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Sweet Potato Biscuits with Honey Butter

5 stars based on 11 votes

At about four o’clock on Thanksgiving day, when I was knee-deep in cooking, I realized that I had forgotten to buy bread to serve with dinner. It was too late to send my husband to the store, so as soon as my sister walked through the door I handed her a stack of cookbooks and said, “Quick, find an easy biscuit recipe.” Wisely, she settled on these Fluffy Sweet Potato Biscuits from Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking Bible. They were such a hit, my family asked me to make them again for breakfast the next day. I did, and we slathered them with honey butter, which made them even better.

To begin, boil the sweet potatoes until very soft.

Drain, then mash them with the milk until smooth, and set aside.

Next, combine the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder in the bowl of a food processor.

Add the butter in chunks.

And then process until the mixture resembles coarse meal. (If you don’t want to bother with a food processor, you can also use your hands or a pastry cutter.)

Transfer the flour mixture to a bowl and add the sweet potato mixture.

Fold, adding more milk as necessary, until mixture just holds together.

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead a few times.

Then press the dough into a circle about 3/4-inch high.

Using a biscuit cutter or glass, cut out rounds, then place the biscuits on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Bake for 12-14 minutes, until golden on the bottom and firm to the touch.

Meanwhile, make the honey butter by combining softened butter, honey and cinnamon in a bowl.

Serve the biscuits warm out of the oven with honey butter. Enjoy!

Sweet Potato Biscuits with Honey Butter

Servings: Makes about 10 biscuits
Cook Time: 12 Minutes
Total Time: 30 Minutes


For the Biscuits

  • 3/4 cup cooked mashed sweet potato (from one large sweet potato)
  • 1/3 - 1/2 cup whole milk, as needed
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off with back edge of knife
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small chunks

For the Honey Butter

  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


For the Biscuits

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the mashed sweet potatoes and 1/3 cup milk. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt; process for a few seconds to mix. Add the chunks of cold butter, then pulse a few times until the mixture resembles coarse meal with some pea-size chunks of butter within. (If you don't have a food processor, this can be done by hand with a pastry cutter or your hands.)
  4. Transfer the flour mixture to a medium bowl, then add the sweet potato mixture and fold gently to combine. Add the remaining 3 tablespoons milk a little at a time until the dough is just moistened and holds together (you may not need all of it).
  5. Sprinkle a small handful of flour on a work surface. Turn the dough out onto the surface and knead lightly 2 or 3 times with the palm of your hand until the mixture comes together. Pat the dough into a 3/4-inch round. Using a 2-1/2 inch-round biscuit cutter or glass, cut the dough into biscuits. Gently press the scraps into another round and cut out more biscuits. Place the biscuits onto the prepared baking sheet and bake until golden on the bottom and firm to the touch, 12-14 minutes. Serve warm with honey butter.

For the Honey Butter

  1. In a small bowl, beat together the butter, honey and cinnamon.
  2. Note: The nutritional information does not include the honey butter.

Nutrition Information

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  • Serving size: 1 biscuit
  • Calories: 157
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Saturated fat: 5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 20 g
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Sodium: 125 mg
  • Cholesterol: 19 mg

Reviews & Comments

  • 5 stars

    These were so good! Easy to make in the food processor. Are just as good for dessert as for a side.

    - Sarah Reynolds on September 13, 2017 Reply
  • can you use spelt flour?

    - monika on May 26, 2017 Reply
    • Hi Monika, I’ve never used spelt flour before so I can’t say for sure, but looking online, it appears to be doable. See more info here. I’d love to hear how these turn out if you go that route!

      - Jenn on May 27, 2017 Reply
  • Jenn – do you have the nutrition info for these biscuits?

    - Donna on March 9, 2017 Reply
    • I just added them– hope you enjoy!

      - Jenn on March 10, 2017 Reply
      • Thank you. Just discovered your site recently and now spend most of my free time printing your recipes. Sure will be glad when your cookbook comes out!

