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Sopapilla Cheesecake Hand Pies

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Perfect for your Cinco de Mayo party, these Sopapilla Cheesecake Hand Pies are a baked version of the popular treat – using pie crust!


 My 22nd birthday was way better than my 21st. Before you all go assuming I had too much fun on my 21st birthday, if you know what I mean, I can assure you, that wasn’t why.

My 21st birthday was spent with friends…and my then 20-year-old boyfriend. He wasn’t yet 21 on my birthday and he pouted the entire night because I had wine with dinner. He then took me on a walk after dinner and told me that I shouldn’t have been drinking on my 21st birthday…because he couldn’t drink with me.

Yeah, I look back and wonder why the hell did I stay with him for three years? too.

No, my 22nd birthday was way better. For one thing, my now-husband was my fiancé, and I got to drink all the margs I wanted since he was well over the 21 year mark.

There is this restaurant where I grew up, a fabulous Mexican place called Celia’s. I’ve been going there as long as I can remember and I’m drooling now knowing I can’t eat there until I visit my parents again.

For my 22nd birthday, a big group of us ate at Celia’s. For dessert, they give you a sombrero hat to wear, and bring you sopapillas and ice cream.


Seriously, I drool thinking about those sopapillas. Tortiallas deep fried with cinnamon sugar. Is there anything better?

It was about time I made my own version.

And, in true Dorothy Crazy fashion, I pie’d them up for you.


These Sopapilla Cheesecake Hand Pies are made with pie crust. I used a refrigerated kind, because it’s easy and it’s good. I like easy sometimes. But feel free to use my favorite pie crust if you prefer.

I sandwiched the crust with a cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla mixture. That becomes a cheesecakey wonderfulness when it’s baked. But I didn’t stop there – these are Sopapillas after all!

When they come out of the oven, you drench them in melted butter and dip them in cinnamon sugar while they’re still warm. The cinnamon sugar sticks and melts to the pies a little and ohmygod they really do taste like Sopapillas with ice cream…but they’re cheesecake.

These are perfect for your Cinco de Mayo Party. Or, a random Friday night. Preferably with a margarita.


But make sure your boyfriend is 21. Or he might get jealous.

Sopapilla Cheesecake Hand Pies

Yield: About 24.

Cheesecake inside of a baked hand pie then dipped in cinnamon sugar. Like a sopapilla in pie form!


  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened (low-fat is okay)
  • 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 refrigerated pie crusts
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2” round cookie cutter


  1. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Beat cream cheese with a hand mixer until no lumps remain. Mix in 1/4 cup sugar and vanilla.
  3. Unroll pie crusts, one at a time. Cut 2” circles of crust, re-rolling as needed.
  4. Place half the circles on the prepared cookie sheets. Spoon a little bit of the cheesecake mixture into the center. (I found it easiest to transfer the cheesecake mixture to a ziploc bag with the tip cut off, and pipe it on.) Place the remaining pie crust rounds on top of the filled ones. Use the tines of a fork to press and seal each pie.
  5. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until they begin to turn golden. Let cool for just a minute, until you can touch without burning your fingers, but they should still be hot.
  6. Meanwhile, melt butter in a microwave safe dish. In a separate bowl, stir together remaining 1/2 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon.
  7. Take each still warm pie and brush with butter, then place in the cinnamon sugar and turn over a few times to thoroughly coat. Place on another cookie sheet lined with wax paper to cool.

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116 Responses to “Sopapilla Cheesecake Hand Pies”

  1. Lisa @ Wine & Glue posted on April 21, 2013 at 12:55 pm (#)

    OMG. Okay, my 21st was HOOOOORRRIBLE too! But it was for way different reasons (mom recently diagnosed, taken out by my older brothers, drank too much, they carried me out of a bar, my mom got the pleasure of watching me puke the next day . . . . #shameful). And when I turned 22 it was way better! I wasn’t quite engaged yet, but Nathan and I had just bought our first house and the rest was history.

    These look awesome Dorothy! I’ll be there in five minutes with a pitcher of margaritas. You still have some left, right??


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 21st, 2013 at 6:50 pm

      What is it with 21? Overrated, I guess. :) Thanks Lisa!


  2. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie posted on April 21, 2013 at 1:08 pm (#)

    Very fun hand pie! My 22nd birthday was more fun than my 21st too. I actually only have 1 drink on my 21st though, it was a low key bday. 22nd was a bit crazy, but a blast!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 21st, 2013 at 6:50 pm

      Funny how that works out! Thanks Erin!


