Sweet Potato Cheesecake Bars [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Sweet Potato Cheesecake Bars have layers full of creamy goodness! Topped with a cinnamon whipped cream, this dessert will never fail to please a crowd!

The flavors in this dish alone are enough to make me want time to go fast forward to Thanksgiving! And in a matter of weeks, we will soon be celebrating Christmas. Check out our recipes like the Crack Turkey Pinwheels, Instant Pot Cinnamon Apples, and Cranberry Orange Bread for your upcoming family gatherings!

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Sweet Potato Cheesecake Bars

Sweet Potato Cheesecake Bars are a combination of my favorites in one heavenly dessert – the sweet spuds, cream cheese, and whipped cream!

Put them all together in one dish and you get this! I like how velvety the texture of this dessert is. And the layering gives superb flavors that are in harmony with each other.

I like how each square has its own whipped cream topping to add richness and visual appeal, too.

It is a season for parties and this dessert is perfect!

What does Sweet Potato Cheesecake taste like?

It has a rich earthy flavor from the spuds, complemented with the combination of cinnamon and nutmeg. These flavors give a hint of autumn and almost tastes like a pumpkin dessert. These flavors are also balanced well by the cream cheese!

It is silken in texture which makes it so addicting, so even if it is rich, it has some lightness to it. And it not too sweet, with all those spices and cream cheese balancing the natural sweetness of the spuds.

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How do you make Sweet Potato Cheesecake?

For exact directions and measures, please see the recipe card below. Also, feel free to watch the short video tutorial attached. The general steps are as follows:

  • Prepare the oven: Preheat it to 325 degrees F. Put the top rack right in the middle of the oven.
  • Make the crust: Spray a 9×13-inch pan with cooking spray and set aside. In a bowl, mix the crust ingredients. Put the mixture in the pan, and using the bottom of a measuring cup, press on it until it molds the shape of the pan. Freeze the crust for at least 20 minutes.
  • Prepare the cheesecake batter: Using a mixer, whisk the cream cheese and sugar together until fluffy. Then, add in the rest of the ingredients. Pour half of the batter onto the crust and freeze the whole thing for an hour.
  • Prepare the spuds layer: Add the ingredients of this layer to the remaining batter. Then, pour this layer on top of the frozen layer prepared earlier. Using a spatula, make sure that the surface is flat.
  • Bake: Put it in the oven and cook for an hour. You can cook it in the water bath by putting the pan in a deep roasting pan filled with hot water halfway. After 45 minutes, check for doneness. The center must still be jiggly while the edges must be golden. Leave it in the oven for some time with the oven door slightly open.
  • Cool: Let it cool in the rack for about 2 hours or until it cools completely. Then, refrigerate it for at least 6 hours to up to 24 hours.
  • Garnish and serve: Whisk the topping ingredients together until soft peaks form. Transfer it into a pastry bag with a piping tip and then, decorate the top of the cake. Slice and serve.

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Why do cheesecakes fall?

The main reason is overbaking. This happens when the center rises while cooking and then sinks. To prevent this, here is a guide:

  • Bake it in a water bath to ensure even cooking
  • Lower the temperature of the oven as your oven might be too hot and just cook it for a longer time
  • Do not overbeat the eggs to avoid air pockets that may collapse

Why do cheesecakes crack?

The reasons that it falls are the same reasons that it cracks plus another culprit which is rapid cooling.

So, to prevent this, follow the guidelines described above to prevent it from falling and here some more tips:

  • While baking, do not open the oven to prevent any sudden change in temperature may cause it to crack.
  • Remember to turn off the oven when the center still jiggles and before taking it out of the oven, let it stay for about an hour with the door slightly open. The residual heat will cause it to still cook slowly as it cools.

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How to Store:

  • Refrigerate: Put it in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to a week.
  • Freeze: Refrigerate it for at least 6 hours. Wrap it in foil or transfer it into freezer bags, and then, freeze. It will stay good for 2 to 3 months.

