Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars

Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars are an easy cheesecake recipe made with crescent rolls!

Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars are an easy cheesecake recipe with flaky cinnamon sugar pastry and a sweet layer of cheesecake in the middle!

You all know how much of a cheesecake fan I am! My Perfect Cheesecake Recipe is one of the most popular recipes on my website, because it’s THE BEST! And of course, I make tons of cheesecake, like Sugar Cookie Cheesecake and even Instant Pot Cheesecake!

BUT when you want a cheesecake recipe that is ULTRA easy, that you can eat with your hands, and perfect for a Potluck-style dinner, these Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars are about to be your new favorite dessert.

Sopapilla Cheesecake is a cinnamon and sugar coated pastry with sweet cream cheese in the middle!

What is a Sopapilla?

If you don’t know what a Sopapilla is, you’re missing out!!

Sopapilla is a Spanish dessert. It’s a puffy, fried pastry dough coated in cinnamon sugar and/or drizzled with honey. I grew up in Houston, and at our favorite Tex-Mex restaurant they made the BEST Sopapillas.

I have been to a few places where they serve savory Sopapillas, that are stuffed with beans, cheese, and meat, kind of like an empanada…but the sweet kind remains my favorite.

How To Make Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars

How to Make Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars

  • First you spread a can of crescent rolls in the bottom of a 9×13 pan.
  • Mix 2 packages of cream cheese, a cup of sugar and a little vanilla together and spread it over the Crescent Rolls.
  • Then just unroll your other can of crescent rolls and spread it over the top of the cream cheese mixture.
  • Pour a stick of melted butter all on top of the top crescent roll sheet
  • And sprinkle the top with cinnamon sugar!
  • Pop it in the oven for 30 minutes and you’re all set!

How delicious does that look?

The hard part comes next when you have to let it chill for a bit. This Sopapilla Cheesecake is actually a great dessert to make in advance, which is another reason it’s so get to make for a get together with friends or family.

These Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars are an easy and delicious cheesecake recipe

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Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 30 bars 1x
  • Category: Cheesecake
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Dessert


makes 30 bars


  • 2 cans (8 count) Crescent Rolls
  • 2 (8 ounces) packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted


  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly coat a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. Unroll 1 can of crescent rolls and lay flat in the bottom of the baking dish. Stretch the rolls to cover the bottom of the pan and pinch any seams closed.
  3. In the bowl of your stand mixer combine cream cheese, 1 cup sugar and vanilla until combined and smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  4. Spread this over top of the crescent roll layer.
  5. Unroll the remaining can of crescent rolls and lay this on top of the cream cheese mixture and again, pinch any open seams closed as best you can.
  6. Pour the melted butter evenly on the top.
  7. Prepare the topping by mixing together the remaining sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar on top of the the butter.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes until top is golden brown.
  9. Let cool for approximately 20 minutes and then cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
  10. Cut into bars


Store airtight in refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Keywords:: cheesecake, recipe, cookies and cups, sopapilla, easy, dessert

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133 Responses
  1. We recently had sopapillas at a Mexican restaurant (I’ve made ‘fake’ ones before with tortillas) and my husband was actually angry that I ‘knew about these desserts and had not made them properly for him.’ I’ll see what he thinks of this!

  2. I used to get freaked out by Unsolved Mysteries too! But I watched it every week. Why do we torture ourselves like that?!

    And how come my sopapilla cheesecake never looks like that?

  3. Jenni

    My mom makes these during the holidays at her coffee shop and she can’t make them fast enough of course it doesn’t help that Ilm always sneaking some =P. They are yummy!!

    I used to watch Unsolved Mysteries as a kid and I was scared to death! The one I really rembember is these boys were in a lake and they found a skull. I hate swimming in lakes now!

  4. I love anything mystery. I particularly remember my mom watching Murder She Wrote religiously and me being so scared that I was terrified to even get up off the couch and walk to bed. I still watched every week. Crime shows are better these days and I watch them like they are my crack.

