The BEST twice baked potatoes recipe


One of my all time favorite side dishes is twice baked potatoes! You just can’t go wrong with them. They are my absolute favorite. If you are a potato, cheese and bacon lover like me, you are bound to love twice baked potatoes! They are perfect for the holidays!

I’ve been making these with my Mom and Gramma ever since I can remember. I posted my recipe a few years ago here, but I have changed the way I cook them to make them just a little bit better. ;) I have such fun memories cooking with my Gramma during the holidays. If I had it my way, twice baked potatoes would BE the meal…they are just that good. ;)



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Twice baked potatoes


  • 6 Baking Potatoes
  • 2 TB olive oil
  • 1 TB kosher salt

*For filling:*

  • 1/3 cup half and half
  • 6 TB butter
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 c shredded cheese
  • Bacon bits
  • 1 bunch green onions (chopped thin)
  • Can add more S&P to taste


Pre-heat oven to 400° and line a baking sheet with foil. Prep the potatoes by washing them under cold water. Next pierce the potatoes with a fork several times and then plan on the pan. Brush potatoes with olive oil and sprinkle on the kosher salt. Bake potatoes for one hour. Allow potatoes to cool.
Cut potatoes in half and then scoop out most of the inside of the potato. Leave a little bit, so the skins don’t tear. Mash the inside of the potatoes in a large bowl and then mix in the butter, half and half, sour cream, salt and pepper.
Once the potatoes are mashed, scoop the potatoes back into the skins.
Then top with cheese, bacon and green onions. Bake at 375 for 10-15 min or until cheese is bubbly.

Notes: I usually end up only filling 10 potato skins. I like to fill them to the top, so I will usually discard two of the skins.

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Using my best tip for baking potatoes really takes these twice baked potatoes over the top! I love the skin when it has the added salt. Seriously, if you haven’t tried these yet you have got to make them!

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 So what’s your favorite kind of potato?!

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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23 comments on “The BEST twice baked potatoes recipe”

  1. Fabulous recipes for potatoes! And the fried mac & cheese sounds heavenly and a must try! Potatoes & pastas are my favs!

  2. Loading potatoes up with delicious toppings is one of our favorite meals! My husband and I had a very DIY wedding in September, and in an effort to feed our large guest list without spending a fortune, dinner was a loaded potato bar. We still have a freezer full of leftover baked potatoes so we’ve ben getting creative adding all sorts of vegetables, sauces, meats, and whatnot for quick and easy twice baked potato meals! :)

  3. These sound perfect! Especially for a rainy grey day like today!

  4. What I like to do is cook my potatoes in the microwave, cut in half and scoop out the insides. Mix insides with grated cheese, a little margarine and some chilli/flakes and seeds. Put back into the skins, and cover with grated cheese and put under the griller until nice and toasted. BEAUTIFUL !!

  5. Oh my! What a fabulous side dish. This looks so delicious, I think I will make these tonight. Love the photography too!

  6. Is there a way to make this very same recipe but on the “skinny” side? Less calories, perhaps? Any ideas? Who can resist a baked potato…especially TWICE??? :)

  7. Oh these look so good! Thanks so much!

  8. I’m making these tonight! Quick question – on the recipe, is it supposed to be 1/3 cup of half & half? Thanks!

  9. Hi Jamielyn, I sometimes visit your site and really appreciate all the work you do. Just read the recipe for twice baked potatoes and notice that you throw out the left over skins. Instead of throwing them out cut in wedges, cover with cheese, bacon pieces, green onions etc., put back in oven until toasty. Serve with salsa an sour cream and anything else you crave.

  10. These look fantastic. I definitelly want to try them. Just to make it clear since English isn’t my mother tongue and I’ve never made baked potatoes, in the first step, that baking for one hour means in an oven or on a pan?

  11. I just looked at this today. The twice baked potatoes sound fabulous. But i’m guessing the “1/3 half-&-half” is 1/3 CUP?

  12. I make these with chopped shrimp they are so good.

  13. The unit for half and half is missing!

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