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Cream Cheese Squares Recipe (Delicious Brunch Idea for Christmas Morning)


Cream Cheese Squares Recipe Hip2Save

I am re-posting this VERY popular Cream Cheese Squares recipe for those of you who may have missed it! These taste amazing, are easy to make, and would be delicious for brunch Christmas morning.

Note from Collin: Just a warning that these are addictive – you cannot, I repeat – CANNOT eat just one. Please don’t forget that I warned you about this. πŸ˜‰

Cream Cheese Squares

* 2 (8 ounce) cans refrigerated crescent roll dough
* 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
* 1 cup white sugar
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1/2 cup butter, melted
* 1/4 cup white sugar
* 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Cream Cheese Squares


(1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9Γ—13 inch pan.

(2) Press one can of the crescent rolls into the bottom of the prepared pan.

(3) In a medium bowl, mix together the cream cheese, 1 cup of sugar, and vanilla until smooth and creamy. I used my Kitchen-Aid mixer for this step… you could also use a hand-held mixer. Spread evenly over the crescent layer.

(4) Unroll the second can of crescent rolls and lay them on top of the cream cheese layer. Do not press down.

(5) Pour the melted butter over the entire pan. Combine the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over the top.

(6) Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the top is crisp and golden.

Have you made this yet? Did your family enjoy it?

Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime!

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  1. Ashley

    We started a Christmas Eve tradition about 3 years ago, where we have breakfast casserole and these for dinner at my parent’s house. They are so good!

  2. Bobbi

    This is sooooo good! My hubby wanted this instead of a cake for his birthday one year. Lol. It is good hot or cold, and everyone loves it.

  3. Clif

    We loved it, remember if you use a smaller but deeper dish, it will take more time, the crescent rolls actually have to cook and they will rise about 1.5 inches.

  4. Heather

    I have made this several times-always a hit. Made for the firehouse Christmas dinner a few years back and the guys downed it….thought I was a talented cook HAHA!

  5. Beth

    Sopapillas! And, they make the house smell wonderful!πŸ˜„

  6. spedtch95

    Make 4 times what you think you would eat. The best!

  7. Heather C

    Sounds SO much easier than the breakfast bake my MIL insists on making in my kitchen. 😣

    • Julia L.

      Lol thank you for making my day better πŸ™‚

  8. Hcod07

    Sopapilla cheesecake pie!!! It’s an almost 5 star recipe in allrecipes.com! Whenever we bring it to a gathering, it’s the first dessert gone!

  9. Irina

    I just made this so we can eat it for dessert at our gathering on Christmas! I have made this before and its very delicious!! Some people say its not a healthy dessert but I say who cares! Afterall it’s Christmas and once in a while is fine! So go ahead indulge!!

  10. Jessy

    Has anyone every tried to half this? We are only two and if I make that size I may eat the whole thing based on the looks of it!

    • JulieA

      I have made half a recipe in the past. I use a small Pampered Chef bar pan but you can use an 8×8 pan they will just be a tad thicker.

    • Jennifer B.

      I too have halved this recipe, but if you don’t mind indulging, you will wish you had made a full recipe because they are THAT good!

  11. JulieA

    We’ve been having these along with sausage balls on Christmas morning for years! I love them!!

  12. Dana

    My 8 year old and I made it this morning for our Christmas Day brunch tomorrow. Does it need to be refrigerated? It looks and smells yummy!!

  13. Vivian

    Ingredients were already in the fridge and your recipe was already saved πŸ˜‰

  14. Heidi

    Hi Jessy Yes, u can halve this recipe. I’ve had success many times it always turns out wonderful! Planning to make for hubby and myself tomorrow morning. Happy Holidays!!

  15. Tammie

    I love this recipe so delicious!!

  16. rachel

    If only I had Cresent rolls!!! Stores are closing up!

  17. april

    I just ran to the store for crescent rolls just to make this!

  18. riss

    Cream cheese…..what’s not to love?πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜€

  19. Melstl

    Okay I made for first time. How do I serve? Warm, room temp, refrigerated?

