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Sweet Potato Casserole Muffins | Magnolia Days

The Thanksgiving feast has ended. Everyone is full and their annual cravings are satisfied. All the leftovers are carefully packed and put away. The next morning you open the fridge to find it stuffed to the top. What to do with all of it? You can re-heat or transform them into something else. The transformation can begin that very morning. Start off the day with making Sweet Potato Casserole Muffins.

First a few words about the casserole. Are you team marshmallow or team crunchy pecan when it comes to the topping? My family is team crunchy pecan for our sweet potato casserole. Well, to clarify, my family is that way while my husband’s family is no topping and only mashed sweet potatoes. It really doesn’t matter which one for these muffins. What you want to use is the filling part and not the topping.

Sweet Potato Casserole Muffins | Magnolia Days

Seasoning for the muffins can vary. If your casserole has a lot of cinnamon flavor already then go easy on adding more. The main goal is to not over-do the cinnamon. You want the sweet potato flavor to shine. Cinnamon, nutmeg, or any other spices should be an accent. Use your best judgment when mixing the batter.

Sweet Potato Casserole Muffins | Magnolia Days

Sweet Potato Casserole Muffins are a quick bread. That translates to fast and easy to make. It takes more time to get the butter and eggs to room temperature than it does to mix and bake the muffins. Sweet potatoes make these muffins moist and give the inside a lovely orange color. Turbinado sugar and cinnamon make a simple and sparkly topping with a slight crunch.

Sweet Potato Casserole Muffins | Magnolia Days

What is your favorite Thanksgiving leftover re-invention? I enjoy seeing all the creativity folks have and get inspired from it too. Sunday Supper contributors certainly are creative. Scroll down to see a list of the recipes they are sharing. There is total tasty creativity for sure. Big thanks Jennie of The Messy Baker for hosting this event.

Sweet Potato Casserole Muffins | Magnolia Days
5 from 17 votes

Sweet Potato Casserole Muffins

Transform your leftover casserole into Sweet Potato Casserole Muffins. These homemade flavorful muffins are a wonderful way to start the day.
Cuisine American Southern
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 muffins
Author Renee


For the muffins:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups leftover sweet potato casserole filling*
  • 5 tablespoons milk
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon **more or less as needed
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

For the topping:

  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon turbinado sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


For the muffins:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin pan.
  2. Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addtition.
  3. Add sweet potato casserole filling and milk and beat until combined.
  4. Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon (if needed), and nutmeg in a separate bowl. Add to creamed mixture and stir until just moistened. Stir in pecans.
  5. Divide batter evenly into muffin cups.

For the topping:

  1. Stir together sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle on top of batter.
  2. Bake for 22 to 25 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
  3. Remove muffins from pan. You may need to run a knife between the muffins and the pan to loosen the edges from the pan.

Recipe Notes

*You can make these muffins with plain baked and mashed sweet potatoes. If you do then increase the cinnamon in the batter to 1 teaspoon.
**Use your judgement on how much cinnamon to add based the cinnamon flavor/seasoning of your sweet potato casserole filling.

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Recipe Rating


Friday 24th of November 2023

So thankful about this great way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers! I had tons of sweet potato casserole left, and as much as I love it, one can only eat so much of it! These were a perfect solution! I bagged them up individually and popped them in the freezer to grab on the way out to work in the mornings :)

Melissa Weimer

Friday 24th of November 2023

My sweet potato casserole already has a lot of sugar and butter in it. Would I still add more or leave out?

Katie Moseman

Saturday 25th of November 2023

Are you using the filling and skipping the sugary/buttery topping? If so, you should be fine.

Georgia Tough Concrete Coatings

Thursday 27th of July 2023

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Katie Moseman

Sunday 30th of July 2023

Hello! Sorry about that! When you receive any comment email, look for the "Unsubscribe" link and click it - that should stop the emails.

Athena Jones

Friday 18th of November 2022

The recipe for Sweet Potato Casserole Muffins is an awesome leftover management recipe. I like it moon and back. However, I have tried it with ghee replacing unsalted butter, as Ghee is a healthy butter substitute. The muffins were super delectable.


Thursday 26th of November 2020

What is turbinado sugar?

Katie Moseman

Friday 27th of November 2020

It's a type of brown sugar that retains some of the color and nutrients during processing, as opposed to the standard brown sugar which is white sugar with molasses mixed in after the fact.