These sopapilla cheesecake bars have a thick layer of creamy cheesecake between 2 sheets of flaky pastry. Then they’re topped with buttery cinnamon sugar. This version of sopapilla is made with only 8 ingredients – so it’s quick, easy & oh so delicious.
Sopapilla cheesecake bars are a decadent cheesecake recipe that’s perfect for cinnamon lovers. It also requires very little actually baking/ kitchen skills – so it’s also very easy to make. Two layers of flaky pastry surround the creamiest cheesecake layer. Then a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar goes on top. You can thick of sopapilla cheesecake bars almost like the baby of a cinnamon sugar doughnut and New York cheesecake.
What are Sopapillas?
The sopapillas that most North Americans know and love are a traditional Hispanic dessert that’s thought to have originated in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It’s a deep-fried pastry that’s often dusted with powdered sugar, sprinkled with cinnamon sugar or drizzled with honey. They can have a variety of different fillings, including both sweet and savory. When the pastry is fried it creates little air pockets and becomes pillowy soft.
How to Make Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars
For this recipe, we’re skipping any deep frying and using pre-made crescent rolls instead. They’re flaky, buttery & make this recipe super easy. If you prefer, you could use puffed pastry instead. Here’s the recipe rundown (the full recipe is at the bottom of the post):
- Unroll one tube of crescent rolls. Flatten them out onto the bottom of a greased 9×13 inch pan, and pinch the seams together.
- Make the cheesecake layer. Beat the cream cheese and sugar together until smooth. Then mix in the cornstarch and a little vanilla extract. Last but not least – mix in the egg. Easy peasy.
- Pour the cheesecake over the crescent roll base and spread smooth.
- Add the second layer of crescent rolls. Unroll the second tube of crescent rolls onto a piece of parchment paper (or lightly greased work surface), pinch the seams closed and roll it out slightly with a greased rolling pin. Carefully transfer it on top of the cheesecake layer.
- Top with cinnamon sugar. Brush ¼ cup melted butter on top, then sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top.
- Bake for 35 minutes.
Cool the cheesecake fully to room temperature, and then place in the fridge for at least 3 hours before serving. For an extra decadent treat, you could top them with a drizzle of honey or a drizzle of cream cheese icing.
Now for a few common questions:
Should sopapilla cheesecake be refrigerated? Yes – always keep cheesecake refrigerated. Take the cheesecake out of the fridge 30 minutes before serving.
Can I make these sopapilla cheesecake bars without crescent rolls? Yup! Feel free to use puffed pastry instead.
I only have lite cream cheese – will that work? I do not recommend using lite or spreadable cream cheese when making cheesecake because it isn’t thick enough.
Can I freeze this cheesecake recipe? Absolutely. Cheesecake freezes very well. Thaw in the fridge overnight before enjoying.
With flaky, buttery pastry, extra creamy cheesecake, and cinnamon sugar – what’s not to love about sopapilla cheesecake bars? So easy, so delicious, and the perfect cheesecake recipe to add to your repertoire.
For more cheesecake recipes, try these other favorites:
- Classic New York Cheesecake
- Easy No Bake Cheesecake
- Chocolate Cheesecake Bars
- Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars
Or for more cinnamon sugar recipes, try these:
Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars
- 2 8 oz packages crescent rolls
- 24 oz cream cheese* softened
- 1 ¼ cups white sugar
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch**
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- ¼ cup unsalted butter melted
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Lightly grease a 9x13 inch glass or ceramic pan with non-stick cooking spray.
- Unroll one can of crescent rolls onto the bottom of the pan. Pinch the seams together and press the rolls out to cover the bottom of the pan.
- In a large bowl beat the cream cheese until soft. Beat in 1 cup white sugar and cornstarch.
- Mix in the vanilla extract & egg.
- Pour the batter over top of the crescent rolls, smoothing it down.
- On a piece of parchment paper (or lightly greased work surface), unroll the second package of crescent rolls. Pinch the seams together and gently roll out the dough to be about ½ inch longer & wider.
- Carefully place the sheet of crescent roll dough on top of the cheesecake layer.
- Spread the melted butter over top.
- In a small bowl whisk together the remaining ¼ cup white sugar and cinnamon.
- Sprinkle over top of the bars.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 35 - 40 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and cool to room temperature. Then chill in the fridge for 3 hours, or overnight before serving.
These look amazing!
I’ve made this dessert many times, but it did not include the cornstarch or the egg. It is SO much better with those two ingredients. Thank you!
I’m so glad the changes made a difference for you! Thanks so much for letting me know too!
Can this be made the day before?
Definitely. Simply let the cheesecake cool fully, then cover the pan and place in the fridge.
Going to make this for thanksgiving. Will it crack? Can i back it in a water bath?
Although I typically make my round cheesecakes using a water bath – I don’t find it’s necessary with this recipe because of the pastry on top. If you really wanted to, you could. Thea bake time may just be a few minutes longer.
I have a question, I’ve been searching through recipes like yours and they all use crescent rolls, which I would prefer making my own dough from scratch. Do you think a pie dough would work just as well? Maybe just cook longer?
Honestly – I can’t be sure because I haven’t tried. I think pie dough might be too hard/ crispy. If you did go with pie dough, I think you’d need 2 double crust recipes for the top and bottom. I almost think a homemade puff pastry may work better just because it’s flakier and softer. If you do go with pie dough – I’d love to know the results!
This recipe was delicious and so easy to make!
I have been using this recipe for a few years now and it is always a crowd pleaser! My family and friends always love it!! and I love it even more!!