Cinnamon Sweet Potato Biscuits*

I am full of excuses. I swear, I really was going to post the other biscuits for biscuit week while I was in Puerto Rico. I really, really was. I had such high hopes. However when my baggage arrived in PR, I went into vacation mode. Yes there was wifi at the hotel. Sure I could have been writing recipes and editing photos instead of watching House Hunters International…but where’s the fun in that?

And of course I meant to play catch up on Monday when I got home. I even had thought of what I was going to write about. However, I caught a nasty cold from the woman who was sitting in front of me on the plane. I swear she hacked up an entire lung on the flight back. So instead, I spent Monday on the couch in a Nyquil induced haze. Then on Tuesday, it was time for Triple Chocolate Malt Cookies for Amy’s shower. I couldn’t flake out on her! Pregnant women have crazy hormones…and there was no reason to deny the pregnant lady cookies! That’s just dangerous!

So here we are, 5 million excuses later, with Cinnamon Sweet Potato Biscuits. When these biscuits come out of the oven, they smell like Thanksgiving. I mean, if there were to be a Glade candle named “Thanksgiving”, this is what it would smell like. After smelling these babies baking, it is the ultimate prize to slice into one and slather it with some Cinnamon Honey Butter. There is truly nothing better.

P.S. If you didn’t buy them the first time I mentioned them, save yourself the trouble and pick up some cheap biscuit cutters!


Cinnamon Sweet Potato Biscuits

Yield: 18 biscuits

These Cinnamon Sweet Potato Biscuits will make themselves at home at the breakfast or dinner table. When served warm with a slathering of Cinnamon Honey Butter, they are pure heaven.


  • 2 cups all purpose flour, sifted
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup crisco shortening
  • 4 tablespoons butter, chilled but soft*
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup pureed baked sweet potato, chilled
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat.

Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a bowl and set aside.

In a stand mixer, cream together shortening and 4 tablespoons butter. Mix in brown sugar until smooth. Add flour mixture, with mixer on low, until small peas of dough form. This will take a few minutes and you will need to scrap down the sides/bottom of the bowl.

With the stand mixer still on low, carefully add in the pureed sweet potato and slowly pour in the buttermilk. Mix until the dough just comes together, do not over mix, and then turn onto a floured surface. Using the palms of your hands, gently pat the dough into a 1/2 inch thick disk. Using a 1 1/2 inch biscuit round cutter, cut out biscuits and place them on the lined baking sheet.

Carefully rework the leftover dough back into a disk and cut out biscuits once more. Your second batch of biscuits will never be as fluffy as your first batch. Each time you work with the dough, you press out more air. They will still be tasty, just not as perfect as your first batch.

Generously brush the tops of each biscuit with melted butter and sprinkle with additional cinnamon & sugar. Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until slightly browned. Remove from oven and serve immediately, trying hard not to burn your tongue. Serve them with more homemade cinnamon honey butter and any other fixin's your heart can dream of.

TNCB Original

**Chilled but Soft: So WTF does that mean? What I am trying to to have your butter sitting on the counter for about 45 minutes to an hour before you use it. You don't want the butter to be room temperature...but you also don't want it hard from the fridge. Somewhere in the middle...where it is kinda soft...but still cold. Somebody really needs to come up with a name for this middle ground stage of butter.

**the flavor idea for these biscuits came from the lovely Food Plus Words**


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35 Responses to “Cinnamon Sweet Potato Biscuits”

  1. 1

    Kathy - Panini Happy — November 17, 2011 @ 12:59 am

    Mmmm…I would love these for Thanksgiving breakfast! :-)

  2. 2

    Katrina — November 17, 2011 @ 6:35 am

    These sound unreal! Love this idea!

  3. 3

    Bev Weidner — November 17, 2011 @ 8:56 am

    holy crap I want these.

  4. 4

    Alison @ Ingredients, inc. — November 17, 2011 @ 9:37 am

    i want one too! I’m sold. Just put on pinterest

  5. 5

    Cassie — November 17, 2011 @ 9:47 am

    I could definitely eat a few of these for breakfast today. What an amazing combination!

