Candied Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

8 Servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Candied Hasselback Sweet Potatoes are the perfect sweet side dish for the holidays with brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.

This impressive Side Dish is the perfect addition to your holiday table. Serve it up with classic recipes like Cranberry Sauce, Mashed Potatoes, and Green Bean Casserole for the perfect festive meal. 

Candied Hasselback Sweet Potatoes on serving platter

Using sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes completely changes the Hasselback Potato Recipe. Instead of another savory side dish, Hasselback Sweet Potatoes are perfect to add some variety to your holiday side dishes. The naturally sweet flavor of the potatoes is topped off with butter, brown sugar, and wonderful spices for the most amazing and comforting flavor ever. 

Slicing the top of the potato not only makes it into a fancy-looking side dish, it also gives the sweet potato recipe its amazing texture. The buttery potato slices are coated in the candied topping and baked to crispy perfection in the oven. The show-stopping candied potatoes are amazing to serve for a family gathering, dinner party, or holiday meal. 

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There are so many delicious recipes that you can make using sweet potatoes. For more dish ideas try Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole or Sweet Potato Au Gratin. Their natural flavor is so unique that it always makes a great addition to your favorite dinners. While the holidays are a great time for sweet potatoes, they belong on the menu all year long.

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Key Ingredients

  • Sweet Potatoes: Using sweet potatoes is the perfect way to take a classic savory side dish and give it a delicious candied topping. Be careful to try to buy sweet potatoes of a similar size and shape. Not only will that make sure they look great all together, but it will also help them cook more evenly.
  • Brown Sugar Mixture: Brown sugar is the most important part of the candied topping. It will actually provide that candy-like coating as it cooks with the butter. Then you will mix in spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger to add some more warm, comforting, and delicious flavor to the dish. These might be spices you’ve seen together before. That’s because they are a truly classic, ideal blend of flavors.

Candied Hasselback Sweet Potatoes FAQs

Why are they called “Hasselback Potatoes”?

“Hasselback Potatoes” come from a restaurant in Stockholm, Sweden, called “Hasselbacken”. This is where they first appeared back in the 1940s, and as a result were named for the restaurant.

How do I know when my Sweet Potatoes are done?

You can test the center of your Hasselback Sweet Potatoes by gently inserting a fork into a center slice. It should be tender, and the fork should pierce the potato easily. Be careful not to poke the fork too far and split the potato down the middle or break off one of the pieces. If you do break off a piece, just place it back in once it is served.

Why are Sweet Potatoes cooked at such a high temperature?

A high temperature is needed for something as dense and starchy as a sweet potato in order to get the caramelization you want for flavor and texture. Caramelized Sweet Potatoes have a sweetness to them that comes from the natural sugars in the potatoes, and that is what gives the sweet potatoes their crispy edges when cooked at a high temperature.

Candied Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with sugar and spice mixture

How to Make Candied Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

  • Prep Time: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees, then scrub the sweet potatoes clean. You can line a rimmed baking sheet with foil for easy cleanup. To make the sweet potato slices, place the potato between two chopsticks. Then slice the top of the potato into 1/8-inch slices with a sharp knife. The chopsticks will stop the knife before you cut all the way through the potato. 
  • Season: Fan the sliced sweet potatoes out slightly, and place them on the prepared baking sheet. Use a pastry brush to brush potatoes with half of the melted butter. Make sure to brush some of it between the slices and not just on top. Mix together the brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Add the sugar mixture to the top of the potatoes.
  • Cooking Time: Place the dish in the preheated oven and bake for 50-55 minutes. Take the potatoes out and brush them with the remaining butter. Bake for another 10 minutes until you have crispy potatoes. 
Candied Hasselback Sweet Potatoes second brushing with butter


  • Bacon Maple Syrup Sweet Potatoes: Instead of brown sugar, you can make candied sweet potatoes with maple syrup. Brush the sweet potatoes with ¼ cup maple syrup. Then top the dish off with bacon bits before serving. 
  • Cranberry Pecan Sweet Potatoes: Mix together ¼ cup pecans and cranberries with the brown sugar topping. Then spoon it all over the sweet potatoes as usual. 
  • Herb Butter: Try brushing simple herb butter over the sliced sweet potatoes. Just mix fresh parsley, rosemary, and chives with the melted butter for an easy and flavorful mixture. 

Serving Ideas for Candied Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

  • Holiday Season: These Sweet Potatoes make an excellent addition to your Thanksgiving table. They will look beautiful, taste fantastic, and be a nice change from the regular candied, mashed sweet potatoes you may be used to. They’ll also be a great choice for a Christmas dinner side.
  • Steak and Potatoes: Try these Candied Hasselback Sweet Potatoes in place of the classic baked potato or mashed potatoes alongside your favorite Steak. They will fulfill that need for a warm, buttery starch but will add a new element of flavor.
  • Easter: Your Easter table will get a nice refresh when you pair these Sweet Potatoes with your classic Easter Roast Leg of Lamb or Baked Ham. The mix of sweet and savory offerings will be a crowd pleaser for all ages!
  • Weeknight Dinner: Add Candied Hasselback Sweet Potatoes into your regular dinner rotation and serve them as a side to your favorite dinner. Try them with Perfect, Simple Roast Chicken, Utimate Garlic Pork Loin Roast, or Pepper Crusted Roast Beef.
Candied Hasselback Sweet Potatoes on baking sheet closeup

Can Candied Hasselback Sweet Potatoes be made ahead?

Hasselback potatoes are best served warm and fresh out of the oven so they keep those crispy edges on the outside and soft, buttery inside. If you’re pressed for time and need to make these ahead, you can seal and store them for a day or two. Reheat in a 425 degree oven to bring them back to that fresh flavor and texture. Brush again with butter when they come out of the oven for the finishing touch. Making them ahead would especially be helpful if you want to enjoy Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with your weeknight dinner.

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How to Store

  • Serve: Don’t leave Hasselback Sweet Potatoes at room temperature for more than 2 hours. 
  • Store: If you have leftovers, you can transfer them to a zip lock bag or an airtight container to store in the fridge for 5 days. 
  • Freeze: Hasselback Potatoes can also be kept frozen for up to 3 months. 
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Candied Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

Candied Hasselback Sweet Potatoes are the perfect sweet side dish for the holidays with brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.
Yield 8 Servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 6 sweet potatoes , small, try to buy similarly sized tube shapes
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Using a knife and a set of chopsticks, cut each sweet potato into 1/8" thick slices. To do this place the sweet potato in between the chopsticks and cut until you hit the chopsticks (this prevents the potatoes from being cut all the way through by accident).
  • Separate the sweet potatoes slightly and place in a 13×9 inch baking dish or on a baking sheet.
  • Brush on about half the melted butter (taking some time to brush in between the slices too).
  • Mix together then season the potatoes with brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.
  • Cook for 50-55 minutes, uncovered.
  • Remove the sweet potatoes from the oven and brush with the remaining butter. Again, try to brush in between the slices.
  • Bake again for 10 minutes until crispy.


Calories: 274kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 242mg | Potassium: 585mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 24402IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 1mg
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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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