Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake

This Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake has a cinnamon filling swirled in the batter. It is fluffy, creamy, and delicious. 

The base of the cheesecake is a buttery graham cracker crust. Every bite is loaded with creamy cheesecake, and the rich cinnamon filling. The cheesecake is topped with cream cheese frosting and cinnamon sprinkle.

If you love cinnamon rolls, this is the perfect cheesecake for you!

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cinnamon sprinkled cheesecake with a swirl frosting on top.

Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake

I will show you how to make this Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Recipe step-by-step.

The full list of ingredients to make this cheesecake is on the bottom of the page. Here I will go into detailed instructions and more tips on how to make this delicious dessert.

We will start by making the graham cracker crust.

slice of cinnamon roll cheesecake topped with cinnamon sprinkle.

Graham Cracker Crust

Mix the graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a bowl.

If you don’t have graham crackers, you can use any digestive biscuits, or Biscoff cookies.

Add the melted butter to the bowl, and mix to combine.

Pour the crust into a 9″ or a deep 8″ springform pan. I am using a 8″ deep springform pan from Fat Daddios, and it’s my favorite pan.

Use a cup to press the crust very tightly to the bottom of the pan.

Bake the crust in the oven.

Let it cool down while you make the cheesecake filling.

adding butter to a bowl with graham crackers. second picture: using a cup to press the graham cracker crumbs onto the bottom of a cheesecake pan.

Cinnamon Roll Swirl

To make the Cinnamon Roll Filling, mix the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and butter together in a medium bowl.

Add the melted butter and mix to combine. Set it aside and make the cheesecake batter.

first picture: adding cinnamon to a bowl with sugar and flour. second picture: adding butter to the bowl with the ingredients. third picture: bowl with ingredients mixed in and a spatula.

Cheesecake Batter

To make the Cinnamon Roll cheesecake batter you can use a hand mixer or a stand mixer.

Add the room temperature cream cheese to a large mixing bowl.

Beat the cream cheese with the electric mixer until fluffy.

Add the sugars and beat again to combine, followed by the sour cream. Mix until incorporated.

first picture: cream cheese whipped in a bowl. second picture: brown sugar and cream cheese in a bowl with a mixer. Third picture: brown sugar and cream cheese whipped together in a bowl.

Always remember to scrape the sides of the bowl every so often.

Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing each egg until incorporated before adding the next one.

Once the eggs have been added, add the vanilla and mix.

The cheesecake batter is ready.

first picture: eggs added to a bowl. Second picture: vanilla added to a bowl of batter.

Assemble

To assemble the cheesecake to bake, start by pouring 1/3 of the prepared batter on the bottom of the baked and cooled down crust.

Sprinkle the top of the batter with 1/3 of the Cinnamon Roll Filling mixture, using your fingers to break up into crumbs.

Top with another 1/3 of the cheesecake batter.

Next, sprinkle another 1/3 of the Cinnamon Roll Filling on top of the batter.

first picture: cheesecake batter added to a cheesecake pan with crust. second picture: cinnamon crumble mixture spread on top of the batter. third picture: cheesecake batter added on top of the cinnamon mixture. fourth picture: cinnamon mixture sprinkled on top of cheesecake.

Follow with the remaining cheesecake batter.

Top the cheesecake batter with the final bit of cinnamon filling.

Use a spatula to spread it around, and to cover the cinnamon filling with a bit of the cheesecake batter, which will prevent the cheesecake from cracking.

Wrap the bottom of the springform pan with aluminum foil. Place in a larger roasting pan, and pour water in the pan to form a water bath.

first picture: cheesecake batter in a cheesecake pan. second picture: sprinkled cinnamon mixture on top of cheesecake batter. third picture: showing the batter mixed in with the cinnamon swirl filling. fourth picture: cheesecake in a pan with water on the bottom forming a water bath.

Bake the cheesecake for one hour or until it’s still jiggly in the center but set around the edges.

Turn the oven off and leave the cheesecake in there for one hour. Some people like to leave the oven door slightly open, but I just leave mine closed.

