Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake

This Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake is a delicious thick and creamy cheesecake with a ribbon of cinnamon running through it, topped off with cream cheese icing. It’s truly exquisite!

Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake - thick and creamy cheesecake with delicious cinnamon roll filling throughout! So good!

Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake
Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake - thick and creamy cheesecake with delicious cinnamon roll filling throughout! So good!

So I hope you all love cheesecakes as much as I do. There are so many options and things you can do with them and they really aren’t hard to make. They can take a little time since they take a while to bake and cool, but as long as you have some time to work with, they really shouldn’t be intimidating.

And they’ve always been one of my favorite desserts. I’m such a texture person, so I love a thick and creamy cheesecake. I used to call them “the” favorite, but I just love so many things now it’s really hard for me to pick a favorite anymore. I have a bajillion favorites, as I’m sure you know by now. 🙂

As far as favorite flavors so, I am a sucker for cinnamon. And I don’t go light on it. You’ll find that there is no shortage of cinnamon in this cheesecake. In fact, you could reduce it, if you wanted, but it might make me a little sad.

I made a few versions of this cheesecake until I got it just right and one version actually did use about half the amount of cinnamon. While it was very good, most of my taste testers agreed with me that it was not enough cinnamon to call itself a cinnamon roll cheesecake.

So I doubled it up and I’m in love.

Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake - thick and creamy cheesecake with delicious cinnamon roll filling throughout! So good!
Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake - thick and creamy cheesecake with delicious cinnamon roll filling throughout! So good!

Tips For Making Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake

As far as the ingredients for the cinnamon filling, it’s much like what you’d actually fill cinnamon rolls with. I actually started with an exact cinnamon roll filling – cinnamon, brown sugar and melted butter. But when baked into the cheesecake and cooled, it had a texture that just didn’t feel right. The butter and sugar firmed up when cold and didn’t quite mesh with the creamy cheesecake.

So I added some flour to help out the butter and it fits right in with the creamy cheesecake now, but still tastes just like cinnamon roll filling.

The icing is also a straight up cinnamon roll icing – with cream cheese. I’m pretty much convinced that everything in life is better with cream cheese. I love the stuff.

I piped it on in kind of a cinnamon roll way. It covers up some of the additional cinnamon on top of the cheesecake, but just so you know, the whole cheesecake is topped with a layer of cinnamon.

Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake - thick and creamy cheesecake with delicious cinnamon roll filling throughout! So good!
Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake - thick and creamy cheesecake with delicious cinnamon roll filling throughout! So good!

Am I making sound like cinnamon overload? It really isn’t. It’s actually just the right amount. My small group totally fell in love with the final product, some of them declaring it was their favorite yet. We actually all have the same problem – everything we try is our favorite. 🙂

The first step is to make the crust, of course. It’s pretty standard. Crushed cookies, sugar, butter, cinnamon. Bake it all up!

But once you have the cheesecake filling and cinnamon filling made, you’ll layer them on top of the crust, starting and ending with the cinnamon. You’ll have four layers of the cinnamon filling and three layers of the cheesecake. The cinnamon filling is kind of thick, so you’ll crumble it up to add the layers. The final layer will actually be right on top of the cheesecake.

Once it’s ball baked and cooled, you seriously won’t be able to resist this cheesecake. It’s amazing and totally delicious. Cinnamon and cheesecake love right here.

Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake - thick and creamy cheesecake with delicious cinnamon roll filling throughout! So good!
Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake - thick and creamy cheesecake with delicious cinnamon roll filling throughout! So good!

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Recipe

Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 12-14 Servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake is a delicious thick and creamy cheesecake with a ribbon of cinnamon running through it, topped off with cream cheese icing. It’s truly exquisite!


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Ingredients

CRUST

  • 1 1/2 cups nilla wafer crumbs
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 5 tbsp butter, melted

CHEESECAKE FILLING

  • 3 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon

CINNAMON FILLING 

  • 2 cups brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 5 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 12 tbsp butter, melted

ICING

  • 2 tbsp cream cheese, room temperature
  • 6 tbsp butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 45 tbsp milk

Instructions

CRUST

1. Heat oven to 325 degrees.
2. In a small bowl, combine crust ingredients and mix well.
3. Press mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan.
4. Bake crust for 10 minutes then remove and set aside.
5. Cover the outsides of the pan with aluminum foil and set aside.

CHEESECAKE AND CINNAMON FILLING 

1. Reduce oven to 300 degrees.
2. In a large bowl, mix the cream cheese, sugar and flour until combined (Use low speed to keep less air from getting into the batter, which can cause cracks). Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
3. Add eggs one at a time, beating slowly and scraping the sides of the bowl after each addition.
4. Add the sour cream, vanilla extract and cinnamon. Beat on low speed until well combined. Set aside.
5. In another medium bowl, whisk together brown sugar, cinnamon and flour.
6. Stir in melted butter.
7. Break apart cinnamon mixture and sprinkle pieces over the bottom of the crust, about 1/4 of the cinnamon mixture.
8. Spread about 1/3 of the cheesecake filling over the cinnamon mixture.
9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 two more times, for a total of three layers of cinnamon and three layers of cheesecake filling.
10. Sprinkle remaining cinnamon mixture over top of cheesecake.
11. Place springform pan (covered with aluminum foil) inside another pan. Fill outside pan with enough warm water to go about halfway up the sides of the springform pan. The water should not go above the top edge of the aluminum foil on the springform pan.
8. Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes.
9. Turn off heat and leave cheesecake in oven with door closed for 30 minutes.
10. Crack oven door and leave the cheesecake in the oven for about 5 minutes.
11. Remove cheesecake from oven and chill.