  3. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on April 21, 2013 at 1:25 pm (#)

    The bread and the snickerdoodle bars are both recipes Ive never seen! Love those vintage finds :)

    and these hand pies are too cute! I’ve made something very similar to sopapilla bars before but in bar form. They would have been a mess as a hand pie. Lol Yours are just adorable!


  4. Mom posted on April 21, 2013 at 1:55 pm (#)

    OK, we’ll have to make a trip to Celia’s the next time you come down. We don’t go that often.
    These look really good…I bet the are better than Celia’s.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 21st, 2013 at 6:49 pm

      Yum! I’m counting on it… :)


  5. Kristin posted on April 21, 2013 at 2:14 pm (#)

    My 21st was no fun for the same reason. Honestly, my adult birthdays haven’t been any fun. They’re usually fraught with work and deployment or something lol.

    But these look amazing!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 21st, 2013 at 6:49 pm

      Well, hopefully they’ll be better (and warmer!) from now on! Thanks Kristin!


  6. Ashley posted on April 21, 2013 at 2:29 pm (#)

    These are so cute and look too yummy! And I think we’ve all had one of “those” boyfriends. Just make our now signifiant others look that much better! :)


  7. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen posted on April 21, 2013 at 3:34 pm (#)

    OMG Sopapilla’s are one of my most Favorite Desserts of all time!!! These look amazing Dorothy! I am going to try these for sure!


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  9. Megan @ megbakes posted on April 21, 2013 at 4:20 pm (#)

    I don’t think I’ve had sopapillas before. What have I been missing out on? Looks like a lot. I love your version, especially dipping them in cinnamon sugar afterwards.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 21st, 2013 at 6:48 pm

      Yes, you MUST have them. SO good!


  10. Heather @ French Press posted on April 21, 2013 at 4:44 pm (#)

    goodness…I rally cannot remember my 21st birthday, I suppose that means I had fun right:) but these hand pies, and a margarita {or two} sound like a great way to celebrate


  11. Aimee @ ShugarySweets posted on April 21, 2013 at 5:07 pm (#)

    These are awesome. Love that they are hand pies, just perfect.


  12. Shiloh Barkley posted on April 21, 2013 at 5:18 pm (#)

    These look really good!!! Pinning, Dorothy!


  13. Kelly @ Hidden fruits and veggies posted on April 21, 2013 at 5:38 pm (#)

    Yum yum yum!! You always know how to take something that already sounds tasty and take it that extra, over the top step! Thanks for the recipe :)


  14. Meg @ Sweet Twist posted on April 21, 2013 at 5:40 pm (#)

    Your 22nd sounds way better!

    I love all that cinnamon sugar!!! YUM!


  15. Tieghan posted on April 21, 2013 at 5:57 pm (#)

    These are so cute and they sound delicious! I have never heard of them before, but I know need to try them!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 21st, 2013 at 6:46 pm

      Oh, they are so good! Sugary sweet and cinnamony good! :)


  16. Tanya posted on April 21, 2013 at 6:51 pm (#)

    To continue the theme, my 22nd was better, there was less pressure. I cannot believe I’ve been living under a rock and have never tried a sopapilla! I must be so focused on margaritas! These look great Dorothy, especially with all that cinnamon.


  17. Julie posted on April 21, 2013 at 7:36 pm (#)

    What a fun dessert! And it seems so simple to make. Pinned to my food board!


  18. Wendy posted on April 21, 2013 at 7:36 pm (#)

    It really never fails that I come to your blog and find something amazing! Regular s opapillas are delicious but filled with cheese cake, baked and drizzled in butter then covered with cinnamon sugar?! Wow and Yum! I am more than willing to celebrate any holiday that includes these!


  19. Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen posted on April 21, 2013 at 8:16 pm (#)

    I haven’t had my 21st yet… but my dad already made dinner reservations for 2014. So I’ll be spending it with my parents and that’s that. (however it IS at a place that has cupcake margaritas so that’s pretty awesome!) But pie! And Sopapillas! That’s two of the best things in life in one!


  20. Trisha posted on April 21, 2013 at 8:30 pm (#)

    My word!!! Dorothy these look amazing, makes me wanna grab one right now!!!

