Sopapilla Cheesecake

I hope you girls feel loved because as soon as I post this, my secret is out! I teased my gourmet chef sister about this having all kinds of exotic ingredients that I couldn’t pronounce. Does “crescent” qualify as a hard-to-pronounce word? This is a really simple, yummy recipe that is more impressive than it should be. It’s a favorite fellowship dinner dessert from First Baptist Irving. Thanks, Janelle, for supplying me with the recipe! In fact, she may be making this tonight for her bunco group.

Sopapilla Cheesecake

2 (8 oz) packages cream cheese
2 (8 oz) packages refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or almond extract
1/2 cup margarine or butter, melted
1/2 cup cinnamon sugar (combine about 1/2 cup sugar with 1 TBS cinnamon)

1) Using a 9×13 baking pan, unroll one package of refrigerated crescent rolls and line the bottom of the pan.
2) Flatten.
3) Mix together the cream cheese, sugar, and extract.
4) Spread over the crescent rolls.
5) Unroll the other can of crescent rolls and place on top of cream cheese mixture.
6) Pour one stick of melted butter or margarine over the top and sprinkle with about 1/2 cup of the cinnamon sugar mixture.
7) Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Makes 12-20 servings. My recipe provides the fat and calorie content, but I promise you don’t want to know! Enjoy, ladies!


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  1. 51
    Anonymous says:

    Amanda I love new recipes to try. Especially desserts. Thanks for sharing, Kim B. in AZ

  2. 52
    Amy Newberry says:

    My kids LOVE this! It is sooo sooo sooo good. Which probably means it is sooo sooo sooo bad. Thanks for keeping the calorie count a secret:)

  3. 53
    Anonymous says:

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    Sorry for the different path, but I just can’t help it!!


  4. 54
    Dionna says:

    How about the queso recipe too?? 🙂

  5. 55
    Donna says:

    ahh, FBC Irving… my nana & pawpaw’s church. I love that place and that fellowship of believers. I have so many fond and difficult memories there.

    Thank you for sharing the recipe… may have to try that sometime soon.

  6. 56
    Anonymous says:

    Ladies (and Amanda!): I was thinking about making this for a baby shower at work. Do you know if it should be served cold, at room temp or warm? Which is best? Thanks!

  7. 57
    Jesus makes my heart smile says:

    This is such a scrumptious treat that is so easy to make. Also, we’ve tried putting strawberry pie filling (sugar free is fabulous) on top. It makes it even more uber delicious!

  8. 58
    Jess says:

    We make this all the time for brunches/showers and so on. You can also layer cherry pie filling on top of the cream cheese mixture or your favorite pie filling before you top with crescent rolls again. Instead of the cinnamon, we mix powdered sugar and milk and pour over while still warm.

  9. 59
    littlerad says:

    Sounds yummy, but I am trying to watch my fat intake, so I will save the recipe for a later date…
    Thank you

  10. 60
    Beki says:

    Sounds yummy! Now we need your sis to share her receipes for the queso and guacomole!!!! BTW thanks for being so REAL in your blogging!!! Love reading about what God is doing in the lives of Christian women who are truely seeking His heart!!

  11. 61
    Kathy from Colorado says:

    Thank you, thank you Amanda…I can’t wait to try it! Now I just need a gathering to make it for so I can spread the love….I may even have sprinkle in a few chocolate chips with the cream cheese….that sounds yummy too….but before I start playing with the recipe I will have to do it the right way! Thanks for sharing!!

  12. 62
    Tonya Roberts says:

    This is SO my kind of baking! EAsy! Actually, my kind of baking involves just scooping it out of the pre-mixed tub and dropping it onto the pan! But I can handle this too! I can’t wait to try this one! Thanks SO much for sharing something even us NON Betty Crockers can pull off!

  13. 63
    Jolinda says:

    I made a pan tonight for dessert…the fam loved it! Delicious! Thanks again!

  14. 64
    Andreea says:

    This sounds soo yummy. I am soooooo hungry now. 😀 Thanks for sharing!!

  15. 65
    Kristen says:

    Just printed this one! Looks YUMMY!!!!!!!

    Bless you, Amanda, for sharing it with us!

    Love you,

  16. 66
    Cheri-Beri says:

    Sounds sooooooooooo good, but I’m afraid I can’t make it. Why? Because I would eat the whole thing. Or at least die tryin’!!!

  17. 67
    "Just Me - NC Beth" says:

    Amanda, thanks for the recipe! I’m not a very good “baker”, but I am going to try this one because it sounds so good! And it doesn’t sound too complicated to make….that’s always my challenge when it comes to baking!! If it’s more than dumping it out of a box, then I’m in trouble!! 🙂

  18. 68
    Heather says:

    Oh this is SOOOOO good. We had breakfast with mommy at my sons school on thursday and this is one of the things they made. I seriously do not want to know the calorie content … calories do not count around mothers day or birthdays do they … and certainly not when you are preggers 🙂

  19. 69
    Karen says:

    Sopapilla would be the really hard word…

    I thought it was some crazy Texas spa item- soapy pillow.

