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Sweet Potato Biscuits with Honey Butter

Sweet potato biscuits stacked on top of each other

There’s a decent chance that you’ll be finding yourself with some leftover sweet potatoes on your hands this Friday morning. If you love buttery baked dough as much as my family does, you might want to try this sweet potato biscuits recipe for your post-Thanksgiving breakfast. It doesn’t matter how your potatoes were originally cooked, but food writer Adam Ried maintains that roasted sweet potatoes yield a more flavorful biscuit than boiled.

You can cut the butter into the dry ingredients using a hand-held pastry blender, or by pulsing in a food processor for a couple of seconds. Sometimes I just rub the ingredients together by hand, but this is kind of a tedious and time-consuming technique, plus you run the risk of warming the butter with the heat from your hands. (For you pastry newbies, the goal of “cutting” butter into dry ingredients is to wind up with a mixture of uniform consistency. Some recipes call for a coarse cornmeal-like texture, while others might call for tiny pearls of butter to remain intact and visible. Read more about the process here.)

Because Robin mentioned to me that she likes to eat sweet potato biscuits with honey butter, I’ve included a recipe here for that as well. Really good idea, Robin!

Yield: Makes 18

Sweet Potato Biscuits with Honey Butter

Sweet Potato Biscuits with Honey Butter

Sweet potato biscuits make a delicious post-Thanksgiving breakfast tradition, especially if you've got way too many cooked sweet potatoes left over from the night before. It doesn't matter how your potatoes were originally prepared, but roasted sweet potatoes will probably yield a more flavorful biscuit than boiled.

Makes about 12 to 18 biscuits, depending on size.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


For the biscuits:

  • 1⅓ cups cooked, mashed, and cooled sweet potatoes (from about a 12-ounce potato)
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • 2 cups flour, plus a little extra
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon table salt
  • ½ cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into ¼-inch pieces

For the honey butter:

  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ¼ teaspoon table salt


For the biscuits:

  1. In a small bowl, thoroughly mix the cooked sweet potato and milk. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, or the bowl of a food processor, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Using a hand-held pastry blender or your food processor (on pulse) cut butter into dry ingredients until mixture resembles coarse meal.
  4. Add sweet potato and continue to mix until the dough just begins to come together into an evenly-moistened orange ball.
  5. Turn the dough out onto a generously floured work surface and gently pat and flatten to a thickness of about half an inch. (Take care not to overwork the dough.)
  6. Using a biscuit cutter or a drinking glass anywhere from 2" to 3" in diameter, cut out your biscuits*.
  7. Gather together your dough scraps and repeat.
  8. Place on an ungreased baking sheet, spaced about one inch apart. Bake in preheated oven until biscuits look fluffy and are a light golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes.

For the honey butter:

  1. In a small dish, thoroughly mix butter, honey, and salt.
  2. Taste and add more honey if you like.


If you don't feel like cutting the biscuits out, you can make them drop-style instead. Using about ¼ cup dough for each biscuit, gently form into a rough ball and place on baking sheet.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 216Total Fat 16gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 41mgSodium 214mgCarbohydrates 18gFiber 1gSugar 4gProtein 2g


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By on November 21st, 2011

About Robin Donovan

Hi, I’m Robin! I am a full-time food blogger, recipe developer, and cookbook author. I spend my days cooking, writing about, and photographing food.

I’m the author of more than 40 cookbooks, including Ramen for Beginners, 5 Ingredient Cooking for Two, Sushi at Home, The Baking Cookbook for Teens, and the bestselling Campfire Cuisine.

My food writing has also been featured in major print and online pubications including Cooking Light, Fitness, San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle, and other popular publications.

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3 thoughts on “Sweet Potato Biscuits with Honey Butter”

  1. Made these today with leftover sweet potatoes and they were amazing! My dough was a little fragile, maybe because my sweet potatoes had been baked with a little brown sugar and butter. I also omitted the sugar since it was already in the potatoes. This recipe is a keeper. And a giver; I plan to take some to my friend tomorrow.


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