Sweet Potato Puffs

These Sweet Potato Puffs are the perfect side for a holiday dinner. Whipped sweet potatoes are sweetened with brown sugar and flavored with spices, wrapped around a marshmallow then rolled in gingersnaps and baked. Guests get the perfect surprise when the puffs are cut and all the melted marshmallow oozes out all sweet and sticky. It’s like an inside out sweet potato casserole! 

Sweet Potato Puffs | 2 Cookin Mamas These Sweet Potato Puffs are the perfect side for a holiday dinner. Whipped sweet potatoes are sweetened with brown sugar and flavored with spices, wrapped around a marshmallow then rolled in gingersnaps and baked. Guests get the perfect surprise when the puffs are cut and all the melted marshmallow oozes out all sweet and sticky. It's like an inside out sweet potato casserole! #sweetpotatoes #sidedish #recipe #marshmallows #gingersnaps #fall #thanksgiving #christmas

We have a love hate relationship with sweet potatoes in this family. I love sweet potatoes and would eat them all the time and my husband doesn’t like them at all. Well, except for my Sweet Potato Casserole that is. So I set out to make a recipe with leftover sweet potatoes that he would like as much as my casserole. Hence these delicious Sweet Potato Puffs.

Sweet Potato Puffs overhead

Sweet Potato Puffs or Sweet Potato Balls are all over the internet so I can’t take credit for thinking of the idea. Although I must admit, I did think of the idea without even knowing they were out there. I put my own spin on them by trying to match the flavor in my husband’s favorite casserole and then added a little more spice by rolling them in crushed gingersnaps. Don’t like gingersnaps? Try graham cracker or vanilla wafer crumbs. These puffs are super easy to make too and are a big hit with the little kids and, to be truthful, the big kids too.

Sweet Potato Puffs inside

Know that the best part is about these puffs? It’s the secret ingredient inside – marshmallows! Yep, the marshmallows are what actually make these sweet potatoes puff up. Once the Sweet Potato Puffs are baked, they’re like those lava cakes you have for dessert, the marshmallow oozes out all sticky and sweet when you cut into them.  Who wouldn’t love that?

Check out the super easy steps to making this festive looking side dish for your next holiday party.

Sweet Potato Puffs making mashed sweet potatoes

  1. To make the mashed sweet potatoes just remove baked sweet potatoes from skin and place in bowl. Add brown sugar, one egg, butter, vanilla extract, spices then whip smooth.

Sweet Potato Puffs ready to assemble

  1. Gather ingredients to assemble sweet potato puffs. Set up the whipped sweet potatoes, a bowl with melted butter, a plate with crushed gingersnaps and 8 large marshmallows.

Sweet Potato Puffs assembly steps 1-4

  1. Divide sweet potatoes into 8 portions. Flatten 1 portion in hand and place marshmallow in center.
  2. Form ball around marshmallow and cover in melted butter.
  3. Immediately roll in gingersnap crumbs.
  4. Place on parchment or silicone mat-lined cookie sheet.

Sweet Potato Puffs ready for oven

  1. Ready to bake.

Sweet Potato Puffs baked

  1. Bake for 15 minutes. See how nice and puffed up they are! Oops, one decided to open early. Guess I have to eat that one. 🙂

Sweet Potato Puffs serving

Remove carefully to serving plates as they tend to be very fragile with the marshmallow all melted. Sprinkle with some powdered sugar so they take on a festive side dish look that is perfect for the season.

Sweet Potato Puffs bite

Now take a bite! Oh, I just love the way the marshmallow sweetens the sweet potatoes even more. It’s like a lava cake for dinner! And oh, so good! Enjoy!

5 from 5 votes
Sweet Potato Puffs serving square
Sweet Potato Puffs
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
35 mins

These Sweet Potato Puffs have a surprise inside. Whipped sweet potatoes baked with a marshmallow center. It's the perfect holiday side dish. 

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keywords: Christmas, gingersnaps, leftovers, marshmallows, side dish, sweet potatoes, Thanksgiving
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 134 kcal
Author: Linda Warren
  • 2 cups mashed cooked sweet potatoes
  • 3 Tablespoons butter melted
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar packed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 egg
  • 1-2 Tablespoons favorite milk
For assembly
  • 2 Tablespoons butter melted
  • Gingersnaps about 24, ground to fine crumbs
  • 8 marshmallows
  • Garnish: powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat.
  2. In a large bowl, beat sweet potatoes, butter, brown sugar, salt, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg and egg.
  3. Add milk until sweet potatoes will form ball and stick together.
To assemble:
  1. Place 2 Tablespoons melted butter in wide-mouthed bowl.
  2. Place gingersnap crumbs on a flat plate.
  3. Divide sweet potatoes into 8 portions.
  4. Take one portion and flatten. Place marshmallow in the center and form the sweet potatoes around it.
  5. Dip sweet potato ball into butter then roll in crumbs.
  6. Place on cookie sheet.
  7. Repeat with remaining sweet potatoes.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes or until they look slightly puffy.
  9. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
  10. Serve immediately. (Lift carefully with a large spoon so as not to split open.)
Nutrition Facts
Sweet Potato Puffs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 134 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 39mg13%
Sodium 386mg16%
Potassium 119mg3%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 4965IU99%
Vitamin C 0.8mg1%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



Sweet Potato Puffs


  • Reply
    11/27/2019 at 7:51 pm

    My batter came out too liquidy. What can I do?

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      11/27/2019 at 9:06 pm

      I would add another sweet potato as the size of the initial potatoes could have something to do with the ratio between solid and liquid. I hope they come out as I know they’ll be a popular side dish, especially with the kids. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Reply
    12/10/2018 at 8:33 am

    5 stars
    These look so delicious! Love the melted marshmallows on the inside!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      12/12/2018 at 12:05 pm

      It’s what makes my husband actually like sweet potatoes. lol

  • Reply
    Jacqueline Debono
    12/09/2018 at 2:24 pm

    5 stars
    These sweet potato puffs look to-die-for delicious! Love the idea of rolling them in crushed gingersnaps!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      12/12/2018 at 12:07 pm

      Thanks! I think it gives them a little spicy kick. They’re also good rolled in cinnamon graham crackers.

  • Reply
    Kelli Kerkman
    12/09/2018 at 2:14 pm

    5 stars
    What a fun idea! Love recipes with little surprises 🙂

  • Reply
    12/09/2018 at 11:55 am

    5 stars
    What a fantastic twist for sweet potatoes. Fun and make and eat!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      12/12/2018 at 12:08 pm

      It’s always a fun treat for dinner and makes the sweet potatoes a popular side dish.

  • Reply
    Elaine Benoit
    12/09/2018 at 10:43 am

    5 stars
    I’m in the same boat as you are, I love sweet potatoes, but my hubby can take them or leave them. These potato puffs look fluffy and delicious and I’m making them to see if hubby even notices! 😉

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      12/12/2018 at 12:09 pm

      Let me know if he likes them. I just made some last night and my husband ate them with no complaints. Yay!

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