Sopapilla Cheesecake

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These easy to make Sopapilla Cheesecake bars are inspired by the fluffy Mexican fried dough sopapillas. A thick layer of sweet cream cheese filling between layers of flaky dough all topped with a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar and a drizzle of butter for a crunchy, sweet crust. It’s a mash up of sopapillas, churros and cheesecake all in one decadent dessert bar!


Why we love these Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars:

This recipe is a fun, easy mash up of sopapillas, cheesecake and churros. It’s impossible to go to any potluck or party in Texas and not find these dessert bars being served. Some reasons why we love these bars so much:

  • Texture: smooth and creamy cheesecake is sandwiched between two layers of flaky puff pastry. The top is baked with a drizzle of butter giving us a crunchy cinnamon sugar crust.
  • Flavor: the classic flavors of cinnamon sugar, paired with dough and the sweet tang of cheesecake.
  • Easy to make: these bars come together quick and easy and are made large to feed a crowd! Making these perfect for get togethers and potlucks!



Notes on some ingredients:

  • Cream Cheese: use a full fat cream cheese for this recipe.
  • Puff Pastry: gives a wonderful flaky crust. This can be substituted for Crescent Roll dough also.
  • Eggs: helps create a smooth and creamy cheesecake layer.
  • Sour Cream: gives a nice balance to the sweetness of the cheesecake and helps make it extra creamy.

How to make:

  1. Prepare the bottom crust by rolling out the puff pastry to a 9×13 size, then place in a prepared baking pan. Poke holes into the dough with a fork before baking. This prevents large bubbles to form during the baking process.
  2. Mix together the cheesecake layer using a hand or stand mixer.
  3. Beat until batter is smooth and creamy.
  4. Spread the cheesecake batter over the baked bottom crust.
  5. Place the top crust over the cheesecake layer, then sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and drizzle with melted butter.
  6. Bake for 40 minutes. The top crust will be golden and puffy. Don’t worry if you see pools of butter on top due to portions of the crust puffing up. These will harden into a lovely cinnamon sugar crust on top as the cheesecake bars cool.

Storage Instructions:

  • Leftovers: Store the bars in the refrigerator after allowing to cool to room temperature. They will be easier to slice when cooled and can be served cold directly from the refrigerator.
  • Freezer: these bars can be frozen in a freezer safe container for up to 2 months. Remove to the refrigerator to defrost and thaw overnight.

Serving Suggestions:

  • Traditional way with a drizzle of honey.
  • Drizzle of chocolate fudge sauce.
  • Drizzle with caramel sauce or dulce de leche.
  • Top with whipped cream.
  • Serve with fresh berries on the top or side.
  • Drizzle with a fruit sauce (like this Homemade Strawberry Sauce).


  • Crescent Roll Dough: if you would prefer to use crescent roll dough you can swap that for the puff pastry used in this recipe. Sheets of dough or perforatted rolls of dough are sold in most markets, either would work for this recipe.
  • Fruit Swirls: Add some pie filling or fruit sauce to the cheesecake layer and swirl it around for a fun, fruity dessert option.
  • Halved Recipe: Easily cut this recipe in half and bake in an 8×8 baking pan to make a smaller amount for your family.
  • Individual Rolls: These Sopapilla Cheesecake Rolls are a fun and easy dessert recipe the family will love! Individual crescent rolls baked with a cheesecake filling.

Sopapilla Cheesecake: FAQs

What are sopapillas?

Sopapillas are fried quick breads, in Tex Mex cuisine they are small fried pieces of dough that puff up like pillows which are then coated in cinnamon sugar and drizzled with honey. They are served as a dessert at the end of a meal (here’s my recipe for traditional Tex Mex Sopapillas).

Can you freeze sopapilla cheesecake?

Yes, these cheesecake bars can be frozen. Once baked, allow to cool to room temperature. Slice and place in a freezer safe container. Store in the freezer for up to 2 months. To thaw, remove to the refrigerator and let defrost overnight.

Where did sopapilla cheesecake originate?

Sources place New Mexico as the area of origination for this particular recipe. It’s most commonly served in New Mexico and Tex Mex restaurants. Mexico has a similar recipe to sopapillas, which is the Bunuelos, another version of fried flour tortillas with a cinnamon sugar topping.


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