    High falutin-


    crescent rolls and cream cheese are getting ready to see an increase in sales all over America I see.

  20. 70
    Cindie says:

    Sounds delicious… I will defintely make this for my Bible Study Group.

    Please pray for those who have lost their homes in Brevard and Volusia counties in Florida. We have wildfires burning and we desperately need rain.


  21. 71
    Kathy In Arkansas says:

    O.k. I don’t cook! This sounds so good though! Maybe I’ll get a friend and we’ll split it and make it “together”.(menaing I’ll supervise while she bakes)

    Being single it’s too hard to bake for just one.

  22. 72
    Christal says:

    yum…i will have to make this for my own bunko girls….it looks sooo good…..thanks for sharing.

  23. 73
    Kristi Stewart says:

    I have been making this for years!! My mother in law gave me the recipe. YUMMY!! It is always a hit!

  24. 74
    Heather says:

    Just had to tell you that I had been planning on making this for my bible study group but could NOT find the recipe for the life of me. I went to the grocery store last night to get the ingredients I remembered were in it and praise the Lord, I check out the LPM blog this morning, and there you have the recipe. God is the COOLEST!

  25. 75
    wmbgmom says:

    Thank you! I can’t wait to make it! Michelle

  26. 76
    valerie says:

    Thanks for sharing the recipe.
    I’ve had this before and it is delicious and rich! I didn’t have the recipe though and am glad to have my hands on it.
    Glad you and your family had such a fun Mother’s Day weekend.
    I did too. I am so blessed!
    Love ya,

  27. 77
    tiggerdaisy says:

    While you are in recipe sharing mode, would you please talk your sweet sister into giving up the queso recipe!??!?! I love from scratch recipes!


  28. 78
    tiggerdaisy says:

    Oh, and you can also do this!

    Sausage and Cream Cheese
    (for Breakfast or for a church get together…watch out, they go FAST!)

    2 pkgs crescent rolls
    1 or 2 pkgs cream cheese (depending on how cream cheesy you want it! hehe)
    1 lb sausage, browned and drained (I use Jimmy Dean…mild, sage, maple, hot, etc….whatever suits your taste!)

    1) Using a 9×13 baking pan, unroll one package of refrigerated crescent rolls and line the bottom of the pan.
    2) Flatten.
    3) Mix together the cream cheese and sausage.
    4) Spread over the crescent rolls.
    5) Unroll the other can of crescent rolls and place on top of cream cheese mixture.
    6) Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

    Amanda, I modified your instructions…hope you don’t mind! But it sure did save me on the typing! 🙂

  29. 79
    Honea Household says:

    Do you think you could use fat free cream cheese? I just wonder if it would set up as nicely.

  30. 80
    Anonymous says:

    I have made something like this before, but without the stick of butter poured over the top. How could I have missed that?! I am excited to try it, because I am quite sure that a stick of melted butter will take the dish to new heights.


  31. 81
    cindy g says:

    Thanks for sharing Amanda. I can’t wait to try it.

  32. 82
    Alison says:

    Anonoymous at 7:11 p.m. – I think that you could reduce the calories by using the reduced fat cream cheese and reduced fat cresent rolls. I have this recipe and you do not have to use the butter on top…just the cinnamon/sugar mixture. This is yummy recipe that I have made several times, but since I started Weight Watchers, I might try making it in the reduced fat version.

  33. 83
    Cathy Davis says:

    oOoOoOo Thank you! You and your mom are helping motivate me to cook more. I love Rachel Ray!! I bought most of the stuff to make a weeks worth of recipes and I’ve made…ONE! Woo hoo!! (That’s progress…it’s 100% more than I did before!!!!!!!!!!)

  34. 84
    Kimberly says:

    Thanks for sharing! I sooo love cheesecake!!

    I hate to cook, but love to bake. Finding new and easy recipes is always a treat. I can’t wait to try this.


  35. 85
    lori says:

    okay I made it, BUT I got the directions wrong (i always do)
    I mixed the cinn. with the cup of sugar and split it with the cream cheese and over the top, So I guess it was 1/2 cup short and had cinn. throughout the inside.
    It still turned out good, but man oh man that is one rich dish.
    Thanks Amanda!

  36. 86
    Anonymous says:

    Prayer request siesta’s

    (Amanda, Im sorry if I should not leave this here–but wanted to notify you siestas)

    Our Senior Pastor Forrest Pollock and his 13 year-old son Preston went missing while traveling in the Pastor’s plane from North Carolina early Monday morning. Please DO NOT call the church office or the Pollock home for any information. Updates will be made to this page as soon as further information becomes available. Link directly to this page by going to

    5/13/08 9:00 AM Posting
    There are currently three aircraft assisting in the search. They have acquired the transmitter signal and are continuing to refine the search area. Ground progress is moving ahead slowly due to exceptionally heavy under-growth and rough terrain. Ground teams have also acquired the transmitter signal on their handheld devices.

