Churro Cheesecake

I have been trying to watch what I eat lately. Kind of a hard thing to do when you are a food blogger. But I am really trying. Not only that but I am getting back into my normal exercise routine. I made it a goal to run two miles a day. I got home from my morning run and it was time to bake these babies. I knew that my boys would love them. These were so easy to make, within 10 minutes they were already baking in my oven and the cinnamon aroma filled my house. But I was determined to stay strong and resist.

I could tell that they turned amazing and I anxiously awaited for my little boy to return home from school. I could tell by his face that they were the bomb and the groaning out of pure delight didn’t help in any way. He said mom, try just one little bite! So I gave in. And two squares later these babies changed my life! I was in churro cheesecake heaven. I love cheesecake anyway, but these were amazing!  They tasted like I was biting into a churro and then stuffed with cheesecake made them that much better!   These were worth every mile I ran that day!


4.9 from 11 reviews
Churro Cheesecake
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A delicious and easy churro bar stuffed with cream cheese! Rating: 5 stars
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 2 cans (oz. each) Pillsbury Crescent Dinner Rolls (I used the butter flake kind)
  • 2 pkg. (8 oz. each) Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Using a hand mixer or a kitchenaid, beat together the cream cheese, vanilla, partially beaten egg, and ½ cup sugar until smooth.
  2. Mix together the rest of the sugar (1/2 cup) and 2 tablespoons cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray and sprinkle ¼ cup (or half) of your cinnamon sugar mixture evenly into the bottom of the 9x13.
  4. On a piece of parchment paper, roll out your crescent dinner roll dough into a big 9x13 square and press the seams together so the dough is completely sealed. Set the dough in the bottom of your 9x13 baking dish on top of the cinnamon sugar.
  5. Spread the cheesecake evenly on top of your dough and unroll the other can of crescent dough and place on top also making sure that the seams are completely sealed.
  6. Sprinkle the top with the remaining ¼ cup of cinnamon sugar mixture and bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.
Recipe Adapted From Oh Bite It



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  1. I totally love Churros, so this sounds like quite an amazing combination! Yum!

  2. Alright this post is just not cool at all! This sounds so incredibly delicious I cannot even take it. Wonderful job 🙂

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  3. I am so going to try this for my cheesecake crazed husband, i think he will love it!! anne

  4. These are amazing!

  5. These look so tasty. Plus, my husband hates cinnamon (he might be an alien), so I could have them all to myself!

  6. Laura Taylor says:

    Im so excited to make these. Im having a pampered chef party and this will be my dessert 🙂 Yummy!

  7. Yum! That sounds delicious. My husband is a huge fan of churros so I bet this is going to go fast in our house.

  8. chiquita latina says:

    I have made these before for my family, but they weren’t called Churro Cheesecake. 🙁 I swear the name alone makes them so much more intriguing!!! Looks like they came out delish! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Hi there. The recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of cinnamon, however the directions only utilize 1 tablespoon of cinnamon. Please advise.

    • Hi Wendi
      FYI, the recipe calls for 2 Tbsp and the instructions call for 2 tablespoons (both the same).

      Can’t wait to try them. My family loves churros and this is the next best thing.

      • Cyndi in NC says:

        The ingredients call for 2 Tablespoons of cinnamon. In the directions it says to use the rest of the sugar, 1/2 cup, and the 2 Tablespoons of cinnamon. Then you use 1/4 cup of the cinnamon sugar mixture to put on the bottom of the pan. Then you use the other 1/4 cup of the cinnamon sugar mixture on top! In other words half on the bottom and half on the top! Geeze, read the directions and think about it.

  10. Jocelyn says:

    Crescent rolls and cheesecake smothered in cinnamon sugar…it doesn’t get much better than this 🙂

  11. Melissa @ No. 2 Pencil says:

    These are so amazing lady! Love it!

  12. Wow, these sound awesome; what a fun recipe!
    Mackenzie 🙂

  13. Oh my goodness! I need some right now!!

  14. kristi@ishouldbemoppingthefloor says:

    Are you kidding me with this, Alyssa? My thighs are getting bigger just looking at that picture. Holy Guacamole. I break a diet every time I’m on your site.

  15. Looks so good. I’ve never seen a cheesecake like this. I’ll have to try it.

  16. I can’t wait to make them this weekend for a party! Are they okay to make ahead, refrigerate and serve cold?

  17. I’ve been making a very similar recipe for years. Mine has mini chips added. Looks delicious!

  18. julianna says:

    This is like sopapilla cheesecake 🙂

  19. Wow can’t wait to make these tasty churro’s, But i think ill make a caramel sauce to dip in…so good

  20. patrice says:

    I love the idea of adding mini chips Lisa. I wonder about adding fruit like peaches. I am going to try this out this weekend.

  21. I’m sorry but I’m a total newbie at baking. How are these stored best?

    • They can be stored in the fridge but after a day they start to collect moisture a long the bottom. They are best eaten within a day. 🙂

  22. I made this last week and my friends loved it! And I wanted to make it again this weekend but I can’t find the crescents, is there anyway this would still be good with the regular biscuits? or would that just ruin the whole thing?!

  23. Kristina says:

    I made these tonight for my neighbors!! YUM! Thanks for passing this along!!

    • Kristina says:

      One question : what do you think about preparing them in advance (a day before) and storing them in the fridge then baking them just before the event?

  24. This sounds AMAZING!!!

    I really want to make some this weekend, but they don’t make or sell Pillsbury Crescent Dinner Rolls in my country, is there a good alternative or a recipe to make the rolls?


  25. I see a lot of recipes using pre-made rolls etc, these are not available in Australia. It would be nice if an alternative recipe for the base could be added

  26. Maria Joseph says:

    Does anybody know how many this recipe makes?

