How to Make Sopapilla Cheesecake

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Sopapilla cheesecake takes its inspiration from sopapillas, which are puffy, lightly fried pastries that originated in New Mexico. Instead of baking this cheesecake in a bottom crust, you use sopapillas--or, in this case, pre-made crescent dinner rolls--to create both a top and bottom crust. Sopapillas are related to other Spanish pastries, like churros, and both are topped with cinnamon and sugar.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 1/2 cups cream cheese
  • Covered bowl
  • Large mixing bowl
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • Wooden spoon
  • 2 packages pre-made crescent dinner rolls
  • 9-inch-by-13-inch glass baking dish
  • 1/2 cup margarine or butter
  • Small pot
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup sliced almonds
  • Place the cream cheese in a covered bowl on the counter. Leave it out for no longer than 30 minutes to soften.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Place the cream cheese in a large mixing bowl.

  • Add the almond extract and 1 cup of white sugar.

  • Blend the ingredients together with a wooden spoon until they become smooth.

  • Open a package of pre-made crescent dinner rolls and unroll the dough. Do not separate the rolls.

  • Line the bottom of an ungreased 9" x 13" glass baking dish with the crescent dough. Gently press the dough with your fingers to flatten it.

  • Spread the cream cheese mixture on top of the rolls with the wooden spoon. Distribute the cheese as evenly as possible.

  • Unroll a second package of crescent roll dough, again not separating the rolls. Lay the dough on top of the layer of cream cheese and gently press it flat with your fingers.

  • Melt the margarine or butter in a small pot on the stove on low heat. Pour it evenly over the layer of crescent roll dough.

  • Place 1 tsp. of ground cinnamon and 1/2 cup of white sugar in a small bowl and thoroughly combine them with the teaspoon.

  • Distribute the cinnamon sugar evenly over the crescent roll dough.

  • Sprinkle 3/4 of a cup of sliced almonds over the dough.

  • Bake approximately 35 minutes, or until the dough turns golden and rises.

  • Cool the cheesecake completely before serving.

Tips & Warnings

  • Set out cream cheese until it's room temperature. This will help it mix and spread more easily.
  • This dish is VERY rich, and not at all healthy! (But, it tastes soooo good!)

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