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Whether you enjoy this as a dessert or a side dish, the Mashed Sweet Potato Mallow is a staple at the Thanksgiving table.

three sweet potato jars lined up with one in the forefront and two in the background

This will be my sixth year spending Thanksgiving in Colorado with my family. Six years ago, my mom and I decided to it would be fun to join my brother in Colorado for a week of skiing. Little did we know it would become a family tradition. My mom makes it a point to have a traditional Thanksgiving meal at the condo with all the fixings.

side view of a sweet potato marshmallow jar with another in the background

Mashed Sweet Potato Mallow is a requirement for our Thanksgiving table. I have to have both regular mashed potatoes and the sweet mashed. My mom has always made a classic Betty Crocker version of the recipe, but I decided to change it up a little bit.

overhead of a sweet potato jar topped with golden marshmallows

The traditional recipe used sour cream, which I chose to substitute with Greek yogurt. I wanted to be sure to add some maple syrup to my sweet potatoes because I always add maple syrup. Duh! I’m from Vermont. I also added a bit of cinnamon and a hint of vanilla.

You will have to pre-cook the sweet potatoes, which I prefer to boil because the skin basically just comes right off. You can cool them down a little bit if you want to, but you don’t need to wait. You just mash them up and add in the list of ingredients. One of the great about this dish is that you can prepare the filling the night before, and when you are ready to bake it, add the marshmallow and pop it in the oven. It’s a great time saver.

overhead of a jar filled with sweet potato and marshmallow with a spoon

I decided that I wanted to make my mallow mash in small jelly jars. Ultimately I just want more room on my plate for turkey and gravy. Oh, did I mention my food cannot be all mixed up? I’m like a five year old; my foods cannot touch each other. This recipe will fill about 5 large jars or 6-8 smaller jars. The mallow can be baked right in these jars too and thankfully they are dishwasher safe.I only used 3 large sweet potatoes for this recipe.

I would love to know what your favorite park of the Thanksgiving meal. Leave me a comment below!

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side view closeup of a sweet potato jar topped with marshmallow

Mashed Sweet Potato Mallow Jar

  • Author: Julianne Dell
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 5-8 Jars


Creamy mashed sweet potatoes baked and topped with mini marshmallows.


  • 3 Large Sweet potatoes or yams
  • 1/2 C Vanilla or plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 Large egg yolk, beaten
  • 3 tbsp Maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg


  1. Prepare the sweet potatoes by boiling them in a pot of water until fork tender. Peel away the skins and mash them.
  2. Stir in Greek Yogurt, egg yolk, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Add remaining dry ingredients: cinnamon, salt and nutmeg. Stir until well mixed.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Divide filling between jelly jars. Top with mini marshmallows. Bake for 25-30 minutes until mini marshmallows are puffy and golden brown. If they are browning too early, you can cover with tin foil. Serve warm.


You can prepare a day in advance and cook right before serving. I used 8oz wide mouth jars. This recipe will fill five jars.

Nutrition Information:
1 cupcake
46.6 g
120 mg
21.1 g
59.7 g
0.5 g
2.7 g
65.7 mg
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: thanksgiving sides, sweet potato casserole, mashed sweet potatoes

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8 Responses
  1. Abby

    Made these for Thanksgiving this year and they were the perfect size for my little family. The plain Greek yogurt balanced the dish perfectly and the look my 2 year olds face when he had the first bite of marshmallow was priceless!

  2. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

    Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite Thanksgiving side dishes, and a mountain of gooey marshmallows on top is a MUST. These parfaits look incredible!

  3. Renee@Two in the Kitchen

    These are so super cute! I love cute little treats like this in a jar! Have a fun Thanksgiving with your family in Colorado Julianne!! 🙂

  4. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen

    Wish I could go to Colorado for thanksgiving just to have this with you!! Guess I will have to settle for pinning this and making it very soon!

  5. Heather @ Shards of Lavender

    Okay, you’re going to probably think this is weird, but my family’s favorite dish that we always have to have at Thanksgiving(and eat only once a year) is orange jello with mandarin oranges in it. The jello is sugar free too… Sad, I know, but tradition. Never any leftover to have to figure out what to bake it into the next day;) Another favorite is my mom’s fresh baked rolls… Enjoy your trip skiing in Colorado and spending time with your family. These little jars of sweet potatoes look lovely!

  6. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    These are the cutest sweet potatoes ever! I love that you made individual servings. And those marshmallows on top are the perfect touch!

  7. Mir

    Love this adorable variation on the classic Thanksgiving staple! Skiiing sounds like a great way to spend the holiday. Then you really earn that dinner!

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