Easiest Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Casserole

Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks and what is a better way to say thank you to those you love than by filling their bellies with delicious food? In 1621, pilgrims and Indians held the first Thanksgiving, but the meals they ate in their three-day festival were somewhat different. Historians believe that they had duck, goose, fish, and pumpkins. It was not until 1863 that Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving an official United States holiday. 

Nowadays, eating turkey is the main dish people have and the sides vary from household to household. Some foods are popular ones to eat in the U.S. during this holiday, such as mashed potatoes with gravy and pumpkin pie. In my house, we eat those foods, as well as cranberries, green beans, cornbread, and sweet potato casserole.


For a tasty dish to eat on Thanksgiving, follow the recipe below to make a sweet potato casserole that will have your guests asking for more!


To start off, clear space in your kitchen and gather your ingredients and measurement tools. It is best to cook or bake in a clean and bright kitchen. The first step is to empty the contents of the sweet potato cans into a pot. Bring it to a boil, stir, and then use a colander to strain off the liquid.

Then, place the potatoes into a medium bowl. Using a potato masher, crush the potatoes together and then add the cranberries (optional), melted butter, apple juice, corn syrup, and vanilla extract. Mix it together. Transfer the mixture into an 8x8 glass or metal baking dish and spread everything evenly. Make sure there is enough room for a layer of marshmallows at the top. This baking dish is the one you will use at the dinner table. 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake your dish for 30 minutes. After that, take it out of the oven and completely cover the top with large marshmallows by placing them all sideways (facing the same way). Put it back in the oven at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes or until golden. Watch the marshmallows very closely in the last few minutes. They may burn quickly if you are not careful.

Then, comes the most important step. Take it out of the oven and enjoy!

When it is my family’s turn to be hosts on Thanksgiving, dinner is not complete without our sweet potato casserole. We love embracing this beautiful American holiday and this dish can help you welcome Thanksgiving traditions too! Remember to give thanks before digging in!



  • 2 29 Oz. Cans of Bruce’s Yams Cut Sweet Potatoes in Syrup

  • ¼ Cup of Melted Butter

  • ⅛ Cup of Apple Juice

  • 1 Tbsp of Karo Light Corn Syrup

  • ½ Tsp of Vanilla Extract

  • ¼ Cup of Cranberries (optional)

  • Large Marshmallows



  • Pot 

  • Colander

  • Medium bowl

  • Measurement Tools

  • Potato masher

  • Baking Dish

  • Spatula