This is important to avoid cracking. The sudden temperature change when removing the hot cheesecake from the oven will cause the cheesecake to deflate and break.

Once the cheesecake cools down, place it in the fridge for at least 6 hours before serving.

Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake on top of a wooden board with cinnamon rolls and cinnamon sticks around.

Cream Cheese Frosting

This frosting is very mild, and not overly sweet. I wanted a frosting that would be light and fluffy, and not overly sweet. So this frosting is very mild, it doesn’t compete with the richness of the cheesecake.

Simply beat the cream cheese, then add the powdered sugar and mix. Add the vanilla.

first picture: cream cheese in a bowl, whipped. second picture: powdered sugar added to the bowl with the cream cheese. third picture: showing whipped cream and powdered sugar. fourth picture: vanilla added to the bowl with cream cheese frosting.

On a separate bowl, whip the cream until it has stiff peaks.

Add the whipped cream to the cream cheese and powdered sugar mixture, and fold to combine.

first picture: hand mixer whipping whipped cream in a bowl. second picture: whipped cream being added to cream cheese frosting in a bowl. third picture: whipped cream added to cream cheese frosting bowl.

To decorate

Place the Cream Cheese Frosting in a piping bag fitted with a round tip.

Pipe on top of the chilled cheesecake, before serving.

Sprinkle cinnamon on top.

Cut into slices and serve.

first picture: piping cream cheese frosting on top of a cheesecake. second picture: sprinkling cinnamon on top of the cheesecake.

Storage

You can store any leftover cheesecake in the fridge for up to 5 days, in an air tight container.

The cheesecake can also be stored in the freezer for up to 2 months.

cinnamon sprinkled cheesecake with a swirl frosting on top.

Tips for making cheesecake

  • Make sure the ingredients for the cheesecake batter are at room temperature.
  • Scrape the bowl a few times while mixing, during every stage. This will ensure the batter is going to be smoothly incorporated.
  • Add the eggs one at a time.
  • Once you add the eggs, don’t over mix. That can cause the cheesecake to break.
  • Make sure to use a water bath.
  • Leave the cheesecake in the oven for one hour once done baking.
  • Don’t bake at a high temperature. If you have convection oven, reduce baking temperature by 20 degrees.
slice of cinnamon roll cheesecake on a plate.

Another tip to avoid cracking on top of the cheesecake is to run a knife around the edges of the cake once it’s done baking.

When doing that be mindful that the cheesecake has to stay in the oven, so it doesn’t have a harsh temperature drop, which can cause it to deflate and break. So you have to be careful not to burn yourself.

I don’t personally do that because I grease my pan well, so my cheesecake never sticks. But if your pan tends to stick, or if you forgot to grease it, you can try running the knife around the edges of the cheesecake.

cinnamon sprinkled cheesecake with a swirl frosting on top.

This Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake has all the best holiday baking flavors! It will be a hit at any celebration. If you follow my tips you will be successful at making a very delicious cheesecake.

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If you make this recipe leave a comment below or tag me on instagram, I love seeing your creations!

cinnamon sprinkled cheesecake with a swirl frosting on top.

Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake

Camila Hurst
This Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake has a cinnamon filling swirled in the batter. It is fluffy, creamy, and delicious.
4.88 from 8 votes
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Resting time 6 hours
Total Time 7 hours 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 400 kcal

Ingredients
  

Graham Cracker Crust
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs 180 grams, or digestive biscuits
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar 55 grams
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter melted, 85 grams
Cinnamon Roll Swirl
  • 1 cup brown sugar 220 grams
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 39 grams
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter melted, 76 grams
Cheesecake batter
  • 907 grams cream cheese softened 4 packages of 8 oz.
  • 1 cup brown sugar 220 grams
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar 50 grams
  • 1/2 cup sour cream 120 grams
  • 4 large eggs room temp
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 6 tbsp cream cheese 85 grams
  • 1 cup powdered sugar 125 grams
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream 240 ml
  • 1-2 tsp cinnamon powder

