Sweet Potato Cheesecake

Sweet Potato Cheesecake
Recipe type: desserts
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 8
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon of almond extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 packages of cream cheese (room temp)
  • ¼ cup of sour cream
  • 1½ sticks of melted sweet cream butter
  • 1¾ cup of sweet potato puree
  • 1 cup of graham cracker crumbs
  • ¾ cup of crumbled ginger snaps
  • 3 tablespoons of light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1½ cups of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of flour
  • ⅛ teaspoon of ground cloves
  • ⅛ teaspoon of nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • Preheat your oven to 350 F.
  1. For the crust:
  2. In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, ginger snap crumbs, brown sugar, almond extract, cinnamon and melted butter. Stir until well combined. Press down evenly on the bottom of your cheesecake pan. Set aside (or in refrigerator).
  3. For the filling:
  4. Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth, then add sour cream, eggs, vanilla extract and sweet potato puree. Mix on medium-high speed until well blended. In a separate bowl, combine flour, cloves, nutmeg, sugar and cinnamon. Mix well. Set your electric mixer on low speed as you slowly add your dry ingredients to your cream cheese mixture. When you're done combining ingredients, turn your electric mixer up to medium speed and mix until completely blended. Pour your filling into your cheesecake pan, on top of your crust. Bake in 350 F oven for 1 hour
Before removing the outer shell of your cheesecake pan, be sure to allow your cheesecake to cool for at least 20 minutes. Wrap in plastic wrap, then set in your refrigerator to chill for 4 hours before serving. If you have a husband who has a sweet tooth, you might want to double this recipe and make two! My husband usually sneaks a taste while it's still cooling on the counter! Try explaining that when you show up to a Christmas party with a piece missing!
I love sweet potatoes. Ever since I was a little girl, one of my favorite side dishes at Christmas dinner was my mom's sweet potatoes. She added nutmeg, sugar, cinnamon and cloves to them until they were deliciously sweet. I always thought it was more dessert than side dish. The flavors of my mom's sweet potato side dish, combined with the traditional cheesecake helped me create this Christmas dessert table favorite. If you love cheesecakes, and you love sweet potato pie, you will fall head over heels for this treat!


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