SOPAPILLA CHEESECAKE BARS

Ingredients :


FOR THE CRUST AND TOPPING:
2 cans (8 oz each) of refrigerated crescent rolls
1/2 cup (1 stick) of unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup of granulated sugar
1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
FOR THE CHEESECAKE FILLING:
2 packages (8 oz each) of cream cheese, softened
1 cup of granulated sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Préparations :


Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking dish, or line it with parchment paper for easier removal and cleanup.
Create the crust: Unroll one can of crescent roll dough and press it into the bottom of the prepared baking dish, pinching together any seams or perforations to create a smooth layer.
MAKING THE CHEESECAKE FILLING:
Mix the filling: In a medium bowl, beat together the softened cream cheese, 1 cup of sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth and creamy. Spread this mixture evenly over the crescent roll layer in the baking dish.
ADDING THE TOP LAYER:
Add the final dough layer: Unroll the second can of crescent roll dough and carefully place it over the cream cheese layer. It can be helpful to roll it out on a lightly floured surface first to match the size of your baking dish.
CREATING THE TOPPING:
Melt the butter and brush it generously over the top layer of crescent dough.
Mix cinnamon and sugar: Combine the 1/2 cup of granulated sugar with the ground cinnamon. Sprinkle this mixture evenly over the melted butter.
BAKING:
Bake in the preheated oven for about 30-35 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the filling is set.
Cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. For the best texture, chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before slicing into bars.
Serving and Storage:
Serving: Serve the Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars chilled or at room temperature, as preferred. They can be garnished with a light dusting of powdered sugar or drizzled with honey for extra sweetness.
Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Tips for Success:
Cream Cheese: Ensure the cream cheese is at room temperature to achieve a smooth, lump-free filling.
Crescent Roll Dough: If you find the dough difficult to work with, chilling it briefly before unrolling can make it easier to handle.
Customizing: Feel free to add a layer of fruit compote or fresh fruit slices between the cream cheese and the top dough layer for a fruity twist.

Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars are a testament to the joy of baking and the beauty of combining simple ingredients to create something extraordinary. This recipe is more than just a set of instructions; it’s an invitation to explore your culinary creativity, to share the joy of homemade treats with loved ones, and to indulge in the sweet simplicity of a beautifully crafted dessert.

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