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Sweet Potato Cheesecake Bars
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 10 bars
Prep time: 1 hour Cook time: 50 minutes Total time: 1 hr 50 mins

Ingredients

Crust:

  • 3 cups  graham cracker crumbs 
  • 1/3 cup  brown sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon  ground cinnamon 
  • 1 teaspoon  ground nutmeg 
  • 1/4 teaspoon  ground cloves 
  • 1/2 cup  unsalted butter  (melted)

Cheesecake Batter:

  • 4 packages   (8 oz each) cream cheese  (at room temperature)
  • 1 1/2 cup  granulated sugar 
  • 2 tablespoon  cornstarch 
  • 4  large eggs  (at room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup  heavy whipping cream  (at room temperature)
  • 3/4 cup  sour cream  (at room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon  vanilla extract 

Sweet Potato Layer:

  • 2 cups  sweet potato puree 
  • 1 teaspoon  ground cinnamon 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  ground nutmeg 
  • 1 teaspoon  pumpkin spice  (optional)
  •  Half of the remaining butter from the Cheesecake Layer 

Whipped Cream:

  • 2 cups  heavy whipping cream  (cold)
  • 1/2 cup  granulated sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon  vanilla extract 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Adjust the top rack to be positioned in the middle of the oven.

Cheesecake Crust:

  1. Lightly coat a 9x13-inch pan with baking spray and set aside.
  2. Add the "Crust" ingredients to a large bowl and stir until well combined.
  3. Press the mixture into the prepared pan in an even layer.
  4. Refrigerate or best freeze for at least 20 minutes.

Cheesecake Batter:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl using a hand mixer beat cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy on medium-low speed.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients from the "Cheesecake Batter" list and continue beating until well combined and creamy. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl with a spatula.
  3. Remove crust from freezer and pour 1/2 of the cheesecake batter mixture into the prepared pan. Save the other half for the Sweet Potato Layer.
  4. Return to freezer for about 1 hour, the layer needs to freeze enough to be able to pour the sweet potato layer on top of it.

Sweet Potato Layer:

  1. Add the "Sweet Potato Layer" ingredients to the remaining half of the cheesecake batter that you set aside, and whisk to fully combine.
  2. Remove the pan with the cheesecake from the freezer and pour the sweet potato layer on top. Level the top with a spatula.

Bake:

  1. Bake in the preheated oven for about one hour.
  2. Try not to open the door to the oven. After 45 minutes, check on the cheesecake if it's done. A small area in the center should wobble slightly and the edges should be puffed and light golden brown.
  3. Turn oven off and prop open oven door and leave the cheesecake to cool in the oven for one hour.

Chill:

  1. After one hour, remove from oven and place on a cooling rack for about 2 hours, after transfer to the refrigerator and chill for 6-24 hours.

Whipped Cream:

  1. Add cream, sugar, vanilla to a large bowl.
  2. Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, whisk on slow-medium speed, gradually increasing to high speed. Mix until soft peaks form and the whipped cream holds its shape.
  3. Add the whipped cream to a pastry bag, fitted with a star piping tip and pipe it onto cheesecake bars, sprinkle on some cinnamon and serve.
Calories: 507 Carbohydrates: 85 Protein: 8 Fat: 16 Saturated Fat: 8 Cholesterol: 99 Sodium: 336 Potassium: 470 Fiber: 3 Sugar: 60 Vitamin A: 11313 Vitamin C: 11 Calcium: 165 Iron: 2
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Sweet Potato Cheesecake Bars have layers full of creamy goodness! Topped with a cinnamon whipped cream, this dessert will never fail to please a crowd! #cheesecake #sweetpotatoes #thanksgiving #thanksgivingrecipes #fallrecipes #sweetandsavorymeals

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Amy

These sweet potato bars look so dreamy! I tried something similar years ago at a party and loved every bite!

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robin rue

I am so excited to make these. I am always looking for yummy new dessert ideas.

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Liz Mays

Wow, these are looking really tasty. I could use a nice fall dessert like this.

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Brianne Tursi Manz

Those sweet potato bars look so delicious! I have never heard of these, but I'd sure like to try them!

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Heather

I've never had anything like this before. I definitely have to try it. I love sweet potatoes!

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Sherry

These are going on my baking list. I love sweet potatoes and cheesecake so this is a win-win for me!

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Celebrate Woman Today

This is a winner! I have a recipe that is similar, but you have a slightly different ingredients in this one. I am gonna try it out, GRL!

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Stephanie Pass

I do not like sweet potato, but my husband LOVES it. And, he loves cheesecake, too. I can see him devouring these if I make a batch.

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Ruth I

We all love sweet potato here! I am not good in baking cheesecakes because I always fail it. But thank you for your helpful tips, I'd still love to try this.

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Wren LaPorte

I love, love, love cheesecake and sweet potatoes! Never thought to put them together and this is amazing! I will have to try it!

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sarah

I love when I come across unique recipes. I haven't seen a cheesecake pumpkin bar recipe but this looks and sounds amazing. I'm a sucker for both cheesecake AND pumpkin!

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