  6. 6

    Kita — November 17, 2011 @ 10:55 am

    I saw the title of this post and just went, Damn….. These sound like heaven…. Oh yeah, I need these!

  7. 7

    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — November 17, 2011 @ 11:14 am

    Glad you enjoyed your vacation! :) These look so delicious!

  8. 8

    Maria — November 17, 2011 @ 11:18 am

    Jealous of your vacation, but I will forgive you since you made such tasty biscuits and shared the recipe:)

  9. 9

    ErinsFoodFiles — November 17, 2011 @ 12:21 pm

    YUM! I love sweet potato biscuits!

  10. 10

    Bonnie — November 17, 2011 @ 1:19 pm

    You have been making me so jealous with all your photos this week. SO now I have to make these and wallow in self pity and eat the whole batch. It could be worse. :)

  11. 11

    Eliana — November 17, 2011 @ 2:26 pm

    This is one heavenly lookin biscuit.

  12. 12

    Nutmeg Nanny — November 17, 2011 @ 3:04 pm

    These are so cheery and delicious looking! Loving all these sweet potato recipes I”m seeing floating around…yum!

  13. 13

    Leah | So, How's It Taste? — November 17, 2011 @ 3:05 pm

    Good grief those look good. I’m craving a biscuit so much now!

  14. 14

    naomi — November 17, 2011 @ 3:12 pm

    ONe of my holiday favorites. Love your recipe!!!

  15. 15

    LJ — November 17, 2011 @ 3:13 pm

    Is there something you’d recommend in place of shortening?
    I do not consume trans fat but would like to try this recipe.

    • Jessica replied: — November 21st, 2011 @ 12:55 pm

      You can use all butter instead. However they will not be as fluffy.

  16. 16

    JulieD — November 17, 2011 @ 3:21 pm

    Oh goodness, heaven!!

  17. 17

    Amanda @ Semi-Health Nut — November 17, 2011 @ 5:02 pm

    Seriously this photography is amazing. The recipe sounds good too…but I could just sit and look at the pretty pics and be satisfied. 😉

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    Morsels of Life — November 17, 2011 @ 7:59 pm

    These biscuits sound like they’d go splendidly with Thanksgiving!

  19. 19

    Tessa — November 17, 2011 @ 8:38 pm

    These sound fabulous! So jealous you got to visit PR by the way.

  20. 20

    Joanne — November 17, 2011 @ 9:04 pm

    I SO want a glade thanksgiving candle. I’ll just have to “settle”* for these biscuits.

    *And by “settle” I mean eat the whole batch in one sitting.

  21. 21

    mom — November 17, 2011 @ 9:31 pm

    Ok that’s enough! You better bring those over here next week or your grounded!!!!! I’m not playing…….(remember those words?????)

    But seriously not kidding!!!

    Your Mother!

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    Tracy @ Sugarcrafter — November 18, 2011 @ 11:35 am

    These biscuits are beautiful! Love the sound (and look!) of them!

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    SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen — November 18, 2011 @ 6:37 pm

    I really like the look of these! We love sweet potatoes around here.

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    Ellie@fitforthesoul — November 19, 2011 @ 1:51 pm

    Hi Jessica! Omgness this sounds so delicious~! *sigh* too many good recipes everywhere..hah! I found your blog through howsweet! 😀 It’s very lovely!

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    Lauren — November 21, 2011 @ 10:30 am

    Please can I move in? Pretty pretty please!!!!

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    Marie — November 26, 2011 @ 12:23 pm

    I’ll just have to try these. Don’t have any sweet potatoes on hand – how about substituting canned pumpkin?

    • Jessica replied: — November 27th, 2011 @ 8:59 am

      Hi Marie, you should be able to easily sub in pumpkin. Good luck!

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    Becki's Whole Life — November 28, 2011 @ 7:04 am

    These sounds wonderful. I love biscuits,but I have never done the sweet potato combo with them…I will now and the cinnamon sounds even better.

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