This recipe goes by many names, which of course means it is well loved. I call it Crescent Roll Cream Cheese Coffee Cake, but you can also find it by searching for Cream Cheese Squares, Cream Cheese Danish Casserole or Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars. It probably has other names as well.
Some versions call for extra butter, but this version is the light version. Heh, not quite. But it is a very simple, delicious morning treat that's not too expensive and can be made in minutes. It's a marvelous little convenience recipe and I have no idea how I avoided making it all these year.
Making Crescent Roll Cream Cheese Coffee Cake
To start, you put crescent dough over the bottom of a pan and top it with a mixture of cream cheese, egg, sugar and vanilla. Lovely!
You then spread remaining crescent dough on top, brush with a little egg and sprinkle with sugar.
Then bake! After baking, you let it cool a bit (cream cheese filling is usually better warm rather than piping hot), then cut into squares. If you have some leftover vanilla frosting around, you can add squiggles of that, too.
You can serve it at room temperature, slightly warmed or even straight up cold from the refrigerator. It's actually good that way -- kind of like a cheesecake bar.
Crescent Roll Cream Cheese Coffee Cake
- 1 tube crescent rolls
- 1 package cream cheese 8 ounces, softened
- 2 tablespoons lightly beaten egg from one egg that you've cracked into a cup and stirred
- ½ cup sugar
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- More lightly beaten egg from same egg
- 3 tablespoons of sugar mixed with about 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8 inch square pan with nonstick foil
- Arrange half the dough over the bottom of the pan and press pieces together to make a crust.
- In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese with the 2 tablespoons egg, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Spread cheese mixture over dough.
- Arrange remaining dough pieces over the cheese mixture, covering cheese completely. Brush with some of the remaining egg and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
- Bake at 350 for about 22 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Let cool completely