    5/13/08 7:05 AM Posting
    Two additional aircraft have joined the search this morning. Ground teams are being replenished as the search continues. Crews are working on refining the search area based on the radar track. A second command post has been opened closer to the search area. Clear weather is expected as they continue to search.

    5/13/08 12:35 AM Posting
    A search plane is currently in the air nearing the area of the emergency signal. Weather had prohibited earlier air search attempts. Fourteen crews will be on the ground throughout the night attempting to locate the signal source.
    Dawn Pollock is doing well given the circumstances. Please continue to pray for God’s intervention for Pastor and Preston and for Dawn and the children as they await further news.

    5/12/08 11:35 PM Posting
    Multiple ground search teams are currently investigating an emergency transmitter signal about 30 miles from the Rutherfordton, NC airport where Pastor Pollock departed at around 4:10 AM this morning. The signal was first picked-up around 11:00 AM this morning. The initial timing of his departure and the reception of the signal did not lead authorities to believe it was the pastor’s plane. It is possible, however, that the mountainous terrain could have impeded the emergency signal. Air search crews will begin searching at first light.

    5/12/08 9:30 PM Posting

    Please be in earnest prayer for Pastor Forrest. On Sunday afternoon, Pastor Forrest left (flying his own plane) for North Carolina, a quick stop before going to a conference in Texas. He reached his destination in North Carolina; however, after leaving from there early Monday morning for Texas, we have learned that Pastor has not yet reached his destination at the time of this writing.

    Everything humanly possibly is being done to locate Pastor’s whereabouts. We are, however, appealing to all of our church family to pray earnestly for God’s supernatural intervention. The new Worship Center is open for prayer and will remain so until further notice.

    Pastor George Thomasson and Ministerial Staff

    From Siesta in Tampa Bay

  37. 87
    Longmeadow Mama says:

    Okay, I have never ever heard the word “sopapilla”!! St. Louis is as far west as I’ve ever been so that may have something to do with it?! Try not to laugh at me too hard!
    Thanks for the recipe and I’m now off to look up my new word of the day!

  38. 88
    Holly says:

    We call this recipe “Williamsburg Bread” around here and yes, it is divine! It usually has chopped pecans on top, also.

  39. 89
    sammie says:

    Amanda, I guess with the lords help you could probably eat just a one inch slice of this and not gain 5 pounds!Ha! But I dought it.

  40. 90
    Shannon says:

    Oh my gosh – making it for my Women’s Small Group this week! Sounds D-lish! Thanks!

  41. 91
    Anonymous says:

    Amanda –

    My neighbor makes this – super yummy!! Now I have the recipe too!!! It is one of those things that it is better if you don’t know how many calories/fat grams there are.

    Thanks for sharing!!

    Cynthia in OK

  42. 92
    Anonymous says:

    Brandon pastor, son die in North Carolina plane crash

    BRANDON — Bell Shoals Baptist Church Pastor Forrest Pollock and his 13-year-old son were killed in a plane crash in the North Carolina mountains, the Federal Aviation Administration said this morning.

    Please pray for our church, the pastor’s wife and 5 children. Thank you.

  43. 93
    Anonymous says:

    Would you please post the queso and guacomole recipes, too???

  44. 94
    Joni says:

    Hey, you can always buy the reduced fat crescent rolls and use Smartbalance for the margarine. Since using Smartbalance, my good cholesterol is twice the normal. (Boring, I know, but essential after 50!) :o)

  45. 95
    Heather Bug says:

    I have been making that recipe for about a year now and LOVE it! A girl in our Bible study made it and I found the recipe on the Internet…it’s absolutely delicious! Everyone that tries it loves it. Delicious! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  46. 96
    Sister In Christ in Fort Smith says:

    Thank you so much Amanda for the recipe, I will definately be trying this soon.

  47. 97
    cheryl says:

    Oh My gosh!! I love sopapillas and this sounds so wonderful!! I am definitly making this one!
    thank you!

  48. 98
    The B's says:

    Can you guys post the queso recipe please! I am originally from TX and need some good queso here in NC!!! Thanks!!!!! 🙂

  49. 99
    Cindy-Still His Girl says:

    I love all the different names! When I lived in Florida, we called it “Florida Cream Cheese Delight” and now in Indiana it is called Cream Cheese Coffee Cake. That’s my kind of breakfast food. Sopapilla cheesecake sounds Texan. Love it.

  50. 100
    karensk says:

    Oh, yes, Amanda. I feel very loved! Food is one of my love languages.

    After your mom’s post about Mother’s Day weekend, I actually was wondering about the recipes for the queso, guacamole and the sopapilla cheesecake….thanks a LOT for sharing this!

    Glad to hear y’all had such a fun M’s Day weekend, too!

    Karen K.

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