Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars (Lightened up)

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So, this past Saturday was Cinco de Mayo, and there was also a UFC fight on that night. Usually we have a few guys over to watch the fight, and I put out a big spread of too much, but very appreciated food. I mean, who’s kidding who… any chance I have to entertain, and make people happy with food, I’m down!

I had a whole menu planned out…

Fajitas (With ALL the fixings, condiments and accoutrements, of course ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

Chips, dips, Saffron rice, mexican cornbread, and naturally dessert….. Margaritas too, which I’m not actually a fan of at all, but I figured if there was ever a day to try them, might as well be today ๐Ÿ˜‰

Just so happens that the guys ended up not coming after all, so the smorgasbord was doomed :p ย Not really, I just toned it WAY down. Fajitas were still on the dinner menu (Post on that coming tomorrow) and these luscious little bars were still making their sweet little appearance ๐Ÿ™‚

I have been making these for years, and they are always a hit!

I halved the original recipe, but it is easily doubled.

SOPAPILLA CHEESECAKE BARS

1 8oz pkg Neufchatel cream cheese (softened)

1/2 tsp Vanilla extract

1/3 c. sugar

1 pkg Reduced fat Crescent rolls

1/4 c. melted butter

cinnamon sugar for sprinking (about a tsp. of each, mixed together)

Preheat oven to 350′

Mix cream cheese, vanilla and sugar in bowl with hand mixer until smooth

Press half of the can of crescent rolls, sealing seams together, in an 8×8 baking dish.

Smooth cream cheese mixture over bottom layer of rolls

Then top with remaining half of the can (I laid them on a cutting board/cookie sheet so I could press the seams together before placing it on top of the cream cheese)

Melt the butter and pour/smooth it over the top, then sprinkle with cinnamon sugar

Bake at 350′ for about 30 mins, or until golden brown and no longer “doughy”

Let cool completely and cut into squares.

Serve drizzled with honey… or chocolate syrup…. or raspberry preserves… or warm it up, and eat it plain.. with a tall glass of milk or a perfect cup of coffee. ย The possibilities are endless ๐Ÿ™‚

Kid tested… and approved ๐Ÿ˜‰

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