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Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars

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If you haven’t been introduced to Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars, let me do the honors: creamy, luscious cheesecake enveloped in an airy, flakey puff pastry with a caramelized cinnamon-sugar topping, meet your new best friend!  Seriously, these little guys are DELICIOUS, crispy desserts that seem to have come down from heaven to give us a bit of extra happiness. 

Well, maybe not heaven as much as TikTok–these dessert puff pastries have been ALL OVER the internet, and for good reason!

stack of freshly cut sopapilla cheesecake bars closeup.

Why you will love this Sopapilla Recipe

Quicker than Cheesecake – Making cheesecake from scratch is no joke.  It’s really hard work, and when I’m craving cheesecake, the LAST thing I want to do is spend hours in the kitchen before I get to eat it!  Luckily, Sopapilla Cheesecake Pastries save the day: they can be made in less than an hour, which means your cravings will be satisfied in no time!  These are the perfect dessert to bring to a party, a picnic, or even to a bake sale!

Viral – It is so fun to try a popular viral recipe! After all, that is what this site is about. Finding amazing recipes everyone is talking about and breaking them down to easy to follow recipes you can print. While we originally saw it on TikTok here, sopapilla cheesecake bars made with pastry seem to have originated from Pillsbury.

Crunchy Topping – The cinnamon sugar topping is to die for and so so good. That being said, you can bring it to the next level with even MORE toppings, fruit, chocolate, caramel, or even a melted Nutella drizzle.

Ingredients

  • crescent roll sheets or crescent rolls–refrigerated
  • cream cheese–softened
  • white sugar
  • vanilla
  • ground cinnamon–use a good quality cinnamon
  • butter–melted

How to make TikTok Sopapilla Bars

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 9×13 baking pan. Unroll the crescent roll and place it into the bottom of the pan. Seal the seams or perforations if necessary. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool slightly. 
  2. Add cream cheese into a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 60 seconds at 50% power and stir. Repeat two more times or until the cheese is smooth.
  3. Stir in 1-1/2 cups white sugar and vanilla.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Spread half of the mixture onto the baked crust.
  6. Unroll the remaining crescent roll and place on top of the cream cheese mixture. Top with remaining cream cheese. 
  7. In a small bowl, add 1/2 cup white sugar and ground cinnamon, and mix well.
  8. Pour melted butter on top of the pan.
  9. Sprinkle cinnamon-sugar mixture on top. Bake for 35 minutes or until top is crunchy.
  10. Remove from oven and let stand to cool until slightly warm. Slice and serve warm. 
6 image collage of step by step layering sopapilla cheesecake.
4 image collage of adding sopapilla cinnamon sugar topping.

Expert Tips

Cinnamon: use good quality cinnamon for your Sopapilla Bars, as good cinnamon will take this dessert over the top!

Sugar: try mixing some brown sugar in with the white to give your Sopapilla Bars a little extra richness.

Chill: Cool Sopapillas in the fridge after baking for about 20 minutes to allow the cheesecake to set.  This will make cutting them into bars simpler.

Toppings: There are so many toppings you can put on your Sopapilla bars!  Here are some of my favorites:

  • Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream
  • Warm berries such as blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries
  • Sliced peaches, nectarines, or kiwi
  • Chocolate syrup, caramel, or warm honey

FAQ’s

What are Sopapillas?

Sopapillas originated in the Southwest and are essentially a deep-fried puff pastry that is covered in cinnamon and sugar.  I never knew about Sopapillas growing up, but I was a huge fan of fried dough, which is very similar in taste and texture.

How should Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars be stored?

Store leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days.  Sopapilla bars can also be frozen, although the thawing process can cause the dough to lose its crispiness (all the more reason to eat ‘em up now!).

What’s the best way to soften cream cheese?

Place unwrapped cream cheese into a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at 50% power for 1 minute and stir.  Repeat two more times, or until the cheese is smooth, stirring often.

bite of sopapilla cheesecake bar on a fork.
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TikTok Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars with Cinnamon Sugar


Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Triple layer Sopapilla Cheesecake bars with vanilla cream cheese, pastry and a lovely crunchy cinnamon sugar topping, is an easy around 30 minute dessert that wows as much as its tasty.

Ingredients
 

  • 2 8 oz. crescent roll sheets or crescent rolls  refrigerated
  • 3 8 oz. cream cheese softened
  • 1 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Cinnamon Sugar Topping

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp. melted butter

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 9×13 baking pan.
  • Unroll crescent roll and place it into the bottom of the pan. Seal the seams or perforations if necessary. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool slightly. 
  • Add cream cheese into a large microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 60 seconds at 50% power and stir. Repeat two more times or until cheese is smooth.
  •  Stir in 1-1/2 cups white sugar and vanilla. Mix well.
  • Spread half of the mixture onto the baked crust.
  •  Unroll the remaining crescent roll on top of the cream cheese mixture. Top with remaining cream cheese. 
  • In a small bowl, add 1/2 cup white sugar and ground cinnamon, mix well.
  • Pour melted butter on top of the pan and sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture on top. 
  •  Bake for 35 minutes or until top is crunchy. Remove from oven and let stand to cool until slightly warm. 
  • Slice and serve warm. 

Notes

How should Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars be stored?
Store leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days.  Sopapilla bars can also be frozen, although the thawing process can cause the dough to lose its crispiness (all the more reason to eat ‘em up now!).
What’s the best way to soften cream cheese?
Place unwrapped cream cheese into a large microwave safe bowl. Microwave at 50% power for 1 minute and stir.  Repeat two more times, or until the cheese is smooth, stirring often.
Toppings: There are so many toppings you can put on your Sopapilla bars!  Here are some of my favorites:
  • Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream
  • Warm berries such as blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries
  • Sliced peaches, nectarines, or kiwi
  • Chocolate syrup, caramel, or warm honey
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 68kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 4mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 3IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg

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