Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars is one of my husband’s most requested desserts of all time! Real, creamy cheesecake layered between flaky croissant dough and topped with cinnamon, sugar, and honey – it’s heavenly! There are almost never any leftovers!
Mateo’s “Famous” Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars
I’m going to start right off by saying this recipe is NOT one of our usual healthy desserts!
But it is soooo worth the splurge!
This is my husband’s go-to “gift” recipe – he makes this treat for friends’ birthdays, Christmas presents… you name it.
Around the holidays, my husband might make five cheesecakes at a time! Our friends and family just can’t get enough!!
One taste and you’ll see why it is one of our all-time favorite desserts ever!!
As far as cheesecakes go, this one is relatively easy to make. However, unlike a lot of so-called “easy cheesecake” recipes you find online that are no more than cream cheese mixed with sugar, this is a real cheesecake!
You’ll drool over this creamy, yet light and fluffy cheesecake, sandwiched between layers of cinnamon-y sopapilla (a traditional Mexican dessert).
Honestly, I don’t think my descriptions do this one justice, so I’ll let the photos do the talking!
PS- My husband’s Guava Cheesecake is amazing too! If you’re looking for a unique cheesecake recipe, this is SO worth a try!
What Does the Word Sopapilla Mean?
Sopapillas are a fried pastry that is usually associated with Mexican cuisine. The traditional sopapilla is a dessert made from dough that is cut into triangles, fried, and topped with powdered sugar, cinnamon, and honey.
Interestingly, it is thought that sopapillas actually originated in New Mexico, and spread around Central and South America over the past couple hundred years.
It’s no wonder they’re so popular! Sopapillas are easy to make and require on simple ingredients, but they taste light and fluffy and just the right amount of sweet!
Where Did Sopapilla Cheesecake Originate From?
My husband has been making this cheesecake recipe for as long as I’ve known him (about 12 years now!)
While I can’t say that he is the “creator” of this dish, I’d wager a bet that he has been making it longer than most of the recipes you’ll find posted on the internet!
Sopapilla Cheesecake Ingredients
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- Refrigerated croissant dough — Always check the date on the dough can, as older dough (even if it’s not expired) doesn’t taste as good and tears easier.
- Cream cheese blocks — We use three of the 8oz bricks of cream cheese. If your store has them in different sizes/packaging, just make sure that you get about 24 ounces.
- Heavy cream
- Sour cream
- Flour — You can use all-purpose flour, or even almond flour to go gluten free.
- Vanilla extract
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How to Make Sopapilla Cheesecake with Crescent Rolls
Use an electric stand mixer or hand mixer to make batter. Be sure to mix in the eggs one at a time so you don’t over-beat.
Set batter aside and layer the bottom of your casserole dish with crescent dough (we use a classic 13×9″ Pyrex Baking Dish). It will be like putting together a puzzle.
TIP: Freeze dough for 10 minutes beforehand for easier handling.
Pour cream cheese mixture over the first layer of croissant dough, then cover with the rest of crescent dough triangles.
To make your cinnamon sugar sopapilla topping:
Toss together 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 cup cinnamon in a small mixing bowl. Use half of this mixture to coat the top of the cream cheese and dough before placing into preheated oven to bake.
TIP: Be sure to chill your cheesecake completely before cutting and serving. After plating each piece, drizzle with honey and finish with remaining cinnamon sugar.
How to Make Cheesecake Sopapillas Gluten Free
Believe it or not, when making them for me, my husband makes these sopapilla cheesecake bars gluten free! All you have to do is use almond flour where this recipe calls for flour.
Does Sopapilla Cheesecake Need to be Refrigerated?
Because this is a real cheesecake, made with dairy products, you’ll definitely want to store any leftovers in the fridge. While it’s ok to leave out on the counter while serving, be sure to place in the fridge after 30 minutes to an hour.
This dessert should keep for 2-3 days in a covered container in the refrigerator.
Make Cooking Fun (and Easy!)
Sopapilla Cheesecake Recipe (Printable Copy):
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Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars
- 1 can croissant dough
- 3 blocks cream cheese 8oz each
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup sour cream
- 4 eggs
- 1/4 cup flour we used almond flour, but you can use multi-purpose
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup cinnamon
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup honey
- With an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add heavy cream, flour, sour cream, and vanilla extract.
- Mix in eggs one at a time, just enough to combine with the batter. Set aside.
- In a medium casserole dish, layer the bottom completely with croissant dough.
- Pour cheesecake batter over the first layer of croissant dough.
- With the remaining croissant dough, cover completely the cheesecake batter.
- In a small bowl, toss together 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 cup cinnamon. Use half of this mixture to coat the top of the cheesecake.
- Bake at 325°F for 40 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for half an hour. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours to fully set.
- Before serving, drizzle with honey and dust with remaining cinnamon sugar.
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