Best Pinterest Sopapilla Cheesecake

Best Pinterest Sopapilla Cheesecake Dessert? Check! So incredibly good it’ll blow your mind? Check! So simple my 8 year old can make it? Check! We LOVE some sweet treats in our house and the one dearest to my heart is this easy-to-make sopapilla cheesecake. It’s layered with crescent rolls and made rich with cream cheese and cinnamon. Give it a try… I bet it won’t last more than 10 minutes at your next party!

Final product of the Best Pinterest Sopapilla Cheesecake on a plate.

With my husband in the military, we have family gatherings and squadron functions to attend on a pretty regular basis. Most of these are pot-luck style and depending on where your last name falls in the alphabet usually depicts what you are asked to bring. Since we sit with a last name starting with a “T”, we almost always are in charge of bringing a dessert. Lucky for us (and them!), the Best Pinterest Sopapilla Cheesecake makes this task an easy one! On average (using my public math skills) I bring this dessert 99.99% of the time… and I NEVER have leftovers. Like ever. You literally almost can’t fail making this crowd favorite. It can be served warm out of the oven or chilled to enjoy the next day…and boy is it simple to make!

Do you need to refrigerate sopapilla cheesecake?

Yes! You will absolutely need to refrigerate this dessert after you have cooked it. The main reason for this is because it contains dairy (cream cheese). Once it is cooked, you can serve it warm, straight from the oven. It is fantastic with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. You can also serve it cold! It is delicious either way. Just don’t let it sit out more than 2 hours at room temperature (Which isn’t really an issue because I’ve never seen it last that long!).

What does Sopapilla mean?

A sopapilla is a kind of fried pastry and a type of quick bread that is served in several regions in the United States with Spanish heritage. A sopapilla is traditionally made from wheat dough (or a mixture of wheat flour) to which some shortening or butter is added. After being allowed to rise, the dough is rolled into a sheet that is then cut into circular, square or triangular shapes. By using the crescent rolls, it is reminiscent of the traditional dish. This recipe is a quick, simple spin on a traditional hispanic dish.

Ingredients for the Best Pinterest Sopapilla Cheesecake

Ingredients for the Best Pinterest Sopapilla Cheesecake

  • 2 Cans of Crescent Rolls
  • 2 8oz boxes of cream cheese
  • 1 Cup of sugar
  • 1 TBS of vanilla extract
  • 3 TBS of cinnamon
  • 1 Stick of butter

How to make the Best Pinterest Sopapilla Cheesecake

First, preheat your oven to 350 F.

Grease a 9×13 pan with butter or Pam Baking Spray.

Open your first can of crescent rolls and spread it as one layer along the bottom of your casserole dish. Try to pinch the seams of the rolls where they try to separate so that there are as few holes as possible.

In a bowl, mix both blocks of cream cheese, vanilla extract, and 1 cup of sugar. Beat until creamy and spread evenly over the layer of crescents in your dish.

Mixing bowl with cream cheese, vanilla extract, and sugar
9x12 pan of a cream cheese mixture

Roll out the second can of crescent rolls on top of the cream cheese mixture. Try to stretch the rolls across the entire dish and pinch together the seams that come apart to eliminate holes if possible. Don’t worry with the natural seams that come with the dough – they will fill in as the pastry expands.

The rolling out of a can of crescent rolls on a cream cheese mixture

In another bowl, mix the stick of melted butter with the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar and the 2 TBS of cinnamon. Pour over top of the top layer of crescents and spread evenly.

The spreading of a cinnamon mixture over the top of a pan of sopapilla cheesecake.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes.

Once the cheesecake has set, cut into squares to serve. You can serve hot, right out of the oven or place in the refrigerator for later…both are equally delicious!

Slice of sopapilla cheesecake on a white plate

The next time you are trying to figure out which dessert to serve or what yummy dish you can bring to a gathering, look no further! This is a crowd-pleaser from the 3 year olds to the 93 year olds. With minimal ingredients and a relatively short cook and prep time, you can have this delicious dish baked and out the door any day of the week 🙂

Yield: Serves 8

Best Pinterest Sopapilla Cheesecake

Best Pinterest Sopapilla Cheesecake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 2 Cans Crescent Rolls
  • 2 - 8oz Cream Cheese
  • 1.5 C Sugar
  • 3 TBS Cinnamon
  • 1 Stick of butter
  • 1 TBS Vanilla Extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Apply nonstick spray to a 9x13 baking dish.
  3. Roll one can of crescent rolls along the bottom of the dish.
  4. In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, 1 cup of sugar, and vanilla.
  5. Once stirred, spread the mixture on top of the crescent rolls.
  6. Roll the second can of crescent rolls on top of the cream cheese mixture.
  7. Melt butter in a bowl. Add remaining sugar and cinnamon to the butter and stir.
  8. Pour butter mixture over top of the rest of the ingredients.
  9. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
  10. Serve warm or refrigerate and serve cold!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 658Total Fat: 41gSaturated Fat: 25gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 121mgSodium: 501mgCarbohydrates: 66gFiber: 3gSugar: 46gProtein: 8g

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

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