    I make this too but the handwritten recipe I found on my mom’s fridge called them Sopapilla Breakfast Delight. So naturally, I eat this for breakfast.

  5. This is a family favorite. When I serve Sopapilla Cheese Cake I always feel like the lady on the Rice Crispie’s commercial where she’s reading a magazine and then dabs the flour on her face before serving the Rice Crispie Treats to her family. Something this good shouldn’t be SO SIMPLE to make!

  6. Thanks for linking to the Matthew McConaughey “Unsolved Mysteries” clip at my website.

    I’ve written a couple of “Unsolved Mysteries” columns at the site, profiling some of my favourite cases from the show, so if you’re in the mood to watch them (and likely get scared out of your wits), check them out here:

  7. Audrey

    Yeah I used to be like you…addicted to being terrified by religiously watching Unsolved Mysteries hosted by Robert Stack. I’ve watched the new version and it’s not nearly as creepy, aka good!

  8. Victoria V

    Okay, those bars look AMAZING, but what made me comment is the fact that I used to watch Unsolved Mysteries reruns on Lifetime with my sister during the summer. Except that they were always on at night. They used to scare the crap out of us, but yet we still watched.

    And I also remember watching the episode that Matthew McConaughey was on and realizing it was him. Hilarious! But still so scary… 😉

    Oh, and I’m from TX so I definitely know what sopapillas are. I <3 them.

  9. Love Is In The Details

    So funny to see this post, I have been obsessed with the Sopappia bars ever since I first saw them on Pinterest. I have made them quite a few times and was planning on posting about them soon too. Oh and I also got all excited when I saw that “new” cinnamon and grabbed a bottle 🙂 we are living parallel baking/blogging lives, lol! And let’s not even talk about Unsolved Mysteries, I use to love that show, watched it religiously, but I’ve seen it as an adult and was fully creeped out! Thanks for the fun post, Andrea

  10. Shawna

    We recently moved to NE Pennsylvania from TX/OK. Down there, this recipe is VERY popular! We have been making it for years and I wondered why I hadn’t seen it around blogland! It is awesome! I am so glad you posted it!

  11. RainyB in San Diego

    First off, I love your blog! I check it every day and enjoy your writing and your recipes. I too found the Unsolved Mysteries music creepy and would turn the volume down until after the introduction was over : )

    I have watched the “new” Unsolved Mysteries and have seen quite a few stories from the “old” Unsolved Mysteries that are either still unsolved (no duh) or have been solved and then it’s fun to see the update.

  12. Had these when someone brought them to a friend’s brunch a couple of weeks ago and they were just amazing — so happy I have the recipe now! Thanks, and I LOVE your blog!

  13. I am not crazy about cream cheese, but these look delicious! I love cinnamon!
    I remember Unsolved Mysteries, it used to creap me out to! I preferred to watch the other show that was on at that time Rescue 911. I still remember an episode of Unsolved Mysteries about people seeing lights & aliens in a farmers field, that really scared the Beep outta me at the time! I was afraid of being out after dark for a long time after that!

  14. Erin in VA

    1-800-876-5353. That was the number you should call if you have any leads for the cases on Unsolved Mysteries. I haven’t seen that show in ages, but still remember the number. Pretty sad. And that dessert looks delicious – I think I will make it very soon.

  15. Amy K

    Sopapilla bars are amazing. Have you ever tried them with pie filling on top of the cream cheese layer, before putting the top crescent rolls on? Cherry, apple, blueberry, they’re all delish too!

    1. Linda

      This recipe is even BETTER if you use pie crust instead of crescent rolls. With pie crust, it is the VERY BEST way to eat fresh STRAWBERRIES !!!

  16. So…I have to tell you, the Cheesecake Bars look incredible. But in addition to that, I happen to know Dennis Farina personally (odd situation of us both having very close ties to a TINY town in Illinois,) anyways…he is not scary in real life at all. He just has the ability to rock the creepy voice! 🙂

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