Paula Deen's Sweet Potato Balls

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 20 mins

These are a great alternative to traditional sweet potatoes for the holidays. I saw her make them on her Thanksgiving special and they are very easy.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Bake the potatoes until tender, then peel and mash them.
  3. Stir in the brown sugar, orange juice, zest and nutmeg.
  4. In a separate bowl, toss the coconut with the sugar and cinnamon.
  5. Press mashed potatoes around each marshmallow, creating a 2 to 3-inch diameter ball.
  6. Roll the balls in the coconut mixture. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Watch carefully for the last few minutes of cooking; the expanding marshmallows can cause the potato balls to burst open.
Most Helpful

I am planning on making these for the first time this Thanksgiving. I saw that it feeds 4-6... anyone know about how many balls this makes? I have to make for a large family gathering.

alisamarie07 November 22, 2011

Sweet potato balls were a big thing in the 1960s-1970s, but later seemed to disappear from the scene. I'm glad Paula brought them back with this tweaked up recipe. Back in the day, ladies rolled the balls in graham cracker crumbs, coconut, or chopped nuts. It's a personal choice. Thanks for posting this recipe. It's going on my Thanksgiving menu.

Mountainbaby October 22, 2009

For years I have put a variety of sweet potato dishes on the Thanksgiving menu. My daughter saw Paula making these and thought we ought to give them a try. We semi-pureed them in the food processor (gave them a nice texture, but may have made them a bit thin to work with). After struggling with encasing the marshmallow we came up with a great idea--fill a 1/4 cup ice cream scoop part way with sweet potato mixture, press in marshmallow and then spoon more sweet potato mixture over top to cover; tip into coconut mixture and roll to cover. It work great! Everyone loved these! Nice and light--even good at room temperature or cold.

Sharlene~W November 29, 2008