Crescent Roll Sopapillas Recipe…a Cinnanomy Sweet Treat!

Picture this: warm, flaky crescent roll layers embracing a luscious cream cheese filling, topped with a sprinkle of sweet cinnamon sugar and a drizzle of melted butter. That’s what you get with these delightful Crescent Roll Sopapillas!!

It’s the kind of dessert that makes you close your eyes, take a bite, and just savor the moment.

If you’re in the mood for something comforting and indulgent, this recipe is your ticket to dessert paradise.

 Let’s dive into how to make these heavenly treats!

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Ingredients in Crescent Roll Sopapillas

All you need to make these heavenly Crescent Roll Sopapillas are two cans of refrigerated crescent rolls.

Add in a couple of packages of cream cheese for that creamy filling!

And a stick of melted butter.

Sugar for sweetness, a touch of vanilla extract for flavor, and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon to top it all off.

That’s it!

Just a handful of ingredients for a dessert that’ll have everyone asking for seconds.

Substitute Ingredients You Could Use for Crescent Roll Sopapillas

If you’re looking to switch things up or make these sopapillas your own, there are a few ingredient swaps you can try.

Instead of regular cream cheese, you could use flavored cream cheese like strawberry or honey walnut for a twist.

For a dairy-free option, try using dairy-free cream cheese or even coconut cream for a creamy filling.

If you’re watching your sugar intake, you can use a sugar substitute like Stevia or erythritol.

And if you’re out of ground cinnamon, other warm spices like pumpkin pie spice or nutmeg can work beautifully.

Don’t be afraid to get creative and tailor these sopapillas to your liking!

Instructions for Making Crescent Roll Sopapillas

Alright, let’s whip up these scrumptious Crescent Roll Sopapillas!

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).

Grab a 9×13 inch baking dish and grease it up.

Take one can of crescent rolls and unroll it onto the bottom of your baking dish. Press the seams together to form a crust.

In a bowl, mix together your softened cream cheese, 1 cup of sugar, and a teaspoon of vanilla until it’s all smooth. Spread this creamy goodness over your crescent roll crust.

Grab your second can of crescent rolls and unroll it over the cream cheese mixture to make the top crust. Press those seams together gently.

Melt a stick of butter and drizzle it over the top, then sprinkle on your tablespoon of ground cinnamon mixed with half a cup of sugar.

Pop the whole thing in the oven for about 30-35 minutes, until it’s golden brown and smelling like heaven.

Let it cool a bit before cutting into squares.

You can serve these sopapillas warm or at room temperature.

If you’re feeling fancy, drizzle a simple powdered sugar glaze over the top. Enjoy every sweet, creamy, flaky bite!

Tips and Tricks for Making Cresent Roll Sopapillas

Here are a few tips to make sure your Crescent Roll Sopapillas turn out just right!

When pressing the crescent roll dough into the baking dish, make sure to seal the seams well to prevent any filling from leaking out. You can also lightly grease your hands to help with this process.

For the cream cheese filling, make sure your cream cheese is softened to room temperature for easier mixing. If you’re in a hurry, you can zap it in the microwave for a few seconds, but be careful not to melt it completely.

When drizzling the melted butter over the top crust, use a spoon or pastry brush to make sure it’s evenly distributed. This will give you that golden, buttery goodness all over.

And finally, if you’re adding the cinnamon sugar topping, don’t skimp on it! The combination of cinnamon, sugar, and butter on top creates a deliciously sweet and crunchy crust.

Once they’re out of the oven, let the sopapillas cool for a bit before cutting into squares. This will help the cream cheese filling set a bit.

And remember, these are best enjoyed fresh, so serve them warm if you can. Now, get ready to indulge in these delightful treats!

These tips should help you navigate making these delicious sopapillas with ease!

Storing Leftover Crescent Roll Sopapillas…

If you have any leftover Crescent Roll Sopapillas, you’ll want to store them properly to maintain their freshness.

Cool Completely

First, allow the sopapillas to cool completely at room temperature. This helps prevent condensation from forming inside the storage container.


If you plan to consume the leftovers within a few days, you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Place a sheet of parchment paper between layers to prevent sticking. They should stay fresh for up to 3-4 days in the fridge.


To store them for longer periods, you can freeze the sopapillas. Wrap them individually in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, then place them in a freezer-safe container or zip-top bag. Label the container with the date. Frozen sopapillas will last for about 2-3 months.


When you’re ready to enjoy the frozen sopapillas, simply remove them from the freezer and let them thaw in the refrigerator overnight. You can then reheat them in the oven at a low temperature (around 250°F or 120°C) until warmed through, or microwave them for a quick reheat.


Whether you’re reheating from the fridge or freezer, you can also warm them up in the oven for a few minutes at around 325°F (160°C) to restore their crispiness. Just be careful not to overheat and dry them out.

