Pearl’s Sweet Potato Biscuits

Preparation info
  • Yield: About

    3 dozen

    • Difficulty


Appears in
Craig Claiborne's Southern Cooking

By Craig Claiborne

Published 1987

  • About

One of the principal cooks in my mother’s boardinghouse over the years was named Pearl Hutchins. He not only cooked but acted as my personal part-time nurse. It never occurred to me in my childhood to wonder if Pearl was his given name or a nickname. One of his many fine Southern specialties was his sweet potato biscuits.


  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar into a mixing bowl. Add the butter and cut it in with a pastry cutter until it has the texture of coarse cornmeal. Stir in the mashed sweet potatoes.<