These southern candied yams are sweet and buttery and feature brown sugar and warm spices. A traditional soul food candied yams recipe passed down from generation to generation.


- sweet potatoes  - butter - salt - ground cinnamon - ground nutmeg - granulated sugar - brown sugar  - vanilla extract - nonstick cooking spray or softened - butter

Start by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C). While the oven is preheating, take a moment to generously coat your baking dish with nonstick cooking spray or butter.


Scrub your sweet potatoes clean to get rid of any lingering dirt. Then, peel and slice them into lovely ½-inch thick rounds. Arrange them in the prepared dish.


In a saucepan, set over medium heat, melt a stick of butter. Add salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and both types of sugar. Whisk it all together until it's well incorporated.


Once everything's combined, take the saucepan off the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.


Pour the candied sauce mixture all over your sweet potatoes. Make sure each slice gets a generous coating. Now, take a piece of aluminum foil and securely cover your baking dish.


Slide the dish into the preheated oven and let those sweet potatoes bake for approximately 30 minutes.


Carefully take the dish out of the oven. Using a spoon, generously coat those candied yams with the sweet sauce that has formed at the bottom of the dish.


Now, re-cover the dish with foil and let them keep baking until the sweet potatoes become tender enough to be easily pierced with a fork. This usually takes an extra 15-20 minutes.


Once they're done baking, take them out of the oven, and let them rest for 5-10 minutes. Serve and enjoy!


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