Homemade sweet potato smiley faces recipe

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Making potato smiley faces at home isn't as hard as you might think. This recipe takes just 10 minutes prep and the kids will love making their own faces!

Preparation Time10 mins Plus 1 hour freezing time
Cooking Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Cost RangeCheap

Making your own potato smiley faces isn’t as difficult as you might think. We’ve given these freezer food classics a healthy twist by making them with a mixture of sweet potatoes and regular mash so that your little ones will get an extra portion of veg at teatime. The best thing about these homemade potato smiley faces is that the kids can help to make them. Children will love shaping the expressions on the potato faces, and you could let them go wild with all sorts of silly mouth shapes. They’ll take a little bit of time to firm up in the freezer but other than that they’re super speedy as we’ve opted for readymade mash. If you have leftovers though, of course use that – they’ll be just as tasty, if not more so!


  • 450g mashed potatoes
  • 300g sweet potato mash
  • 200g flour
  • 1 egg
  • Oil, for brushing




  1. Preheat your oven to 180C, gas 4.
  2. Combine both the sweet potato and regular potato mash in a large mixing bowl and stir together using a wooden spoon (or the kids could get involved with their hands!).
  3. Once the mixture has come together add the flour and continue stirring until it’s beaten in completely. Next, add the egg and keep mixing until the mixture comes together again.
  4. Pour the mash mix onto a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper and lay another layer of paper over the top. Take a second baking tray and push down to create an even layer, about half an inch thick, of mixture.
  5. Pop the tray in the freezer for an hour, until it’s firm and then remove.
  6. Now it’s time to shape your sweet potato smiley faces. Use a round cookie cutter to cut out circles from your mixture. Then, using a straw cut out to ‘eyes’ in each circle. Next use a spoon to shape a mouth in the circles.
  7. Lay all your faces on a baking tray and brush with oil.
  8. Bake for 30 mins until golden brown and cooked through.
Rosie Conroy
Food Writer

Rosie is an experienced food and drinks journalist who has spent over a decade writing about restaurants, cookery, and foodie products. Previously Content Editor at Goodto.com and Digital Food Editor on Woman&Home, Rosie is well used to covering everything from food news through to taste tests. Now, as well as heading up the team at SquareMeal - the UK's leading guide to restaurants and bars - she also runs a wedding floristry business in Scotland called Lavender and Rose.