My husband absolutely loves cheesecake, but I rarely make it – or really any other cakes lately. Mostly, I don’t have time for desserts that are completed in multiple steps, whether it’s baking the crust and then the cake, or baking the cake and then frosting it. I’ve been too busy lately and frankly, I tend to run out of steam by the time I hit that second step, sometime hours later. I drag myself through it, but the baking process is no longer enjoyable at that point.
Enter these Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars. All of the great flavor of cheesecake, plus the wonderful cinnamon-sugar of the Mexican pastry, much less fuss. While I love the graham cracker crust on regular cheesecakes, the crispy cinnamon sugar on top of these bars more than makes up for it being missing. They were delicious.
This recipe starts almost a week of Mexican recipes. I hope that you find some inspiration for any upcoming Cinco de Mayo celebrations in today’s post, the #SundaySupper collection at the bottom of this post, as well as the recipes that posted this week.
Sopapilla-Inspired Cheesecake Bars
Adapted from Pillsbury
Makes at least 16 servings
- 2-8 oz. cans Pillsbury crescent rolls
- 2-8oz. packages cream cheese, softened
- 1 1/2 c. granulated sugar, divided
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
- 1 Tbs. ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350°F.
In an ungreased 9×13 inch glass baking dish, unroll 1 can of crescent rolls, carefully stretching to cover the bottom of baking dish. Pinch together perforations to seal.
In a large bowl – or the bowl of a stand mixer – beat cream cheese and 1 cup of sugar until thoroughly combined. Add vanilla. Spread evenly over crescent rolls in the baking dish.
Unroll other can of crescent rolls, stretching to cover cream cheese layer while simultaneously pinching together perforations to seal.
Pour melted butter evenly over top of crescent rolls.
In a small dish, mix remaining 1/2 cup of sugar and the cinnamon. Sprinkle evenly over top. It will be a nice, thick layer of cinnamon sugar.
Bake for 30 minutes, until center is set. Allow to cool on stove or a wire rack for 30-60 minutes. Transfer to the fridge to chill before cutting.
Store covered in the refrigerator.
More easy Cinco de Mayo recipes, compliments of the #SundaySupper tastemakers:
Sunday Supper Easy Cinco de Mayo Recipes
- Beef and Portobella Tostados by Our Good Life
- Cumin Spiced Potato Quesadillas by Sprinkles and Sprouts
- Easy 5 Minute Restaurant Style Salsa by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Fiesta Corn Dip Recipe by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Rotisserie Chicken Nachos by Pies and Plots
- Cherry Paloma by The Crumby Cupcake
- Spicy Micheladas by Food Lust People Love
- Strawberry Pineapple Agua Fresca by Authentically Candace
- Cheese Enchiladas with Red Sauce by Grumpy’s Honeybunch
- Chicken Tinga Chalupas by Palatable Pastime
- Chicken Tortilla Soup by Soulfully Made
- Chipotle Chicken and Black Bean Soup by Cooking Chat
- Mexican Chicken and Black Bean Casserole by Simple and Savory
- Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas with Mexican Slaw by A Mind Full Mom
- Southwestern Chicken Layered Salad with Cilantro Dressing by My Savory Spoon
Sides and Sauces
- Alambre Skillet Cheese Dip by My Life Cookbook
- Black Bean Cilantro Rice by Sew You Think You Can Cook
- Mango Habanero Sauce by Caroline’s Cooking
- Queso Fundido (Melted Cheese with Chorizo) by Tara’s Multicultural Table
- Slow Cooker Healthy Refried Beans by Cricket’s Confections
- Blueberry-Chocolate Jicamuffins by What Smells So Good?
- Carlota de Limón – Lime Charlotte by Sunday Supper Movement
- Flourless Mexican Hot Chocolate Cake by Baking Sense
- Margarita Cupcakes by Gourmet Everyday
- Oreo Taco Cookies by Ninja Baker
- Sopapilla-Inspired Cheesecake Bars by Books n’ Cooks
- Strawberry Gluten-Free Hand Pies by And She Cooks
- Chicken Street Tacos by The Freshman Cook
- Chicken Fajitas by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Lime Chicken Soft Tacos by Life Tastes Good
- Mini Taco Bowl Bites by Jersey Girl Cooks
- Pineapple Lime Chicken Tacos by Brunch-n-Bites
- Taco Bake by My World Simplified
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