It can be so difficult to figure out what dish you should bring to a potluck. With summer quickly approaching, there will be backyard BBQ's, graduation celebrations and 4th of July parties that may be potluck style.

In this month’s Simple Eats recipe, we’re sharing an awesome local recipe (shared with us by our staff member Melanie), that is perfect for potlucks. We hope you give it a try!

Sweet Potato Haupia


  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg yolk (reserve the white for filling)
  • 2 (8 oz) blocks cream cheese
  • 3 eggs plus the reserved white from the crust
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups sweet potato, cooked and mashed
  • 4 cups coconut milk (2- 12 oz cans plus water)
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup cornstarch


Combine butter, flour, powdered sugar and egg yolk; mixing well with a fork. Press into a 9″ x 13″ pan. Bake for 350 degrees for 20 – 25 minutes. Next, combine cream cheese, eggs and the extra egg white, vanilla and sweet potato; mixing well with mixer until smooth. Pour over the baked crust. Bake an additional 50 minutes, testing with a fork to make sure it’s done. Allow it to cool once taking it out of the oven.

Bring the coconut milk and sugar to a boil in a saucepan. Separately mix the cornstarch and water. Pour into the coconut milk and sugar mixture. Lower the heat and cook until smooth and glossy, stirring constantly. Pour over semi-cooled filling and chill until the dessert has set.


a slice of sweet potato haupia sitting in a white bowl


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2 replies to “Simple Eats: Sweet Potato Haupia

Elnor Bento

THANK YOU for sharing the sweet potato/haupia recipe,I will truly enjoy it.


Posted by: Jesica

We’re always happy to share! So glad to hear you’ll enjoy it 🙂

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