    • Jen

      Better to make night before and let cool. I do like mine refrigerated.

    • Jennifer B.

      Yes to all . . . they are delicious warm, room temperature, *and* cold!!

  20. heather

    I used to make this for Christmas morning as it is great to make the night before. However I stopped making it for breakfast as we all needed some non sugary food. We switched to an egg/ hash brown bake that we make it the crockpot the night before. This is an awesome dessert and my kids ask for it all the time. I just need a break from sugar πŸ˜‰

    • Jennifer B.

      I agree that these are more dessert-like, but they are SO good I know I could eat them at any time of day. Someone told me about a similar recipe without the sugar with cooked sausage in it, but I haven’t found it yet. That might be a good compromise for a “breakfast” version.

      • Kelly

        I used half the amount of sugar and these came out just as good.

  21. Catie

    I dint have crescents but I have grands rolls…may try this with those!!

    • jan0628

      I have been making these for co workers for several years. Everyone loves them!! I am from Houston and we call them sopapilla cheesecake.

  22. Mary

    I have made these many times. So good. I had some leftover cherry pie filling and decided to add it to the top off the cream cheese then put the top crust on. Was so yummy. Would probably work with other pie fillings to change up the flavor.

  23. Heather

    So good. I made this for my mom who had to have the recipe and has now shared with five other people. 😊. I actually reduce the 1 cup sugar to 3/4 cup and it’s still sweet enough.

  24. Kristy

    I make this recipe but I do something different. I take each crescent, put the filling in them and roll them up. I can usually get about 8 to a pan and when they are done cooking I put the glaze on top. It does take longer to make but they never last in my house!

  25. Anna

    Would someone who dislikes cheesecake like these? I want them but hubby might not, and it’s just us and baby… Hmmm…

    • Jennifer B.

      Does he dislike cream cheese? It isn’t the same consistency as cheesecake, so as long as he doesn’t dislike cream cheese, he might really enjoy these. You can make half the recipe (one can of crescent rolls, one cream cheese block, etc.) and make in an 8×8 pan to try it.

    • jess.ann

      Anna, I am not a cheesecake fan and I actually love these! I refuse to eat cheesecake but I’ll eat a whole pan of these. I am almost sure your husband would like them.

    • Nancy

      I was wondering the same thing. I like cream cheese, but not in anything sweet. I was thinking of trying nuts and honey, like a mock baclava.

      • Jennifer B.

        This is definitely sweet (and delicious!) as written.

  26. ashley

    I make this all year long. It is amazing. I enjoy preserving summer fruits amd make my own pie fillings. It is great with blackberrys peach strawberry rubarb. Whatever we are in the mood for. I put it on after my cream cheese filling. Then top with remaining ingredients.

  27. Angela

    These sound awesome but I made your recipe for cherry Danish instead but I used strawberry filling. AMAZING! Thanks for the recipe!

  28. Jen

    They now make a crescent sheet so it makes it even easier. You don’t have to pinch the seams together!

  29. Lisa

    Philadelphia brand has a brown sugar with a bit of cinnamon cream cheese so I used that for the cream cheese layer and I find it easier to use the crescent “sheets” of dough so I don’t have to pinch to seal the triangles.

  30. Marie

    Big hit with my family . Go perfect with a good cup of coffee.

  31. jenny

    Anyone make these dairy free?

  32. Nancy K Inman

    Trying these for the first time this morning with scrambled eggs and bacon! Thank you Collin and Merry Merry Christmas! You are like part of our family how you help us be frugal and do all the back work for us! Hugs!!!

  33. Nancy K Inman

    I couldn’t leave well enough alone of course so I substituted almond extract for the vanilla and sprinkled some chocolate chips on top of the cream cheese mixture! We’ll see….

  34. Cass

    Thank you so much I saw this on Pinterest a while back but couldn’t find it again. I woke up today saw this post and started baking. Merry Christmas to s new tradition

  35. JA

    My daughter made these today-snow day from school. They are amazing!

  36. tctbtob

    I ate 1/2 a pan all by myself in 24 hours & I did not feel guilty!!! BEST EVER!!!

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