Cinnamon Sugar Sweet Potato Fries with Caramel Dipping Sauce

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sweet potato fries with caramel

What’s up, Hungry People! Lately, I’ve been all about simplifying my recipes—less time and fewer ingredients, but still packed with flavor! And you know what? It’s been a hit with my family and friends. Sometimes, less really is more!

caramel sweet potato fries

Craving for Sweet Potato Fries and a Caramel Sauce Adventure

The other day, Nick and I went to a local restaurant and discovered their mouthwatering sweet potato fries with caramel sauce. Oh my goodness, I was instantly smitten! Those fries were so delicious, I couldn’t stop thinking about them.

Fast forward a few weeks, we found ourselves in another restaurant with sweet potato fries on the menu. Excitedly, I ordered them, only to be disappointed when the waitress informed me they didn’t have caramel sauce. She suggested dipping them in maple syrup instead. Well, maple syrup was an alright alternative, but it just didn’t hit the spot like the caramel sauce I had hoped for.

I was determined to recreate that amazing combination for myself.

Introducing Sweet Potato Fries and Caramel Sauce to the Family

Finally, the moment arrived when I could share the magic of sweet potato fries and caramel sauce with my family. To my surprise, they had never even heard of such a thing! I saw it as an opportunity to convert them to the sweet side. So, I prepared a batch of crispy sweet potato fries sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and topped with a luscious caramel honey sauce. Trust me, after trying these fries, my family will never look at sweet potatoes the same way again!

ingredients for sweet potato fries

Here’s What You Need

  • Sweet potatoes: The star of the dish, sweet potatoes are the base ingredient for making the fries.
  • Sugar: Adds sweetness to both the fries and the caramel sauce.
  • Cinnamon: Provides warm and aromatic flavor to the fries and the caramel sauce.
  • Cayenne pepper: Adds a hint of spice to the fries, balancing the sweetness.
  • Brown sugar: A key ingredient for making the caramel sauce, adding depth of flavor.
  • Honey: Enhances the sweetness and adds a touch of natural richness to the caramel sauce.
  • Evaporated milk: Helps to create a creamy and smooth consistency in the caramel sauce.
  • Butter: Provides richness and helps to bind the caramel sauce together.
  • Olive oil: Coats the sweet potato fries, helping them to crisp up during baking.

Let’s Cook!

soaking sweet potato fries

To start, I recruited my mother to handle the peeling part of the sweet potatoes (because, let’s be honest, I hate that step). Once peeled, I sliced the sweet potatoes into long, thin strips. In a large bowl, I gently tossed the fries with olive oil, cinnamon sugar, and a pinch of cayenne pepper to give them an extra kick.

sweet potato fries on pan

Baking to Perfection

Carefully arrange the fries in a single layer on a baking sheet, making sure they have enough space to crisp up evenly. Pop them into the oven and let them bake for about 30 minutes, or until they start to turn golden brown and achieve that satisfying crispiness we all love. Remember to flip the fries halfway through to ensure even cooking.

Sweet potato fries have a tendency to burn, so keep an eye on them during the last 10 or 15 minutes to avoid any mishaps!

melting sugar

The Perfect Caramel Sauce

While the fries are crisping up, it’s time to whip up that heavenly caramel sauce. I wanted to recreate the restaurant’s sauce as closely as possible, so I made sure to get the consistency just right. In a saucepan, combine brown sugar and butter over medium heat, stirring constantly until the butter is melted and the brown sugar becomes “wet” with the butter.

Next, stir in the honey for that irresistible sweetness.

melted sugar

Now, it’s time to add the evaporated milk and keep stirring until the sauce becomes smooth and velvety. Once it reaches that perfect consistency, I reduced the heat to the lowest setting and let the sauce rest and thicken a bit while the sweet potato fries finished cooking.

baked sweet potatoes

The Finishing Touches

When the fries are done, it’s time to take them out of the oven and sprinkle them with a little extra cinnamon and sugar for an added touch of deliciousness. Serve them right away, and prepare for the rave reviews!

I personally enjoyed mine alongside a simple salmon burger that left both of my parents asking for seconds.

crispy sweet potatoes

A New Addition to My All-Time Favorites

I must say, both the salmon burger and the sweet potato fries have quickly become two of my all-time favorite recipes—and they’re incredibly simple to make!

I love finding recipes that are not only affordable but also packed with flavor. These dishes have definitely earned a permanent spot in my recipe collection.

easy sweet potato fries recipe

Give these cinnamon sugar sweet potato fries with caramel dipping sauce a try, Hungry People, and get ready to embark on a flavor adventure that will leave your taste buds begging for more!


Cinnamon Sugar Sweet Potato Fries with Caramel Dipping Sauce

The Starving Chef
Indulge in the irresistible combination of crispy cinnamon sugar sweet potato fries, perfectly paired with a homemade caramel dipping sauce – a delectable treat for any occasion.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Healthy
Servings 4



  • Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Wash and peel the sweet potatoes using a potato peeler. Cut them into thin, even-sized strips with a sharp knife.
  • In a large bowl, toss the sweet potato strips with olive oil until they are completely coated. Sprinkle on the sugar, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper.
  • Arrange the sweet potatoes on a greased baking sheet in a single layer.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, then flip the fries and bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are browning and crispy.
  • While the fries are cooking, start making the caramel sauce. In a saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the butter along with the brown sugar. Stir constantly to prevent burning.
  • Once the butter is melted and the brown sugar is incorporated, stir in the honey.
  • Gradually add the evaporated milk to the saucepan while stirring continuously until the sauce thickens and becomes smooth.
  • Let the caramel sauce rest on the stove over the lowest heat setting (or 'warm') until the fries are ready, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove the sweet potato fries from the oven. If desired, sprinkle additional sugar and cinnamon on top of the fries for extra flavor. Serve them right away alongside the caramel sauce. Enjoy!
Keyword caramel, cinnamon, sweet potato
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