My Churro Cheesecake Bars takes a festival favorite “churros” and turns it into a scrumptious cookie bar with a cheesecake filling. Perfect dessert for your Cinco de Mayo party.
So Cinco de Mayo is coming up in a few days. This is not an official holiday in the USA, but I’m an international blogger and many in the USA seem to like this day. So like most Americans I will take a classic recipe, turn it into my own and take credit for it. That is how my recipe for Churro Cheesecake Bars was invented. I know! I know! Churros are from Spain, so keep your negative comments to yourself. Either way these make a great dessert.
In our house this is a big holiday. Not because we love Cinco de Mayo (even though we do) but May 5th is my oldest and only son Ethan’s birthday. He turns 17 this year and I can’t believe he will be graduating in 365 days. He is making me feel old!
Ethan has an experienced palate and is a great help taste testing and critiquing my creations. Sometimes we don’t agree but I do listen to what he thinks. Hopefully I have instilled in him the joy of cooking, if so he will make his wife very happy someday.
I am always using holidays or events to create new recipes. Cinco de Mayo is always fun because of the many ways you can combine Mexican and American foods.
The holiday of Cinco De Mayo, The 5th Of May, commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862. It is primarily a regional holiday celebrated in the Mexican state capital city of Puebla and throughout the state of Puebla, with some limited recognition in other parts of Mexico, and especially in U.S. cities with a significant Mexican population. It is not, as many people think, Mexico’s Independence Day, which is actually September 16.
I love churros but I am not a big fan of frying. To messy and fattening.
Now I’m not saying that my Churro Cheesecake Bars is any healthier, but it is definitely easier and cleaner to make. Very tasty and a great combination of ingredients. Churro Cheesecake Bars are not as crunchy as the original churro but still with all the flavors and a bonus, creamy cheesecake filling.
- 1 1/2 cup water
- 3/4 cups unsalted butter, about 1 1/2 sticks
- 3 tbsp. light brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp. coarse salt
- 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, I suggest King Arthur
- 3 large eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 2 (8 oz) pkgs light cream cheese
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla Rodelle
- 1/2 cup sugar
- Preheat oven to 425°F.
- Line 9 x 13 baking dish with parchment paper. Cut to fit, but allow paper to overhang the edges of the dish.
- In a medium saucepan, over medium high heat, stir 1 1/2 cups water with brown sugar, butter and salt.
- Stir until butter is melted and the mixture comes to a boil.
- Remove from heat and slowly add flour, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon.
- Mash until all flour is incorporated.
- Place mixture into mixing bowl.
- Mix on low-speed with mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.
- Add vanilla and eggs, one at a time, until smooth dough forms.
- Combine sugar and cinnamon until well blended
- (TIP: Double recipe and store extra in air tight container to use for cinnamon toast or to shake on french toast)
- In large bowl beat cream cheese until smooth.
- Add egg, 1/2 cup sugar and vanilla and beat until creamy and smooth.
- Press half of dough mixture into bottom of baking dish.
- Sprinkle 2 tablespoons cinnamon-sugar mix over dough.
- Spread cream cheese mixture over dough.
- Place remaining dough into a piping bag fitted with a star tip.
- Pipe dough over cream cheese in lines to resemble a churro.
- Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon cinnamon-sugar mix.
- Bake uncovered for 30 minutes
- Remove from oven and allow to cool.
- Chill in refrigerator for two hours before cutting.
- Remove bars from pan and sprinkle with remaining cinnamon-sugar mix and cut into squares.
First published by Quinn Caudill for dadwhats4dinner.com © April 2016
You will also find my Churro Cheesecake Bars recipe at Freedom Fridays, Friday Favorites, Fiesta Friday, Weekend Potluck, What’s Cooking Wednesdays. Checkout my Link Parties Page for other great places to find new recipes.
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