Churro Cheesecake

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Who says using some cheat steps in baking doesn’t make you a real baker? This recipe for churro cheesecake bars uses some readymade Pillsbury Crescent dinner rolls to skip a lot of the tricky steps, making this recipe not only delicious but easy as well.

For more deliciously cinnamon-filled food, why not make some Cinnamon Rolls? Or cheat a bit and make some Rum Glazed Mincemeat Cinnamon Buns instead?

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  1. Churro Cheesecake Bars
  2. Churro Cheesecake Bars Ingredients
  3. How To Make Churro Cheesecake Bars
  4. How To Get The Right Texture For Your Cheesecake Bars
  5. How To Vary The Flavorings For The Topping
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churro cheesecake bars in a stack

Churro Cheesecake Bars

Cheesecake bars are one of those things that people tend to serve at parties as a sort of fancy, sweet and delicious snack that is easy to pick up and eat just a little bit of.

However, the real reason why they are served is because they can be really easy to make, especially when you are a bit sneaky and use a few shortcuts like some readymade crescent dinner rolls.       

Churro Cheesecake Bars Ingredients

Make sure you look at the recipe card at the very bottom for the exact amounts so that you know exactly what to buy for this recipe.

• Pillsbury Refrigerated Crescent Dinner Rolls

• Philadelphia Cream Cheese

• Vanilla extract

• Egg

• Sugar

Topping

• Ground cinnamon

• White sugar

churro cheesecake ingredients

How To Make Churro Cheesecake Bars

• Open the Pillsbury Crescent Dinner Rolls and spread them evenly over the bottom of the pan, pressing everything firmly, ensuring there aren’t any obvious edges

• In a stand mixer, beat together the cream cheese, vanilla, egg, and ½ cup of sugar on medium until well combined

• Spread this mixture evenly into the pan over the first layer of crescent rolls

• Open the second pack of crescent rolls, roll it out and press flat into a piece of wax paper so that you can peel it back and use it as the top crust

• Top the filling with this layer and then bake at 350 Fahrenheit for 30 minutes, or until golden brown

• Mix the remaining sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle over the top while still warm and then serve

churro cheesecake sliced into bars on a wire rack

How To Get The Right Texture For Your Cheesecake Bars

This recipe makes for an especially chewy and tender bite, with a thick layer of sweet, creamy cream cheese in the middle.

The real key to getting the texture right is to make sure to spread the dinner roll dough evenly on the bottom of the pan. If you don’t press them together and spread them properly, they will tend to clump into little sections and be filled with irregular edges and random spaces.

This will result in some spots being soggy and undercooked, with others being hard and overcooked.

It will also mean that the cream cheese layer won’t mix in properly or stick to the dough, resulting in weird clumping.

Furthermore, make sure to roll out the second package really well so that it is an even thickness all the way across. This will result in the best texture by far, as it will give even coverage and thus even insulation to the cream cheese layer and under-layer of dough.

churro cheesecake bars in a stack

How To Vary The Flavorings For The Topping

This recipe uses a nice and traditional cinnamon sugar topping, both to provide some comforting sweetness and just a little bit of crunch in every bite.

You don’t have to stick with the regular cinnamon as the main flavoring, though; you could go all out and try something totally different!

Why not grind up some dried cardamom and add that to the ground cinnamon and sugar? You would end up with a flavor reminiscent of Swedish kanelbullar, which is famous for its pronounced cardamom flavor.

Or why not go spicy? Add in a little bit of freshly grated lime zest and a touch of cayenne to end up with a zingy, ever so slightly spicy version?

Feel free to play around with all kinds of spices and flavorings, so long as they are comforting, warming, and feel appropriate for something that is stuffed with sweetened cream cheese.

Looking for more delicious recipes? Try these out:

Bisquick™ Cinnamon Rolls

Quickie Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Two Ingredient Giant Turtles Cinnamon Bun

Enjoy!

Love,

Karlynn

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Churro Cheesecake

Fast and easy churro cheesecake using canned dinner rolls! This cinnamon and cream cheese dessert is one that is sure to impress!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Course
Dessert
Cuisine
American
Servings
12
Calories
76
Author
Karlynn Johnston

Ingredients
 

  • two 8-ounce cans refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
  • two 8-ounce packages cream cheese softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 large egg slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup white sugar

Topping

  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup white sugar

Instructions
 

  • Grease a 13×9" pan and set it aside.
  • Open one can of the rolls and place into the bottom of the pan. Make sure you press everything firmly into the bottom of the pan.
  • In a stand mixer, beat cream cheese, vanilla, egg and 1/2 cup sugar on medium until well combined.
  • Spread this mixture evenly into the pan over the first layer of crescent rolls.
  • Open the second crescent rolls package, and roll it out on your counter on a piece of parchment paper.
  • Turn it upside down and onto the top of the filling into the 13×9" pan to create a top layer.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Mix together the last 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon, and sprinkle on top while still warm.
  • Serve.

Recipe Notes

  • Keep refrigerated in a closed container

Nutrition Information

Calories: 76kcal, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 16mg, Sodium: 8mg, Potassium: 13mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 17g, Vitamin A: 29IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 16mg, Iron: 1mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Helyn says

    Hubby brought home pilsbury flakey rolls. Not sure if will work with this churo cheesecake? Ingredients a little varied. Any thoughts?

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