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Churro Cheesecake

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Prep Time: 10 mins    Cook Time: 30 mins

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You are going to be amazed at the results of this very simple, 6-ingredient recipe! The churro cheesecake that comes out of the oven is going to blow your socks off, trust me!

A stack of churro cheesecake bars.
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Churros are a Spanish or Portuguese take on classic American donuts, hot, crispy, and sweet, while cheesecake needs no introduction of course. This recipe combines sugar, cinnamon, and crescent rolls with egg, vanilla, and cream cheese to bring churros and cheesecake together in one incredibly harmonious dessert!

You're going to be right there next to the oven while this treat is baking because the smell is so amazing. Imagine a cross between the aroma of the best bakery you ever visited and a churro or donut stand.

This churro cheesecake smells like a combination of these two heavenly flavors and you're going to want to enjoy it hot from the oven because it's so hard to wait for them to cool with that amazing smell in the air!

Mango cheesecake and this beautiful red velvet Oreo cheesecake are two other favorites of mine that are always a big hit for any occasion. So be sure to check them out too!

Main Ingredients

The recipe ingredients used to make churro cheesecake spread out on a table.

Love churros? Love cheesecake? If so, this is definitely the recipe for you. Expect a rich and sweet dessert that is crispy, sweet, creamy, and just perfect! These are the main ingredients you will need to put it together:

  • Crescent rolls: The perfect churro dough. Readymade crescent roll dough is perfect for this recipe because it's so time-saving and handy. All you need to do is pinch the seams closed and roll the dough out. If you're using the unperforated kind you don't even have to pinch the seams.
  • Cream cheese: For the cheesecake filling, or cream cheese layer. Use whatever brand you want, but I recommend full-fat for the best flavor. For the best result, leave the cream cheese to soften on the countertop for at least half an hour before you start. It's easier to mix that way.
  • Vanilla extract: Adds a delicate flavor. A touch of vanilla adds an incredible flavor to this dessert and complements both the crispy dough and the creamy filling. For a different flavor, feel free to use another extract though. Maybe almond or even coconut.
  • Ground cinnamon: A great flavor for churros. Both a churro and a donut enhancer, ground cinnamon is always a welcomed taste. You might want to use half cinnamon and half nutmeg though, which also tastes really special in churro cheesecake.

Instructions Overview

Mix some of the sugar with the cinnamon in a bowl then sprinkle half into a greased baking dish. Next, you can beat the cream cheese with the egg, vanilla, and the rest of the sugar until smooth.

Sprinkle flour on a clean countertop then unroll a package of crescent rolls on there. Pinch the perforated lines together and then roll them out to make a 13x9-inch rectangle that will fit into your baking dish. Put the dough in the baking dish and top with the cream cheese mixture.

Now unroll the other crescent roll package and again pinch the seams closed. Roll it out then put it on top of the cream cheese mixture.

Sprinkle the rest of the cinnamon sugar on top then bake for half an hour or until the edges are starting to turn golden. Let the churro cheesecake cool then serve in slices.

Finished cheesecake bars on a white plate with a cup of coffee in the background.

Common Questions

What is the difference between churros and donuts?

They're very similar in flavor and texture but not the same in shape. Churros are long and thin while donuts tend to be round. If you like one, you will like the other!

How do you keep churros crispy with a cheesecake filling?

If you have leftovers, you can warm them up in a 170°F oven on a paper towel-lined baking sheet. Bear in mind though that because there is a cheesecake filling, the churros aren't going to crisp up quite like conventional churros without a filling. But they're still really good!

Does Philadelphia still make cheesecake filling?

If you're on the lookout for shortcuts you might be wondering this very question! Actually, you can still buy ready-made cheesecake filling. The package directions will tell you to spread it into a graham cracker crust and chill it, but you can also use such a filling for churro cheesecake. However, I prefer to mix egg, vanilla, sugar, and plain cream cheese together for a fresher-tasting filling.

A close up of slices of churro cheesecake.

Chopnotch Tips

  • If you're using unperforated dough (the kind with no precut lines) you don't have to pinch any seams together.
  • Drizzle cream, caramel, or chocolate over the churro cheesecake to add typical stuffed churro flavors.
  • If you're serving these hot from the oven, you should probably serve them with a fork. Otherwise, they can be eaten with the fingers.
A bite of cheesecake on a plate with a fork.

A delicious combination of crisp pastry, sugar, and creamy cheesecake, this churro cheesecake is unlike anything you ever had before.

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Recipe

How to Make

Churro Cheesecake

With only six ingredients you can make this incredible cheesecake. The crisp dough is carefully flavored with cinnamon and vanilla.
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Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Servings: 15 slices

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces crescent rolls, 2 8-count packages
  • 1 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 13x9-inch baking pan and set it aside.
  • Combine ½ cup sugar with the cinnamon in a small bowl. Sprinkle half of this mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking pan and reserve the remaining half.
  • Beat the cream cheese until smooth in a large mixing bowl and then add in the egg, vanilla, and the remaining ½ cup sugar. Beat until smooth.
  • Flour the countertop and unroll one package of the crescent rolls onto the floured surface. Pinch the pre-cut lines together and use a floured rolling pin to flatten it out into the 13x9-inch shape of your baking pan. Then transfer the dough into the prepared baking pan on top of the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Pour and spread the cream cheese mixture over the dough.
  • Unroll the second package of crescent rolls onto the floured surface and again flatten it in order to fit into your pan. Lay on top of the cream cheese filling.
  • Sprinkle the remaining half of the cinnamon-sugar mixture on top of the dough and then bake for about 30 minutes until the edges are golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and let cool. Cut into individual slices. Serve and enjoy!
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Notes

  • If you're using unperforated dough (the kind with no precut lines) you don't have to pinch any seams together.
  • Drizzle cream, caramel, or chocolate over the churro cheesecake to add typical stuffed churro flavors.
  • If you're serving these hot from the oven, you should probably serve them with a fork. Otherwise, they can be eaten with the fingers.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 271kcal (14%), Carbohydrates: 28g (9%), Protein: 3g (6%), Fat: 17g (26%), Saturated Fat: 9g (56%), Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 41mg (14%), Sodium: 337mg (15%), Potassium: 49mg (1%), Fiber: 1g (4%), Sugar: 18g (20%), Vitamin A: 425IU (9%), Vitamin C: 1mg (1%), Calcium: 42mg (4%), Iron: 1mg (6%)
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