Instructions
 

Graham Cracker Crust
  • Pre-heat the oven to 325ºF.
  • Place the graham cracker in a food processor and process to obtain fine crumbs.
  • Add the brown sugar and the cinnamon to the graham cracker crumbs, and mix to combine.
  • Melt the butter and add to the bowl. Mix with a spatula.
  • Press the mixture on the bottom of an 8” or 9” cheesecake pan. If using an 8” springform pan, it must be deep.
  • Bake the crust in the oven for 10 minutes.
  • Remove it from the oven and let it cool down.
Cinnamon Roll Swirl
  • Mix the brown sugar with the flour and cinnamon. Add the melted butter and mix to combine. Set it aside and make the cheesecake batter.
Cheesecake Batter
  • Grease the sides of the cheesecake pan.
  • Beat the cream cheese for 3 minutes with a mixer at medium speed, until creamy.
  • Add the brown sugar and granulated sugar to the cream cheese and beat for another 2 minutes at medium speed.
  • Scrape the bowl and beat for another 30 seconds.
  • Add the sour cream and mix to combine. Scrape the bowl.
  • Make sure to scrape the bowl a few times during the mixing process, to avoid the cream cheese from forming lumps in the batter.
  • Add the eggs to the batter, mix just until combined. It’s best to add one egg at a time, waiting for one egg to be incorporated before adding the next one.
  • Avoid over mixing once the eggs are added, to prevent cracking of the cheesecake.
  • Add the vanilla, salt, and mix briefly.
  • Pour 1/3 of the cheesecake batter in the pan, over the baked and cooled crust.
  • Next, spread 1/3 of the Cinnamon Swirl on top of the batter. Use your fingers to break up the crumbs while you sprinkle it over the batter.
  • Pour another 1/3 of the batter over the Cinnamon Swirl.
  • Spread 1/3 of the cinnamon filling on top of the cheesecake batter.
  • Follow by the remaining batter.
  • Top the cheesecake with the rest of the cinnamon filling. Use a spatula to spread the crumbs around and cover them with the batter, that will help the cheesecake not crack.
  • Wrap the bottom of the pan with a few layers of foil.
  • Place the pan in a larger roasting pan, and add hot water to the roasting pan, to form a water bath. This is very important so the cheesecake doesn’t crack.
  • Bake the cheesecake in the pre-heated 325ºF oven for 60 to 75 minutes.
  • To check if the cheesecake is done baking, give the pan a little wiggle, it should jiggle slightly in the center, but the edges should look set.
  • Turn the oven off, and leave the cheesecake in there for 1 hour.
  • Remove the cheesecake from the oven and place it in the fridge for at least 6 hours.
Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer for about 1 minute. Add the powdered sugar and mix with the mixer for another minute.
  • Add the vanilla and mix.
  • Set aside.
  • To another mixer bowl, add the heavy cream and whip with an electric mixer until it has stiff peaks, for about 3 minutes.
  • Add the whipped cream to the cream cheese mixture, and fold with a spatula to combine.
To decorate
  • Place the frosting in a piping bag lined with a round tip.
  • Pipe in a swirl on top of the cheesecake.
  • Sprinkle the cinnamon on top.

Notes

Storage: You can store the Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake in the fridge for up to 4 or 5 days, covered in an air tight container. The cheesecake can also be stored in the freezer for up to 2 months. Make sure to place it in an air tight container. You can also freeze the cheesecake first, then once it’s frozen, wrap it with plastic wrap very tightly and then place in an air tight container. This will extend its freezer shelf life.
Crust: You can use digestive biscuits instead of graham crackers.
Brown sugar: You can use light brown sugar or dark. I prefer light for this recipe.
How to avoid cheesecake from breaking on top:
  • Grease the pan.
  • Don’t over mix the batter once the eggs have been added.
  • Don’t skip the water bath.
  • When the cheesecake is done baking, shut the oven off and leave the cheesecake in there for one hour.
  • Don’t bake at a high temperature. If you have convection oven, reduce baking temperature by 20 degrees.
Keyword cheesecake, cinnamon rolls

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73 Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing this recipe! I’m definitely going to make this for the holidays. Can you tell us what size cheesecake pan did you use? (Width & hight) Thank you😊

    1. 5 stars
      This was absolutely incredibly delicious! An absolute must make… you won’t be disappointed!
      I will say that I followed the recipe to a tee including all the special instructions but my cheesecake cracked on the top. Wasn’t a big deal because the whipped frosting covered it! Regardless… this was soooooooooo good

    2. Can I use a a tabletop Roaster to bake this (Aroma Oven Roaster)? Can I put the cheesecake on the rack inside the Roaster for the waterbath?

