Sopapilla Cheesecake Ice Cream

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It’s been 90 degrees here this week. Oh, summer. Go away I hate you.

When it gets this hot there is one thing I want: ice cream. And because next week is Cinco de May0 and because I’m too lazy to unearth my ice cream machine, I make this Sopapilla Cheesecake Ice Cream easy without a machine!

Sopapilla Cheesecake Ice Cream - no machine needed! Full of cinnamon sugar and cheesecake flavor.

So, have you heard that new song #Selfie? I’m kind of addicted to it. I’m also kind of addicted to techno rock these days. Animals, Turn Down For What, that sort of thing. Those three songs get me to 90 on the stair master. That’s 90 steps per minute.

{After about a minute I want to die, but I can do a comfortable 80 for about three minutes, when I have a good beat to get me there.}

Anyway, I’m addicted to #Selfie. I think the girl talking in it is hilarious and, scarily, true to today. Jordan can impersonate her perfectly. I’m just waiting for her to ask me what a “bootycall” is. #momoftheyearawardgoestome

{This situation kind of reminds me of when she started listening to LMFAO.}

Last weekend we blasted the song and took our own selfie. I was trying to make a club face. #thatdoesntworkwhenyoure36

Then we blasted Animals and she told me the radio was too loud.

Again. #momoftheyearrighthere

Sopapilla Cheesecake Ice Cream - no machine needed! Full of cinnamon sugar and cheesecake flavor.

So…ice cream. And Cinco de Mayo. Marry the two and you have Sopapilla Cheesecake Ice Cream!

Sopapilla is traditionally a fried dough served with honey or sugar. At my favorite Mexican restaurant they serve them as dessert with cinnamon sugar and ice cream. It’s also often paired with cheesecake (and pie, like I did last year).

I decided to go one further and make ice cream. Easy ice cream. No machine needed!

If you’ve been a reader here for any length of time, you’ll know that I own an ice cream machine, but I rarely use it. I instead prefer to make easy no churn ice cream: a mix of sweetened condensed milk and either fresh whipped cream or Cool Whip.

I used Cool Whip for this version, because I can make the ice cream almost fat-free by using fat-free Cool Whip. I also used reduced-fat cream cheese and fat-free sweetened condensed milk. I can feel a little less guilt when I have a bowl, especially if I’m having it on Cinco de Mayo after a plate of beans and nachos and a margarita sangria.

You can use regular or lite or sugar-free Cool Whip, or you can use fresh whipped cream. (See the note in the recipe.) You can also use full-fat cream cheese (I’ve never subbed fat-free, so use caution) and regular sweetened condensed milk. That’s what I love about this easy ice cream method – it’s so versatile!

For this version, I added cream cheese like my friend Ashton does. It makes the ice cream amazing!

The sopapilla part is actually pie crust that’s been sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and baked until crisp and crumbly. I mixed it into the ice cream before freezing. I also added some extra cinnamon into the ice cream mixture. The pie crust and cinnamon add some crunch and texture and amazing flavor to the ice cream.

So, I guess we could also call this ice cream Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crust Ice Cream. But Sopapilla sounds better!

Sopapilla Cheesecake Ice Cream - no machine needed! Full of cinnamon sugar and cheesecake flavor.

You must make this. If you like cinnamon, you’re going to love it!

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Sopapilla Cheesecake Ice Cream

Ice cream made without a machine, full of cinnamon, cheesecake flavor, and sopapilla pie crust!


  • 1 pie crust (from a refrigerated pack of two, or from scratch
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (I use fat-free, but original works fine as well)
  • 8 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12 ounces (1 1/2 8-ounce containers) Cool Whip (fat-free, lite, or regular) *See Note*


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. Mix granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a small bowl. Unroll pie crust and sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar. Press lightly with your hands to seal it to the crust. Spray the crust lightly with cooking spray.
  3. Bake crust for 8-12 minutes, until light golden brown around the edges. Let cool completely before making ice cream.
  4. Place cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk in a large bowl and mix with a hand mixer until smooth. You can do this by hand, but I find that using a hand mixer makes it easier to get out the lumps. Mix in vanilla and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Fold in Cool Whip (see note).
  5. Crumble cooled pie crust into small pieces and stir into ice cream mixture. I reserved about 1/4 of the crust for topping, but you can add it all if you wish.
  6. Place ice cream in a large resealable container and freeze for at least 4 hours but overnight is better. Will keep in the freezer for up to one month.


If you don’t like using Cool Whip, you can use fresh whipped cream instead. Beat 2 cups of cold heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form, then fold into the ice cream mixture in place of the Cool Whip.

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  1. Thank you so much for posting a recipe that doesn’t need an ice cream maker! My mom “borrowed” mine and I still haven’t gotten it back!
    This looks absolutely delicious. Perfect for Cinco de Mayo!

  2. Omg, this ice cream looks incredible!

  3. I have never heard of this sopapilla before and I an seriously wondering why it hasn’t been in my life. It sounds AMAZING! As does this ice cream. Defo need to jump on your bandwagon!

  4. That looks amazing! Pinned!

  5. Oh gosh I am so jealous of the warm weather! It’s actually on the forecast to snow here. I know, in May?! Crazy. I totally love ice cream whenever though and this flavor looks insanely good! Also, so glad this is no machine, since I don’t have one! Pinning 🙂

  6. What a great ice cream flavor, and perfect for Cinco de Mayo! It’s in the 90’s here too this week. I’m kind of enjoying the warm weather, since it’s new, but just a few degrees cooler would be nice. At least I get to wear my new spring skirts. 🙂

  7. Wow, 90 degrees in May? Send your weather my way, please! This ice cream looks amazing and perfect for spring (and summer) too! Pinned!

