These Cherry Cream Cheese Crescent Roll Bars. A.K.A Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars are an incredibly quick, easy fruit dessert recipe with cream cheese and cherries sandwiched between layers of sweet, crispy flaky buttery golden pastry.

Cherry Crescent Roll Cheesecake Bars. A.K.A Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars. An incredibly quick, easy recipe with cream cheese and cherries sandwiched between layers of flaky buttery golden pastry. Popular cream cheese crescent roll dessert

Cherry Crescent Roll Cheesecake Bars are so easy to make and are perfect if you're looking for an easy simple dessert recipe, with little prep time.

This delicious recipe is always popular, and crowd-pleasing, and perfect for a party or potluck. This recipe is a twist on the popular Mexican Sopapilla cheesecake.

I've just made it very easy and simple, and the ingredients will be available to anyone all over the world. Many recipes call for Pillsbury crescent rolls to make a cheesecake bar recipe. What if you wanted to make this sopapilla cheesecake recipe without crescent rolls? No problem!

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In this recipe, we have used a ready-rolled puff pastry. I actually prefer using puff pastry because it gives you a very buttery, golden, flaky crust with a crunchy sweet sugar topping. 

Cherry Crescent Roll Cheesecake Bars. A.K.A Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars. An incredibly quick, easy recipe with cream cheese and cherries sandwiched between layers of flaky buttery golden pastry. Popular cream cheese crescent roll dessert

These cherry cheesecake bars have a thick layer of creamy cheesecake between 2 sheets of flaky pastry.

Then they're topped with buttery sugar to give a crunchy crisp topping and baked in the oven until golden and crisp on the outside and rich and creamy in the middle.

The cream cheese filling is a lovely rich and smooth, creamy texture, and when it's set, it becomes very cheesecake-like.

So if you like cheesecakes and pastry, you will enjoy these cream cheese-filled crescent roll pastries.

Best way to eat crescent roll cream cheese bars?

This recipe makes for a delicious breakfast, or brunch, for example, serve it as you would a Danish Pastry, and you can even call these cherry cream cheese Danish bars! We happen to have a lovely Blueberry Danish Pastry recipe that uses custard for a filling!

You could cut them into bars, squares or delicate little bites, and serve for an Afternoon tea even.

You could make a variety of our crescent roll dessert recipes with fruit and cream cheese filling to serve at a party or for a Christmas morning brunch, just like you would breakfast Danish pastries. 

If you wanted to make these for a dessert, serve with some delicious vanilla whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream. 

Cherry Crescent Roll Cheesecake Bars. A.K.A Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars. An incredibly quick, easy recipe with cream cheese and cherries sandwiched between layers of flaky buttery golden pastry. Popular cream cheese crescent roll dessert

Can I make ahead?

This recipe needs to have a little chilling time in order for the cream cheese filling to set and firm up. If you try to slice it before it's had time to set, it will be quite sloppy. So if you wanted to make these ahead, that would be fine.

For best results, I leave mine to chill overnight in the refrigerator before slicing, but at the minimum, I suggest an hour in the refrigerator, or if you're really in a rush, half an hour in the freezer.

How long will these Crescent roll cream cheese bars be good for?

Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for a maximum of 4 days. If you leave it any longer, the pastry will start to deteriorate and lose it's 'bite', in other words, it will start to become soggy as the juices from the cherries will begin to seep out.

For best results, I would eat within a couple of days. You do need to refrigerate because the filling contains cream cheese. 

Cherry Crescent Roll Cheesecake Bars. A.K.A Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars. An incredibly quick, easy recipe with cream cheese and cherries sandwiched between layers of flaky buttery golden pastry. Popular cream cheese crescent roll dessert


After making these crescent roll bars, I am sure this will become your favorite dessert! It's so quick and simple to put together, and the ingredients are likely to be staples in your house.

Using ready-rolled, frozen or fresh pastry makes for speed and simplicity too. I always advise keeping a supply of this or crescent dough in your freezer or fridge.

