This Sopapilla Cheesecake Skillet Cookie is a giant cinnamon cookie stuffed with a cheesecake filling and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar.
Sopapillas are one of my favorite things in the world. Give me a hot sopapilla drizzled with honey and I will literally be the happiest girl in the world, bonus points if there are more than one!
Sopapilla cheesecake comes in at a close second because it is pretty much all the best things in life: breading, cheesecake filling, and cinnamon sugar. I couldn't resist taking the idea of sopapilla cheesecake and turning it into a skillet cookie. Y'all, this is one you don't want to miss out on!
Ingredients for Sopapilla Cheesecake Skillet Cookie
Ingredients for skillet cookie:
- All-purpose flour. Measuring the flour correctly is very important. I suggest weighing your flour out (I use this scale). If you want to use a measuring cup, make sure you spoon the flour into the cup and level it off with a knife. Don’t use the cup to scoop directly from the flour
- Baking soda. This will give our skillet cookie the rise we are looking for.
- Salt. Salt is a must in baked goods. It will help to balance out the sweetness and improve the overall flavor.
- Ground Cinnamon. This will add flavor to the skillet cookie
- Unsalted butter. I always make sure to use unsalted butter when baking because there is no “standard” for the amount of salt they can add to butter. So if you add salt to a recipe and then use salted butter you could end up with a very salty end product.
- Brown sugar. Brown sugar adds a chewy texture to the finished product.
- Vanilla. Vanilla is a must in baked goods just like salt. Real vanilla adds a better flavor than imitation vanilla.
- Egg. It will be easier to incorporate the eggs into the batter if they are at room temperature.
Ingredients for cheesecake filling:
- Cream Cheese. The cream cheese needs to be at room temperature to make a super smooth filling.
- Vanilla. See above.
- Granulated Sugar. We just need a little bit of sugar to sweeten the filling.
How to make a Sopapilla Cheesecake Skillet Cookie:
STEP 1: In a small bowl combine the room temperature cream cheese, vanilla, and sugar. Mix until fully combined and smooth. Set aside.
Cinnamon Sugar Topping
STEP 1: In a small bowl combine the sugar and cinnamon. Mix until fully combined. Set aside.
Sopapilla Cheesecake Skillet Cookie
STEP 1: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees (F). If you’re using a cast-iron skillet you shouldn’t need to do anything to make it non-stick (The one I used was given to me by my grandma, but this one is the same size and the same brand as the other cast-irons I cook with.) If you don’t have a cast-iron skillet you can just use a small baking dish for the same effect. Either one needs to be 5 or 6 inches and you will need to spray a baking dish with non-stick spray.
STEP 2: In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon until free of lumps.
STEP 3: In another medium bowl beat the softened butter, sugar, and vanilla until soft and creamy. Add egg and beat well.
STEP 4: Add flour mixture in two additions. Mix until just combined after each addition.
STEP 5: Press half of the dough into the bottom of the skillet.
STEP 6: Spread the cheesecake filling over the dough. Leave about a ½ inch space on the sides.
STEP 7: Spread the rest of the cookie batter on top. Be sure to fully cover all of the cheesecake filling.
STEP 8: Sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar mixture over the top of the skillet cookie.
STEP 9: Place the skillet in the oven with a cookie sheet underneath. This will catch any of the dough that might spill over.
STEP 10: Bake for about 30-35 minutes for a doughy center. You can bake for 5-10 minutes longer if you would like your cookie to be more done in the center.
STEP 11: Remove the Sopapilla Cheesecake Skillet Cookie from the oven and serve immediately. Top with ice cream if desired.
How to serve a skillet cookie
- Skillet cookies are best served warm, about 5-10 minutes out of the oven.
- You can make the dough ahead of time and bake it off when ready to serve.
- You can serve the skillet cookie with spoons and allow people to share or cut the cookie into slices, like a pizza.
More Skillet Cookie Recipes
- Cookies and Cream Skillet Cookie- A deep dish cookie filled with chunks of Oreo cookies.
- Stuffed Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie- A thick chocolate chip cookie filled with even more chocolate!
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Skillet Cookie- A giant peanut butter cookie stuffed full of chocolate chips.
- Chai Spiced Snickerdoodle Skillet Cookie- This skillet snickerdoodle cookie has a fun chai twist.
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Sopapilla Cheesecake Skillet Cookie
For Cheesecake Filling:
- 4 ounces cream cheese softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon (12 grams) granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup (120 grams) all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 stick (113 grams) unsalted butter softened
- ⅔ cup (142 grams) light brown sugar packed
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
For Cheeseake Filling:
- In a small bowl combine the room temperature cream cheese, vanilla, and sugar. Mix until fully combined and smooth. Set aside.
- In a small bowl combine the sugar and cinnamon. Mix until fully combined. Set aside.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). Spray a 5 or 6-inch dish with non-stick spray and set aside.
- In a medium bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
- In another medium bowl, beat softened butter, sugar, and vanilla together until soft and creamy. Add egg and beat well.
- Add flour mixture in two additions, mixing until just combined after each.
- Press half of the dough into the bottom of the skillet.
- Spread the cheesecake filling over the dough, leaving about a ½ inch space on the sides.
- Spread the rest of the cookie batter on top. Be sure to fully cover all of the cheesecake filling.
- Sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar mixture over the top of the skillet cookie.
- Place the skillet in the oven with a cookie sheet underneath it to catch any that might spill over.
- Bake for about 30-35 minutes for a doughy center, 5-10 minutes longer if you would like your cookie to be more done in the center.
- Remove the Sopapilla Cheesecake Skillet Cookie from the oven and serve immediately. Top with ice cream if desired.
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