Sweet potato biscuits

Aimee Fortney

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These warm sweet potato biscuits served with honey make breakfast the very best meal of the day!

Sweet potato biscuit

As any good Southern Grandmother will tell you, the secret ingredient to delicious, moist, fluffy biscuits is buttermilk. Between the buttermilk and the sweet potatoes, these biscuits are like a delicious, holiday treat. Remember not to overwork your biscuits, so they will be light and fluffy. Drizzle these warm biscuits with some honey, or mix up some honey butter and you might not even want dessert!

Sweet potato biscuits

Makes 10-12 biscuits


  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 cup shortening, chilled
  • 4 tablespoons butter, chilled
  • 1 cup mashed sweet potatoes
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened for topping


  1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Mix the flour, baking powder, brown sugar, cinnamon and allspice together with a fork to combine.
  3. Add the butter and shortening and mix until it resembles small peas. You will know that you have incorporated the shortening then.
  4. Make a little hole in the center of the mixture and add your sweet potatoes and buttermilk. At this point, just mix with your hands, but you can use a fork. The key to light, fluffy biscuits is not over-mixing your dough.
  5. Turn the dough out onto the counter that you have sprinkled with flour.
  6. Lightly knead the dough, then roll it out to your desired thickness, and using a floured, small juice or shot glass (or a floured biscuit cutter) cut the biscuits and place onto a baking stone or baking sheet.
  7. Spread the softened butter on top of each biscuit and bake for 12-14 minutes, being careful not to burn. Enjoy!

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Aimee Fortney
Aimee Fortney is “Not the Perfect Cook.” Retiring at age 31 as a bilingual political consultant, Aimee is now a cookbook author, blogger, recipe developer and inspirational food lover, who lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and daughter. Aimee can be seen on Nashville’s WSMV and you can read her blogs, recipes and funny, “Not the Perfect Cook” adventures as she strives to keep families out of the drive thru, cooking at home (on a budget) on her website, wwww.aimeefortney.com and follow her on twitter, @aimeefortney.