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Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon Pecan Crunch Recipe

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Roasted sweet potatoes are tossed in a vanilla based sauce, mixed with dried fruit, and then topped with a cinnamon pecan crunch.  A sweet and delicious side dish perfect for a weekday meal or as a Thanksgiving side dish. Thanks to Dixie for sponsoring this post!

roasted sweet potatoes

As a kid I thought that Thanksgiving was the most boring holiday ever.  We never had any friends or family over so it was just the five of us eating a really big meal and watching the Detroit Lions lose on TV.  I was determined that when I got older, Thanksgiving would not be boring and I think that so far, I’ve succeeded.  My sister and I combine forces every year to throw a massive Thanksgiving feast!  We invite everyone we know to join us and enjoy a day full with friends and family.

Dixie promise

Because our Thanksgiving meal can get so big, we often use paper plates to make the clean up easier.  No one wants to spend time doing dishes when there is football to watch, board games to play, and dessert to eat.  Of course, we need heavy duty paperware for our massive feast and Dixie Ultra® plates are built strong for heavy, messy meals ®. Right now, the makers of Dixie Ultra® Tableware  are celebrating Thanksgiving in a fun way! You can head over to the Dixie® website to make a Thanksgiving Promise. Choose your favorite promise; share it on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest; and then get an exclusive coupon from Dixie®.  Don’t forget to use the hashtag #MyThanksgivingPromise when you share! I love the promise above about taste-testing! There is a lot of that going around our kitchens on Thanksgiving.

roasted sweet potatoes raw

If you scroll down a little on the Dixie website, you’ll notice some fantastic Thanksgiving recipes to help out your taste-testers.  Sweet potatoes are on of my favorite foods on the Thanksgiving menu so I decided to try out the Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon Pecan Crunch.  Sounds terrible doesn’t it?

sweet potatoes plated

I used dried cherries instead of cranberries or raisins and I didn’t have any orange juice so I just used water.  Seriously wow.  Pin this on to your Thanksgiving Menu Pinterest board now!

sweet potato recipe



Yield: 8

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon Pecan Crunch

sweet potato recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick® Ground Cinnamon, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick® Ground Ginger, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 cup dried cranberries, cherries or raisins
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cut up, divided
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  1. Mox 1/4 cup of the sugar, orange juice, vanilla, 1/2 teaspoon each of the cinnamon and ginger, and salt in large bowl. Add sweet potatoes; toss to coat well. Spoon into 9x13-inch baking dish.
  2. Sprinkle evenly with cranberries. Dot with 2 tablespoons of the butter. Cover with foil.
  3. Bake in preheated 400°F oven 30 minutes.
  4. While the potatoes are baking, mix flour, remaining 1/2 cup sugar and remaining 1 teaspoon each cinnamon and ginger in medium bowl. Cut in remaining 4 tablespoons butter with a fork until coarse crumbs form. Stir in pecans.
  5. Remove sweet potatoes from oven and stir gently. Sprinkle evenly with pecan topping.
  6. Bake, uncovered, 25 to 30 minutes longer or until sweet potatoes are tender and topping is
  7. lightly browned.

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  • Audrey
    November 9, 2015

    Oh yum! Seriously I want to lick my computer screen. Thanks for sharing with us on the #HomeMattersParty I hope you will join us again next week.

  • Margy
    November 7, 2015

    Mom made something similar every year for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Really brings back good memories. – Margy

    • Camille
      November 10, 2015

      What a great memory, Margy!

  • Debbie
    November 3, 2015

    Yummy! This looks so good. Thanks for sharing the recipe Camille.

    • Camille
      November 6, 2015

      You are so welcome, Debbie!

  • Miz Helen
    November 18, 2014

    We are going to love this dish of Sweet Potatoes. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday and hope you are having a great day!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  • Amanda
    November 13, 2014

    Oh wow… I’m definitely pinning this for Thanksgiving!!

    • Camille
      November 17, 2014

      It is so good, Amanda! Enjoy!

  • Michelle
    November 11, 2014

    This looks seriously yummy! I’m British so I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, but I would totally make this anyway!

    • Camille
      November 11, 2014

      We had it with roasted chicken the other night! 🙂 So go for it!

  • ourfamilyworld
    November 3, 2014

    This looks so good. My promise is to Stop washing dirty dishes and spend more time with family