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Twice Baked Potatoes are always the first side dish to go at BBQs and potlucks. These hot potatoes have a crispy skin filled with creamy sour cream and butter mashed potatoestopped with cheesy,bacon, and green onions. Even better, you can make them ahead of time which makes them a great recipe for company or holiday meal.

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How do you like your potatoes? Fried, baked, mashed, au gratin? Everyone in my family likes them different.

Every time I send my husband to the grocery store with a list he comes home with the everything on the list plus at least one bag of chips.

He can kill a bag of chips in a sitting. I, on the other hand, can take or leave chips. I don’t HAVE to have them.

French fries baby…that’s my downfall. Whether it’s Chick-Fil-A’s waffle fries or McDonald’s thin crispy fries…they find a way in my mouth.

The ironic thing is that I’ll never order them because I know how bad they are for you but somehow they disappear from my kid’s Happy meals.


These potatoes are baked two different times. The first bake is done in the oven. Next, you scoop out the potato filling and mash in all of the ingredients. Spoon them back in the potatoes and bake them a second time topped with your favorite toppings!

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake potatoes for about an hour or until fork tender.
  2. Remove potatoes from oven and cool.
  3. Meanwhile, cook bacon and drain on a paper towel. Crumble bacon.
  4. Slice potatoes lengthwise and spoon out the flesh of the potato inside leaving 1/4 inch around the entire outer shell.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, mix together potato insides with a potato masher, sour cream, butter, milk, salt, pepper, half of the green onions and half of the cheese.
  6. Fill the potato shells with the mashed potato filling and top with bacon and additional cheese.
  7. For the second bake, bake the potatoes for 15-20 minutes and then sprinkle with remaining chives.

Our friends the Clarks have brought this twice baked potato recipe over for dinner a couple of times and they are always a hit.

I wish this computer had a scratch ‘n sniff button because these smelled incredible as I was taking the pictures.

This is coming from someone who is not a huge fan of baked potatoes! I’ve since made this recipe more times than I can count and now can honestly say they are the best potatoes and a great side dish.

I always like to pay attention to what disappears first at BBQs and potlucks and these twice baked potatoes are always the first to go. They’re individually portioned and people love that at potlucks.

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Overmixing your potato mixture can make your potatoes gummy. Make sure to stir only as needed.


The best part about these twice baked potatoes is that everything can be made the night before and store them in the fridge so all you have to do is pop them in the oven when you’re ready. You can even freeze these. They are the perfect side dish.


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Twice Baked Potatoes

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Twice Baked Potatoes are always the first side dish to go at BBQs and potlucks. Who doesn't love a twice baked potato? And you can make them ahead of time. These have creamy sour cream and butter mashed potatoes topped with cheesy, bacon, and green onions.


Prep Time: 30 minutes mins

Cook Time: 30 minutes mins

Total Time: 1 hour hr

Servings: 8 servings


  • 4 large Russet potatoes
  • 8 slices bacon
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
  • 8 green onions, sliced, divided


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  • Bake potatoes in preheated oven for 1 hour. You can just microwave the potatoes instead because it is way faster and they taste just as good. About three minutes per potato, just check for tenderness. So if you are cooking 4 potatoes in the microwave you will need to cook them for at least 12 minutes. Make sure to poke holes in the potatoes with a fork before microwaving so that they don't explode.

  • Meanwhile, place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside.

  • When potatoes are done allow them to cool for 10 minutes. Slice potatoes in half lengthwise and scoop the flesh into a large bowl leaving about 1/4 inch of flesh so the potato maintains it's shape; save skins. To the potato flesh add sour cream, butter, salt, pepper, 1/2 cup cheese, 1/2 the green onions, and milk (start adding 1/2 cup of milk but you may not need to add it all depending on the consistency you want. You don't want them too runny). Mix with a hand mixer until well blended and creamy. Spoon the mixture into the potato skins and place on a baking sheet. Top each with remaining cheese and bacon. If making ahead of time, refrigerate here.

  • Bake for another 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees. Add 10 minutes if you refrigerated ahead of time. Sprinkle with green onions and serve.


