These tasty toppings for sweet potato pie are guaranteed to take your favorite dessert to the next level.
Whether you’re looking for a classic topping or something a little more out-of-the-box, I’ve got you covered with my top 15 unique topping ideas.
From marshmallows and ice cream to nuts and candies, these toppings will have your taste buds singing.
So let’s get started and explore the wonderful world of sweet potato pie toppings!
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Toasted marshmallows make a great topping for your favorite pie.
It adds sweetness and crunch, creating an interesting contrast to the softness of the filling.
I like to use mini marshmallows – they’re easier to spread on top of the pie – but you can certainly use jumbo-sized ones if that’s what you prefer.
To make them extra crispy, I usually toast them in a 350F oven for about 5 minutes or so until golden brown.
Pro Tip: For more flavor, sprinkle some cinnamon on top before baking.
2. Caramelized Apples
Surprisingly simple, caramelized apples are a great way to add an extra layer of flavor to any pie.
- Start by thinly slicing the apples and adding them to a pan with butter, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Cook over medium heat until they become tender and lightly golden brown.
This topping is perfect for apple pies but also works well with pumpkin or pecan pies.
I like to make extra so that I can enjoy the caramelized apples on their own as a snack or dessert too!
Pro Tip: To really bring out the natural sweetness in the apples, try using maple syrup instead of sugar.
3. Candied Pecans
When you want to add a special touch to your pie, candied pecans are the perfect topping.
I love roasting my own pecans in cinnamon and sugar – it adds a wonderful crunch and flavor that is hard to beat.
Once you have your candied pecans, sprinkle them over your favorite pies for an added layer of texture and sweetness.
They also make great gifts!
Pro Tip: To get the most out of this topping, toast the pecans first before adding the sugar and cinnamon mix. This will help ensure that all those flavors come through with each bite.
4. Coconut Flakes
I often have a bag of coconut flakes in my pantry for a quick and easy way to add texture, flavor and beautiful golden color to pies.
I like to toast them in a pan on the stove with butter or oil until they’re lightly golden; this brings out their natural sweetness and nutty flavor.
You can also sprinkle them directly on top of your pie before baking – they’ll get nice and crispy while it cooks.
Coconut flakes are great with fruit pies or any kind of cream-based pie.
Pro Tip: If you want an extra sweet touch, mix the coconut flakes together with some sugar before adding them to your pie!
5. Chocolate Chips
Grab a handful of semi-sweet chocolate chips and sprinkle them over the top of your pie before baking.
Not only will they add a sweet, chocolaty flavor to your pie, but they’ll also give it an extra crunchy texture.
If you want something a little more decadent, melt the chocolate chips in a bowl over low heat and then drizzle it on top of the pie.
For an even more indulgent experience, make sure to use high-quality chocolate chips!
Pro Tip: Add some sea salt to the melted chocolate for a delicious salted caramel flavor.
6. Crumbled Graham Crackers
I’m sure you have used crumbled graham crackers for pie crusts before, but have you ever tried it as a topping?
It’s the perfect balance of crunchy and sweet.
I like to add some butter to my graham cracker crumbles before adding them to the top of my pies.
This helps bind everything together, so when you take a bite, you get that perfect combination of flavors and textures.
Plus, baking with butter gives your pie an irresistible golden-brown color.
Pro Tip: Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar for an extra special touch!
7. Toasted Coconut
Oh my, that toasted coconut can really take your pie to the next level!
I like to use unsweetened flaked coconut in my pies and toast it in a pan with a little bit of butter for about 5 minutes.
This adds a nutty flavor and brings out the sweetness of the topping.
The crunchy texture also offers another layer of delight when you bite into your pie.
Pro Tip: For an extra twist, try adding some chopped nuts, such as almonds or pecans, for more crunch and flavor.
8. Cinnamon Sugar
Instead of regular sugar, try adding a cinnamon sugar topping to your pies.
The combination of the sweetness of the sugar with the warm flavor of the cinnamon makes this a fantastic addition to any type of pie.
I always make sure to add it at least 15 minutes before my pie is done baking so that it can get nice and crispy.
You can also use it for other desserts like muffins or coffee cakes, or even as a topping for oatmeal or yogurt.
