Sopapilla Cheesecake Squares

Warning: if you have diabetes or are trying to lose weight, stop reading now. You will not want to put yourself through the agony of reading this post and seeing the pictures fully well knowing that if you ate this, it would set you back 3 months progress….

So call me Paula Deen this week. I have made these rich, sweet squares before for a school event and everyone went NUTS for them. I mean, “Can I have the secret recipe?! Those were DIVINE!” (Said in the best Louisianan accent you can muster in your head) Little did they know that there’s a whole stick of melted butter as one of the ingredients….shhh…don’t tell or pretend you didn’t just read that….

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Now, while unhealthy, I can just about guarantee that if you love cheesecake, these Sopapilla Cheesecake Squares will be one of your new faves. Although they aren’t thick and dense like the best 8-hour cheesecake, they will fill a craving in a pinch.

To give you an idea of what you’re getting yourself into….my house smells like a Cinnabon had a baby with The Cheesecake Factory. Heavenly, but deadly in high amounts.

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Sopapilla Cheesecake Squares
from the Pillsbury Website
Ingredients
– 2 cans original crescent rolls
– 2, 8-oz. pkgs. cream cheese
– 1.5 cups sugar
– 1 teaspoon vanilla
– 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
– 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a glass 9×13 pan, press one can of crescent rolls in to the bottom, crimping the seams.
3. In a mixing bowl, cream together cream cheese and ONE cup of sugar. Blend in vanilla and mix until smooth.
4. Spread “cheesecake” layer onto crescent roll sheet in pan.
5. Top carefully with second can of unrolled crescent rolls.
Note: do this on a cutting board instead of in the pan like I did. The crescent gods did not work in my favor…

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6. Pour melted butter over the top.
7. In a small bowl, combine remaining 1/2 cup sugar with cinnamon and sprinkle mixture evenly across surface.
8. Bake for 30 minutes or until center is just barely set.

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9. Cool on counter for 20 minutes, then transfer to the fridge for complete cooling. Cut when cool.

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I love these served with a honey drizzle. Not that it needs any more sweetness, but it sure does make for a pretty presentation.

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Streusel Bars

It is getting to that point in the year where so many amazing fruits are in season. Choosing the dessert this week became a quick no-brainer that it would feature a fruit, but I had a hard time choosing just one.

Thinking a trip to the farmers market would help me narrow down my selection resulted in me ogling tangelos, strawberries, blueberries, peaches, nectarines, etc. not to mention that I needed a dessert that anyone could make, not just us who live in a year-round growing climate.

So this week I bring to you a recipe that allows you to choose your favorite filling that takes 30 minutes max and only has 4 ingredients!

Streusel Bars
modified from Raining Hot Coupons

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Ingredients
– 1 box yellow cake mix
– 2 cups oats
– 3/4 cup (1.5 sticks) butter, melted
– 1 can pie filling OR 1 cup cut fresh fruit mixed with 2 Tbsp. Sugar and set for 1 hour (I used fresh strawberries)

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a glass 9×13 pan with nonstick spray.
2. In a mixing bowl, combine cake mix, oats, and melted butter. Mix until no dry ingredients remain.
3. Press half (or slightly more) of the oat mix into the bottom of the prepared pan.
4. Pour pie filling or fruit onto crust and spread evenly.
5. Spread remaining oat mix onto filling.
6. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
7. Cool for 30 minutes in the refrigerator, then scoop out over ice cream (like this Brambleberry Crisp from Jeni’s)

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This recipe would be delicious with blueberries, blackberries, peaches, cherries, or apple fillings as well.

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Try this recipe out and let us know how you like it in the comment section! Or take a photo and share that with us as well!

Triple Threat Bars

Question of the Day: What is better than Chocolate Chip Cookies, Oreos, and Brownies? (answer to come later)

Easter is over, but is your sweet tooth still running on “high”? Goodness knows mine is! Discount candy at the store isn’t helping and I think I’ve officially overdosed on M&Ms and Reese’s.

With a candy-induced tummy-ache, I spent the week looking to make something a little more “substantial” to treat some lucky trauma nurses and remembered an amazing, but complicated recipe that was floating around the internet under a more lewd name (Let’s just say it was a reference to brownies being promiscuous…)

So we go back to the Question of the Day: What is better than Chocolate Chip Cookies, Oreos, and Brownies?

All three in the same bar! 

These Triple Threat Bars are super easy to put together (thanks to my modifications!) and even easier to make disappear after cooling!

Ingredients

  • 2 tubes of chocolate chip cookie dough OR 2 bags of cookie mix, prepared
  • 1 package Oreos – you wont use the whole thing, but might be tempted to sneak a few with a big glass of milk…not that I did that or anything…
  • 1 (8×8) box brownie mix, prepared

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13 glass pan with cooking spray.
  2. In the bottom of the pan, press in cookie dough until level.
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  4. Layer Oreos on top of cookie dough until covered.
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  6. Pour brownie mix on top of oreo layer and smooth or tap on counter until even.
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  8. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until brownie layer is just barely undercooked (it will set in the fridge).
  9. Let cool on the counter for 10-15 minutes, then place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  10. Cut into 20-30 pieces. Following the pattern of the Oreos is the easiest way to cut.

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Mine were so ooey-gooey, that I kind of just scooped out the cut pieces and ate them over the sink! My first bite was full of molten brownie, but my second bite I got a nice chunk of soft Oreo and let me just say, it was heavenly…

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I’ve found so many great dessert recipes for this week, so be on the lookout for new treat recipes in the next few days! My best suggestion if you’re worried about keeping all of these delectable yummies around your house is to share them. Think about how many people will be very happy campers when they get some delicious treats this week! Goodness knows these trauma nurses will be even more cheerful with one of these Triple Threat Bars in their hands!

Let me know what you think of this recipe by “liking” the post and sharing with friends! If you make them, take some pics and Instagram that stuff! Then post your picture in our comments section!