  27. Maria Joseph says:

    Does anybody know how many this recipe makes? is it enough for about 30?

  28. Would it work just as well if I were to cut the recipe in half? I can’t risk eating the entire pan and even though I try to share, my friends have something called “self control”…I’ve never heard of such a thing.

  29. Vicci Nolan says:

    Just one warning. After you’ve made them, eat them slowly. Or you may end up like me. I tasted one and couldn’t stop eating! Now, I have a tummy ache. They are marvelous! (My husband, who hates cream cheese, ate two. So far.) Try them!

  30. Debbie Lebus says:

    This was just fabulous!!! I made one for everyone on my Christmas list!!

  31. The recipe calls for Vanilla. Is that Vanilla Extract or Vanilla Powder?

  32. I’ve made these before and they absolutely delicious. The last time I made them I used a can of cherry pie filling before you add the top crescent layer. They came out even better!!

  33. We don’t have crescent rolls in Australia. Is it like puff pastry???

  34. I tried this recipe and have to say… Love it!! My family loved it as well…. Can’t wait to share it with some friends. 2 thumbs up!

  35. Clinton Brown says:

    Instead of Vanilla Extract… use Almond!!! It is good either way but Almond is my way now =-)
    thanks for this recipe!

  36. living in Australia is there an equivalent i can use to the pastry, im i sure we dont have that product here, regards carol

    • Puff pastry (frozen) available in every supermarket is the Aussie equivalent. I love this recipe. Have made it 5 times so far. Rave reviews each time!

  37. Christina W. says:

    I bet this would be amazing with some slightly cooked apple’s strewn throughout and then a caramel drizzle. Makes me think of those apple chimicheescake things that one of the chain restaurants used to have on their dessert menu.

  38. So excited to try these. So are they best served hot? Or do you refrigerate after baking?

  39. I made this today…. cut the recipe in half and put it in an 8×8 pan. Worked perfectly. Everyone loved it and even requested seconds. I served it with Hersey’s chocolate syrup because, after all, churros & chocolate go together!!

  40. Alyssa these look GORGEOUS! And yes I agree…being a food blogger definitely makes it harder to keep away from those expandable waistlines!

  41. I used two disposable 8×8 pans for this and one cresant container fit perfectly for each pan! I just split the filling and cinnamon between the two pans and it’s perfect. Thanks so much for the recipe! 🙂

    • This is good to know. I was wanting to make just half. I can’t wait to give this a try. I know my kids will just love it. 🙂

  42. I noticed a few people saying they can’t get crescent rolls. I always make mine and they taste the same or even better! Here is my recipe:
    1 Tbsp active dry yeast
    1/4 cup water
    1 Tbsp sugar
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/2 cup butter
    1/4 cup milk, scalded
    1 egg
    2 cups flour
    Melt butter, then cool again until set. This makes a flaky crust. Soak yeast in water. Mix flour, salt and sugar together. Mix in butter. Beat egg, milk and yeast mixture and mix in the flour mixture. Just mix until it hangs together. Roll out onto a 12×17 inch cookie sheet. Let rise. Bake at 350 until firm. Before rising and baking, you can roll them up and freeze them. Then just use like the store-bought ones. Equal to one pkg bought crescent rolls.
    **When I make these, I almost never let them rise and they still turn out fine. I just cut them into triangles like the bought ones and use them like that or roll them out to the size I need.

  43. Is it better to leave them in the pan or to cut them into squares? Only asking cause I know you said condensation develops on the bottom.

  44. my daughter made this for our bake sale and the pan was gone within the hour and later guest were so not happy they missed out so now I have to make 2 pans for the rest of the bake sale one for day shift and other for night shift…these things are amazing. This will go on the bake sale list of things in the future that are good sellers like the pumpkin cupcakes with white chocolate frosting and pumpkin fudge.Thanks for the recipe.

  45. Will be making this on the weekend! 🙂 I love easy recipes

  46. This is beyond good! Wow! Our crafty ladies, who try new recipes are going to love this! Thank you for sharing.

  47. Linda White says:

    I make this similar recipe and we call it Sopapilla Cheese cake It is the same except for a stick of melted butter on top and then the cinnamon and sugar.

  48. I made these last week, they were gobbled up at the office and have had requests that I make them for the bake sale next week.

  49. For everyone wondering whether you can substitute: Store bought puff pastry should work just as well as the crescent dough.

  50. I used reduced calorie cresent rolls and reduced fat cream cheese. It still tastes AMAZING! Thanks for the recipe!

  51. Do you think brioche dough would make a decent substitute? I’m probably going to just try it anyway and see how it comes out

  52. Teri Vondra says:

    Hi! My teenager has asked for this for her birthday cake. We will be eating them tonight after dinner. If I bake them this afternoon do I put in the fridge or leave out?


  53. I can’t cook but made this with my 8 yr old daughter. Everyone LOVED!! Thanks!!!

  54. This looks delicious, but what are (and what might be substituted for) crescent rolls? I’m from Aus and have never heard of these 🙁

  55. These are truly AMAZING!! AND easy. When I first took them out of the oven I was worried that the crescent roll was overcooked on top because it looked too brown. But I followed the directions exactly and they came out perfectly!!! I served them for my Cinco de Mayo party dessert and they were a hit. I will definitely make this again. It will make quite a lot so it’s good to take for a dessert if you are attending a dinner party. So good!! Try them!

  56. Ileana says:

    I’m not wanting to do anything on mother’s day but I am most definitely making this. Sounds delish. Love churros 🙂

  57. Does this need to be refrigerated before served?

  58. Giuliana says:

    I was wondering should u make this the day of or the day before a party? And should it be served warm or cold?

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