Monday, February 27, 2012

Sopapilla Cheesecake

Around my house we can't say Sopapilla for some reason. We end up calling them Sofa Pillows. Because we're goobers like that. So for all intents and purposes, this is Sofa Pillow Cheesecake in my house. 
What are Sopapillas? They are basically fried dough covered in cinnamon sugar. And they look like little Sofa Pillows. So this cheesecake is a take on that lovely fried dough. Except this has a cream cheese layer smushed in the middle. Oh yeah. This recipe comes from the latest Gooseberry Patch cookbook, Simple Shortcut Recipes.
 It has over 225 recipes for "almost homemade" dishes that will save time by using convenience items and prepared ingredients. Along with the recipes, Gooseberry Patch always gives helpful tips, hints and charts to help you out in the kitchen. Like this chart that I love. I can never remember size-equivalents for casserole dishes and baking dishes.
So, as I am known to do, the first thing I did when I got my hands on this book was flip to the desserts.  Because my sweet tooth knows no boundaries. When I saw the ingredients for this I recognized this recipe immediately as one my Grandma had made for us when she was visiting last year.  Except she just called her recipe Cream Cheese Crescent Bars. The only real difference was she used white sugar in the filling instead of brown. I gotta say, I kinda like it both ways.  I think the white filling looks a bit prettier than the brown but the brown sugar gives it a slightly deeper flavor.
Ingredients:
2 (8 oz.) tubes refrigerated crescent rolls
2 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar (or white granulated sugar)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cups (1 stick butter), melted
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
Spray a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray (I like the kind that has flour in it).
Unroll one tube of crescent rolls and layer in bottom of pan, pressing seams together.
In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese, brown (or white) sugar and vanilla until blended.
Spread cream cheese mixture over bottom layer of crescent rolls.
Layer remaining crescent rolls on top.
Drizzle with melted butter.
Sprinkle with sugar.
And cinnamon.
Bake, uncovered for 30-40 minutes, until bottom layer turns golden.
Cut into 12 squares.
And serve. I think these are really good drizzled with honey.
I really enjoyed the slightly crispy and cinnamon-y top crust.
Here's how it looks with the using the white sugar instead of the brown.
Enjoy!


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Recipe submitted by Kary Ross of Searcy, AR and can be found on page 210


Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I was provided a free copy of the book to review. No other compensation was given. 

269 comments :

  1. Sofa pillows! {giggles} You crack me up! :) I do not own a Gooseberry Patch Cookbook. {gasp!} I know, shocking right!? Esecially for someone who has A LOT of cookbooks and a terrible new recipe addiction. I think it's quite a shame I don't own a GBP Cookbook, and would LOVE to change that.

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  2. As a new mom, 3 months old, and a caretaker of disabled parent I'm always prepping on the weekends when the hubby is home to help. I then during the week it's easy to throw together a homemade meal! Bbailey2804@comcast.net

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  3. The only short cut I know is if you want to bring eggs to room temperate fast just put them in some hot tap water and wait 10 minutes. Sherry Baird mssherry48@hotmail.com

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  4. I'm really looking forward to trying this recipe. I need a book of shortcuts.

    shirleysong1@yahoo.com

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  5. I like Shortcuts,makes cooking easier and simple way to cook.

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  6. I cook a whole pot of beans in my crock pot at once and then store them until needed. That way I don't have to mess with cooking small amounts of dried beans throughout the week.

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  7. I'm not a very good cook, so I need all the help I can get!!!! Pick me! Thanks! maribear79@comcast.net

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  8. I could use some shortcuts in the kitchen. We homeschooling here with two boys. We are trying to eliminate processed foods and do home cooked food from scratch...but it takes time. We ate loving it but sure would like a short cut here and there.

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  9. I love Gooseberry Patch cookbooks and know this one would be wonderful!

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  10. I would love to win this cookbook to add to my gpb collection!

    drburfield@comcast.net

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  11. vickietx@aim.com
    I have made this for a few years. We love the Sopapilla Cheesecake! I would dearly love a copy of this cook book. :-D

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  12. I could use this cookbook cuz I'm a busy mom and wife. I babysit for a few kids and have 2 sons! I love shortcuts!!!

