Sweet Potato Jack-o-Lanterns with Cinnamon Sugar

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Slices of sweet potato, cut into jack-o-lantern shapes, baked, dipped in butter, and dredged in cinnamon sugar.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Mwah hah hah hah! (Insert your favorite evil laugh here.) Do you like cinnamon toast? These jack-o-lantern snacks are the sweet potato Halloween version of cinnamon toast. They start out like baked sweet potato fries, and then they are dunked in melted butter, and take a tumble in cinnamon sugar. That’s it! Sweet potatoes, butter, cinnamon, sugar.

Make sure you have plenty of kids to eat them up, otherwise you’ll find yourself nibbling them all (not that that ever happens here, right).

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Sweet Potato Jack-o-Lanterns with Cinnamon Sugar Recipe

  • Prep time: 25 minutes
  • Cook time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 16 to 22 rounds.

In these directions we are coating the entire sweet potato round in butter and cinnamon sugar. For a lighter version, just brush melted butter on one side of the sweet potato rounds, and dip only this side in cinnamon sugar.

Parents, if making this recipe with kids, the cutting out of the eyes and mouths is difficult and should be done by an adult. Otherwise just skip.


  • One 1 1/2 to 2 pound sweet potato, in a even cylindrical shape if possible, wide enough for your cookie cutter form to cut out patterns
  • 3 Tbsp butter, melted (for dipping)
  • 6 Tbsp white granulated sugar (for dredging)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Equipment needed:

  • Pumpkin shaped cookie cutter (small enough to fit within a slice of sweet potato)
  • A sharp paring knife


1 Peel the sweet potato. Cut into 1/4 inch rounds. Use pumpkin shaped cookie cutter to cut each round into a pumpkin shape. Use a paring knife to carefully cut out eyes and mouths. (This part is a bit challenging, if you find it too difficult, just skip.)

2 Place the cut sweet potato rounds on a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet. Bake at 450°F (230°C) for 35 minutes (more or less depending on thickness of slice) until lightly browned on both sides and cooked inside. Remove from oven.

3 Melt butter either on stove or in microwave and place in a small bowl.  Mix sugar and cinnamon in a separate bowl.

4 Dip each sweet potato round into melted butter.  Then place the round in the cinnamon sugar to coat the jack-o-lanterns with cinnamon sugar.  Place the rounds on a rack over a baking sheet to dry.


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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Chris

    Any ideas for a savory version for a thanksgiving appetizer?

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  2. Jen

    Can these be made the night before, for example for a pre-school bash the next day? :)

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  3. Anon

    I’m throwing a Halloween party in a couple of days and I really want to make these, but I’m confused: where are people finding cookie cutters small enough for sweet potatoes or sweet potatoes large enough for cookie cutters? I’ve tried three different pumpkin-shaped cookie cutters and none of them are small enough for sweet potato slices, even when I buy the biggest yam I can find. Am I missing something?

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  4. alison

    Hi! Am getting ready to make these, but was wondering, should they be served warm?

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  5. eatlovers

    This recipes is like a Indian potato chips. Its delicious

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