Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake

So after the success of the Cinnamon Roll Cake the other day (one of my friends said its his brand new best favorite so far!), I decided to keep the ball rolling.  Haven’t made a cheesecake in a little while, so when I saw this Pin I decided this was the one to try.

Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake

Now, everything I have ever tried from this site has been really great, so I figured I couldn’t go wrong.  And let me tell you, when I first read the recipe, I thought that we would either go down in a fiery cinnamon overload crash, or be extremely happy with the cinnamon brown sugar goodness.  I’m gonna go with the latter!

cinnamon-roll-cheesecake-crustThe crust is the first great thing about this recipe – not graham crackers, folks. Not a single one.  Nilla Wafers!  Yep, Nilla Wafers, butter, a bit of cinnamon and sugar.  This crust alone was worth the trouble of setting it all up.  Smelling it bake was a treat.

I will say that I could probably either cut down on the butter in the filling, or have it a little more firm.  My mix was a glue-like consistency.  I kept looking back at the recipe and thinking, crumble?  How the heck do you crumble this??? but I persevered and got it all in the right places.  I did cut the cinnamon in the actual filling in half – one brother is not a huge cinnamon fan, so I’m trying to please different palates.  (that’s what that blonder topping area is all about too – I omitted the cinnamon completely in that little section of filling.  The bit in the crust and the bit in the cheesecake itself is plenty for him)

cinnamon-roll-cheesecake-in-water-bathThe water bath came together great.  Younger son gifted me with a Kitchenaide roasting pan just for this purpose, and it works beautifully.  Water baths were the reason I avoided cheesecakes for a long, long time – but the right equipment makes it an easy task.

cinnamon-roll-cheesecake-unpannedI’m not sure how the crust will be after the cooking.  The amount of butter in this rig is outrageous – but hey, doesn’t that mean that even if the crust isn’t crispy, it will be buttery, so no harm no foul? I think so!

Really enjoying this holiday baking.  Give this recipe a try if you want a cinnamony buttery fantasticlyrich! dessert.  You won’t be sorry!

2 thoughts on “Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake

  1. boxerbites

    UPDATE!!! The crust was just fine. The layer of ‘crumble’ you put on the crust before adding the filling, and all the other crumbles, turn into little crunchy candy bits of goodness.

    Cut thin slices of this one, folks – its suuuuuuper rich!


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