As an adult who works from home.
I basically have no friends.
That was almost like the saddest haiku ever, wasn’t it?
I went to our family’s friend’s birthday party over the weekend and I was hoping I’d maybe get lucky and meet someone at the two bars we were going to on a poppin’ Saturday night. Maybe my knight in shining armor would be there playing ping-pong while I sauntered by. Maybe my one and only would be standing next to me, five people deep as we try to flag down the bartender for a drink.
But that didn’t happen. Instead, I stood next to sweaty people and it was not at all romantical.
And it got me thinking: I’ll probably be single forever. I know, poor me – cue the violins. But seriously, where am I supposed to meet the stud muffin in my life? Online? Fat chance – already tried online dating and it failed miserably. At the grocery store? Perhaps, if he wasn’t deterred by peeking in my cart full of chocolate chips, ice cream, cake mix and regret. Based on groceries alone, I look like I haven’t eaten in weeks. And maybe at the gym, if I went to the gym more often than once a week at best. Oops.
The next best thing is at friend’s birthday parties where we’re actually required to dress up nicer than my usual workout attire and shame. But alas, I just had an off night and didn’t meet any hotties. You win some, you lose most. Isn’t that how the saying goes?
Plus, if we’re being honest, maybe these Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars are all I really need in life. I mean, they’re smothered in sweet and spicy cinnamon sugar, they’ve got the creamiest, dreamiest cheesecake filling, and they’re portable, so I could take them on vacations with me and pose them in my annual Christmas card. Isn’t that what being in love is all about?
Anywho, these bars are absolutely amazing. I first made them years ago and needed to update the pictures since they didn’t quite do these bars justice. These are crispy, creamy, chewy, glorious bars that deserve the very best… kinda like me. Thankfully, we have that in common 🙂 If I could offer some advice, I’d say to use a high-quality cinnamon, like Saigon cinnamon. It imparts such an incredible, warm flavor!
- 2 pkgs refrigerated crescent rolls
- 2 pkgs (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened to room temperature
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, melted
- ¾ cup cinnamon sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 13x9" baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
- Lay one roll of crescent rolls down in a single layer on the bottom of the pan, pinching together any seams to seal and stretching to fit the pan. Set aside.
- Meanwhile, with an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese, white sugar and vanilla until combined. Spread the mixture evenly over top of the first crescent roll layer.
- Unroll the other crescent roll sheet onto a cutting board and pinch the seams together to seal, lightly stretching it out as you go. Pick it up and carefully lay it over top of the cheesecake filling, covering it completely. Pour the melted butter evenly over the top, and evenly sprinkle the cinnamon sugar on top.
- Bake for approx. 30 minutes, then let cool completely before chilling in the fridge. Store bars covered in the fridge.
I love how the cinnamon sugar mixture completely caramelizes on top of the bars, creating this crispy, crunchy crust on top that’s absolute heaven. It melds so well with the light and vanilla-y creamy cheesecake filling. Drizzle on some honey for the complete and true sopapilla effect!
Have a sweet day!
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