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Twice Baked Potatoes

January 13, 2016 (Last Updated: December 30, 2019)

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Twice Baked Potatoes are perfect for everyday or for a fancy dinner.  These potatoes can be made ahead of time and baked when needed. 

Baked potato halves topped with melted cheese and green onions.

Twice baked potatoes are a great way to transform the regular ol’ baked potato. These little treasures are filled with all my favorite baked potato ingredients.

Really, these are mashed potatoes, put back into the shell, topped with cheese and then baked again. Twice baked Potatoes…pure deliciousness! I also have a recipe for twice baked sweet potatoes if you’re looking for something a little different. 

What ingredients do I need for making this potato recipe?

  • potatoes
  • butter
  • sour cream
  • milk
  • salt and pepper
  • cheese

What type of potato is best for making twice baked potatoes?

A large russet potato is best for making twice baked potatoes. Their skin is firm enough to hold up to filling and baking.

What type of cheese do I use?

I used three types of cheese in this recipe; cheddar, Monterey Jack and Parmesan. You can use all three or just one cheese if you’d prefer. 

Bite of potato on a fork with the rest of the potato on a plate in the background.

I’m hoping everyone has purchased their lottery ticket!  I can’t even fathom One BILLION dollars!  Oh my goodness. I told Rod that I really didn’t want to win that much.  Just imagine the problems and issues that would come with that much money! I would have to hire security guards and take out insurance on all my chickens!

After all, you’d have to take measures to protect yourself, your family and all your precious belongings. Maybe the chickens would get a new palace!  Hmmmmm….. Nope, just a few simple million is all I really need!  

The chickens are just fine the way they are living…no extra treatment or palace for them… well….maybe just a few extra treats though!  I don’t think wanting to win a few million is unreasonable!

Twice Baked Potatoes topped with shredded cheese on a baking dish.

Just in case you don’t win, you are going to want to make these twice baked potatoes.  They will still make you feel like a winner!  Who knows, if you are the big winner, you could hire someone to make these for you!

Heck, I’ll come make them for you…it will just cost you a few million!

Can I make this recipe for a large crowd?

My recipe is for four people, but this recipe is super adaptable.  At Christmas, I made enough for 22 people. I made them up the day before and wrapped the tray in plastic and stored in the fridge.

About 30 minutes before dinner, I removed the plastic and popped them in the oven for about 30 minutes.

A baking sheet full of stuffed potatoes.


Another potato recipe to try is these Crispy Smashed Potatoes,and these Hasselback potatoes. 

Don’t forget to PIN for later! Half of a potato filled with mashed potatoes and topped with cheese and green onions.

If you make this recipe, Iā€™d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below and snap a picture and tag me on Instagram @beyondthechickencoop

5 from 5 votes
Twice Baked Potatoes...2 times the yumminess!
Twice Baked Potatoes
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins

Baked potatoes filled with creamy potatoes and topped with cheese.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked potato recipe, easy twice baked potato, make ahead twice baked potatoes, twice baked potatoes
Servings: 4
Calories: 161 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 4 whole Russet Potatoes medium sized
  • 3 Tablespoons butter melted
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • Green onions for garnish
  1. Wash and dry potatoes. Rub a very thin coating of oil over the skins. Prick potatoes with a fork 3-4 times each. Bake until done.
  2. Let potatoes cool enough to handle.
  3. Slice in half lengthwise and scoop out interior. Place in a large bowl. Do not scoop all the way to the skin. You want to leave a thin layer of potato so the skins aren't too flimsy.
  4. Place potato skins on a lightly sprayed baking sheet.
  5. Mash potatoes in bowl. Add butter, sour cream, milk, salt and pepper, Stir.

  6. If mixture is too try, add a bit more milk until the mixture is mashed potato consistency.
  7. Fold in cheese, reserving a bit of cheddar for sprinkling on top.
  8. Taste mixture and add additional salt and pepper if needed.
  9. Fill potato skins with potato mixture.
  10. Sprinkle cheddar on top.
  11. Bake at 350 for 20 - 30 minutes until heated through.
Recipe Notes

To make ahead of time, once skins are filled, cover with plastic wrap and store in fridge. When ready to bake, remove plastic wrap and bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes.

Nutrition Facts
Twice Baked Potatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 161 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 504mg22%
Potassium 40mg1%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 465IU9%
Calcium 147mg15%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Reply
    July 4, 2019 at 10:17 am

    5 stars
    They’re really good! Although in the directions you missed the sour cream lol!