Pro Tip: You can make your own homemade cinnamon sugar by mixing 1/4 cup granulated sugar with 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon in a jar or container and shaking until combined.
9. Peanut Butter Drizzle
I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love a peanut butter drizzle!
It’s a great way to add flavor, texture, and sweetness to your pie.
- To prepare it, simply melt some peanut butter in the microwave or on the stove until it is smooth and liquid-y.
- Then just drizzle over your pie of choice (I like using chocolate cream pies).
The best part is that you can make as much or as little topping as you need.
Pro Tip: If you want to get really fancy, sprinkle some chopped peanuts on top for added crunch!
10. Crushed Pretzels
Why not bring in the kids for an afternoon of family baking?
Crushed pretzels are a great way to upgrade the flavor and texture of your pies.
I like to mix them with melted butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and walnuts for a sweet and salty crunchy topping that takes your pie game up another level.
- It’s also super easy to make – just crush the pretzels in a food processor until they become crumbs, then mix it all together in a bowl.
- Then sprinkle the mixture on top of your favorite fruit or custard pie before baking!
Pro Tip: The key is to not over-mix everything so you have some bigger chunks that stand out against the other ingredients.
11. Dried Fruit
Special, seasonal pies deserve special toppings!
Dried fruit is one of my favorites.
I like to mix up a handful of different fruits, such as apricots, cherries and raisins.
To make the topping extra special, I sometimes soak the fruits in a mixture of apple juice and orange zest for about an hour before sprinkling them over the pie.
The flavors blend together so nicely and add sweetness and texture to your dessert.
Pro Tip: For more crunch, you can use a few tablespoons of chopped nuts in addition to (or instead of) dried fruit for your pie topping.
12. Whipped Cream
Whether you make it yourself or buy it from the store, whipped cream is a great addition to any pie.
It adds a light sweetness and creaminess that really elevates the flavor of your dessert.
I like to make my own whipped cream with heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla extract.
Make sure you whip it until stiff peaks form – this will ensure that it holds its shape when you add it to your pie.
Just top off your finished masterpiece with the homemade whipped cream for extra deliciousness!
Pro Tip: If you want an even richer taste, try adding some mascarpone cheese or crème fraîche into your whipped cream mixture.
This is one of my favorite toppings for sweet potato pie (or really, any kind of pie).
Meringue is a light and fluffy topping that adds a nice sweetness to the pie.
- To make it, mix together egg whites and sugar until they form soft peaks.
- Spread the meringue over your pie evenly, then bake in the oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
It adds a delicious crunchy texture to your pies and takes them up a notch!
Pro Tip: For an extra lemony flavor, add some freshly squeezed lemon juice to your meringue before baking.
14. Ice Cream
Ah, ice cream.
Who doesn’t love this creamy and delicious dessert?
It’s the perfect topping for any pie – no matter what kind of pie you have, ice cream will always make it better.
I prefer to let my ice cream sit out for a few minutes so that it gets nice and soft, making it easier to spread across your pie.
Then all you need to do is top with some chocolate sauce or caramel sauce and enjoy!
Pro Tip: If you’re feeling adventurous, try adding chopped nuts or cookie crumbles on top of your pie before adding the ice cream.
15. Caramel Syrup
Caramel is a classic topping for all kinds of pies, but it’s especially delicious on sweet potato pie.
- To prepare the caramel, heat up some butter, brown sugar, and heavy cream until everything is melted together.
- Then just let it cool down a bit before adding it to your pie.
You can also use this topping as a dip or drizzle over ice cream!
Pro Tip: If you want the caramel to be extra thick and chewy, add some corn syrup when heating up the ingredients.
15 Toppings for Sweet Potato Pie You Must Try
- Caramelized Apples
- Candied Pecans
- Coconut Flakes
- Chocolate Chips
- Crumbled Graham Crackers
- Toasted Coconut
- Cinnamon Sugar
- Peanut Butter Drizzle
- Crushed Pretzels
- Dried Fruit
- Whipped Cream
- Ice Cream
- Caramel Syrup
- Pick your favorite topping from this article to add on top of your pie.
- Prepare the topping however you' like.
- Enjoy in no time!