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Deliciously easy Cinnamon Honey Butter Mashed Sweet Potatoes are a delightful side dish to add some sweet flavor to your dinner. 

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Mashed sweet potatoes are easy to make and in this recipe they are sweetened with a delicious cinnamon honey butter for a mash that is sure to become a family favorite. To make this recipe, sweet potatoes are peeled, diced, and boiled in plain water until tender. The amount of time that they take to reach tender will depend on how small you dice your sweet potatoes. We recommend dicing them quite small.

Once the sweet potatoes are tender they are then drained and transferred to a large mixing bowl. Cinnamon, honey, and butter are all added to the sweet potatoes along with milk. Everything is then mashed until everything is melted and combined.

PRO TIP: Place the sweet potatoes into the pot before you fill the pot with water. This will make it so there’s no unnecessary splashing which can be dangerous if you bring your water to a boil before adding the sweet potatoes.

Boiling Sweet Potatoes

What is the difference between sweet potatoes and yams?

In America the terms “Sweet Potato” and “Yam” are used interchangeably and refer to that potato looking thing with the red skin and orange flesh. Yet, you have probably seen something else in the grocery store labeled sweet potato with a light yellow skin, while your orange flesh variety is labeled yams. Guess what? Both of them are sweet potatoes!

The kind of sweet potatoes you think of as yams are simply dark skinned sweet potatoes. You won’t commonly come across true yams in an American grocery store. True yams have brown or black skin and the flesh is either red, purple, or off white. Crazy, huh? You thought you’ve been eating yams all these years!

What is the best way to mash sweet potatoes?

To mash sweet potatoes you can use either a traditional potato masher, a potato ricer, or you can use a hand mixer.

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Deliciously easy Cinnamon Honey Butter Mashed Sweet Potatoes are a delightful side dish to add some sweet flavor to your dinner. 
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
  • 3 to 4 pounds sweet potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • Place cubed sweet potatoes into a large pot. Fill with water to cover. Place on the stove and bring to a boil over high heat. 
  • Once boiling, reduce heat to low and simmer sweet potatoes until tender (15-20 minutes). Drain well.
  • Transfer sweet potatoes to a large mixing bowl while still hot. Add in butter, honey, cinnamon, and milk. Mash using a potato masher, or use a hand mixer to blend until smooth and well combined.
  • Serve hot.


Calories: 286kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 272mg | Potassium: 592mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 24505IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 1.1mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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Leanne Taylor

5 stars
Everytime I make this I get rave reviews. So delicious! I have made this several times & my only suggestion to someone making this is never go above the 1/3 cup milk or it will be runny. I make this recipe as it is stated.

Just made it. I like sweet potatoes but never had to cook any. Well, someone gave me some fresh, & I gave your recipe a try. It was extremely good!! Thank you so much! I will make it again!

vickie campbell

4 stars
Look so good

Mary Reynolds

Why not omit milk altogether, like I do in mash potatoes (I cannot do dairy due to health issues)?Season the potatoes well and you will not be able to tell the difference.


I have finally found a recipe for my favorite dish that doesn’t have too many ingredients or ingredients I can’t have. This looks so delicious and easy to make in minimal time. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!


5 stars
I love this recipe! Simple and delicious, not overly sweet. I made these in the AM to go with my pork roast that is in the slow cooker for dinner. These are so good they may not make it til dinner time

5 stars
so good!

5 stars
can this be dairy free?


5 stars
Sounds easy to make

Courtnay S Fortier

5 stars
My family loved this sweet potato recipe. Not too sweet – just right!


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