Sweet Potato Casserole Topping Treats

These Thanksgiving Treats taste like a Sweet Potato Casserole topping. They’re made by baking marshmallows, pecans, cinnamon and sugar together and then letting them cool and harden into sweet crunchy bites.

My first attempt at making a traditional Sweet Potato Casserole went very wrong. Somehow, by the time the sweet potatoes were heated through, the marshmallows and pecans on top and gotten really crunchy and even burned in places.

Thankfully, this was a recipe development test and we weren’t having any company over or anything. I scraped the topping into a bowl and we ate the sweet potatoes as a mash instead of as a casserole.

But here’s the funny thing. The bowl of crunchy topping bits quickly disappeared. Every time my husband or I walked past it, we’d grab a piece to snack on. A new Thanksgiving Treat was born.

Sweet Potato Casserole topping is turned into Thanksgiving Treats! Get the recipe on COOKtheSTORY

Now when I make Sweet Potato Casserole (like this one, where the technique of not having the topping harden has been perfected), I put marshmallows and pecans on top of the casserole, but I also cook some on the side to make these treats. It’s really easy to do.

You mix pecans with brown sugar and cinnamon on a parchment-paper-lined baking sheet. Top with a single layer of mini marshmallows.

Then you bake it for a couple of minutes until the marshmallows puff up. Take it out and gently smoosh the marshmallows down a bit. Spread things out a little. Continue to bake until marshmallows are lightly browned. They’ll be more browned at the edges than in the middle, like this:

Sweet Potato Casserole topping is turned into Thanksgiving Treats! Get the recipe on COOKtheSTORY

Take the pan out of the oven and let it cool just until you can touch it. While the marshmallows are still warm, pull it all into pieces (2-3 marshmallows per piece, plus whatever’s attached to them). Once they’re separated, let them cool until hardened. Snack!

 

Thanksgiving Treats

For more Thanksgiving treats, be sure to also check out this apple cobbler recipe.

Apple Cobbler

And now, here’s my tasty Thanksgiving Treats recipe.

Sweet Potato Casserole Topping Treats

These Thanksgiving Treats taste like the perfect Sweet Potato Casserole topping. They're made by baking marshmallows, pecans, cinnamon and sugar together and then letting them cool and harden into sweet crunchy bites.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup roughly chopped pecans
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Put the pecans on the parchment paper.
  3. Add the brown sugar and cinnamon. Use your fingers to mix it around. Spread it into a single layer.
  4. Top the pecans with a single layer of the marshmallows.
  5. Put the pan in the oven. Bake until marshmallows are poofed, about 2 minutes. Take the pan out and use a spatula to gently push the marshmallows down and to spread things out a bit. Continue to bake until marshmallows are lightly browned, 11-13 minutes (they'll be more brown at the edges than in the middle).
  6. Remove pan from the oven and let it all cool for a minute. When cool enough to handle (but still warm), pull apart into pieces. You want about 2 marshmallows per piece, plus whatever bits of pecan and seasonings come along with them. Let pieces cool until hardened.

2 Responses to “Sweet Potato Casserole Topping Treats”

  1. Chris — November 27, 2014 @ 7:23 am (#)

    Sounds like a lovely idea. The only problem here is, it’s a bit harder to get my hands on pecans around here.

    • Christine Pittman — November 27, 2014 @ 11:03 am (#)

      Chris, I think you could use any kind of nut. Cashews or almonds would be lovely.

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