Source: The Clarks and Allrecipes

Cuisine: American

Course: Side Dish

Author: Christy Denney

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99 comments on “Twice Baked Potatoes”

  1. Helen Watson Reply

    These are so delicious! Made them for the first time less than 2 weeks ago and we are having them for dinner tonight for the third time, so yeah, they are SO good! I cut my recipe in half since there are only two of us. And you don’t need anything else to go along with them…very filling. I only eat a half!

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Thank you!

  2. Kristen Tate Reply

    One of my favorite side dishes! I am not very good at reading directions… I put 1/2 the bacon in the potato mixture lol! They still turned out perfect.

    • Christy Denney Reply


  3. Carolyn Reply

    I can’t wait to get recipes for all these delicious dishes

  4. Amanda Reply

    Can I use lite sour cream and 2% milk?

    • Christy Denney Reply


  5. carol a ryan Reply

    Just looking at all the recipes for twice baked potatoes and wanted to comment that I started making these kind of potatoes years and years ago before they became popular, that is not to say they were not being cooked somewhere lol. I just decided one day in the early 70’s to try something different with potatoes, thus this is how my twice baked potatoes came about. When making my recipe I put green onions in the mashed potato mixture, then cook it some in the microwave, I also mix butter and garlic and add to mixture, rest is just about how they are made today.

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Yes! You were the pioneer.

  6. Dedra Reply

    Oh my gosh these are soooooooo good!!! 😍😍😍😍 thanks for the recipe!

    • Christy Denney Reply

      You are welcome!

  7. CS Reply

    I don’t like baked potatoes so I just ate the insides but my family loves them. It was my first time ever making baked potatoes and they were perfect! I think I will use the recipe for mashed potatoes too!

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Glad you liked them!

      • Leck Goodnough Reply

        My favorite restaurant used to have Greek Twuce Baked Potatoes. They were mashed potatoes with chunks of ham & cheese stirred in then rolled in Panco and baked. DIVINE

  8. Earl Reply

    Totally Awesome! Paired really well with the prime rib. Recipe made 8 halves and froze 6 in packages of 2 for future meals. If you like twice baked potatoes this recipe is a must to try. You won’t be disappointed!

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Glad you approved!

  9. Greg Reply

    Followed the recipe exactly and it turned out really, really good! A great addition to our Easter meal.

    Wal-Mart replaced the avocados in my coronavirus grocery delivery with potatoes and grated sharp cheddar—someone has a sense of humor—and now I’m glad they did! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Wow what the change up! haha glad you liked them.

  10. Monika Reply

    Amazing recipe! Perfect flavour and texture. They turn out wonderful every time!

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Thank you Monika!

  11. Sandy Buss Reply

    If freezing, do I still bake 2nd time? And how do i reheat from frozen? Making freezer meals for a new mom. TIA!

    • Christy Denney Reply

      If freezing, freeze before you bake a second time. I would let them thaw in the fridge or on the counter for a bit then bake.

  12. Monica Reply

    This is the absolute best twice baked potatoes recipe I have ever come across! My family has made these multiple times and it never fails to impress!! Thank you so much for sharing!!!! Deliciousssss!!

    • Christy Denney Reply

      You’re welcome!

  13. Emmy Reply

    These are delicious!! I’ve got a huge crop of potatoes (we’re from Idaho!) So made these, loved them, and made tons more to freeze and pull out as needed. Thank you for sharing a delectable recipe!!

    • Christy Denney Reply

      You’re welcome!

  14. Tania Reply

    These look yummy & I definitely want to try to make them. Any tips for freezing leftovers?

    • Christy Denney Reply

      I would personally just freeze them in a freezer bag.

  15. Jennifer Reply

    Well. I’ll never be a food blogger because I’ve made several of your recipes & they never EVER look as pretty as yours. lol
    These potatoes, however, were a hit. Thanks!

    • Christy Denney Reply

      oh I’m sorry. Hopefully they still taste good?

      • Jennifer Reply

        Oh yes!. My sour cream hating family devoured them! I have all boys (2 teenagers & an 11 yo.) so they don’t care what it looks like. lol

  16. Kari Reply

    I love how fully loaded these potatoes are!!

  17. Carissa Nelson Reply

    These look amazing! I love a twice baked, can’t wait to try!

