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Sweet Potato Balls

By Paula Deen


Difficulty: Easy

Prep time: 25 minutes

Cook time: 15-20 minutes

Servings: 4 to 6


  • 4 large sweet potatoes
  • ⅔ cup packed brown sugar
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon orange extract
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • ½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 large marshmallows per sweet potato ball


Preheat oven to 350 °F.

Bake the potatoes until tender, then peel and mash them. Stir in the brown sugar, orange extract, zest, nutmeg, and 4 tablespoons of the flour.

In a separate bowl, toss the coconut with the sugar, cinnamon, and remaining tablespoon of flour. Press mashed potatoes around each marshmallow, creating a 2 to 3-inch diameter ball. Roll the balls in the coconut mixture. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Watch carefully for the last few minutes of cooking; the expanding marshmallows can cause the potato balls to burst open.