  8. Haha when I heard the song Selfie I had hoped it was a joke and not a real song. It is quite amusing though! And loving this flavor of ice cream!

  9. This looks so good! Genius idea!

    Oh and 90 degrees? I would so take that ANYDAY over this snow. Let’s swap places??

  10. Get outta here with your sopapilla cheesecake ice-cream! I mean seriously, I am going to have to run an extra mile just from LOOKING at these photos! And no machine! Heck yes!

    I love those songs too!!! Turn Down for What has been on repeat during my workouts the past few weeks! Too good! #momoftheyearawardgoestoyou #forserious

  11. I’m such a sucker for cinnamon and crunchies in my ice cream, so this is pretty much perfection scooped into a bowl for me!

  12. Given my love for cinnamon, I’m pretty sure that I need to make this ice cream ASAP!

  13. These ice cream is absolutely incredible. I must try it!

  14. Ice cream is one of my favorite treats. The cinnamon and texture in this looks delicious. I’m pinning now and can’t wait to try!

  15. I’m totally going to have to find that song tonight…. feel a little left out that I haven’t heard it. Loving this ice cream because I don’t have an ice cream maker. Love cinco de mayo!

  16. whoa, whoa, whoa! This ice cream is made for me! My jaw dropped when I saw it – LOVE!!!! Seriously, Dorothy. Awesome!

  17. You must be in Southern California. It is brutally hot here already today and this needs to be made, pronto. Love the flavoring and even I can tackle this one. Or I will at least try. The hashtags in this post cracked me up. Thanks!


  19. Love this! And totally perfect for our 90 degree weather too!!!! We failed to have any sort of winter or spring down here is Southern CA. I love how simple this is to make, and of course I love that it’s sopapillla! Wonderful dessert for cinco de mayo after being stuffed with beans, rice, carnitas, and margaritas! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  21. Wow, this ice cream looks incredible Dorothy! Such a great flavor idea – love it! I have an ice cream maker but I don’t always feel like lugging it out of its hiding place so loving this no machine recipe. Pinned 🙂

  22. I’ve got something pretty similar coming up for Cinco de Mayo! You’ve got my mouth watering with these.
    I’m glad that we’re on the same wavelength right now. Anything cinnamony is my downfall!

  23. Looks and sounds amazing, Dorothy. I’ve only used my ice cream maker once since getting it!

    I’ve been thinking about ice cream lately too. Although it’s not too hot here. 🙂 Doesn’t the pie crust go soggy in the ice cream?

    • It didn’t! I made sure to bake it until it was very golden. The ice cream was in my freezer for about 2 weeks before we finished it, and the crust chunks were still crunchy!

  24. I want this ice cream, in my mouth. Right now. Haha, geeez that looks good!

  25. Sopapillas – I haven’t had those since I last visited my sister in Santa Fe. Yum! Cheesecake in ice cream, and no ice cream maker needed. Yea, you!

  26. 90* already? I am still waiting for a day over 50*!
    This ice cream looks amazing – love how easy it is!

  27. seriously – I do not want summer yet, but if it has to be here, then I need this ice cream

  28. I love sopapilla’s, I grew up on them after a night out for mexican food. I’ve never made homemade ice cream and don’t have a machine so thank you for the recipe! This sounds amazing!! 🙂

  29. If Jordan said the music was too loud, you are DEFINITELY the best mom — you’ve raised her really, really well! And I can say that because I’ve met her (twice) and she’s been super sweet and polite both times. Even if she is on her best behavior, you’ve done an amazing job at parenting!!! 🙂 And ice cream… Oh my gosh, where did this heat wave come from??? Why do we always skip straight from winter to summer? Not fun, not fun at all. I’ve been eating at least one, if not two, bowls of ice cream every night to help cool down. Love your easy recipe! (We always use the leftover pie dough from making pie crusts to make “Cinnamon Sugar Dough.” It’s the best part of pie making!)

  30. it looks delicious!

  31. We have not been having warm weather (I wore my down coat today!) but this ice cream still looks irresistible! I don’t have an ice cream maker so I especially love that this recipe doesn’t need one! Cinco de Mayo is a wonderful excuse to make this! 🙂

  32. I hadn’t heard of ‘sopapilla’ before either but it looks delicious!! Anything cinnamon sugary with pastry and ice cream is heaven in my opinion. Amazing photos Dorothy… haha, and I’m 30 and I’ve never attempted a selfie! You and your friend rock!

  33. Sopapilla is my brothers’ all time favorite flavor. I cannot get over the fact that you put it in ICE CREAM. Like, can we talk about how amazing that sounds?? Creamy, cold, and lots of cinnamon and sugar sounds incredible. Pinning!

  34. Ughh… my husband and I love sopapillas with honey on them. The fact that you turned it into an ice cream and a cheesecake ice cream on top makes you nothing more than sheer genius! Love this and I’m totally right with ya on the 80 degree weather… I sat out yesterday and sun tanned.. ha! 🙂

  35. I visited my aunt and uncle in New Mexico when I was in high school and we went to the most amazing Mexican restaurant in Santa Fe and the best part of the meal was the sopapilla for dessert! What a great idea to turn it into ice cream! Looks delicious!

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  37. Amazing combo! Have to try it next weekend.

  38. This cheesecake ice cream looks the best! I love the flavours- Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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  40. 90 degrees and you want it to go away already?! Giiiirl, don’t talk so crazy! 😉 This ice cream sounds like the perfect way to deal with the hot weather! Love the flavor!

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  45. Will it work with an ice cream maker?

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