Cinnamon Sugar Cheesecake Bars start with crescent rolls for an easy, low prep dessert. Not too sweet but still delicious with a cream cheese filling.
Guest post by Natalie Curry
While my mom makes amazing and complicated dishes on a regular basis, I am always on the lookout for simple recipes that I can make in my college dorm. These cinnamon sugar cheesecake bars from Buzzfeed are exactly the kind of recipe I love: easy to make, only a few ingredients, low prep time, and delicious. The crescent roll dough provides a not too bready base, but both my mom and I thought puff pastry might work as well. We were wrong, they need the texture of the crescent rolls. These bars are pretty much foolproof; ours turned out just like the picture despite a few hiccups. Pinching the crescent roll dough together to form two large sheets can be a bit challenging, as the dough is very sticky and ours stuck to the counter. Keeping the dough cold until use will minimize this problem. However, the bars will still turn out fine even if the dough isn’t perfectly pinched.
These bars could almost be both a breakfast and dessert, as they are not too sweet. This was our first recipe from Buzzfeed, and we will definitely have to try more of their easy but delicious recipes in the future!
Cinnamon Sugar Cheesecake Bars
- 16 ounces cream cheese room temp
- 1 egg
- 1 cup sugar divided
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon
- 2 tubes crescent rolls
- Preheat oven to 350º. Spray a 9 x 13 baking pan with cooking spray.
- In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese with hand mixer until smooth. Add ½ cup sugar, egg and vanilla and beat until well combined.
- In a small bowl, combine ½ cup sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle half of the cinnamon sugar mixture into the bottom the prepared pan.
- Keep crescent rolls refrigerated until ready to handle, work with one package at a time. Remove dough from container and pinch seams together. Place on top of the cinnamon sugar mixture in the prepared pan. Top with cream cheese mixture.
- Remove the second tube of dough and pinch the seams together. Place on top of cream cheese mixture. Top with the remaining cinnamon sugar mixture.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes until dough is cooked through. It should feel slightly firm to the touch. Cool completely before cutting.