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. Going to make these now for my FIL’s party tomorrow! As for nobody here in Jersey knowing what a sopapilka is – they are beyond sheltered!!! Another reason I must vacate this state!!!!

  2. Pat

    I never knew that a different last step, adding butter, cinnamon & sugar on the top would change my cream cheese danish, which is just brushed on top with an egg yolk, into a Sopapilla. And yes, cream cheese danish’s are known in New Jersey

  3. Joanna

    Sin. Absolute sin. I just made this dessert (never got to the bar part) and could not wait to EAT IT.. all hot and steaming. Like hell will taste when I get there. With a mouth full of THIS CAKE!!! I’d shake your hand in gratitude but I am holding a plate of Sopapilla Cake with one hand and stuffing it in my face with the other (I am typing with my mind!).

    Thank you 🙂

  4. Maria

    Hi I don’t mean to sound not appreciative to your recipe but I did not like them, I did not like all that bread around the great filling, I’m wondering if puff pastry could be used instead…has anyone tried that…

    1. shelly

      It might work… Haven’t ever tried it. We loved the crescent around it do I guess it’s just a matter of preference 🙂 let me know if you try the puff pastry!

  5. Mel

    I wonder if these will be okay out of the fridge. I want to take them to school, but I won’t have access to a fridge all day. My last class is the one I want to take them to, but it isn’t until 2:35 and I get to school at 10 am…..


  6. Ana Fernández

    I love cheese cake, so I was really happy when I discovered your website in the internet, it´s amazing, so I tried to bake one as soon as I could, I used Spanish cheese as it was the only one I had at home, it was fabolus, really amazing, I think it really improved it, just have a look at the website, which I think you´re going to love and then let me know what do you think.
    kind regards

  7. Melody

    I’m really gonna have to try these… A couple of my fb friends were raving about Sopapilla Cheesecake. To be exact…. “It’s like angels left a little piece of Heaven behind…” Lol. I want a piece of Heaven.

  8. Blanca

    I saw this recipe and had to try it! Very easy to make, which is a good thing considering I can burn hard boiled eggs. My husband was the taste tester and he isn’t big on anything sweet but he loved this! I took them to work with me and they were gone in 10 minutes! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe!

  9. Kristen

    I just made these and they are amazing! Actually, they haven’t even finished their initial 20 minutes of cooling, but I scooped out a corner spoonful and let it cool. I’m going to have to share these quick before I eat the whole thing!

  10. Annette

    I made these this weekend. A huge hit with the entire family. Quite a few OMGs. I will definitely be making these again. More cinnamon is always a good thing. I only used a teaspoon and they were great but a tablespoon would make them awesome! Thanks for so many great recipes.

  11. Lauren Z.

    These look amazing and I can’t wait to try them! Just had one question: in the list of ingredients, the amount of cinnamon says 1 tsp; however, in the recipe directions, it references a tablespoon of cinnamon. Which is the proper measurement? Thanks! 🙂

  12. You like me you really like me!!! These are so so good! I’m just a scary crime show watcher…it began with Unsolved Mysteries also. Right now it’s Criminal minds. This is why I dont sleep.

  13. Ashley

    These were AMAZING! I added sliced almonds to the top before baking and the the extra crunch really added something great to them! These are def. on my ‘bake often’ list! Thanks!!

  14. So I made these, and let me tell you, some pretty good stuff indeed! I did change the recipe a bit and made sure to put in lots of honey to replace some sugar. And I managed to double the butter-I’m feeling slightly guilty about that (just slightly). Thanks for sharing and the inspiration though! I hope you don’t mind if I share my adapted version.

  15. Suzaina

    Awesome recipe. Mum made it today following you. Stupendous taste. Amazing dish. Great blog. Gotta return for more posts. Thanks.

  16. Angela

    I loved that show! It used to scare the living daylights out of me, but still I watched. The creepiest one that I remember was the one where a woman was sure she was someone else in a past life and she went into a trance and they found photographics that she said were her back then. I couldn’t sleep without a lamp on for weeks! 🙂

  17. I so loved Unsolved Mysteries (you could watch it in syndication until not too long ago – maybe you still can?) Between that and Murder She Wrote – my childhood television watching was probably a bit off, now that I think of it…

    And sopapillas. And cheesecake.

    Thank you for this post – made me happy just to look at it 🙂

  18. I often come to your blog and read your posts…and I have to say YOU CRACK ME UP!!!! Love it….my Dad was such a huge fan of Unsolved Mysteries…so since this was before most people had multiple TV’s in their homes…we kids were sort of kinda FORCED to watch it…lol! Love the ingredients you used in this recipe..I will have to try it …soon 🙂

  19. Oh wow! I saw this post and thought, man those look yummy. I didn’t realize that I’ve made them before with a little twist! I’m a Chocolatier with Dove Chocolate Discoveries and we have a Spiced Chai tea. That’s what I used instead of the Cinnamon Sugar mixture when I made them (they were called Chai Breakfast Bars – they’re a great addition to a brunch buffet!). They were wonderful and HUGE hit at all my tasting parties. It was fun seeing where the recipe I found long ago on a Chocolatier group originated! Thanks so much for enlightening me! Oh, and incidentally, I loved Unsolved Mysteries, too…even though it led to some really hard to go to sleep nights. 😉

  20. Erin F.

    I HAVE to try these! I love all of these ingredients on their own, I can’t imagine what they would taste like together. I might just have to bring it to Sunday night dinner at my mom’s this week!… I used to watch Unsolved Mysteries also when I was younger, and I think I was traumatized to Robert Stack. I still have nightmares about one episode in particular where a woman was in her bathroom and looked in the mirror and saw a guy standing behind her. I still get a little nervous looking in the mirror in the middle of the night- to this day because of it! (so I usually just bypass it and run like crazy back into my bed.) I used to come home from 3rd grade and watch Matlock, In The Heat of The Night, and Golden Girls. The iCarly my 3rd grade daughter watches after school has nothing on those shows!! 😉

    1. shelly

      Well, I linked to a creepy pne that Mqatthew McConaughey was in and it was a lady brushing her hair and some guy comes up behind her in the bathroom. Seriously scary stuff.

      1. Erin F.

        OMG- That was the one!!!! I love Matt McConaughey, I can’t believe he was in that! That ok though, I forgive him for helping to scare me as a child. Robert Stack though I will never be able to forgive, even if he was funny in “Airplane.” (And as I typed this, my 8 year old, who talks in her sleep, just said something in a really creepy voice that I couldn’t understand while sleeping. At least she has good timing!)

  21. That top cinnamon crust looks amazing, especially considering what lies beneath:) YUM!

    I still watch the reruns of “Unsolved Mystery” on cable. My husband doesn’t understand why I watch somethig that spooks me so much?!?

  22. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Unsolved Mysteries. I still try to catch it on Lifetime once in awhile. What get me is that some of the UM’s that Robert Stack covered have been re-done by Dennis Farina and it just kills me that they are still unsolved!! Am always hoping for that”Update” to flash at the end of the segment and when it doesn’t I am highly disappointed.

    I’ve made a variation of these bars before but I don’t remember them having a stick of butter melted on top….can’t wait to try! These look incredible.

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