    I’m hosting a giveaway on blog and would love for you to participate –


  21. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl posted on April 21, 2013 at 8:38 pm (#)

    Hee! We’re on the same wavelength today, but I love your sopapilla version more! That cream filling is genius. Let’s get together for margaritas and swap, ‘kay?


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 22nd, 2013 at 6:02 am

      YES! I wish we could Ashley!


  22. Kim Beaulieu posted on April 21, 2013 at 8:54 pm (#)

    Oh my gosh, these are so adorable. I want like 21 of them, while hanging with a 21 year old pool boy. Wait, don’t tell my hubs I said that.


  23. Renee @ Awesome on $20 posted on April 21, 2013 at 10:29 pm (#)

    I promise your 21st birthday was better than mine. These pies remind me of this amazing Mexican restaurant in Oklahoma City, where I went to college. You got sopapillas automatically as part of your meal. They were delivered to your table with a big bottle of honey, and I’d drench mine. I can’t wait to try these. They are so adorable, and I’m betting, so delicious.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 22nd, 2013 at 6:01 am

      Too delicious Renee! Thank you!


  24. Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen posted on April 22, 2013 at 5:59 am (#)

    Your 22nd birthday definitely sounds a lot better than your 21st! I usually think birthdays are a let-down, but I actually went to Mexico with my best friend for my 21st, so I had quite a fun one! Your pies look so cute – I’ve never tried sopapilla, but anything with cream cheese, vanilla and sugar sounds good to me!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 22nd, 2013 at 6:00 am

      What a fun birthday trip, I bet you had fun! Thanks Rosie!


  25. Tina @ Sugar Bean Bakers posted on April 22, 2013 at 6:38 am (#)

    Yummy yummy!!!

    I’m planning on making regular Sopapillas for the Bean soon (he had them in Spanish class and LOVED them).

    These sound WAY better though!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 22nd, 2013 at 12:32 pm

      I want regular ones and these. At the same time. :) I’m an addict, what can I say???


  26. Ashton posted on April 22, 2013 at 6:49 am (#)

    These photos are gorgeous! And I think you are so creative, and lovely, and genius for posting these :) Happy Monday, friend!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 22nd, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      Happy Monday back my friend! :) And thanks xo!


  27. Lyuba@willcookforsmiles posted on April 22, 2013 at 6:56 am (#)

    pastry+cream cheese+cinnamon=HEAVEN!!
    I’ll take a box please…a big one :)


  28. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet posted on April 22, 2013 at 7:14 am (#)

    I have never heard of these before but my goodness they look amazing!!!


  29. Stephanie @ Back For Seconds posted on April 22, 2013 at 7:50 am (#)

    These are super adorable! Love that you made them tiny pies – so cute! Wish we could drink margs together and eat about 20 of these :)


  30. Mindy posted on April 22, 2013 at 8:20 am (#)

    Yeah, those don’t look like they suck at all. Pinning!


  31. Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie posted on April 22, 2013 at 8:52 am (#)

    These sound totally delish! When it involves cinnamon, sugar, melted butter, AND cheesecake – I’m there! 😉


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 22nd, 2013 at 12:30 pm

      Me too! Thanks Jennifer!


  32. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel posted on April 22, 2013 at 9:10 am (#)

    Okay, so my 21st birthday was great, my 22nd was horrible. I guess not hooooorrible, but it was annoying for sure, what with a lame boyfriend and all that jazz. And am I weird for not having a fiance or a house like you and Lisa by the age of 22? I am such an old maid! While I grieve over my unmarriability, I’d like to stuff my face with these pies. You know how I feel about cheesecake and pie crust and cinnamon sugar. And this is like, the bestest thing EVAH.


  33. Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry posted on April 22, 2013 at 9:32 am (#)

    My ex boyfriend ruined my 21st birthday as well by showing up high as a kite on mushrooms..I am hoping my 23rd is a whole lot better. And these Sopapilla look addicting, like can’t stop at five addicting! Love it.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 22nd, 2013 at 12:25 pm

      It will be, I’m sure of it! And, wow, mushrooms? Really???


  34. Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake posted on April 22, 2013 at 10:07 am (#)

    These are so cute and such a creative idea!! Love it!


  35. Anne @The Cooking Campaign posted on April 22, 2013 at 11:53 am (#)

    I. Want. These. Now!


  36. Mr. & Mrs. P posted on April 22, 2013 at 12:59 pm (#)

    We saw these over the weekend but didn’t have a chance to comment.. These little hand pies are sooo cute!!! Just love how the cinnamon and sugar sparkle!!


