Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Sweet Potato Fries (with Butterscotch Marshmallow Dip)

I love sweet potatoes.  But you know when I give thanks for them the most?  Thanksgiving time!  – smothered in brown sugar, cinnamon and toasted marshmallows.  Yet, as much as I love comforting “sweet potato casserole,”  the tantalizing combination of flavors only dances on my tongue once a year.  Pity.  I knew there had to be another way to enjoy brown sugar sweet potatoes year round…

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So Brown Sugar Sweet Potato Fries with Butterscotch Marshmallow Dip was born.  Oh yes, this is so happening.

But first, let’s talk about the white elephant in the room.  Or more accurately, let’s talk about the white sweet potatoes.  Did you know there are white sweet potatoes?  They are a little less sweet and more starchy than their orange counterparts, but taste very similar.  So apparently I am color blind, because I proceeded to peel, toss, bake and photograph my brown sugar, sweet potato fries without even thinking twice that they were white instead of orange.  It wasn’t until I was making another recipe with white sweet potatoes  (its the only variety my grocer carries) weeks later that Patrick asked, “Aren’t they supposed to be orange?”

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Woops.  They sure would be a lot more attractive if they were!  But yes, these are sweet potatoes.  If you can’t find orange sweet potatoes at your local grocery store (not to be confused with yams), then white sweet potatoes will do just fine.  If your grocery store does carry orange sweet potatoes, then I’d go with those because they are inherently sweeter.

So back to these white Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Sweet Potato Fries with Butterscotch Marshmallow Dip.  The name really does say it all and at the same time doesn’t say it all – at all. 

It doesn’t describe how these baked fries are the easiest, tastiest snack or appetizer and are quite healthy if you skip the dip – or just indulge in a little.

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It doesn’t describe how easy they are to make – simply toss the potatoes in cornstarch and cornmeal for crispiness, and coconut oil, cinnamon, brown sugar, cloves and nutmeg…

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And bake.

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It doesn’t describe how the brown sugar and cinnamon caramelize with the cornmeal to create a slightly crisp texture on the outside giving way to soft sweet potato inside.

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It doesn’t describe that to make the addictingly delicious Butterscotch Marshmallow Dip all you do is melt butterscotch chips, heat some marshmallow fluff with a smidgen of milk then mix in cinnamon.

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It doesn’t describe how when the coated sweet potato fries are bathed in the creamy butterscotch marshmallow dip (seriously that stuff is ridiculous, so good!) enter your mouth there’s an explosion of brown sugar, cinnamon, marshmallow sweetness.

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And it doesn’t describe how it can taste like Thanksgiving year round with these Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Sweet Potato Fries with Butterscotch Marshmallow Dip.

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Just as it should be.

Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Sweet Potato Fries with Butterscotch Marshmallow Dip

Servings: 2 -3
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

Brown Sugar Cinnamon Sweet Potato Fries

  • 1 lb sweet potatoes (approximately 1 sweet potato)
  • 1 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves

Easy Butterscotch Marshmallow Dip

  • 3 tablespoons butterscotch chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil, melted
  • 1 cup marshmallow fluff
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425F degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or nonstick baking mat. Set aside.
  • Wash, peel and cut potatoes into ¼ inch wide fries. Add fries to large bowl and toss with cornstarch until thinly coated. Discard any extra cornstarch. Add coconut oil and toss to coat. Add cornmeal, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg and cloves and toss to coat (its okay if there is brown sugar mixture left in the bowl).
  • Evenly space sweet potatoes on prepared baking sheet so that they are not touching (otherwise they will steam instead of bake) and sprinkle any remaining brown sugar mixture over top. Bake on the upper middle rack for 20-25 minutes, rotating pan half way through so they bake evenly. When fries are cooked, broil 3-5 minutes, rotating half way through, or until golden and edges start to brown
  • To make the marshmallow fluff, add butterscotch chips and ½ teaspoon coconut oil to a small bowl and microwave on medium heat for 30 seconds, stir, then continue to microwave and stir at 30 second intervals until softened and easy to stir (1-2 minutes).
  • In a separate bowl, add marshmallow fluff and 1 tablespoon milk. Microwave on medium for 20 seconds. Add melty butterscotch and cinnamon and stir until evenly combined.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

*It's practically impossible to make sweet potato fries completely crispy because of their high moisture content
*If you are doubling, tripling the batch, etc., only bake one potato per baking sheet otherwise they will be overcrowded and steam

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17 Comments

  1. Tammy says

    Hey Jen,

    your white sweet potatoes remind me of an experience I had on my mission. My companion and I were tracting and came across a sweet old southern lady who was selling pies. We bought a sweet potato pie from her — and it was white. I had never heard of such a thing either before that. I always thought sweet potatoes were orange. But it was delicious! She wouldn’t give us the recipe though :-(. Perhaps there’s an idea for you to concoct a new recipe. I’m sure you’d come up with a superbly delicious sweet potato pie recipe.

    Love,
    Tammy 🙂

    • Jen says

      Hi Tammy! You are such a great story teller – I could totally picture your experience and surprise at the white sweet potatoes – I’m glad I ‘m not the only one surprised at white sweet potatoes 🙂 The sweet potato pie sounds delicious – what a fun idea for a pie! I definitely am going to have to try my hand at it one of these days! Thanks for the delicious inspiration!

  2. Mary Ellen says

    Love, love these! I love dipping them in real maple syrup but this is about to become our new favorite way to eat sweet potato fries!

    • Jen says

      oh yum, dipping them in real maple syrup sounds divine! I am going to have to try that!

  3. Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama says

    I am pretty sure I have never seen a white sweet potato myself yet, but now I am intrigued. These fries look amazing! And thank marshmallow dip? YUM! 🙂

    • Jen says

      I never would have known they were white if I hadn’t cut int them – they look completely normal on the outside – weirdest thing! and yes, you are going to LOVE The marshmallow dip! its insane!

  4. Sandra Shaffer says

    I totally love the idea of serving these sweet potato fries for an appetizer! I just want to stick my finger in that marshmallow dip! Great recipe!!

    • Jen says

      Thanks Sandra! It is such a fun munchie for an appetizer – everyone loves fries and everyone loves these fries with this dip! Excited for you to make them so you CAN stick your finger in the marshmallow dip :)!

    • Jen says

      I sure hope so because that’s about what I did :)! Thanks Sheena!

  5. Michele @ Flavor Mosaic says

    I’ve not seen a white sweet potato. No matter the color, these sweet potato fries are really taken over the top with the brown sugar and marshmallow dip.

    • Jen says

      Thanks Michele, yes the brown sugar and marshmallow dip transform these sweet potatoes into something extraordinary! The are perfectly addicting!

  6. [email protected] says

    Jen, I think these would be beautiful no matter what color they were! I’m addicted to them already and I haven’t even tried the recipe! You go girl. Totally pinning! xo

    • Jen says

      LOL! Thanks so much Justine! Its amazing we can be so “in the zone” that we don’t realize obvious things – like the color of our sweet potatoes! so happy you still love them and thanks so much for pinning!

  7. [email protected] Tastes Good says

    I have never seen white sweet potatoes, but this recipe looks delish either way. Oh my yumminess! I know my fam would love this. We are big on sweet potatoes!

    • Jen says

      If you love sweet potatoes already, your family is going to go extra crazy for these! Can’t wait for you to try them!