    • Christy Denney Reply

      They’re always a hit.

  18. Katie Reply

    Do wrap these in foil when baking them?

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Nope! Not necessary!

    • Kimberly Reply

      If you wrap them in foil, the skins will be too soft and will break. I get the best results by oiling them (Pam works fine.) You should also poke a few holes in each potato for steam to escape. It’s unlikely, but they can explode in the oven if you don’t. If you want the shells to be really crisp, stick them back in the oven while you are putting the filling together.

  19. Ms. Linda Reply

    I tried this minus the green onions due to children not liking them, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed!!

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Ooh yes. Maybe throw some on for you? They add a lot.

    • Kimberly Reply

      Chives are milder and smaller. You can just snip them off with clean scissors. Maybe they would like that better? I hate green onions, bu love chives.

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  21. Natalie Reply

    If you are to freeze them, what temp and how long do you bake them for?

  22. kayzink Reply

    I try this baked potatoes and they great

  23. Stephanie Reply

    If I have left over baked potatoes will this work???? I cooked to many and I was thinking about making these tomorrow night, but don’t want to make the filling till tomorrow…. have you ever done that

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Absolutely! I have done that! I just made these Sunday.

  24. Maureen Reply

    Made these potatoes for company dinner. Wow what praises I got
    I just left out the milk

    • Christy Denney Reply

      I just made them too! ALways a crowd favorite.

  25. Helen Reply

    I love and made the twice baked potatovery good and easy thank you

    • Christy Denney Reply

      You’re welcome!

  26. Katina Reply

    I love twice baked potatoes, I make the filling like regular mashed potatoes and put cheese on top, but these sound delicious, I’m planning on making them for mothers day

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Good luck!

  27. Christine Turner Reply

    This is my go-to twice baked potato recipe. I have made these time and time again. Thank you so much!

    • Christy Denney Reply

      You’re welcome! I love them too.

  28. Pat Reply

    Has anyone ever tried making these ahead of time and refrigerating until ready to pop in the oven

    • Christy Denney Reply

      I have! Totally great for making ahead of time.

  29. Kristin Reply

    I made these last night and they were absolutely incredible! So easy and delicious, and made enough for leftovers and lunches (such a huge plus!) Thank you for the recipe!

    • Christy Denney Reply

      You’re welcome! They’re some of my favorites.

  30. david Reply

    Made ’em. They’re awesome!!

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  32. Susanna Reply

    Recipe was spot on and absolutely delicious. I had extras so froze them before rebaking – hoping they will make a good instant side to keep on hand. Thanks for sharing.

  33. Jess Reply

    I made these a while back & they’re very good

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} Reply

      Thanks for the feedback Jess!

  34. Sarah Reply

    Iv made this recipe three times already and always
    Get super excited to eat it everytime ,
    Great dish to make anybody
    You can’t go wrong and everybody will love it
    Even the picky eaters! LOVE IT!

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} Reply

      Ooh thanks Sarah!

  35. Cara Edwards Reply

    Your photos alone have inspired tomorrow’s meal..! Great recipe, they look delicious!:)x

  36. Julie Reply

    Today I’m making these for about the fifth time. They can accompany just about anything and come out perfect anytime. We are having company so I am making 5 lbs of potatoes and upping the ingredients. Thank you so much for this recipe and Happy New Year!!!!!

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} Reply

      Aren’t they great?

  37. Kara D Reply

    I made these for a New Year’s Eve dinner and they were delicious! I used about 1/2 cup sour cream instead of the full 1 cup and they were incredibly creamy. There weren’t any left after dinner. 🙂

  38. Amy Reply

    These look so yummy! My mom use to make these for dinner. In our house we add broccoli and garlic powder to ours. Also, if you don’t have sour cream you can use cream cheese as a substitute. You lose that sour cream taste but in a pinch it works!

  39. Charlotte Reply

    I make these all the time, but w/ a twist….I add a packet of dry Ranch dressing to the mix….everybody loves them and wants to know my “secret” ingredient

  40. Hogfarmerwife Reply

    Holy Sow! These were porktastic! Why did I think these would be difficult to make all these years?!? Thanks for sharing! Hogs & Kisses from Kansas!

