Churro Cheesecake


Cinnamon sugar:

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

½ cup granulated sugar

Cheesecake bars:

Two 8-oz packages refrigerated crescent roll dough or sheets

16 oz full fat cream cheese, softened

¾ cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

1½ teaspoons vanilla extract

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly

see note for optional toppings


Cinnamon sugar:

Combine cinnamon and sugar. Set aside.

Cheeecake bars:

Preheat oven to 350°F with a rack in the middle of the oven. Grease a 9×13 baking pan and sprinkle 1-2 tablespoons cinnamon sugar in the bottom.

Open one tube of crescent rolls. Unroll the dough and press the seams together to form one rectangular piece. Place into the bottom of the prepared 9×13 baking pan, it should cover the whole bottom of the pan.

Combine cream cheese, sugar, egg, and vanilla, beating until smooth and well combined. Pour the cream cheese mixture over the crust and spread into an even layer.

Using the second tube of crescent roll dough, unroll and press the seams together (just like you did with the first one) and place it over the cream cheese layer. It should cover the cream cheese completely.

Pour melted butter over the top and spread it into an even layer (I use the back of a spoon).

Sprinkle with remaining cinnamon sugar.

Bake for 26-30 minutes, until the crescent dough has puffed and is golden brown. Place on a wire rack to cool completely, then transfer to the fridge until chilled. Once chilled, cut and serve.


Optional toppings:

Dulce de leche or salted caramel sauce

Chocolate sauce


Vanilla ice cream

Fresh strawberries

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 284kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 315mg | Potassium: 45mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 463IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I use homemade crescent roll dough instead of refrigerated crescent roll dough?

Yes, you can make your own crescent roll dough from scratch if you prefer.

Homemade dough can give a slightly different texture and flavor but should work well for this recipe.

What should I do if I can’t find crescent roll dough in my area?

If crescent roll dough isn’t available, you can try using puff pastry sheets as a substitute.

Roll out the puff pastry to fit your baking pan and proceed with the recipe as directed.

Can I make this cheesecake in advance and store it?

Yes, you can make Churro Cheesecake in advance.

After baking, allow it to cool completely, then refrigerate it. It can be stored in the fridge for a few days before serving.

You may want to sprinkle additional cinnamon sugar on top before serving if needed.

What are some optional toppings I can add to this cheesecake?

You can get creative with toppings!

Some popular choices include a drizzle of caramel sauce, a dusting of powdered sugar, or a dollop of whipped cream.

Fresh berries or a scoop of vanilla ice cream also pair nicely.

Can I use low-fat cream cheese for this recipe?

While full-fat cream cheese is recommended for a creamier texture and richer flavor, you can use low-fat cream cheese as a healthier alternative.

Just be aware that the final result may be slightly less creamy.

Can I use reduced-fat or low-fat cream cheese for this recipe?

While you can use reduced-fat cream cheese, using full-fat cream cheese will result in a creamier and richer texture for the cheesecake bars.

If you’re looking to reduce calories, the lower-fat option is a reasonable substitute.

What’s the purpose of sprinkling cinnamon sugar in the bottom of the baking pan?

Sprinkling cinnamon sugar in the bottom of the pan adds an extra layer of flavor to the dessert and helps prevent the cheesecake bars from sticking to the pan.

It also gives the bottom of the bars a delightful cinnamon-sugar crust.

Can I use margarine instead of butter for the melted butter topping?

While you can use margarine as a substitute for butter, keep in mind that margarine contains more water than butter, which might affect the texture of the topping.

For the best flavor and texture, it’s recommended to use unsalted butter as specified in the recipe.

What are some popular optional toppings to enhance the flavor of Churro Cheesecake?

You can get creative with toppings!

Some popular choices include a drizzle of caramel sauce, a dusting of powdered sugar, a dollop of whipped cream, or even a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

These additions can elevate the dessert and add extra sweetness.

How should I store leftover Churro Cheesecake?

Leftover cheesecake bars should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

They can be kept for several days, but for the best taste and texture, consume them within 3-4 days.

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