Sweet Potato Cheesecake w/a Gingersnap Crust

Carolyn Elliott


Sweet Potato Cheesecake w/a Gingersnap Crust has been a signature dessert of Carolyn Elliott's since 1999 as she is a connoisseur of baked cheesecake recipes.

"I began baking New York Cheesecakes in the 80's. My favorite flavor though, was of the Sweet Potato Pie. I looked on the Internet one day and found a Sweet Potato Cheesecake recipe with a Ginger Snap crust. I baked it but couldn't wait to share it with my neighbor a couple doors down. It was slightly warm by then, and I decided to slice it up, anyway. Oh, my my my! It was smooth and tasty. A HIT! It's been my signature recipe for going on 10 years, now. Enjoy as our membership church has, many times."



★★★★★ 2 votes

20 Min
1 Hr 20 Min



  • 2 c
    gingersnap crumbs (i use a mini food processor. alternative: graham crackers w/spices & sugar)
  • 3 Tbsp
    butter, melted (or margarine) adjust accordingly

  • 1 2/3 c
    graham crackers crumbs (fine)
  • 1/3 c
    white granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp
    ground ginger
  • 1 tsp
    ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp
    ground cloves

  • 24 oz
    3-8 oz packages, cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 c
    butter, softened (or margarine)
  • 1 1/3 c
    white granulated sugar
  • 2 c
    cooked and mashed sweet potatoes (fresh or canned)
  • 3/4 Tbsp
    ground nutmeg (adjust to your taste)
  • 3/4 Tbsp
    ground cinnamon (adjust to your taste)
  • 3 Tbsp
    maple extract (adjust to your taste) *alternative flavorings
  • 1 Tbsp
    pure vanilla extract (or imitation)
  • 4
    whole eggs, large (best is @room temperature)

  • 8 oz
    dairy sour cream
  • 1 tsp
    maple extractmaple extract *alternative flavorings
  • 3 Tbsp
    white granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp
    sprinkle w/reserved gingersnap crumbs

  • 3 Tbsp
    bourbon (original recipe)
  • 3 Tbsp
    rum extract

  • ·
    extra batter may be used to fill custard cups for individual servings

How to Make Sweet Potato Cheesecake w/a Gingersnap Crust


  1. In a large bowl, combine the crust ingredients and stir to mix well.
  2. Press crumb crust into bottom and 1 inch up sides of a buttered 10 1/2-inch spring form pan.
  3. Bake crust in a 350 degree oven, 8-10 minutes until just starting to deepen in color. Remove from oven and set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine cream cheese and butter; beat with an electric mixer until smooth.
  5. Beat in sugar, scraping bowl occasionally. Add mashed sweet potatoes; beat to combine.
  6. Add nutmeg and cinnamon. Add flavoring of your choice and vanilla. Mix until thoroughly combined and smooth.
  7. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing just until combined after each.
  8. Pour batter into prepared crust to approximately 1 - 1 1/2" before you reach the top of the pan. Extra batter can be used to make an additional smaller-sized cheesecake or individual custard cups can be used with the crust being 1 gingersnap cookie or cupcake pans with paper.
  9. Bake in a 350 degree oven 20 minutes; reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees and continue baking 35 minutes more.
  10. Reduce oven temperature again to 250 degrees and continue baking 20-30 minutes more until cheesecake is set around the edges and barely juggles at the center. Use a timer or the timer on your stove works great!
  11. Remove cheesecake from the oven and increase oven temperature to 350 degrees.
  12. Meanwhile, for topping whisk together the sour cream, sugar, and flavoring.
  13. Carefully spread topping evenly over cheesecake. Sprinkle with additional crumbs, if desired. Bake for 5 additional minutes to just set the topping.
  14. Remove from oven and allow to cool 5 minutes. Run a thin-bladed knife around the edge of the pan and allow to cool completely.
  15. Chill several hours. I don't cover at this point, because the condensation on plastic wrap or an inverted plate, will drip onto the topping.
  16. Remove from pan and plate. Run long knife in between spring form pan bottom and cake and slide back onto plate.
  17. To pre-slice: Heat long knife in hot tap water, cut into +, then wipe blade and heat again and cut into eighths, then wipe blade and heat again and cut into sixteenths. Serves 16 slices. Reduce number of cuts for larger slices.
  18. Cover and refrigerate until time to serve.

Printable Recipe Card

About Sweet Potato Cheesecake w/a Gingersnap Crust

Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Heirloom

Show 11 Comments & Reviews

27 Easy Camping Recipes

27 Easy Camping Recipes

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Getting ready for a weekend camping trip? Here are 27 easy, no-hassle, camping-friendly recipes that everyone will love!

20 Potato Side Dish Recipes

20 Potato Side Dish Recipes

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Dinner isn’t a dinner without delicious potatoes on the side. Au gratin, scalloped, mashed, loaded...we could eat potatoes prepared in all of the ways. Easy to make and even easier...

Host A Delicious Easter Dinner Recipe

Host a Delicious Easter Dinner

Kitchen Crew

Hosting Easter this year? Heading somewhere for dinner and need to bring something? I've got you covered. Here are some Easter recipes that'll make a memorable meal. Ham is traditionally...