  41. JD Reply

    I made these for Super Bowl and they were fantastic, but I did tweak it just a little. I added a little bit of garlic powder to the potato flesh and when I baked them the second time around I baked them at 375 for about 25 to 30 minutes. They turned out phenomenally and I received nothing, but compliments. Also I did prepare them the night before and just refrigerated them until I was ready to put them in the oven.

  42. NickyB Reply

    Just wade these for a superbowl party. Amazing!

    I did crank up the bacon requirements though… had to be done.

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} Reply

      More bacon can only be a good thing.

  43. Rachel Reply

    I baked my potatoes for over a hour and they were still hard! Grr these look so good but my potatoes never come out right!

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} Reply

      In my opinion you can never overbake potatoes. Pop them in the microwave if they’re still hard in 3 minute increments until they’re done.

  44. Katelyn Reply

    Has anyone made these ahead of time and if so how did you do it?

  45. Rebecca Reply

    I’m in the middle of making these for Thanksgiving! I think they’re gonna be GREAT!!

  46. barbm Reply

    I’ll give it a whirl! I’ll let you know how they come out after freezing. Thanks

  47. Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} Reply

    I haven’t actually frozen these but I have had frozen twice baked potatoes – baked and they were good!

  48. barbm Reply

    Do these freeze well? I would like to make ahead to pull out for those quick but yummy work night meals.

  49. Vicki ShoppeGirls Reply

    They look delicious. I will have to make these. I will also be sharing this recipe on my blog.

  50. Amy @ Amy Day to Day Reply

    Do you wrap the potatoes in foil when you bake them in the oven? And do you poke holes when baking them in the oven or just in the microwave?

  51. Sophia @ Fat Burning Furnace Reply

    I had to come back to your site to let you know I made these Saturday night as I had company over and though it would be a good time to try it out. They turned out great and several of my friends asked me for the recipe. Super! Thanks for posting it!

  52. Isabella @ TheFatLossAuthority Reply

    Just looking at these makes you hungry! I can’t wait to make these! I already have my list of items I need from the store the next time I go so I can make it. I know my family is going to go bonkers over these!!

  53. Anonymous Reply

    Add some lump crab meat, smoked salmon, cooked shrimp, etc, only make’s them better. Been doing this for years.

  54. Joudie's Mood Food Reply

    I love love love baked potatoes and these look GOOOOOOOD! YUM!

  55. Mrs. Graves (This is me in 5th grade!) Reply

    I am a fan of baked potatoes. I made these for July 4th, and they got rave reviews.

  56. Mrs. Graves (This is me in 5th grade!) Reply

    I am a fan of baked potatoes. I made these for July 4th, and they got rave reviews.

  57. BreeAnn Reply

    I live in Utah, and I have never made twice baked potatoes. I made your recipe last night and my husband loved them! I thought they were really good as well, I wil for sure be making them again! thanks!

  58. Katherine Reply

    mmmm these look like something from a restaurant – only much much better!

  59. Monica H Reply

    Well thank your friends for me because I’m drooling over here. I love a good loaded baked potato so I’m sure I’d like these too.

  60. triciathomas Reply

    Those look SO GOOD!!! Makes me think of an Outback fully loaded baker! I am with you on the fries…. yummmmm…. Chick-fil-A waffle fries with the Chick-fil-A sauce YUMMMMmMMM… Love your blog!!! I am totally going to bring these to something to make me look like a master chef!

  61. cookies and cups Reply

    Twice baked potatoes are always a huge hit at my house too! I wish I made them more, but it sounds like I need friends like yours who will bring them over 😉

  62. oneordinaryday Reply

    So every one of my favorite potatoes rolled into one great recipe. Delicious!

  63. Mary Reply

    These really look delicious! I can see why they are so popular. I found your blog by chance and had intended only to say hello and then move on. I instead began to read your earlier posts and stayed much longer than I planned. I really enjoyed my visit. I’ll be back as often as I can. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

  64. Amy Reply

    These look wonderful!

  65. Jin6655321 Reply

    Oooh, they look so good! It reminds me of my favorite way to eat potatoes… bacon cheese fries~!

  66. Holly Reply

    Funny my kids’ fries always disappear too;) These look delish!!

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