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Old Fashioned Sweet Potato Pie with a Modern Twist

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This old fashioned sweet potato pie recipe is the perfect dessert! With a pretzel crumb topping, its savory sweet combination will be a crowd pleaser. I’m excited to share this new recipe with you!

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Old Fashioned Sweet Potato Pie Experiment

Sweet potato pie recipe

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One of my favorite recipes I always associate with Thanksgiving is my mom’s sweet potato soufflé. It is delectable. The topping is my absolute favorite part, so I wondered if I could make it into a pie!

Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

I started the process of making this yummy pie and then realized I didn’t have the key ingredient for the topping: pecans. So, I improvised and it turned out even better than I expected!

Sweet potatoes in a kitchen.

I substituted crushed pretzel rods for the pecans and the salty addition amped up the savory factor of this old fashioned sweet potato pie. I love the salty-sweet combo and I hope you will enjoy it as well!

Sometimes the best surprises come from experimentation. 😉

Old Fashioned Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

Start by preheating your oven to 350 Fahrenheit. Place your pie shell in a prepared deep dish pie plate and bake for 7 minutes. Remove it from the oven and set aside.

Thanksgiving pie in a modern farmhouse kitchen.
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Sweet Potato Pie Filling

Start by cooking your sweet potatoes. This can be done in the oven or microwave (a much faster result). Or, you can buy sweet potato puree. Personally, I like the texture and consistency that fresh sweet potatoes offer!

Cooked sweet potatoes

Spoon the cooked flesh into a blender and puree until you have 2 cups of pureed sweet potatoes. Next, mix in the remaining filling ingredients.

Mix well, and pour into your prepared pie crust.

Sweet potato pie filling.

Bake your pie filling for 30 minutes on top of a baking sheet lined with foil. This will prevent you from messy clean up if the filling bubbles over.

Old Fashioned Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet Potato Pie Topping

Next comes the best part! The topping to this old fashioned sweet potato pie is what brings it into the modern age. A little bit of sweet. A little bit of salty. Lots of crunch and yummy texture!

While your filling is baking, take your pretzel rods and crush them until you have one cup of crushed pretzels. I use a storage bag and a rolling pin to crush mine. This keeps the mess contained!

Crushing pretzel topping for sweet potato pie.

After you’ve prepared your pretzels, melt the butter and then mix all of the topping ingredients together.

Remove your pie from the oven after 30 minutes and place the topping evenly across the top. Bake for another 30 minutes, covering the pie edges with foil if it begins to over-brown.

Pretzel crumb topping for sweet potato pie.

Your pie is done when an inserted knife comes out clean and the middle is set when gently shaken.

Old fashioned sweet potato pie recipe.

Now, here’s the kicker. This beauty needs to cool completely before serving. Place the sweet potato pie into the refrigerator for at least 3 hours after it has come to room temperature.

Sweet Potato Pie Recipe.

Serve chilled with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream! This is such a filling and satisfying pie.

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It ranks right up there with my favorite pear pie recipe I shared last fall!

Sweet potato pie recipe

Old Fashioned Sweet Potato Pie with Pretzel Crumb Topping

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 7 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 22 minutes

This savory sweet potato pie is the perfect addition to your fall meal! Enjoy the savory sweet potato filling, paired perfectly with a salty-sweet pretzel crumb topping!


Pie Filling

  • 1 Refrigerated Pie Crust (or favorite homemade crust)
  • 2 c. Pureed Sweet Potatoes (3 medium cooked sweet potatoes)
  • 1 c. Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1/2 c. Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 c. Brown Sugar
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 2 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt

Pretzel Crumb Topping

  • 1 c. Crushed Pretzel Rods
  • 1 c. Brown Sugar
  • 1 Stick Melted Butter
  • 1/3 c. Flour
  • 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon 


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Lightly spray 9 in. deep dish pie plate.
  3. Press the pie crust into the dish, prick with fork, and bake for 7 minutes. Set aside.
  4. Cook whole sweet potatoes in the microwave until soft (10-15 minutes, turning once)
  5. Scoop out soft sweet potato flesh and puree in a blender.
  6. Mix sweet potato puree in a medium bowl with cream, both sugars, eggs, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla and salt.
  7. Pour sweet potato puree mixture into prepared pie crust.
  8. Place pie plate on a baking sheet lined with foil and bake pie for 30 minutes.
  9. While the custard is baking, melt your stick of butter and crush your pretzel rods.
  10. Mix together butter, pretzel chunks, brown sugar, flour and cinnamon.
  11. After custard has baked for 30 minutes, remove from oven and top with pretzel crumb topping.
  12. Bake for another 30 minutes, placing tin foil around edges of crust if over-browning.
  13. Pie is done when knife comes out clean and custard is set when gently shaken.
  14. Cool pie completely before serving. Best served after chilled in the refrigerator for 3 hours or more.
  15. Store covered in the refrigerator.


Can substitute 1 c. of crushed pretzels with 1 c. chopped pecans for a sweeter alternative!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 Slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 580

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This old fashioned sweet potato pie recipe is the perfect dessert! With a pretzel crumb topping, its savory sweet combination will be a crowd pleaser!


  1. I’m a bit confused about the top. The ingredients for the top call for a pie crust so is the top pie crust crumbled up with the pretzels and other ingredients?

    1. Thanks for bringing that to my attention! It was supposed to be its own group in the recipe but it looks like it grouped it under the pie topping. All fixed! The crust is for the bottom. 🙂

  2. Excited to try this! My husband loves sweet potatoes in any form, and he doesn’t mind being my guinea pig at all!

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