ICING

1. Combine cream cheese and butter and mix until smooth.
2. Add vanilla extract and powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
3. Add milk and mix until smooth.
4. Once cheesecake is cool and firm, remove from springform pan and place on serving plate. Cover with icing. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Enjoy!

Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake - thick and creamy cheesecake with delicious cinnamon roll filling throughout! So good!

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144 Comments
  1. Katrina

    I just made this cheesecake for a friend of mine who shares my love for both Cheesecake and Cinnamon Rolls. All I can say is WOW. It blew me away how delicious it is! Definitely keeping this recipe handy!

    1. Lindsay

      I probably used salted butter, but either would be fine. You can always add your own salt to taste if you use unsalted butter.

  2. Kristy

    This cheesecake is such a hit! So amazingly cinnamony and delicious. I do cut the cinnamon filling in half as it is just too much sugar for most when I have made this recipe before. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  3. Patty Wac

    As I mentioned in one of the comments above, I stopped using foil to wrap the pan in and started using large oven roasting bags instead. They keep the water out much better. I ended up with a soggy crust once and that did it for me. Yuck! It ruined my cheesecake.

    Another trick I learned that helps is before I bake it I take the bottom out of the springform pan and using it as a stencil, for lack of a better word, I trace and cut out a circle of parchment paper around the outside of the bottom. I then put it back into the springform pan and put the parchment paper lining inside on top of it. This way you don’t have to butter the pan, which just makes the cheesecake greasy, and when it’s ready to serve, it makes it easy to carefully pick up and put on a pretty tray.

    One last thing, after you let it cool in the oven for an hour and you take it out and put it on a rack to finish cooling, carefully use a butter knife to go around the inside of the pan. This loosens the cheesecake as it cools so that it will not crack by sticking to the sides. (:->) 

  4. Patty Wac

    Lindsay, I just found your blog and I love it. I can’t wait to make this cheesecake, I am a cinnamon freak and so I am excited about trying this. ❤️

  5. Nancy

    I have been using hot pot liners around cheesecake pan. Foil first, then lined ties in one side to make it tight. Works great, but afraid I can’t remember what site I got idea from. Sorry I can’t credit them😕😕

  6. Danielle

    This cheesecake is amazing. The first time I made it, it came out perfect but I think I skipped the water bath since they make me nervous. I just made it again trying with the water bath and water seeped through the foil… is there any way to save it? Can I put it back in the oven without the water and dry out the crust? I’m so bummed out….

    1. Lindsay

      It should be fine even though a little bit of water got in. It usually kind of dries out a little bit on its own while it sits in the fridge. Glad to hear you enjoyed it!

    1. Lindsay

      Ovens can vary. When you bake a cheesecake it should be fairly set but a little jiggly in the middle before you take it out of the oven.

  7. Chels

    Do you think I could use this recipe to make 3, of the 4 inch pan cheesecakes? Or would it be completely different? Also, would I only be able to cook one at a time or could I do all three in the oven at the same time? 

  8. Kate Merritt

    My daughter just called and said that after following the recipe to a T, when she finally took it out of the oven, it was pretty “soupy”. Do you think it will firm up enough in the fridge?? She is going to test the oven, now, because she just moved into this apartment and does not have much experience with it. 

  9. Brandy

    This recipe is amazing good! I made it for Christmas and it will definitely be in my cheesecake rotation. I’m going to have to look into your other cheesecake recipes because this one was out of this world! 

  10. Wendy

    I went to Copeland’s Cheesecake Bistro last week and had their yummy cinnamon roll cheesecake. I was inspired and found this recipe. I made it last night and shared it with the same friends that I went to Copeland’s with- We all agree…this one is even better. The texture is perfect and the cinnamon/sugar mixture is so good. The cream cheese icing is just the perfect touch. Thank you!

  11. Tami

    I took this cheesecake to our church’s Thanksgiving dinner today and all I heard was “this is the best cheesecake I’ve ever had”, even from my husband. I really appreciate the tips on the water bath. I’ve been making cheesecake for years and have had trouble from time to time with water leaking in and causing a soggy crust….yuck! Wrapping the pan in the slow cooker bag before wrapping in foil did the trick. Great recipe, can’t wait to try some of your other cheesecake recipes!

  12. Lauren F

    I made this for the 4th of July and it was a huge hit! I followed the directions exactly but adjusted the bake time a bit (1 hour 5 min) because I baked it using a convection oven. It turned out perfectly. No cracks and a velvety cheesecake consistency with an explosion of cinnamon sugar flavor in every bite. I will definitely make this again!

  13. Lisa

    Hi Lindsay, I hope you’re still getting notifications of comments for this recipe! I had a question about the cream cheese; does it have to be the “bricks” of cream cheese, or can it be the kind that comes in a tub… which has lots of different flavors?!

    1. Lindsay

      You want to use the kind that comes in the bricks. I haven’t ever used the tubs, but I’m fairly certain you wouldn’t get the desired result.

  14. Sandra

    The smell in my house is amazing!! I’m making this cheesecake for my husband’s birthday. I’m sure he will love it! All the sweet and all the cinnamon!! Fabulous, easy recipe! Your directions are precise and easy to follow!! 

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