Easy Cheese Coffee Cake

One of my all-time favorite foods comes from a bakery in Appleton, Wisconsin called Vande Walle’s. They make the most perfect and out-of-this-world delicious cheese coffee cake. I usually only eat it at holidays — and I eat it without abandon. My brain cannot say “stop eating! calorie overload!” when it comes to a Vande Walle’s cheese coffee cake. One day while browsing Pinterest, I found a recipe for a cheese coffee cake. The recipe promised to be easy and full of cheese filling. Sold! The end result wasn’t a replica of the Vande Walle’s version, but the flavors were similar and it’s a great substitute for me to make when I’m in Milwaukee and far away from Appleton. Or when I’m aiming to consume 4,397 calories in one sitting.

Easy Cheese Coffee Cake
Recipe source: The Adventures of Kitchen Girl
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2 cans ready to use refrigerated crescent rolls
2 8-ounce packages cream cheese
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 egg white

1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees and grease a 9×13-inch baking pan.
2. Lay a pack of crescent rolls in the pan and pinch the openings together.
3. Beat the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and egg together until smooth. Spread the mixture over the crescent rolls evenly and then lay the second pack of crescent rolls on top of the cheese mixture and brush with egg white.
4. Bake for 35-45 minutes until the top is golden brown. Top with glaze after cooling for 20 minutes.

The amount of filling that the recipe will produce is enormous. If you prefer a less-heavily filled coffee cake, cut the filling ingredients in half and cut the baking time down to 30-35 minutes. Also, I used far more powdered sugar for the glaze than the recipe called for — simply because IĀ preferredĀ a thicker icing that I could pipe. Do what you like!

5 thoughts on “Easy Cheese Coffee Cake”

  • You know me………..had to try today………WAY TO EASY and really good. My top was darker than yours………..did you “beat” the egg white or just brush it on?


    • Carol – I just brushed the egg whites on, no beating. Our oven temps may have been off — my parents have an older oven, so I usually have to bake things longer — maybe your oven is spot-on and it required less bake time for you! Hope you’re doing well :)

  • This cheesecake has a lot of variations. We make it topped with melted butter sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar.
    You can also bake the bottom layer of crescent rolls for 5-8 min, helps avoid a soggy bottom.
    You can also add or substitute for the cream cheese:
    apple pie filling
    apricot pie filling
    bananas and pecans (Bananas Foster)
    blueberries and raspberries
    cherries/cherry pie filling, delete cinnamon
    cranberry sauce
    lemon pie filling, delete cinnamon, add lemon zest
    pineapple, crushed, drained, small can
    Hershey’s syrup swirled in cream cheese
    any jam or jelly

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