You know that time when unexpected visitors come over and you want to give them something delicious with a cup of tea? You can certainly make this sopapilla recipe in no time at all and just keep in the fridge until they arrive. They'll think you spent ages making it!

For the cherries, I have used frozen, sweetened cherries. (The bag below was from Aldi)

Cherry Cream Cheese Crescent Roll Bars, showing frozen whole cherries

You can also buy them canned or in jars, in their own juice or syrup. You can use any, just make sure you fully drain the cherries, remove the stones if they still have them, and dab dry with kitchen paper before using them. I suggest you also taste one for sweetness.

If, for example, they have been stored in syrup, you may want to adjust the sweetness in the cream cheese filling to your taste. 

I would not advise using fresh cherries as they are seldom juicy and sweet, plus you will need a lot of prep time to pit the cherries. If you haven't ever pitted cherries before it is incredibly time-consuming! 

Alternatively, you can swap the cherries for another fruit, such as raspberries, blackberries, peaches or use lemon juice and zest to flavor the cream cheese. I would suggest if using another fruit, to make sure you drain the fruit so the pastry doesn't get soggy.

Cherry Crescent Roll Cheesecake Bars. A.K.A Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars. An incredibly quick, easy recipe with cream cheese and cherries sandwiched between layers of flaky buttery golden pastry. Popular cream cheese crescent roll fruit dessert

I can most definitely say this sopapilla cheesecake bar recipe is the BEST! It's quick, simple, easy to make, inexpensive and so delicious for breakfast, brunch, snack time or dessert. 

So let's get straight to the recipe and see how we make these simple and delicious cherry sopapilla cheesecake bars. Please enjoy!

Prep Time

5 minutes

Cook Time 

25 - 30 minutes

Yield

6 - 9 bars or squares

INGREDIENTS

1 can of Pillsbury Crescent rolls or 1 sheet of ready-rolled puff pastry

8oz cream cheese, room temperature

1 Egg, beaten

3 - 4 Tablespoons powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup frozen cherries (keep frozen until ready to use)

1 Tablespoon Regular Sugar

2 Tablespoons butter, melted

Sugar for sprinkling

Use our recipe for making your own homemade pastry dough if you don't want to use shop-bought pastry. It's easy and quick to make!

Cherry Crescent Roll Cheesecake Bars. A.K.A Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars. An incredibly quick, easy recipe with cream cheese and cherries sandwiched between layers of flaky buttery golden pastry. Popular cream cheese crescent roll dessert

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Pre heat oven to 350 F or 180 C.

Unroll and spread the crescent rolls or puff pastry sheets flat then cut in half. Then with one-half of the pastry, line the bottom of a greased 8 x 8 baking pan. I also line the pan with foil first so it is easier to lift out after baking.

Cherry Crescent Roll Cheesecake Bars. A.K.A Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars showing lined and greased pan

2. In a mixing bowl, add the remaining ingredients EXCEPT the butter and regular sugar. Mix well with a spoon or whisk.

Cherry Crescent Roll Cheesecake Bars. A.K.A Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars showing cream cheese mixture
Make sure there's no lumps!

3. Spread the mixture evenly over the crescent roll/puff pastry layer.

Cherry Cream Cheese Crescent Roll Bars, showing filling in the pan
Make sure the filling is right up the sides too

Then add the cherries all over, and add the 1 Tablespoon of regular sugar over the cherries.

Cherry Cream Cheese Crescent Roll Bars, showing cherries distributed on the cream cheese filling
Make sure you evenly sprinkle the cherries over the filling

4. Carefully place the other layer of pastry on top of the cream cheese mixture, 

Cherry Cream Cheese Crescent Roll Bars,showing second layer of puff pastry on top of the filling
Cover the filling completely with the puff pastry

then using a brush, spread the melted butter on the pastry 

Cherry Cream Cheese Crescent Roll Bars,showing melted butter being brushed over pastry
Brush with melted butter evenly over the pastry so it's nice and golden when baked

and then a sprinkling of sugar.

