biscuits

Easy sweet potato biscuit recipe
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Course: biscuits
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sweet potato biscuits
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 100kcal


  • ¾ Cup cooked peeled and mashed sweet potato (it’s fine to bake the potato in the microwave)
  • Cup whole milk
  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour + extra
  • 2 ½ Tbs sugar
  • 1 Tbs Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 6 Tbs unsalted sweet cream butter cut into tiny pieces.
  • 4 tbs melted butter


  • Preheat the oven to 450 (yes, I know that it a high temp - and it isn’t a mistake).
  • Grease a baking sheet with butter - thick coat.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the potato meat and the milk together.
  • In a large bowl mix together the flour, sugar, baking, powder and salt. Using your hands or a pastry cutter or two knives, cut the butter into the flour mixture until it is coarse.
  • Make a well in the center of the flour/butter mix and add the sweet potato mixture. Fold the sweet potato mix into the flour mix until all of the flour mix is moistened. You may need to add extra milk - add by small splashes if needed.
  • Turn the dough out onto a prepared flour surface and gently knead until it comes together (2-3 times). Pat the dough out into a ½ inch thickness and dust lightly on the surface with flour.
  • Using a shot glass, cut the biscuits out. Repat the extra dough until all is used.
  • Baked in the preheated oven for 8-12 minutes until done.
  • Remove from the oven and paint with melted butter. Serve warm or at room temp.


Dont over knead the biscuits or they will become tough.


Nutrition Facts
Southern Sweet Potato Biscuits
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 100
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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A photo of three Southern Sweet Potato Biscuits with a butter knife that says butter my buns on it

Southern Sweet Potato Biscuits

TIPS AND TRICKS Southern Sweet Potato Biscuits

  • The sweet potato must be room temp or cool. If you use a warm potato, it will melt your butter and that will kill the flakiness of your biscuit.
  • If your potato still feels warm at all, mash it and spread it out across a plate. Place the plate in the freezer for a few minutes and the potato will cool quickly.
  • I keep my flour in the freezer and use it cold for this recipe. I believe that it keeps the butter cold until it is incorporated so that the biscuits end up light and fluffy.
  • After you cut the butter into tiny pieces, place it back in the fridge until ready to use.
  • Just know that it takes a long time to get the butter incorporated into the mix – just be patient. HERE<<<< is the best video I’ve found to show this- scroll down to where she is thumbing the butter through her fingers.
  • Use only a red/orange fleshed potato, the white or purple potatoes are too dry for these biscuits.
  • The amount of milk you use will depend on how dry your potato is – some are way more dry than others  You want a damp dough, not a soppy loose dough.
  • Check your biscuits at 8 minutes, your oven may cook a little different than mine.
A photo of Southern Sweet Potato Biscuits in a basket with a blue and green kitchen towel

Southern Sweet Potato Biscuits


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Wendi is the writer, CEO and dishwasher at Loaves and Dishes! When not in the kitchen or behind the computer, you can find Wendi serving on International Food Conference Boards, Speaking at various conferences, Leading and Cooking for the local Arts Council's "Taste of Stokes" events or donating home cooked goodies to various local non profits such as the Danbury Songwriters and Stokes Partnership for Children. Wendi is also a Registered Nurse with a Master's Degree and serves on her town's board of councilmen.

Recipe Rating


Friday 2nd of February 2018

I tried these and had to do them twice, I think I had them too dry the first time. I added a tiny bit more milk the second time and they were great! They tasted terrific both times though!


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