03 May 2013

It's the final day of Cinco de Mayo week.  I have really enjoyed sharing these easy, family-friendly Mexican meals with you this week.  It's only fitting to finish the week off on a sweet note.  This is a really easy dessert to put together.  While definitely not "traditional" Mexican fare, it's inspired by the Mexican treat "churros", which are fried pastries coated in cinnamon sugar.  This dessert pairs the flavors of a churro with a simple cheesecake filling.  I got the recipe from The Recipe Critic.

Churro Cheesecake Bars

1 cup sugar, divided
1 tbsp cinnamon
2 cans (8 oz. each) cans refrigerated seamless dough sheet
2 pkg. (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg

Preheat the oven to 350°.  Coat a 9x13” baking dish with baking spray.

Mix together ½ cup sugar and the cinnamon.  Sprinkle half of it (about ¼ cup) evenly into the bottom of the prepared baking dish.  Unroll one of the crescent dough sheets and lay it over the cinnamon sugar. 

Beat together the cream cheese, vanilla, egg, and remaining ½ cup sugar until smooth.  Spread evenly over the dough.  Unroll the other crescent dough and lay it on top of the cheesecake filling.  Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon sugar evenly over the top.

Bake 30-35 minutes or until edges are golden brown.  Let cool before cutting.

Can be served warm or cold.  Refrigerate any leftovers.

Makes 24 bars.

Remember those seamless crescent roll sheets I was going on and on about yesterday?  This is another fantastic use for them.  No worrying about getting the seams pinched together.

These things are so good!  I love the cinnamon sugar on the dough.  It's almost like an elephant ear.  And I love how it's on the bottom as well as the top.  So yummy.  The cheesecake filling is just perfect.  Creamy, but not too heavy.

I made these when we had friends over last Sunday and they loved them.  They are the perfect finish to any yummy Mexican meal.


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Sarah from The Pajama Chef chose to make this recipe when she was assigned my blog for the Secret Recipe Club in August 2013.  Click on the button below to check out her post!

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  1. Barbara @ Barbara BakesMay 9, 2013 at 5:58 AM

    What a fun way to change up churros!

  2. Does the can say "seamless" on them? I have looked in 2 markets so far and am unable to find those. Thank you.

  3. Yep. It says "Recipe Creations Seamless Dough Sheet". I haven't had a problem finding them in an any major grocery retailer. Pillsbury does have a product locator. http://www.generalmills.com/ProductLocator.aspx From the drop down menus, choose "refrigerated doughs", then "crescent rolls", then "recipe creations." Hope that helps!