Cherry Cream Cheese Crescent Roll Bars,showing sugar sprinkled over the pastry to get it crispy and golden
Sprinkle the sugar evenly so it gets nice and crispy in the oven

5. Bake for 25 - 30 minutes until golden brown.

Cherry Cream Cheese Crescent Roll Bars,showing freshly baked from the oven

Allow to cool for at least 1 hour, keeping it in the baking pan, in the refrigerator before trying to slice, so it can firm up a little.

I prefer to let cool at room temperature then pop in the refrigerator overnight, still in the pan so it can really firm up before you slice. 

When you're ready to slice, I would suggest slicing into bars or squares as you can see in the photos below. First, take the sides of the foil and lift out of the pan and place on to a chopping board. Then slice 3 slices using a sharp knife all the way down. 

Cherry Cream Cheese Crescent Roll Bars,showing how to slice into bars
Make sure you use a sharp knife to slice the bars

Then rotate the board 90 degrees and make one slice halfway across so you end up with 6 slices.

If you want to make squares instead of rectangular shapes, make 2 slices across here and you will end up with 9 squares. 

Cherry Cream Cheese Crescent Roll Bars,showing how to slice into bars
Rotate 90 degrees and slice again!

Serve as it is or with a nice blob of whipped cream!

Cherry Crescent Roll Cheesecake Bars. A.K.A Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars. An incredibly quick, easy recipe with cream cheese and cherries sandwiched between layers of flaky buttery golden pastry. Popular cream cheese crescent roll dessert

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Cherry Crescent Roll Cheesecake Bars. A.K.A Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars. An incredibly quick, easy recipe with cream cheese and cherries sandwiched between layers of flaky buttery golden pastry. Popular cream cheese crescent roll dessert

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Cherry Crescent Roll Cheesecake Bars. A.K.A Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars. An incredibly quick, easy recipe with cream cheese and cherries sandwiched between layers of flaky buttery golden pastry. Popular cream cheese crescent roll dessert

Cherry Cream Cheese Crescent Roll Bars

Yield: 9
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Cherry Crescent Roll Cheesecake Bars. A.K.A Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars. An incredibly quick, easy recipe with cream cheese and cherries sandwiched between layers of flaky buttery golden pastry. Popular cream cheese crescent roll dessert

Ingredients

  • 1 can of Pillsbury Crescent rolls or 1 sheet of ready-rolled puff pastry

  • 8oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 Egg, beaten

  • 3 - 4 Tablespoons powdered sugar

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup frozen cherries

  • 1 Tablespoon Regular Sugar

  • 2 Tablespoons butter, melted

  • Sugar for sprinkling

Instructions

    1. Pre heat oven to 350 F or 180 C.

Unroll and spread the crescent rolls or puff pastry sheets flat then cut in half. Then with one half of the pastry, line the bottom of a greased 8 x 8 baking pan. I also line the pan with foil first so it is easier to lift out after baking.

2. In a mixing bowl, add the remaining ingredients EXCEPT the butter and regular sugar. Mix well with a spoon or whisk.

3. Spread the mixture evenly over the crescent roll/puff pastry layer. Then add the cherries all over, and add the 1 Tablespoon of regular sugar over the cherries.

4. Carefully place the other layer of pastry on top of the cream cheese mixture, then using a brush, spread the melted butter on the pastry and then a sprinkling of sugar.

5. Bake for 25 - 30 minutes until golden brown.

Allow to cool for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator before trying to slice, so it can firm up a little. I prefer to let cool at room temperature then pop in the refrigerator overnight, still in the pan so it can really firm up before you slice.  

6. When you're ready to slice, I would suggest slicing into bars or squares as you can see in the photos. 

First, take the sides of the foil and lift out of the pan and place on to a chopping board. Then slice 3 slices using a sharp knife all the way down. 

Then rotate the board 90 degrees and make one slice halfway across so you end up with 6 slices. If you want to make squares instead or rectangular shapes, make 2 slices across here and you will end up with 9 squares.  

Serve as it is or with a nice blob of whipped cream!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 9 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 251Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 218mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 4g

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