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  13. I could use this cookbook so at our family gatherings I can have a new recipes. With Easter right around the corner this cookbook would come in handy. Christine My e-mail is : christie_blackburn@hotmail.com

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  14. PLEASE, PLEASE PICK ME TO WIN THE COOKBOOK, IF I BRING ANYMORE RECIPES HOME ON COPIER PAPER MY HUSBAND IS GONNA THROW ME OUT. HELP!

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  15. I would love a cook book like this. I am always in a hurry! Thanks so much!

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  16. I could use this cookbook cuz I'm a busy mom and wife. I babysit for a few kids and have 2 sons! I love shortcuts!!!

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  17. I could use this cookbook cuz I'm a busy mom and wife. I babysit for a few kids and have 2 sons! I love shortcuts!!!

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  18. I could use this cookbook cuz I'm a busy mom and wife. I babysit for a few kids and have 2 sons! I love shortcuts!!!

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  19. So Awesome to find your site thru Gooseberry! My name is "Brandy" also:)Thanks so much for sharing the recipe & book!

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  20. I love to learn new shortcuts.
    Please pick me !!! thanks.

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  21. I could a cookbook like this. I just love the Goose Berry cookbooks. Thanks for the recipe.

    Crystal
    crystalblossom08@gmail.com

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  22. Wow I think if I win this book I'll put on a few more pounds. Crochetr@aol.com

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  23. Becky A. from NCMarch 6, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    Hi! Love your blog and recipes....always makes me hungry. =) As a stay at home mom of 3 currently dealing with the pain from hardware inside my chest to correct my chest wall ( have to have it in a yr ) this cook book sure would help me make things easier at night...and give the older kids an opportunity to pitch in...my almost 11 yr old daughter LOVES to cook for the family...If I won it , I would give it to her so we could share.
    Thank you for taking your time to offer step by step instructions and especially with pictures! Your site is well put together and simple to navigate and use.

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  24. I could use a cookbook like this. I really love the Goose Berry cookbooks. Thanks for the recipe

    Crystal

    crystalblossom08@gmail.com

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  25. Just found your blog, recipe book looks great, I love shortcuts...one shortcut I use is if a dessert has a layer of melted chocolate chips on top, like peanut butter rice krispies, I put the chips on top and put in a warm oven just until they melt enough to spread, saves a messy choc. bowl to wash. The cookbook sounds great! djjhdmhinds@juno.com

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  26. Never been great at short cuts- I do cook a lot though. A chance at winning this cookbook would be a great addition to my kitchen. My son who is in band would love it if his mom had the know how on quicker cooking. bandcforever1@aol.com

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  27. I could really use this!! As the mother of two very busy teenagers, I am always looking for yummy recipes that are quick on time but not on flavor! A quick tip....I buy a large package of chicken breast, cook them in oven, let cool and freeze. Then when I'm in a hurry I can use them for a quick chicken pot pie, stir fry, or casserole!! Sfavro@comcast.net

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  28. my daughter, hubby, and new baby are getting a place of their own. the recipes are easy enough and seem really tasty. i think she would love a book like this one!!

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  29. my daughter, hubby, and new baby are getting a place of their own. she can bake but cooking is still a little challenging for her. i think this book and it's shortcuts would be AWESOME for her!! hope i could win it for her!!

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  30. My go to shortcut is buying a rotisserie chicken from costco and use it to make chicken divan, enchiladas or chicken salad. Easy and great flavor! Enjoy your site and would luv to add this book to my collection!
    karen.d.thomas@gmail.com

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  31. If I don't have a short cut, its not happening in my kitchen unfortunately! When you have 2 teenage boys that eat all the time, I need quick!

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  32. When I need to chop or slice an onion, I put it in a container of ice water or put it in the freezer for about 10 to 15 minutes before I slice/chop it. This saves the tears. Please enter me into the cookbook giveaway.
    morton.laurie@yahoo.com

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  33. Love shortcut for cooking and love Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks!
    Thanks
    Carla
    sccjgray@yahoo.com

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  34. This is my favorite shortcut. I love my homemade gravy, but if I'm short on time (or just not in the mood), I bust out the trusty can of cream of mushroom and an onion soup packet. Mix together with some of the juices from the meat or with some broth and done!