  37. Jennifer {Bake or Break} posted on April 22, 2013 at 7:01 pm (#)

    Love these! I’m a fool for cinnamon + sugar.


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  39. Kathy posted on April 22, 2013 at 7:32 pm (#)

    These are awesome! My kids would adore these!


  40. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on April 22, 2013 at 7:53 pm (#)

    What an absolutely fun hand pie! I am drooling over all the butter and cinnamon sugar goodness you have coated on these!!!!


  41. Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking posted on April 22, 2013 at 8:20 pm (#)

    How come I’ve never heard of sopapilla until I sw your post? I definitely need to get out of my cave moe often.
    And the cheeecake filling? YUMMY!!!


  42. PapaLos @ The Man, The Chef, The Dad posted on April 23, 2013 at 8:26 am (#)

    I’ve never had an authentic sopapilla but I must say, I’d probably take your version 9 times out of 10.

    This sounds like a great way to use up that extra pie dough that is always scraped. And cheesecake? Come on, you really didn’t have to say anything after cheesecake.

    Can’t wait to give these a go!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 23rd, 2013 at 7:03 pm

      Yes! Extra pie dough is the reason I make pie. :)


  43. Kristen posted on April 23, 2013 at 2:24 pm (#)

    These are so fabulous – love sopapillas and cheesecake!!


  44. ashley - baker by nature posted on April 23, 2013 at 4:36 pm (#)

    Guys who pout gotta GO! Happy you found yourself the perfect birthday sidekick for all your years to come 😉

    Also, please send some of these darling hand pies this way!!!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 23rd, 2013 at 6:59 pm

      I wish I had, then I wouldn’t have eaten them all! :)


  45. Deborah posted on April 23, 2013 at 7:11 pm (#)

    Oh my goodness – i have something fairly similar that is scheduled for next week! Great minds think alike, right?? :)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 24th, 2013 at 6:36 am

      Totally! :) I can’t wait to see your version!


  46. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen posted on April 24, 2013 at 2:19 pm (#)

    I still want those! : ) Thanks for sharing on Show Me Your Plaid Monday’s!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 24th, 2013 at 6:51 pm

      I want you to have them! :) Thanks Chandra!


  47. Carla posted on April 24, 2013 at 5:34 pm (#)

    These look irresistible! I can’t wait to try them.


  48. Danielle posted on April 24, 2013 at 9:32 pm (#)

    Wow, these look absolutely delicious! I can’t wait to give them a try :) Thanks so much for sharing!!!


  49. Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste posted on April 25, 2013 at 9:22 am (#)

    I love these mini-pies and can only imagine how moist and flavorful they are! Thanks for sharing!


  50. Kiran @ posted on April 25, 2013 at 12:33 pm (#)

    These mini hand-pies looks way to cute!!


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  52. Lindsey (Lou Lou Biscuit) posted on April 27, 2013 at 9:12 am (#)

    I had a horrible 21st too. My then bf was so broke I had to buy all my own drinks! Haha my 22nd was much better. These hand pies look so amazing. I love hand pies in general, and I just had my first sopapilla not too long ago when I was in TX, and I LOVED it. It would have been amazing stuffed with cheesecake. Great idea!


  53. Katie posted on April 28, 2013 at 3:44 pm (#)

    I just made them and they are amazing! I ate a few and will take the rest to work tomorrow. Thank you for the recipe :)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 28th, 2013 at 7:52 pm

      Yay! I’m so glad you liked them! Thank you Katie!


  54. Karyn - Pint Sized Baker posted on April 28, 2013 at 6:19 pm (#)

    Did you say “Drench in Butter”? I’m sold! Gimmie 5! Thanks for linking up at Pint Sized Baker‘s Two Cup Tuesday Party! I’ve pinned this! I hope to see you again on Monday Night!


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  56. Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life posted on April 30, 2013 at 6:21 pm (#)

    My brothers will flip for this! (okay, I will too) Genius and so simple!


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  59. Megan posted on May 3, 2013 at 5:45 pm (#)

    Do these have to be refrigerated overnight or just left out?? They look soooo good!!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on May 4th, 2013 at 7:10 am

      I left them out! But…they only lasted one night! :) If you’re worried, feel free to refrigerate them. I don’t think it would affect the taste, just let come to room temp before serving! Thank you!


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