    • Reply
      July 4, 2019 at 10:30 am

      Oops! Thanks for letting me know. I’ll go back and add that now! šŸ™‚

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    Fred G
    May 10, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    5 stars
    Great idea for spuds

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    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry
    January 19, 2016 at 8:32 am

    I’m always down for potatoes, especially when they are twice baked and double the amount of deliciousness.

    • Reply
      January 20, 2016 at 4:59 am

      Twice baked is the way to go!

  • Reply
    Melanie @ Melanie Cooks
    January 18, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    5 stars
    I love twice baked potatoes! They are so rich, flavorful and filling! And the more cheese, the better!

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    karrie @ Tasty Ever After
    January 18, 2016 at 5:31 am

    5 stars
    I am so behind on commenting on posts because trying to pack my life up to move in 2 weeks. Having said that, I did purchase a couple of lottery tickets but did not win. I totally agree with you on it would be a somewhat of a curse to win that kind of money. More money, more problems. hahaha! I like living the simple life with my chickens and eating twice baked potatoes! I love making (and eating) twice baked potatoes so will try your recipe next time šŸ™‚

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    January 18, 2016 at 1:15 am

    Love me a good twice baked potatoes. These look fabulous! Can’t wait to try them.

    • Reply
      January 18, 2016 at 4:05 am

      Thanks, Christie! I hope you enjoy them!

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    Jessica @ Sweetest Menu
    January 17, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    I’m in love! Twice baked potatoes? They look just heavenly!

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      January 18, 2016 at 4:06 am

      Twice as good as a regular baked potato!

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    January 16, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Wow! You made enough for 22 people? That’s amazing. I’m definitely going to keep this recipe in mind for the next holiday. I love recipes you can make the day before and cook the next day. And I am one of those people who could eat potatoes of some sort every single day.

    • Reply
      January 16, 2016 at 6:48 pm

      Both Rod and I have large families! We always have lots of fun and eat a ton of food! Making ahead is always key to big get-togethers!

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    January 15, 2016 at 8:12 am

    I LOVE twice-baked potatoes. Yours look absolutely perfect! So creamy!

    • Reply
      January 16, 2016 at 5:58 am

      They are smooth and creamy!

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    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    January 14, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Twice baked potatoes have always held a special place in my heart, they are just so flippin delicious! Yours are totally calling my name, Kathy! Serious drool fest! I never purchased a lottery ticket, because I am a firm believer in winning that much money would just lead to VERY bad luck for the rest of my life… and I have enough of that already. šŸ˜‰ Hope you won, though!! Cheers, my dear!

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      January 15, 2016 at 5:04 am

      I think you are wise, Cheanne!

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    David @ Spiced
    January 14, 2016 at 7:48 am

    Haha! So I didn’t win the lottery last night, Kathy. Sad, I know. But I like the idea of drowning my sorrows with these amazing twice baked taters! Twice baked potatoes have always been one of my favorite comfort foods, and these look amazing. I am totally making a batch of these soon! šŸ™‚

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      January 15, 2016 at 5:03 am

      Can you believe I didn’t win the lottery either! Darn!

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    Meghan | Fox and Briar
    January 13, 2016 at 11:47 am

    5 stars
    Just a few million, is that so much to ask for? No, I don’t think it is. We have not bought our tickets yet, so it looks like we won’t be winners, sigh. But these twice baked potatoes are definite winners! I love that they can be made ahead of time!

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      January 13, 2016 at 6:27 pm

      You can be a winner every time you bake these!

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    Lori from LL Farm
    January 13, 2016 at 8:05 am

    I love twice baked potatoes and I’m with you…just a few million will do šŸ˜‰

    • Reply
      January 13, 2016 at 6:28 pm

      I know….we aren’t at all greedy, right?

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    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic
    January 13, 2016 at 7:19 am

    Now I want some twice baked potatoes! Looks so delicious.

    • Reply
      January 13, 2016 at 6:28 pm

      You’d better get baking some right now!

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    Laura ~ Raise Your Garden
    January 13, 2016 at 5:43 am

    Twice baked potatoes just make me happy Kathy! And since I’m making a ham tonight, these will be perfect! (with the green beans, yay yay). I’ve never used Parm on mine before ~ will try.

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      January 13, 2016 at 6:08 am

      It just adds a little extra cheesiness! Enjoy!

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