These Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars, inspired by the Mexican dessert called sopapillas, have a sweet, creamy cheesecake filling tucked between 2 crescent roll pastry sheets, and are topped with butter, cinnamon, and sugar and drizzled with honey.
Based on the above description and photo, it is no surprise that Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars make a crowd-pleasing dessert that is popular at potlucks, picnics, parties, reunions, and get-togethers of all kinds. In addition to being extremely popular, it is super easy to make.
Previously, I mentioned that we had moved. We moved to our hometown, but none of my family still lives here. They are spread out all over the country.
Therefore, I was so excited when my brother and one of my sisters said they would be in town this weekend! One was here for a high school reunion and the other here for a business conference.
However, with both here in town on the same weekend, I could not pass up the opportunity to try to have a party. I was hoping to get everyone together for a mini family reunion, and I planned a Mexican feast with my Tex-Mex Beef Fajitas, Spanish Rice, Ramen noodle Salad (I know it is not Tex-Mex but it is still good), and, of course, these Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars! The menu alone should entice them to rush over to our house!
Unfortunately, I couldn’t get everyone together at the same place at the same time. You know how that goes with everyone’s crazy schedules.
Therefore, we were able to meet separately with each one. So I was happy. I still made these Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars because they are so good.
If I can make this recipe, then you can make these Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars too because they are so easy! Really!
How To Make Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars
First of all, start with two packages of refrigerated crescent rolls or crescent roll sheets. Don’t worry if it has perforations. When they bake, they will go together, plus they will be covered up with all kinds of sugary goodness!
Next, roll out one crescent roll sheet in the bottom of a 9×13 pan.
In addition, I like to prebake the bottom crust to make sure it is cooked. Raw crescent roll dough is not something you want to taste. Trust me!
What Makes This Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars Different Than Other Recipes
One of the differences in my recipe compared to some other popular ones is that I use 3 packages of cream cheese instead of 2 to give it a little extra creamy cheesecake goodness and to make the cheesecake layer a little thicker.
Next, spread that creamy cheesecake goodness over the bottom crescent roll layer.
Most noteworthy, I also use 1/4 cup melted butter instead of a 1/2 cup because that was more than enough. It would be swimming in butter otherwise.
While this Sopapilla Cheesecake is sweet enough on its own, drizzling a little honey over it just before serving gives it a really nice presentation!
See the video above to learn how to make Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars.
When To Serve Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars
Serve Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars anytime! However, they are especially perfect for these occasions:
- Cinco De Mayo – This Mexican inspired dessert is perfect for your Cinco De Mayo party.
- Potlucks – These Cheesecake Bars are so easy and popular, you can take them to a potluck and leave with an empty dish.
- Holiday parties – These are perfect for the holidays. You can make them ahead of time and keep them refrigerated until you are ready to serve.
What To Serve With Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars
- For a Cinco De Mayo Party, try serving Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars with these Mexican inspired recipes:
- Mango Habanero Wings – Sweet and spicy wings are perfect for any party.
- Tiajuana Shrimp Dip Nachos – Crispy tortilla chips are topped with a spicy, cheesy shrimp dip.
- Crockpot Chicken Tacos – Make it easy on yourself by serving these chicken tacos.
- Tex Mex Beef Fajitas – Be the hit of the party with these Beef Fajitas!
- For a Holiday Party, try serving Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars with these awesome appetizers:
- Peppermint White Hot Chocolate – Get the party started with a hot, minty chocolate beverage.
- Reindeer Popcorn Crunch – This sweet and salty snack mix is great for party snacking.
Other Cheesecake Bar Recipes
- Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake Bars – Creamy, crunchy, and pumpkin-y, these make a perfect fall dessert.
- Cherry Cheesecake Brownies – These over-the-top impressive brownies, are delicious anytime of year.
- Cranberry Streusel Cheesecake Bars – make a festive holiday party dessert.