    Ruth - felicesr@gmail.com

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  35. Can't wait to try the Sopapilla Cheesecake recipe. I just love cheese danish and this looks like it may be very similar and much easier! Came by your blog via facebook. I will be spending more time here!

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  36. Being a working mother, shortcuts are BIG blessings! Whether it is for the school snack workshop or church or just a nice gift for someone they save the day. These recipes are great! Thank You for your site!!

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  37. Oh boy! A cookbook like this would rock. Would save me time in the kitchen and give me more time for hubby after we've both had long days at the office. Love your blog!

    ctaylorees2@yahoo.com

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  38. This cookbook is just the thing for an older retired woman (me). I need all the short-cuts I can get. My e-mail is deryl_m@yahoo.com

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  39. My shortcut is to go out to eat!!! Guess I do need this cookbook. Love your blog...Thanks for the chance to win.
    dianeevans@q.com

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  40. I could really use some shortcuts on nights like today when I haven't anything planned and supper time is fast approaching.

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  41. Oh, I would just love to win this cookbook. I grew up with these recipes and ended up marrying a city slicker who never appreciated my cooking...so I learned to cook differently for him. After putting up with 30 years of abuse from this alcholic, I finally got up enough nerve to leave him. I am divorced, retired and live alone now and struggling with ill health and living on social security, but never been happier in my life, now that I'm a Great-grandmother and can do as I please. I am enjoying cooking my childhood favorites. Thank you for the chance to win this amazing cookbook. mtnnana07@aol.com.

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  42. It's a shame that the comments for the Sofa Pillow Cheesecake have been hijacked by the Cookbook Contest. But, I'm going to leave a review anyways...

    I've just made these and they're amazing! The house smells like cinnamon toast from when I was a kid. Each person who tried it rolled their eyes in delight. I was forbidden to ever make them again because they are THAT GOOD (but not very good for you). I used brown sugar in the filling and mixed my cinnamon & sugar together before sprinkling it on top (didn't read the recipe well). I need to figure out how I can do this in single serving sizes. Maybe use a large biscuit cutter.

    Did I mention that this was AMAZING? *sigh* I'll never be the same...

    Dena
    Blue Ridge Inn Bed & Breakfast
    www.blueridgeinnbandb.com

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  43. I could use a cookbook like this...I'm enjoying your blog.

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  44. This Short Cut book looks great. One of my favorite shortcut "meal-in-minutes" is to prepare a box of macaroni and chesse (always a crowd pleaser) and customize it with any leftover meats & veggies. You can make it Mexican style by adding leftover taco meat and salsa or chopped tomatoes and jalepenos. For Lent, you can add any canned fish and vegetable like muhrooms and peas or broccoli.

    the_riveras@ntslink.net

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  45. I just love Gooseberry Patch cookbooks and this one would be awesome to win. I love anything that saves time and this shortcut recipe book would work for me.
    Elizabeth
    elizabedu3@aol.com

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  46. I love Gooseberry Patch cookbooks and this one would be ideal to win since it has shortcut recipes that saves time to get food on the table quicker.
    Elizabeth
    elizabedu3@aol.com

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  47. I love Gooseberry Patch cookbooks and this one would be ideal to win since it has shortcut recipes that saves time to get food on the table quicker.
    Elizabeth
    elizabedu3@aol.com

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  48. I love Gooseberry Patch cookbooks and this one would be ideal to win since it has shortcut recipes that saves time to get food on the table quicker.
    Elizabeth
    elizabedu3@aol.com

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  49. I love Gooseberry Patch cookbooks and this one would be ideal to win since it has shortcut recipes that saves time to get food on the table quicker.
    Elizabeth
    elizabedu3@aol.com

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  50. I love using canned biscuits. Put in muffin tins flattened in the cups, you can fill them with just about anything and cover them with grated cheese. We like them with BBQ ground beef and cheese. Danielle@ dswooley@hotmail.com

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  51. Great giveaway, thanks so much!!!! My fav shortcut is using flour tortillas to create savory pie dishes. I layer up tons of fresh ingredients with whatever meat I have on hand & use the tortillaa to separate the layers, kind of like a lasagna & before you know it, you have an entire meal!

