Homemade Sweet Potato Pie Recipe


This Sweet Potato Pie is unlike any others you’ve eaten. The filling is made with cream cheese for a cheesecake like creaminess and texture you won’t be able to resist.

There are so many ways to incorporate sweet potatoes into your meal besides Sweet Potato Fries. You can make Maple Sweet Potato Pancakes for breakfast, Sweet Potato Cake for dessert, or Sweet Potato Rolls to pair with soup.

A slice of sweet potato pie on a plate

Homemade Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet potato pie is a traditional Southern dessert, and usually served during the holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. But between you and me, I will gladly eat this pie all year round. It is creamy with a cheesecake like quality and decadence. The filling is spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger for that holiday vibe. And let’s not forget about the buttery pie crust that encases this creamy filling.

For this particular recipe, you will need to par-bake the pie crust before adding the filling so it doesn’t get soggy since our pie filling is liquidy. I would par-bake both homemade and store bought pie crust, whichever one you decide to use.

A slice of sweet potato pie on a plate next to the pie in the pie dish

How to Prepare the Pie Crust

The pie crust is made up of 5 ingredients if you want to count water, and is very simple to make. But you do have the option to use store bought pie crust to save some time.

  • Flour: A MUST obviously!
  • Sugar: Little more than a typical pie crust recipe because I like mine sweet.
  • Salt: To enhance the flavor.
  • Butter: For the best tasting pie crust. You could use shortening or a mixture of butter or shortening.
  • Water: Just enough for the dough to bind.

A par-bake pie crust on a gray surface next to a tea towel

Ingredients for Southern Sweet Potato Pie

The ingredients for the sweet potato pie filling are also quite simple.

  • Sweet potatoes: This is the star of the recipe. The recipe calls for 15 oz by weight, so you can purchase about 1 pound of potato or 1 can of sweet potato. However, I highly recommend roasting your own sweet potato for that caramelized flavor from roasting.
  • Cream cheese: The key to making a cheesecake like sweet potato pie.
  • Condensed milk:  Use sweetened condensed milk for the sugar and added creaminess.
  • Eggs: This is a custard base pie filling, so we use egg to thicken.
  • Vanilla extract: For flavoring!
  • Spices: I used a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger for a traditional holiday vibe. Feel free to substitute or add other spices that you love.

How to Make the Best Sweet Potato Pie

The recipe calls for roasting the sweet potato while par-baking the pie crust. But it will take longer for the potatoes to cook, 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on the size of your potatoes. If you want to cut down on waiting time while making the pie, you can roast the sweet potatoes ahead of time.

Once you have roasted and cooled the potatoes, making the pie filling is super easy. You don’t even need a stand mixer for this part.

  1. First, peel the potatoes and mash them in a bowl with a potato masher until creamy.
  2. Whisk together softened cream cheese and condensed milk, then the eggs, one at a time. Then beat in the mashed sweet potato, vanilla and spices until smooth.
  3. Pour the filling into the par-baked pie crust.
  4. Bake until the middle is still slightly jiggly, 35 – 40 minutes.

If you have excess batter, fill small ramekins and bake the ramekins along with the pie. Small ramekins filled half way will complete baking around 15 – 20 minutes.

Be patient and wait for the pie to cool completely, then chill it in the fridge, preferable overnight, before slicing to ensure the filling is set completely. Serve with plenty of whipped cream.

A collage of 4 photos showing process of making the sweet potato pie

Storing Sweet Potato Pie

Be sure to store leftover pie in the refrigerator, it will last 3 to 4 days.

Partial eaten slice of sweet potato pie on a plate next to the pie dish

More Holiday Worthy Pies

Partial eaten slice of sweet potato pie on a plate next to the pie dish

Sweet Potato Pie

Prep Time 30 minutes

Cook Time 1 hour 40 minutes

Resting Time 2 hours

Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes

Author Trang Doan

Servings 8 Slices

This Sweet Potato Pie is unlike any others you’ve eaten. The filling is made with cream cheese for a cheesecake like creaminess and texture you won’t be able to resist.

Pie Crust

  • 1 and ½
    cup
    all-purpose flour
  • 2
    rounded tablespoon
    granulated sugar
  • ¼
    rounded teaspoon
    kosher salt
  • 5
    ounce
    unsalted butter
    cold & cubed
  • 2 to 3
    tablespoon
    cold water

Sweet Potato Pie Filling

  • 8
    ounces
    cream cheese
    microwave 30 seconds to soften
  • 1
    14 ounce can
    condensed milk
  • 3
    large
    eggs
  • 15
    ounces
    sweet potato
    roasted & mashed, about 2 medium
  • 1
    teaspoon
    pure vanilla extract
  • 1
    teaspoon
    cinnamon
  • ½
    teaspoon
    nutmeg
  • ½
    teaspoon
    ginger

If you have excess batter, fill small ramekins and bake the ramekins along with the pie. Small ramekins filled half way will complete baking around 15 – 20 minutes.

Serves: 8

Calories552kcal (28%)Carbohydrates60g (20%)Protein11g (22%)Fat30g (46%)Saturated Fat18g (90%)Cholesterol148mg (49%)Sodium282mg (12%)Potassium450mg (13%)Fiber2g (8%)Sugar33g (37%)Vitamin A8586IU (172%)Vitamin C3mg (4%)Calcium204mg (20%)Iron2mg (11%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.





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