• Cooking Time: 35 minutes
  • Servings:
  • Preparation Time: 1 hour


This is my Paula Deen impersonation (I do believe she's trying to kill people) I make every Holiday when I could care less about my waistline & people just MOP it up as either a side or a dessert. Make your Mama's candied yams recipe CRY!


  • 4 large cans of yams or sweet potatoes, drained
  • 1 box of graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup of smashed praline pecans
  • 1/2 bag of dried cranberries
  • 1 bag of marshmallows
  • 1 stick butter
  • 4 tablespoons of butter (for crust)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons of Haitian or Madagascar Vanilla
  • 2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
  • 4 star anise.


  • Melt 1 stick of butter & star anise in a saucepan over low heat.
  • Add praline pecans to a ziploc bag & smash pecans to crumble.
  • Once melted remove anise.
  • In a separate pan on medium heat mash yams with a potato masher pour in melted butter.
  • Add brown sugar, pecans, cranberries & vanilla stir until combined thoroughly. Add in cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice & nutmeg.
  • In a separate square utility pan pour in graham cracker crumbs, melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a microwave, then pour melted butter over crumbs mix with hands & pat down to form crust.
  • Transfer yam mixture to the graham cracker pan.
  • Bake for 25 minutes at 375 degrees F.
  • Remove from the oven and lower the oven temperature to 325 degrees F.
  • Add marshmallows return to the oven.
  • Bake for an additional 10 minutes at 325 degrees F to melt the marshmallows on the top, watching carefully to keep from over-browning.

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