        - Donna on March 13, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    5 STARS!!!
    Thankyou x never have I had a recipe so easy to produce and deliver perfect biscuits! Transported my husband and I to biscuit heaven x

    - Dr Melanie Womble on March 27, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    These are wonderful! I made them as a side dish for a family dinner but could have just eaten the biscuits and forgot about everything else. They were no leftovers.

    - Laura Kargov on March 20, 2016 Reply
  • I never keep whole milk in the fridge. We only have 2%, half and half and buttermilk. Would either of these work instead of the whole milk?

    - Rochelle on February 17, 2016 Reply
    • Rochelle, the 2% milk will work just fine. Enjoy!

      - Jenn on February 17, 2016 Reply
      • 5 stars

        Just tried these this morning at my B & B with smoked pork hash and got all thumbs up. Much easier than making baking powder biscuits that you have to roll out several times. For some reason, I only got 7 biscuits with the 2 1/2 cookie cutter.

        - Rochelle on February 25, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    These biscuits. like other recipes on this site, are fabulous! I haven’t done the honey butter yet, and I use a big bowl and pastry cutter instead of food processor, but they elevate any dinner into a special occasion. I typically make dinner rolls for Thanksgiving, but next year I may switch to these. Keep the great recipes coming!

    - Jennifer on December 3, 2015 Reply
  • Can these be frozen before baking? I’ve got a large group coming and trying to get as much done as possible.

    - Alice J. Cummings on November 18, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Alice, Yes, that will work just fine.

      - Jenn on November 18, 2015 Reply
  • I want to make these for Thanksgiving dinner. If I prepare the dough in the morning, I assume I need to refrigerate it until I’m ready to bake. Is that right or am I better off baking them and then reheating?

    - Abbie on November 12, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Abbie, Yes that’s correct. You could also bake ahead in the AM and reheat — whatever is easier for you.

      - Jenn on November 14, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I was wondering if the biscuits can be frozen after baking? I had enough of everything to double the recipe. Came out great! But I would love to freeze half of the baked biscuits for later. What are your thoughts?

    - Michelle on October 25, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Michelle, Yes, they should freeze well. Glad they turned out ๐Ÿ™‚

      - Jenn on October 25, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Great recipe! I make these often.

    - Faith on September 1, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    So I had leftover sweet potato I had roasted the previous evening – which of course my kids refused to eat (sigh..) I made these biscuits which were so incredibly easy to throw together. Guess who ate their sweet potato?? Thank you for the wonderful recipe as always Jen. I’ve shared your sight with many family members and friends. Every recipe is a hit!!

    - Amy on April 23, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I’ve made these twice already and subbed organic canned pumpkin puree in place of the sweet potatoes because I always seem to have pumpkin to use. So good! Even my 14 month old loved it. I did add less milk because the puree is thinner than sweet potatoes. This is now my go-to biscuit recipe. Thank you!

    - Christy on January 8, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is the most amazing biscuit ever. I never make home made biscuits, but had to try based on the reviews. The whole family loved them and my kids are already planning to have me make this for Thanksgiving this year.

    - egbluesuede on August 16, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This recipe was my very first attempt at homemade biscuits. Your directions made it very easy! Tender and delicious!

    - Rebecca on July 14, 2014 Reply
  • Thanks Jen

    There’s really no way to cheat the taste buds is there! Definitely going to give the butter version a try, as it’s such a great recipe. At least I have a ‘blank canvas’ in my quest to devise the ultimate healthy biscuit maybe incorporate a tad of cinnamon -by the way in America is a biscuit the same thing as a scone?

    - Mike on March 20, 2014 Reply
  • Last night I made a batch of these, apart from using avocado in place of butter and substituting half whole wheat flour for regular all purpose, I also halved the sugar. They turned out fine only the sweet potato didn’t come through, and although they weren’t bad (whole wheat flour gave great texture), they did taste a tad too salty for my palate. Perhaps I could have increased the sweet potato, cut back on the milk/salt. Some raisons would have been an improvement. Could you not have incorporated some of the butter ingredients in the biscuits?

