Sweet Potato Stuffed Baked Apples with Toasted Marshmallows


Sweet Potato Stuffed Baked Apples with Toasted Marshmallows have been a holiday tradition in my house for over 30 years. Perfectly sweet and delicious.

Get your stretch pants ready!

They’ll only need to be mildly stretchy though – somewhere between yoga bottoms and full on sweatpants – as today’s final recipe in the Week of Thanksgiving Favorites combines naughty with nice: Sweet Potato Stuffed Baked Apples with Toasted Marshmallows!

Out of all the dishes I’ve shared with you so far, stuffed, baked and broiled Sweet Potato Stuffed Apples are the only ones that only get served at my family’s Thanksgiving feast every year, which makes them extra special. Each bite of tender apple, creamy sweet potato and toasted marshmallow is 100% pure Thanksgiving nirvana!

These baked apples are as easy as they are delicious, and only take about 15 minutes to make, well – not including baking time, but still. First combine canned sweet potatoes packed in light syrup (yep – totally going there) with butter, brown sugar and a pinch of salt. This is the naughty portion of the program.


Next, select some big, fat baking apples. Braeburn, Johnathon, Johnagold or Rome apples work best. This, you guessed it, is the nice part!


Cut a thin slice off the bottom of each apple so they sit flat, then slice off the top and hollow each one out, leaving 1/2″ around the sides and bottom of the apple.


Then stuff the apples with the sweet potato mixture. (My mouth is watering already!)


Place the stuffed apples in a baking dish and bake for 45-60 minutes, or until the apples are soft, but have not split.


Finally, dot the top with mini marshmallows, and toast for a few minutes under the broiler.

Dig in. :)

Sweet Potato Stuffed Baked Apples with Toasted Marshmallows

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serves 8

8 apples (Jonathan, Rome or Braeburn work best)
32oz canned sweet potatoes or yams packed in light syrup, drained
6 Tablespoons Butter
4 Tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
mini marshmallows


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cut a small slice off the bottoms of the apples so they sit flat. Cut the tops off and scoop out the insides, leaving 1/2″ around the sides and bottom of the apple.
  2. Mash sweet potatoes, butter, brown sugar and salt. Fill apples with mixture.
  3. Place stuffed apples inside a baking dish and bake for 45-60 minutes, or until apples are soft, but not split.
  4. Top with mini marshmallows and toast under the broiler.


I almost cannot handle how silky and luxurious these are! The butter and brown sugar make the sweet potatoes melt in your mouth. You could use fresh sweet potatoes for this dish, but they definitely won’t be as creamy as the canned variety. The gooey, toasted marshmallow on top is the perfect smokey accent to cut through all the sweetness.


I know I’ve said this about pretty much all the other dishes I’ve shared, but you’ve really GOT to try these Sweet Potato Stuffed Baked Apples with Toasted Marshmallows. They are a BIG time family favorite – even my college roommate used to come over for the leftovers! ;)

And so ends the Week of Thanksgiving Favorites! I hope you enjoyed seeing the Pumpkin Gingersnap Cheesecake, Party Potatoes Deluxe, Grandma’s Holiday Salad and Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Shallots.

I know it’s a little (ok, a lot!) heavier than the normal fare here on IGE, but I couldn’t resist giving you a taste of what Thanksgiving is like for my family. If you decide to make any of the dishes we ALL hope you enjoy!

Still looking for some more Thanksgiving inspiration? Try:

Cinnamon Rolls (no yeast required, and great for Thanksgiving morning!)

Puff Pastry Wrapped Baked Brie

Pumpkin Pie Mousse

Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies

Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast with Creamy Wild Rice Stuffing

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  1. Of all of your Thanksgiving recipes this one takes the cake! Girl this looks amazing. :)

  2. Gah – I don’t remember the last time I had marshmallows! It has to have been several years, wayyy before I actually went vegetarian!

  3. Yea – these look incredible!!!!! Love this recipe – it’s a must try!

  4. Lisa M 11.17.2011

    What did you use to hollow out the apples? I’ve heard melon ballers work, but I have yet to try!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 11.18.2011

      You could definitely use a melon baller or a grapefruit spoon – I just used a regular spoon!

  5. Lauren 11.17.2011

    YEs! Sweet potatoes in an apple. This is genius!

  6. C. 11.17.2011

    Those look amazing!!!! I’ve never had canned sweet potatoes (gasp), maybe it’s time…

  7. Nancy 11.17.2011

    Will try this one for sure.

  8. These look divine!

  9. T 11.17.2011

    I will be making these for sure! My son will adore these!!! Thanks for the amazing recipes!

  10. These look amazing. Gorg pics, as usual!

  11. I love baked apples in the fall but this takes it to a totally new level! Delicious :)

  12. Caitlin 11.17.2011

    Can you use non-canned sweet potatoes?

  13. EEEE!!! MAGIC

  14. Hope 11.18.2011

    I think this is the best Thanksgiving recipe of all! Sweet potatoes in an apple with marshmallows?! Delicious. I’m drooling over here :)

  15. This just might be the best idea ever! I love it!

  16. KellyK 11.18.2011

    wow – those look amazing! Thanks for sharing –

  17. O.M.G. So unique. Love this idea!

  18. Mmmm… Those apples look absolutely delicious!

  19. Brandi 11.18.2011

    I would also LOVE to know how to hollow out the apples, Im 30 and just learning to cook! BTW, I love the blog, and your recipes. :)

    • Iowa Girl Eats 11.18.2011

      You could use a melon baller or a grapefruit spoon – I just used a regular spoon!

  20. Oh my word!

    I’ve been wanting to do a baked apple for a few weeks, but didn’t want to make a dessert – What a solution!

    Anything with sweet potatoes automatically is a winner in my book. That, and dark chocolate with sea salt ; )

  21. Alyssa 11.19.2011

    I’m thinking that I could actually get my husband to eat sweet potatoes if I made them like this. The new site design looks great, btw!

  22. Michelle 11.19.2011

    What a great presentation for the sweet potatoes! These are definitely going to be on the table this year!

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