By following these steps, you can keep your leftover Crescent Roll Sopapillas fresh and delicious for later enjoyment!

Where Do Sopapillas Come From?

Sopapillas have a fascinating history that’s deeply rooted in the culinary traditions of Mexico and Native American tribes.

The word ‘sopapilla’ itself comes from the Spanish verb ‘sopar,’ which means ‘to soak.’ It’s believed that this delightful dessert originated in Mexico, where it was enjoyed as a fried pastry.

The traditional Mexican sopapilla is a deep-fried pastry dough that’s crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, often served drizzled with honey or sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. It’s a treat that’s loved for its simplicity and deliciousness.

As the dish traveled north, it also became popular among Native American tribes in the southwestern United States, particularly in New Mexico and Arizona. Here, it took on different variations, sometimes served as a savory dish with beans and cheese, and other times as a sweet dessert with honey or powdered sugar.

Today, sopapillas are enjoyed in various forms across the Americas, from the traditional fried pastries to baked versions like the Crescent Roll Sopapillas we’re making today. Whether sweet or savory, sopapillas continue to hold a special place in the hearts and stomachs of many, offering a taste of history with every bite.

What to Pair with Crescent Roll Sopapillas

Looking for the perfect accompaniments to your Crescent Roll Sopapillas? Here are a few delicious options to consider.

A scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of warm sopapillas creates a heavenly combination of warm and cold, creamy and crispy. The contrast in textures and temperatures is simply delightful.

Serve your sopapillas with a side of fresh fruit such as strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries. The sweetness of the fruit balances out the richness of the sopapillas.

A dollop of whipped cream adds a light and airy touch to your sopapillas. It’s the perfect finishing touch for those who love a little extra sweetness.

Drizzle some warm chocolate sauce over your sopapillas for a decadent twist. The combination of chocolate and cinnamon sugar is a match made in dessert heaven.

For a cozy ending to your meal, enjoy your sopapillas with a cup of hot coffee or tea. The warm, comforting flavors complement the sweetness of the dessert.

If you prefer a classic topping, drizzle some honey or maple syrup over your sopapillas. The natural sweetness adds a lovely flavor that enhances the cinnamon sugar.

Whether you’re serving these sopapillas for dessert or a sweet snack, these pairings are sure to elevate your experience and leave your taste buds singing!

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Crescent Roll Sopapillas

Picture this: warm, flaky crescent roll layers embracing a luscious cream cheese filling, topped with a sprinkle of sweet cinnamon sugar and a drizzle of melted butter. That's what you get with these delightful Crescent Roll Sopapillas!!
It's the kind of dessert that makes you close your eyes, take a bite, and just savor the moment.
If you're in the mood for something comforting and indulgent, this recipe is your ticket to dessert paradise.
 Let's dive into how to make these heavenly treats!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: cinnamon sugar dessert, cream cheese dessert, crescent roll dessert, easy dessert recipe, mexican dessert recipe, quick dessert recipe, simple dessert recipe, southwest dessert recipe
Servings: 15 slices
Calories: 81kcal

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  • 2 cans 8 oz each refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 2 packages 8 oz each cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Prepare the Bottom Crust:
  • Open one can of crescent rolls and do not separate the dough into triangles. Instead, unroll the dough onto the bottom of a greased 9×13 inch baking dish. Press the seams together to form a bottom crust.
  • Prepare the Cream Cheese Filling:
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the softened cream cheese, 1 cup of sugar, and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth and well combined.
  • Add Cream Cheese Filling:
  • Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over the bottom crescent roll crust.
  • Prepare the Top Crust:
  • Open the second can of crescent rolls and unroll the dough over the cream cheese mixture to create the top crust. Press the seams together gently to seal.
  • Combine Cinnamon Sugar:
  • In a small bowl, mix together the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar and ground cinnamon.
  • Brush with Butter and Sprinkle Cinnamon Sugar:
  • Drizzle the melted butter over the top crescent roll crust, then sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture evenly over the top.
  • Bake:
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, or until the sopapillas are golden brown and the filling is set.
  • Cool and Serve:
  • Allow the sopapillas to cool for a bit before slicing into squares. Serve warm or at room temperature.
  • Optional:
  • You can also prepare a simple glaze to drizzle over the top for added sweetness:
  • Mix 1 cup of powdered sugar with 1-2 tablespoons of milk until you get a smooth glaze consistency.
  • Drizzle the glaze over the warm sopapillas before serving.
  • These Crescent Roll Sopapillas with a creamy filling are a delightful treat, combining the flakiness of crescent rolls with the richness of cream cheese and the sweetness of cinnamon sugar. Enjoy!

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Calories: 81kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.04g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 0.1mg | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 4mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 3IU | Vitamin C: 0.02mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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