    - Mike on March 16, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Mike, Your version sounds much healthier than mine, but I’m afraid that’s why they didn’t turn out perfectly. Unfortunately, butter is a necessary ingredient in biscuits ๐Ÿ™‚

      - Jenn on March 16, 2014 Reply
  • I finally tried this recipe this morning. It was a hit with me and my friends for Sunday brunch. Thank you for sharing!

    - Kat on January 26, 2014 Reply
  • Yummmmmmmmmmmmm! Mmmmmmmmm!

    - kathleen on January 14, 2014 Reply
  • Loved this recipe as is. It was a huge hit at my dinner party. Served it with turkey chili and the honey butter.

    - Adora on November 14, 2013 Reply
  • I just made these two days ago for the second time. The first time they were good, but this time they were light, fluffy and DELICIOUS. The first time I didn’t use the food processor and this time I did and the texture was spot on. Also, I didn’t place dough on a surface and use cookie cutter. Instead, I just placed some dough mounds on the pan and lightly pushed them down to shape. Seemed to work because they didn’t last long!!

    - Tara Fodor on November 14, 2013 Reply
  • These are wonderful – foolproof no matter what the size! I had enough of the butter (which is ESSENTIAL) for two yields of these biscuits.

    - Michelle on November 5, 2013 Reply
  • Yummy! These were great right out of the oven but unfortunately got a bit soggy on the way to my friend’s dinner party. They probably would have been fine if I had popped them back in the oven to re-warm them.

    - Abby on October 22, 2013 Reply
  • I’ve made these twice now, the first time with whole milk and the second time with skim milk, and both turned out great! I’m planning on making these for Thanksgiving for both sets of families!

    - MichelleH on October 14, 2013 Reply
  • A strange question. What do Jewish people make for the Thanksgiving feast? I know what everyone else makes, more or less.

    - Judy on July 25, 2013 Reply
    • Hi Judy, It depends but I think most Jewish families make a traditional Thanksgiving feast. Of course, if they keep kosher they adapt the recipes accordingly.

      - Jenn on July 25, 2013 Reply
  • We all LOVED the flavor of these biscuits and the honey butter was amazing! However, I am always cooking for a crowd….I planned to double the recipe but had enough sweet potato to triple the recipe, so I tripled the entire recipe. I’m not sure if that’s what caused my problem…..but the dough was unbelievable sticky. I kept adding flour, but it didn’t help. I ended up dropping the biscuits instead of rolling, but the result was dense thick biscuits – not the light and flaky ones I hoped for. The other thing I changed was that I froze them before baking, as another reader said she had done. I then put the raw biscuits on the counter to come to room temperature before baking and I’m wondering if that did something to the baking powder? Perhaps I should have gone straight from freezer to oven? Any thoughts on where I went wrong? I’d like to try them again….but ten biscuits will never be enough for my crowd! Thanks for your help – the recipes on your web site are always a hit!

    - Heidi on June 20, 2013 Reply
    • Hi Heidi! I’m glad you all loved the flavor of the biscuits but so sorry you had trouble with the dough. I think your intuition is right that the problem was caused by tripling the recipe. Somehow baked goods never turn out right if you more than double the recipe. Especially with this recipe because there’s some variation in the water content of the sweet potatoes, and when you multiply that by three, there’s just too much room for error. I’d try making the recipe as it is written once, so you get a feel for what the dough and finished biscuit should be like — then double the recipe after that. Also, be sure not to add to much milk at the beginning, which would force you to increase the flour. I hope that helps, and please come back and let me know how they come out if you try them again.

      - Jenn on June 21, 2013 Reply
  • Loved these! Made them exactly like the recipe and they turned out amazing! Did not make the butter to go with them, I think sweet potatoes are sweet enough on their own.

