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Sopapilla Cheesecake Squares | Dangerously Good & Really Easy to Make

Sopapilla Cheesecake Squares

yield: 12 SERVINGS

prep time: 10 MINUTES

cook time: 30 MINUTES

total time: 40 MINUTES

Ingredients

  • 2 (8 ounce) cans refrigerated crescent roll dough
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 squeeze of lemon juice (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest (optional)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 inch pan.

2

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

3

In a medium bowl, use a handheld mixer or stand mixer to mix the cream cheese, 1 cup of sugar, vanilla, lemon juice, and lemon zest until smooth and creamy. 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. Let completely cool and then cut into squares to serve.


I cut mine into 12 large squares as shown in photos, but you could cut them smaller if desired. 

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Need a tasty holiday breakfast or dessert recipe to bake for family and friends?

Consider making these insanely delicious, yet really easy to make Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars or as we call them, Cream Cheese Squares. The bottom is a buttery crescent roll, the filling is sweetened cream cheese, and the top layer is a buttery crust with lots of cinnamon and sugar.

This recipe is so simple to make, requires just a few basic ingredients, and is dangerously good – don’t say I didn’t warn ya!

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Hip2Save Family Favorite Recipe!

These exact cream cheese squares happen to be a personal family favorite of Collin’s, and I’ve been making them for years, too! They literally take about 10 minutes to prepare (and then an agonizing 30 minutes to bake)… super easy! I promise this recipe won’t disappoint.

**WARNING** If you’re on a diet, please close your eyes and scroll past this recipe.

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Hip Tips:

  • The addition of a tiny bit of lemon juice and lemon zest is optional, but brightens the filling, and is so delicious!
  • Let the squares cool completely before cutting. In fact, you can even set them in the fridge for awhile so the middle can become firmer to cut.
  • These will disappear super fast at any gathering, so maybe consider making two batches for a larger crowd.
  • You can serve the cinnamon sugar squares as is, or consider adding fresh fruit (strawberries, bananas, apple slices) or pie filling on top to make these even more tasty!

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Sopapilla Cheesecake Squares

yield: 12 SERVINGS

prep time: 10 MINUTES

cook time: 30 MINUTES

total time: 40 MINUTES

Flaky squares of cinnamon sugar pastry with a filling of delicious sweetened cream cheese.

Ingredients

  • 2 (8 ounce) cans refrigerated crescent roll dough
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 squeeze of lemon juice (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest (optional)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 inch pan.

2

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

3

In a medium bowl, use a handheld mixer or stand mixer to mix the cream cheese, 1 cup of sugar, vanilla, lemon juice, and lemon zest until smooth and creamy. 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. Let completely cool and then cut into squares to serve.


I cut mine into 12 large squares as shown in photos, but you could cut them smaller if desired. 

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These are dangerously GOOD!

There’s basically no better way to use crescent rolls than to make some yummy Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars! They are super rich and decadent, and taste almost like a fancy cream cheese danish. The best part is, even if you’re not a talented baker, you’ll be able to pull these off for sure- enjoy!

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Comments 33

  1. Ruby C

    I think this recipe was on here before because I had made them and OH MY they were delish!!!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes and hooray – they are!

    • Amy

      Same! Reminds me how much we loved them. I’ll have to make them again 😁

  2. Michele of DE

    Looks dangerously good!!

  3. LChapman

    Looks like even I could make this! 😋😋

  4. Lisa

    2 tips, I use the crescent roll “sheets” & we have this sometimes on our breakfast for dinner meal.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Nice tip- thanks for sharing!

  5. Mary

    We have a neighborhood block party every year in November and this will be on my list to make. Looks so good! Thanks so much for this post and for all you do.

  6. KATIE A

    How do you make these keto?! Looks soooo good!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh that’s a great idea for our keto site – maybe using some sort of almond flour dough like fat head dough – and serve sweetener -I’ll have to try it!

  7. Jeni

    I have used your recipe many times and they are so yummy!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      We are so glad to hear you also enjoy these!

  8. Christina

    Oh goodness, I make these all the time for our family but let me tell you that it makes all the difference when you use the “sheet dough” that one had already mentioned in the comments and then also ceylon cinnamon, otherwise it is really sweet.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh thanks for your tips!

  9. AnnaH

    Can I use homemade cottage cheese instead of cream cheese? Any advise ?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Hmm I’m not sure if it would be thick enough but if you think it will – you could try!

  10. scamp

    Lina- If you published a cookbook I would buy it! I know all of your recipes are on online but a book would be a great gift for my daughter and friends. Thanks for the post… looks amazing as always!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Ah thanks that’s the sweetest ❤️

  11. Tiggy

    My aunt has been making these cheesecake bars for family gatherings for 40 years… and now they have a new name!

  12. Abby H.

    This is addicting, great recipe! I have tried it several times and it’s a hit!! Enjoy everyone

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Awesome! Thanks for sharing Abby!

  13. weigella

    I made these last week for a Mexican lunch at my son’s school :). Big hit!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh that’s so fun! Thanks for sharing ❤️

  14. JenB

    I made this for coworkers years ago and they thought I was a goddess. They are so amazing, but yes very sweet.

  15. RD Harris

    My favorite go to sweet treat. I double the filling! And although I prefer these cold – they are the bomb fresh outta the oven (messy, but delish)

  16. Tom Jones

    Would the baking time change if you wanted to do more layers?

  17. Josie

    Is there anything that can be substituted for the crescent rolls or sheets? Pillsbury uses hydrogenated palm oil in their roll products so I won’t use them. Any ideas for a replacement? Recipe looks yummy!

    • MommySpendsLess

      I bet Annie’s crescent rolls would work. We love their cinnamon rolls and I use the crescent rolls in a different Pillsbury recipe. They have “no artificial flavors, hydrogenated oils or bleached flour”

  18. Fabiola

    Is there a keto alternative ☺️

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      we have this on our list of ideas for our keto site actually! So stay tuned 🙂

  19. Debra

    does anyone know the nutritional info? mainly the calories, fat, carbs and protein.
    thanks

    • MommySpendsLess

      It’s listed with the recipe on Pillsbury.com

  20. cpnkay

    Making these this week – so these are best served cold then? I am planning on bringing them to a potluck, so I guess I should make them in advance and then put them in the fridge?

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