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Sweet Potato Cheesecake

This Sweet Potato Cheesecake is full of creamy sweet potatoes and warm spices. It's baked on a pecan graham cracker crust and garnished with a homemade marshmallow topping that's been toasted to perfection. This is the best Thanksgiving dessert to serve up to your family!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword sweet potato cheesecake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings 8 slices
Calories 872kcal
Author Miranda Couse

Ingredients

Crust

Cheesecake

  • 24 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 2 cups cooked sweet potatoes mashed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

Topping

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

Crust

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray the sides of a 9-inch springform pan with nonstick baking spray. Line the sides with a strip of parchment paper.
  • In a food processor add in the pecan and pulse until it's a fine texture. It should be the same size as the graham cracker crumbs. Don't pulse too long or leave it running, it will quickly turn into pecan butter.
  • In a mixing bowl, add the graham cracker crumbs, pecan crumbs, granulated sugar and melted butter. Stir to combine. Make sure everything has a buttery coating.
  • Press the cracker crumb mixture into the prepared pan.
  • Place in the fridge and let chill while preparing the cheesecake filling.

Filling

  • In a large bowl, add in the cream cheese. Beat on medium with a hand mixer until creamed.
  • Add in the granulated and brown sugar and beat until incorporated. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl.
  • Add in the sweet potatoes, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice. Beat until the sweet potatoes is worked into the batter.
  • Add in the eggs one at a time. Beat until each egg is incorporated before adding the next egg. Scrape down the sides in between each egg.
  • Add in the sour cream. Beat just until the sour cream is mixed in.
  • Pour the filling on top of the crust.
  • Place the cheesecake in the preheated oven for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until done. Give the cheesecake a wiggle and if it only jiggles in the center and the edges stay firm, it's ready.
  • Turn off the oven and crack the door for about 2 hours. This will help prevent cracks in the cheesecake.
  • Remove from the oven after the 2 hours and refrigerate overnight.

Topping

  • Add the egg whites and sugar into a heat-proof bowl.
  • In a medium saucepan, add about an inch of water. Bring the water up to a simmer and place the heat-proof on top of the saucepan. Make sure the water isn't touching the bottom of the bowl. If it is, switch to a bowl that doesn't touch the water otherwise it will cook your egg whites.
  • Heat the egg whites and sugar until the sugar is completely dissolved. Whisk the mixture while it's on top of the simmering water to help dissolve the sugar.
  • Once the egg whites are hot and the sugar is dissolved, remove from the heat.
  • Add the cream of tartar and beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. The meringue should hold the shape of a peak without falling.
  • Add the vanilla and beat just until worked into the meringue.
  • Add the marshmallow meringue topping to the top of the chilled cheesecake. Spread it around to help form ridges and peaks.
  • Use a kitchen torch to toast up the marshmallow meringue topping.
  • Cut and serve!

Nutrition

Calories: 872kcal | Carbohydrates: 92g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 52g | Saturated Fat: 27g | Cholesterol: 213mg | Sodium: 605mg | Potassium: 410mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 74g | Vitamin A: 6422IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 166mg | Iron: 2mg