    - Kitty Hart on March 12, 2013 Reply
  • I made the the biscuits last night to go with a fritata. I used about 1 cup of sweet potato instead of adding more milk. I also dropped them rather than rolling and cutting the dough. They were very good, a little sweet, but didn’t have much of a sweet potato flavor. I would certainly make them again if I had left over sweet potato.

    - Elizabeth on March 11, 2013 Reply
  • These are delicious served as little breakfast sandwiches with thin slices of salty ham and spicy chutney spread.

    - Julie B. on March 9, 2013 Reply
    • Wow, Julie, that sounds delicious.

      - Jenn on March 9, 2013 Reply
  • Oh gosh, I’m drooling – these look amazing!!!

    - Marina on February 27, 2013 Reply
  • my dough was very wet. I added enough extra flour to keep it from being super sticky- and feared they would taste like flour! But no, they turned out great- which means this is a pretty foolproof recipe. Thanks!

    - Kitty on February 18, 2013 Reply
  • This has been one of the best new recipes I have found! So delicious and came together very easily. I don’t have a food processor but it worked just fine. My husband loved them too and at 4 in one sitting. This will be added to the regular rotation! Thank you

    - Marisa on January 7, 2013 Reply
  • We used pumpkin puree instead of the sweet potatoes for our Thanksgiving in December dinner. They were a HUGE hit with everyone! The butter is awesome with them.

    - Karen on December 21, 2012 Reply
  • Do you think I could freeze these before baking, then pop into the oven on the day of a party? I won’t have time to start from scratch that day. Thanks!

    - Carla C. on December 4, 2012 Reply
    • Hi Carla, I can’t say for sure because I haven’t tried it but I think it would work fine.

      - Jenn on December 4, 2012 Reply
      • It worked great! Lots of compliments. Thanks!

        - Carla on December 21, 2012 Reply
        • Carla – did you put the biscuits in the oven frozen? THanks!

          - Heidi on November 16, 2013 Reply
  • I had enough sweet potato mash from my super sized potato to make this recipe twice, which worked out well since the first batch was devoured. I’ve only needed 1T of milk to adequately moisten the dough so far. Another yummy recipe. Thanks.

    - Danita on December 2, 2012 Reply
  • That color…

    And I’m happy I’m not the only one that cuts dough with cups.

    - Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen on November 30, 2012 Reply
  • These look soooo good. Do you think I could substitute whole wheat flour for some of the white flour?

    - Mimi on November 30, 2012 Reply
    • Hi Mimi, Yes I think that would work fine but you may need to add a bit more milk.

      - Jenn on November 30, 2012 Reply
  • These look wonderful!! Can you use canned sweet potato puree?

    - Sandy on November 29, 2012 Reply
    • Hi Sandy, Yes, that would work fine.

      - Jenn on November 30, 2012 Reply
  • I will definitely be making these with my daughter this weekend.

    - Gladys on November 29, 2012 Reply
  • I’m gonna make these for my Christmas dinner! I’m hosting for the first time ever!

    - Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes on November 29, 2012 Reply
  • Wow these look good! (and they were a big hit on the most recent Top Chef!)

    - Liza in Ann Arbor on November 29, 2012 Reply
  • These look EXACTLY like the sweet potato biscuits we had in Nags Head, NC – they were amazing and I’ve been looking for a recipe! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

    - Jenn on November 29, 2012 Reply
  • These look delicious and will be fun to make with the kids.

    - Stefanie on November 29, 2012 Reply
  • Paula is THE WOMAN for recipes you know you will love, especially southern fare. I have a sweet potato addiction and a set of biscut cutters my sister made fun of me for buying. Time to take advantage of them both.
    Oh, and everything with honey butter is better.

    - Erin | The Law Student's Wife on November 29, 2012 Reply
  • Oh my, I now have to go shopping for Sweet Potato, I love Sweet Potato anyway but looking at these is making my tummy rumble!

    - Gill on November 29, 2012 Reply
  • Damn! Those look good!

    - MickMil on November 29, 2012 Reply

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