BEST Twice Baked Potatoes Recipe

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This is the BEST TWICE BAKED POTATOES RECIPE and I’m going to tell you exactly how to make it. This creamy, cheesy, crispy recipe is just too good and I can’t get enough of it. These potatoes are the perfect side dish for any meal. They are filled with all the best ingredients and they’re absolutely loaded with flavor.

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Easy Twice Baked Potatoes your family will love.

I love a good baked potato, but I love cheesy twice baked potatoes twice as much! A crispy potato shell filled with mashed potatoes…tell me what’s not to love? 

Cheese, sour cream, bacon, and buttermilk are all mixed in, and then scooped back into the shell. Doesn’t that just sound like the most incredible side dish? These are perfect for Thanksgiving, or any holiday feast!

These just seem a little fancier than regular baked potatoes. Maybe it’s just the presentation, with the mashed potatoes overflowing out of the shell, and covered with extra cheese and bacon bits. I love the mix of crispy skin and creamy potato when you bite into a twice baked potato. Okay, I’m drooling now…

Twice baked potatoes on a cooling rack

Twice baked potatoes filled with cheese, sour cream, and bacon

How to Make Twice Baked Potatoes

These aren’t that complicated to make. However, they do take a bit of time. You are baking them twice, after all!

Here’s a quick run-down:

  1. Heat oven to 400°F & place whole potatoes on the middle rack
  2. Bake potatoes for about 45 minutes to 1 hour (until tender)
  3. Remove potatoes from oven & let cool
  4. Cut each potato open and scoop out the inside, leaving the skin in tact
  5. Put the potato shells back in the oven to crisp them up
  6. Mash the potatoes together with sour cream, buttermilk, cheese, & butter
  7. Fill the potato shells with the mashed potato mixture, and add the remaining cheese, bacon, & scallions on top
  8. Now broil the potatoes for about 5-10 minutes

It takes quite a few steps to make this recipe, but it’s totally worth it! Once you take a bite of the crispy, creamy, cheesy potato, you won’t want to make them any other way. 

See the recipe card for more detailed instructions before cooking.

If Twice Baked Potatoes aren’t your thing and you prefer a classic Oven Baked Potato, you’re in luck! We have a post with all of our tips and tricks for How to Cook a Baked Potato, and it’s piping hot and ready for you. Enjoy!

A twice baked potato on a plate

4 twice baked potatoes in a row

How far in advance can you make this recipe?

You can make these potatoes up to 5 days in advance if placing in the fridge (wrapped tightly in plastic wrap and stored in an airtight container), making these potatoes the perfect make ahead recipe! If making ahead of time, wait to add the cheese to the top until right before baking. You can also make them and freeze them before baking. 

Can these be frozen?

YES! I love having a batch waiting for us in the freezer. Here’s what you do:

  1. Cool the potatoes fully. You can either cool the cooked potatoes (but not twice baked) or cool the fully twice baked potatoes. 
  2. Place baking tray with potatoes directly in the freezer and freeze for one hour. If you haven’t already twice baked them, save the extra cheese on top until you’re ready to bake.
  3. Wrap each potato in foil and store in an airtight, freezer safe container.
  4. Freeze potatoes. They’ll stay good for up to 3 months!
  5. If making potatoes from the pre-twice baked stage, allow to thaw for 24 hours in the fridge before baking. Unwrap, top with cheese, and then bake for 20-25 minutes on 400°F.
  6. If making potatoes that have already been twice baked; simply unwrap, place on baking sheet (still frozen), and cook at 400°F for 1 hour or until heated through and bubbly. 
  7. TO REHEAT IN MICROWAVE: Allow the potatoes to thaw for 24 hours in the fridge and then microwave for 2-3 minutes or until hot. 

They can be frozen fro up to 3 months if properly stored!

How to Reheat Twice Baked Potatoes

These are fabulous reheated. I love to send them with my husband to work the next day after having them for dinner. Here’s what you do:


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F
  2. Place Twice Baked Potatoes on a baking sheet fitted with rack
  3. Bake for 20 minutes or until heated through and melty.


  1. Place Twice Baked Potato on a microwave safe plate
  2. Cook on high for 2-3 minutes
  3. Enjoy!

How long do you cook in the oven?

Initially, you will cook the baked potatoes in the oven for about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Once they are cooked, you’ll move on to the mashing and broiling of the twice baked potatoes. Once the potatoes have been refilled with the mashed potato mixture, you will broil them for another 5-10 minutes.

How long can you in the fridge?

If you have leftover twice baked potatoes, you can store them in the refrigerator for a few days. Just put them back in the oven on broil to reheat them.

Ingredients & Toppings

The best part about twice baked potatoes is the filling! Of course you have the mashed potato that you put back in the shell, but it’s the other ingredients that make them so tasty. I added cheese, buttermilk, scallions, bacon, and sour cream to the best twice baked potatoes recipe. But you can get creative and add so many different things to them.

Some more topping ideas:

  • Try any type of cheese you like
  • Peppers
  • Caramelized Onions
  • Parsley
  • Cilantro
  • Chives
  • Toasted Pecans

The possibilities are endless!

 twice baked potatoes topped with cheese, scallions, and bacon

Close up on the best twice baked potatoes recipe

What to Serve Them With

These could be a meal on their own since they’re stuffed with so much goodness. But they are such a tasty side dish and complement so many main dishes. I love adding these to holiday meals, but they’re good any night of the week.

Cook up with any of these great recipes:


This is a classic recipe, but the sky is the limit with how you could jazz it up and make it your own. Here are some ideas for recipe variations!

  • Buffalo Chicken: We love to add spicy buffalo chicken, ranch, and blue cheese to make a fun twist on a classic.
  • Spicy Mexican: Add ground beef, taco seasoning, jalapenos, and more!
  • Caprese: Basil, Tomato, and Fresh Mozzarella make for an incredible twice baked potato!
  • Chili Cheese: Load on the chili, cheese, and sour cream!
  • Chicken Bacon Ranch: You heard me!

Is this recipe Gluten Free?

Yes! If you make this recipe as written, it’s Keto/Gluten Free. When making variations, just be sure to check all the ingredients to make sure they comply.

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