Other Mexican Dessert Ideas
- Instant Pot Mexican Rice Pudding (Arroz Con Leche) – This Instant Pot Mexican Rice Pudding (Arroz Con Leche in Spanish) is a sweet, creamy Mexican dessert that is quick and easy to make in an Instant Pot. With no eggs and sweetened condensed milk, this easy rice pudding will quickly become one of your family’s favorite desserts!
- Strawberry Margarita Pie – This awesome Strawberry Margarita Pie is sweet, smooth, and creamy with a pretzel crust. It is a no-bake pie that can be made the night before and will be a hit at the party!
- Churro Muffins – These mini Churro Muffins are sweet, buttery muffins covered in cinnamon sugar and make a delicious finger food dessert for a party!
- Frescas Con Crema – Fresas con Crema, also known as strawberries and cream, is a light, refreshing Mexican dessert with just 4 ingredients and takes mere minutes to prepare. This is quite possibly the easiest dessert you will ever make!
Now that you have step by step instructions, give this recipe a try, and come back and leave a comment to let me know how you liked it!
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Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars
Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars
- 2 packages refrigerated crescent rolls or sheets
- 3 8 ounce packages cream cheese
- 1-1/2 cups sugar
- 1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- First, Heat oven to 350°F.
- Next, Spray a 9×13 glass baking dish with cooking spray.
- Then unroll 1 can of crescent roll dough and press into the bottom of the prepared 9×13 baking dish. Stretch it out to cover the bottom of the pan and pinch together the perforations. Don’t worry if it is not perfect, it will be covered up with the cheesecake layer.
- After that, pre-bake the bottom sheet in a 350 degree preheated oven for about 7 or 8 minutes.
- Next, in a medium bowl, beat together cream cheese, 1-1/2 cups of sugar and 1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla.
- Then spread the cheesecake mixture evenly over the pre-baked crescent dough in the baking dish.
- After that, unroll the second can of crescent rolls and stretch it out on top of cream cheese layer. Pinch together the perforations.
- Once crust is spread out, pour the melted butter evenly over top.
- Then stir together the remaining 1/2 cup sugar with the cinnamon, and sprinkle evenly over butter.
- Finally, bake about 35 minutes or until center is set.
- Cool for about 20 minutes.
- Refrigerate to allow the Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars to set and to make it easier to cut.
If you like these Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars, be sure to try my popular Strawberry Crumb Bars!
So excited to try these! Can they be made ahead and frozen??
Yes, you can freeze these cheesecake bars for up to 3 months. To thaw, place them in the refrigerator overnight.
Hi! This looks delicious! I just have a question about the amount of sugar in the cheesecake part. Is that 1 and 1/2 cups of sugar? Or just 1/2 cup? Thanks!
Thanks for your question. In the cheesecake, that is 1 and 1/2 cups of sugar.
Lorri Corneal says
Having a work party tomorrow with a fajita bar. I think these would go perfect as a dessert. Worried about crescent roll getting soggy.. Can I make ahead & refrigerate overnight? If so, how long before should I take them out? Serve chilled or at room temp?
If you prebake the crust, there will be less likely a chance for the crust to get soggy. You can bake the cheesecake ahead of time and refrigerate it overnight. Then allow it to come up to room temperature before serving. I hope you and your guests enjoy it!
Will the bottom crust get hard or burn when you bake it a second time?
No, it did not burn. If I didn’t pre-bake, sometimes the bottom crust could be undercooked.
Can you use a different kind of pan? I don’t have a glass one.
Yes, you can use a metal or ceramic pan or whatever you have. It doesn’t have to be a glass one.
By “until the center is set” does that mean until it doesn’t jiggle when you shake it?
Yes, it does.
Hi Michele, I added ten minutes on the 35 mins for baking and the center is still jiggly. Is that alright or should I continue and hope it won’t burn?
You can refrigerator it after it cools to help it set more.
Do you let the baked bottom crust cool before adding the cream cheese filling?
Yes, I let it cool while I work on the cream cheese filling.
Judy McNeely says
Can I use puff pastry instead of crescent rolls?
Yes, you can use puff pastry and it will taste delicious.