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  52. I love Gooseberry Patch. This looks like a wonderful cookbook. Could use some simple recipes. Thanks! :) Teri

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  53. I'm a new step mother to 3 growing boys ages 13, 12 and 10. I could use a new cookbook full of shortcuts! I feel helpless in the kitchen now.

    Thank you so much for the opportunity to win!

    taralorraine@hotmail.com

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  54. Linda B linda4stuff@tx.rr.comMay 4, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    I like chopping onions, celery and bell peppers and portioning them in baggies to put in the freezer. I love your recipes and have made several of them.

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  55. Can i substitute the sugar for like splenda? I love the cheesecake bars but i have to watch my sugar intake.

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  56. You should be able to substitute Splenda in this. I don't see why not...

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  57. I'm loving your recipes, but I just wanted to clear something up. A sopapilla is not what you describes. We eat sopapillas like bread with our meals. It is simply fried dough that puffs up. We also stuff them with beans, meat, cheese and smother them with red or green chili and more cheese. We do eat them after a meal sometimes with honey. Just giving you a little lesson in our food here in New Mexico.

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  58. I love your recipes! And I would love a cookbook,but Im way at the bottom here!You might not see me! Im Marie marsc@fastmail.fm

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  59. I LOVE your blog and all the recipes you share with all of us :) I really NEED all the shortcuts I can get! Between work and my commute I get home at the time most people are washing up AFTER dinner! Needless to say I'm exhausted but still hungry! I try to cook "ahead" and plan out meals but even that takes time (and weekends are so precious with little time for everything that MUST get done before Monday rolls around again too quickly it seems). Again thanks for all you do - incl these great little giveaways (keeping my fingers crossed :)

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  60. Hi Brandi,
    I have to tell you that you have gotten me hooked on gooseberry patch books! Ever since you posted about the new harvest cookbook that they put out, I've been requesting them like crazy from our inter-library loan system (the system requests books from other libraries in the state). The local librarians kept looking at the books that would come in for me and started requesting them for themselves. Then, they decided to do a fundraiser for the local library by selling gooseberry patch cookbooks! I just wanted to let you know the effect one of your posts had on our neighborhood! Lol! Keep posting your great recipes and know that there are A LOT of people out here who appreciate you and all that you do! :)

    Jennifer
    jenkania@bex.net

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  61. I make these all the time, and bring them to every potluck! This recipe is a keeper in my home lindseyharding94@gmail.com

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  62. This has got to be one of my favorite "go to" desserts! Everyone absolutely Ooooh's and Ahhh's over it every time I whip one up! I actually made one yesterday and added a can of cherry pie filling on top of the cream cheese layer. It was sooo yummy! I omitted the cinnamon for the cherry, but I have also used apple pie filling, and I leave the cinnamon for it. Both are a yummy twist to this already decadent dessert! Try 'em out if you haven't already!

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  63. I so love your recipes for making dishes so easy to make, and I love a new cookbook.

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  64. Hello Monique, I'm probably one of your biggest fans! I watch your youtube videos faithfully..I just adore you :) I see this is an old contest but wanted to write something anyways God Bless you and thanks you for all you do for us.. much love -Angie

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  65. I love to use Zipper storage bags to combine ingredients together. When I make apple pies or chex mix or thins like that it makes it so much easier to mix all the things together and the clean up is a breeze, I either throw it away or wash it out and use it again. When I make Chex mix I can use it 3 or 4 times in a row before the bag has to be thrown away. I love your sight I get so many new ideas for homemade food that I am always impressing my neighbors with my new dinners and desserts, until I share the recipe with them and then they see how easy it was.

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  66. Anything to help save time in the kitchen is a God send to busy moms today. I love recipes that add to any shortcuts I might already have in my file. I love using pre-made pie shells to make quiche for my family or the tubes of herbs that are in the vegetable aisle now. One thing nice about Gooseberry Patch cookbooks are they use common items found on the pantry or refrigerator shelves.

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  67. I would love to win this book just because it's nice to just enjoy the simple things <3 <3

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  68. I would love that cookbook! There are so many of your recipes that I would love to try off of here as well! I made your sopapilla cheesecake today and blogged about it on my blog I started a couple weeks ago! I gave you credit of course :)

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  69. I have been making this for a few years. My kids favorite dessert. Sometimes I add a can of caramel apple pie filling on top of the cheesecake mixture. They love it that way.

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