Rich and creamy, Easy Sopapilla Cheesecake is inspired by the popular Mexican pastry. This simple dessert is made of a thick, sweet cheesecake layered between flakey crescent dough with a touch of cinnamon sugar.

I’m a Mexican food fanatic through and through….from enchiladas and Easy Chicken Fajitas to a flakey sopapilla dessert, I love it all. So, when I have an opportunity to take another favorite food (it’s cheesecake, if you haven’t guessed) and mash it up with my favorite Mexican dessert….good things happen.

Sopapilla Cheesecake squares on a aqua and white plate with a gold fork.

Funny thing though, I was told that Sopapillas were a Mexican dessert but there are also people who claim Sopapillas originated in New Mexico.

What is a Sopapilla?

A sopapilla is a crispy, flakey deep-fried pastry commonly served with honey or syrup. They can be served salty or sweet.

This Easy Sopapilla Cheesecake recipe is one of the best cheesecakes I’ve ever made. While you can make sopapilla cheesecake pie, this recipe is made in a 13×9 inch baking dish so they REALLY should be called Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars since they’re sliced into squares….or rectangles….or whatever strikes your mood at the time.

Sopapilla Cheesecake on plates and in a dish

How to Make Sopapilla Cheesecake

Sopapilla Cheesecake is quick and easy to make.  The hardest part is waiting for it to cool so you can eat it!

To make Sopapilla Cheesecake:

  1. Unroll crescent dough and press it into the bottom of a baking dish.
  2. Combine the cream cheese, vanilla, egg, and sugar together in a bowl and top the first layer of dough.
  3. Unroll the second can of dough and lay it over the cheesecake filling.
  4. Pour the butter over the dough and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
  5. Bake, cool and enjoy!

Sopapilla Cheesecake in a white casserole dish with a piece taken out

The Perfect Cheesecake Recipe

Now, I do love a classic cheesecake recipe and have clearly mastered the New York Cheesecake with a light creamy filling. I used the same similar ingredients in this Sopapilla Cheesecake Bar recipe to get the same airy, ethereally smooth texture.

To up the ante just a smidge, I added a bit of cinnamon to the cheesecake filling, as well as, the topping for a warm, comforting flavor that is so totally dreamy.

Sopapilla Cheesecake on a plate with a piece on a fork

Do you need to refrigerate sopapilla cheesecake bars? Simple answer, yes. When I am asked how to store sopapilla cheesecake bars, I suggest you tightly wrap your baking dish and place them in the fridge, for up to a week.

I love that this Sopapilla Cheesecake is a non-traditional cheesecake recipe, it seems more casual and fitting for a relaxed get together or even a tailgate party.

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Easy Sopapilla Cheesecake Recipe

Inspired by the Mexican pastry, this easy Sopapilla Cheesecake Bar recipe is simple and quick with a crispy, cinnamony topping.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Cooling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12
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  • 2 8-ounce cans refrigerated crescent rolls divided
  • 4 8-ounce packages cream cheese at room temperature
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon divided
  • 1 ¾ cups sugar divided
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter melted and cooled slightly


  • Preheat to 350°F.
  • Unroll one can of crescent roll dough and press it evenly into the bottom of a 9x13" baking dish pinching the seams together if necessary.
  • Using a hand mixer, beat together the cream cheese, vanilla, egg, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 ½ cups of the sugar in a medium bowl on medium speed until smooth and fluffy, approximately 2 minutes.
  • Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over the dough with a rubber spatula.
  • Unroll the second can of dough and lay it on top of the cream cheese layer. Stretch the dough to cover the cream cheese and pinch the seams to seal.
  • Pour the butter over the top of the dough and spread to coat.
  • Whisk together the remaining sugar and cinnamon then sprinkle over the top of the dough to coat.
  • Bake until the dough is cooked through and puffed up, about 50 minutes.
  • Allow to cool for 30 minutes before cutting into 12 pieces.
4.95 from 36 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 552 | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 120mg | Sodium: 551mg | Potassium: 114mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 1170IU | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 0.9mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Mexican


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  1. This was so easy and delicious! Tastes better the second day. Awesome. Thanks for the recipe.5 stars

  2. I’ve made this before, but without adding the eggs. Would definitely NOT add eggs the next time since the texture was a little different compared to the last time I’ve made it.3 stars

  3. I made this the other day and have half of it left, I have a few people coming over again Tuesday and I wonder if I can serve then.. for reference, I made it on a Saturday and want to know if it’ll still be good Tuesday? Refrigerated obviously!
    Very delicious!!5 stars

    1. Glad to hear you enjoyed it Kasey! The cheesecake will still be good, the recipe can be refrigerated for up to a week.

  4. I have a strong case of the dumbs at times, & I wasnt paying attention & mixed the melted butter in the cheesecake mixture lmao. But. I chilled it overnight & it set fine & tasted great.5 stars

  5. This is delicious! Great recipe!

    But the calorie count in the nutrition information is way, way off.

    If you are using four 8-oz packages of cream cheese per recipe, and that makes 12 servings, that cannot be 157 calories per serving. 32 ounces of cream cheese is almost 100 calories per ounce, so that’s 259 calories per serving JUST from the cream cheese. Then you have butter and everything else, that’s a whole lot more calories.

    So per recipe:
    3104 cal from 32 oz cream cheese
    1600 cal from 16 crescent rolls
    180 cal from 2 eggs
    400 cal from 4 T butter
    1353 cal from 1-3/4 cup sugar

    TOTAL 6637 calories for the recipe. 12 servings, 1/12 of 6637 is 553 calories, more than three times the 157 calories listed.

    You’d have to cut the pan into 42 servings to get 157-calorie servings.5 stars

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it Anne!

      You are right with the nutritional information. The program I use for calculating was using 4 oz cream cheese instead of FOUR x 8 oz. Thank you for bringing it to my attention, I’ve updated the information.

  6. Can you use the spreadable cream cheese or does it have to be the hard stuff warmed to room temp?

    1. I suggest you tightly wrap your baking dish and place them in the fridge, for up to a week. Making a day ahead will work just fine :) Enjoy, Rhea!