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Maple & Molasses Glazed Sweet Potatoes

  • Author: Lauren Grant of Zestful Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 68 servings 1x


Offering incredible depth from molasses, espresso powder, allspice and more, these roasted sweet potatoes are bound to stand out amongst the many other side dishes at the table.


  • 3 pounds sweet potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for serving
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika, divided
  • Black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • ¾ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon espresso powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper


Preheat oven to 425°F. Coat a baking sheet with nonstick spray.

Toss sweet potatoes with oil, 1½ teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon paprika in a bowl; season with black pepper. Arrange potatoes in a single layer on prepared baking sheet, do not wash bowl. Roast sweet potatoes until nearly fork-tender, 20–25 minutes.

Meanwhile, in same bowl whisk together maple syrup, molasses, mustard, orange juice, all-spice, cinnamon, espresso, cayenne pepper, remaining ½ teaspoon salt, and remaining 1 teaspoon paprika.

Scoop potatoes into bowl with maple syrup mixture and toss to coat. Transfer potatoes back to baking sheet and roast 5–8 minutes more, tossing every few minutes, until caramelized and tender.

Transfer to a serving dish and drizzle with olive oil.

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