Maple-Bourbon Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

If there's one thing better than a sweet potato pie — and it's hard to find many things that are — it would have to be a maple-bourbon sweet potato pie, and especially one made completely from scratch. Well, thanks to recipe developer Jessica Morone, our dreams have become reality with her take on the classic pie. "I love regular sweet potato pie, but this is even better because it adds the flavors of maple and bourbon," Morone says. "It's creamy, delicious, and packed with flavor."

Against popular belief, sweet potato pie is not a dessert reserved solely for Thanksgiving or fall in general. Sweet potatoes are easy to source year-round, as are maple syrup and bourbon, though that last ingredient may be as easy to find as simply checking your bar cart. The only real quandary here may revolve around making both the crust and pie filling from scratch, but as Morone assures us, "There are a few possibly tricky areas, but they are easy to navigate." So grab your sweet potatoes and that bottle of bourbon and let's get to baking something a little more exciting than your run-of-the-mill sweet potato pie.

Gather the ingredients for maple-bourbon sweet potato pie

As expected, you'll need sweet potatoes (two large or three medium), maple syrup, and bourbon to make this pie — and Morone notes the special nature of that last inclusion. "The bourbon is really the special ingredient in this," she explains, adding, "The alcohol cooks out and leaves a very smooth, deep flavor with hints of caramel, oak, and nuttiness." Other filling ingredients include melted butter, brown sugar, vanilla extract, eggs, evaporated milk, grated nutmeg, and allspice.

You'll also need ingredients to make the pie crust, and luckily that list is pretty short. Be sure to have all-purpose flour, salt, sugar, very cold cubed butter, and ice water on hand to make the flaky crust. If you absolutely don't have time to make the crust, no worries — "to save time you could use a store-bought pie crust," says Morone.

Make the pie crust dough

Kick things off by adding the flour, salt, and sugar to a food processor and pulse a couple of times to combine. Next up, add in the cold butter cubes and blitz until they combine with the dry ingredients, forming a crumbly, coarse mixture. Now add in the water, and do be sure that it's ice-cold. "You want to use cold water in the pie dough because that's what makes it flaky," Morone explains. Once you pulse in the water, a cohesive dough should form.

Remove the dough from the food processor and use your hands to form it into a disc-like shape. Finally, wrap it up in plastic and let it chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

Bake the sweet potatoes

Preheat the oven to 425 F and turn your attention to the sweet potatoes. Pierce them all over with a fork, then place them on a baking sheet and put them in the oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until they're soft and tender throughout. "When you cook the sweet potatoes, make sure you test them by putting a fork into them to check to make sure they are soft," Morone advises, warning, "Undercooked potatoes will end up lumpy and hard." Once the potatoes are thoroughly softened, remove them from the oven and, once cooled, peel off the skins.

Par-bake the crust

Reduce your oven's temperature to 375 F and grab the pie dough from the fridge. Roll it out onto a clean, lightly-floured surface until it is about ⅛-inch thick and 1 inch wider around than your pie dish. Transfer the rolled-out dough to the pie dish and gently press it into the crevices, then trim off excess dough around the edges and flute it for extra visual appeal.

Next, place a sheet of parchment paper or foil on top of the crust and fill it up with either dry beans or pie weights. Bake the crust for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until it starts to turn golden brown. Once it gets some nice color to it, remove the crust from the oven and take out the beans/parchment layer.

Make the filling and bake the pie

Place the cooked, peeled sweet potatoes into a large bowl and either mash them with a masher or use an electric hand mixer to get them super smooth. Next, add in the melted butter, maple syrup, brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla extract, eggs, evaporated milk, nutmeg, and allspice, then mix or beat to combine. 

Pour the filling into your par-baked pie crust then pop the whole pie into the oven, allowing it to bake for 45 to 50 minutes — the filling should just barely be set when you take the pie out. Once baked, allow the pie to fully cool down to room temperature. 

Serve up a slice of this maple-bourbon sweet potato pie

Now that the pie has cooled down, go ahead and slice it up and serve as desired. You really can't go wrong enjoying a slice of this pie as-is — the maple and bourbon flavors will stand out without being overbearing, and you'll be questioning why you haven't been adding those ingredients all along. Of course, it's nice to add a creamy element: "Whipped cream and ice cream are great toppings on this," Morone suggests. "You could also grate some fresh nutmeg on top."

If you simply cannot finish each slice of pie in time, Morone says that leftovers will keep well. "You can store leftovers covered in the fridge for up to three days," she advises.

Maple-Bourbon Sweet Potato Pie Recipe
5 from 39 ratings
Take your traditional sweet potato pie up a notch by adding maple and bourbon for a creamy and delicious pie that's packed with flavor.
Prep Time
Cook Time
sliced sweet potato pie
Total time: 3 hours, 20 minutes
  • For the crust
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ tablespoon sugar
  • ½ cup very cold unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • ¼ cup ice water
  • For the pie filling
  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup bourbon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup evaporated milk
  • ¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  1. For the crust, add the flour, salt, and sugar to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse a few times until combined.
  2. Add the cold butter cubes and process until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. Add in the cold water and pulse until the dough starts to come together.
  4. Dump the dough onto a clean surface and form it into a disc with your hands. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  5. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 425 F. Pierce the sweet potatoes all over with a fork. Place them on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 45-60 minutes, until soft. Cool them, and peel once cool.
  6. Reduce the oven to 375 F. Roll out the pie dough on a lightly floured surface until it is about ⅛-inch thick and 1 inch wider than your pie plate.
  7. Place the pie dough on the bottom of the pie plate. Trim the edges of the pie dough or flute it as desired.
  8. Add a piece of parchment paper or foil over the bottom of the crust, then fill it with pie weights or dried beans. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until it starts to be golden broken. Remove from the oven and remove the weights and parchment paper before filling.
  9. Add the peeled sweet potatoes to a large bowl. Use a masher to mash them until smooth or an electric mixer to make them extra smooth.
  10. To complete the filling, add the melted butter, maple syrup, brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla extract, eggs, evaporated milk, nutmeg, and allspice. Whisk or beat together until combined.
  11. Pour the filling into the partially baked pie shell. Bake in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes, until the filling is just barely set.
  12. Cool to room temperature and then cut and serve.
Calories per Serving 415
Total Fat 25.6 g
Saturated Fat 15.5 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 112.1 mg
Total Carbohydrates 36.8 g
Dietary Fiber 1.8 g
Total Sugars 14.7 g
Sodium 208.8 mg
Protein 5.6 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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