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Mother-in-Law Candied Yams

My mother-in-law gave me this recipe for MOTHER-IN-LAW CANDIED YAMS and she got it from her mother-in-law! These are the best way to mix dinner and dessert!
Course Side Dish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8
Author Aubrey Cota


  • 3 large yams
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar firmly packed


  • scrub the yams clean and cut into 2 inch thick slices (do not peel)
  • place in a large stock pot and cover with cold water
  • place over medium high heat and bring to a boil
  • allow to simmer until fork tender, about 15 ;minutes
  • carefully drain water and allow yams to cool to the touch
  • once they can be handled remove the peel
  • place into a 13 x 9 baking dish in an even layer
  • melt butter in a medium sized saucepan over medium high heat
  • stir in the brown sugar until combined
  • allow to boil for 5 minutes
  • pour over top of the yams
  • if making ahead of time cover with foil and allow to cool to room temperature before placing in the refrigerator
  • when ready to serve
  • preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • uncover yams and place in the oven for 30 minutes or until warmed through and slightly bubbling around the edges
  • be very careful when serving and enjoy!