  2. Hi, I was wondering if I can substitute the flour in the cinnamon swirl with corn starch or gluten free flour?

  3. Hi! I only have an 11 inch springform pan. Would cooking time change or should I grab a different size pan? Would ingredient amounts change?

  4. Hi! Do you have to grease the whole pan before adding the crust? or just grease the sides of pan before adding the cheesecake filling?

  5. Hello, I attempted to make this followed all the Instructions to a T. After the 60 minutes in the oven the cheesecake was still not ready to be pulled out (I did the jiggle test). I waited an additional 30 min. By then it was cracked and super brown and crispy on the outside doesn’t taste bad but very over cooked. Do you know what I could have done wrong.

  6. Just pulled my cheesecake out after an hour in the oven turned off.

    Should I let it sit for a bit to cool on the counter? It’s still hot and I don’t know if I should immediately put it in the fridge

      1. Thank you!

        This is my first time making a cheesecake. Only cracked a little in the middle. Thank goodness for the frosting! There was a little water in the foil- hoping it didn’t leak into the crust 🙃

  7. Hi, for the cinnamon filling it says room temperature but your picture looks like you’re pouring in melted butter. Just wanted to clarify, thank you!

  8. I was wondering how much ahead of time to do the frosting. I am going to an event that is about an hour away and it will be a few hours before it gets eaten.

  9. hi there! i just made this and the flavour is amazing but i wanted to speed up the cooking process. is it possible to leave it in the fridge for a very short amount of time?

  10. 5 stars
    Hey there!
    I love to cook, but I’m not a baker. I made this recipe for Thanksgiving and followed it to the T using biscoff for the crust and WOW! This is so delicious 🤤. My family swore I should start baking! Will definitely be making another one of your recipes!

    1. Yes its sweet, but perfect for me. You can leave the sugar in the crust out. Some people have reduced the sugar in my cheesecake recipe (this is a base I use for many recipes) and they said it was fine. I personally tried and didn’t love it, since I love things sweet. But if you are the type that doesn’t really love sweet stuff like that, you could also get away with reducing the sugar in the batter by 1/4 to 1/2 cup. Like I said, I think personally for me it makes it kinda tasteless, but I can see someone who doesnt have a sweet tooth being ok with it.

  11. 5 stars
    I have a 9” cheesecake pan, however I’d like to split this recipe in half as to make the serving size 6 instead of 12. Is using the 9” pan still okay? Excited to try this recipe!

  12. I made this and the taste was absolutely incredible. My husband couldn;t stop raving about it. The only mishap I had was that my crust stuck to my pan when I release my spring form… I sprayed the pan before baking the crust but it still stuck to the pan rather than to my cheesecake. Do you know how I can prevent this from happening in the future?

    1. The cheesecake will be very thin in that case. I’d try to increase the recipe, multiply all ingredients by 1.2 and this amount of batter should make for a taller cheesecake.

  13. This looks AMAZING and I can’t wait to try it. Quick question, you shared there crust goes only at the bottom, however in the pic it looks like there crust is up the sides as well. If so, would I need to double the crust portion? And bake for the same length of time?

    Thank you in advance!! 😉

    1. The crust goes on the bottom and up the sides a bit, youll have enough to do that. If using a 9″ pan the crust might be shorter on the sides because the bottom is wider.

  14. 5 stars
    I made this for my family and it was devoured!! I got compliments all night and now I have to make 5 of them for Christmas lol! It is amazing!

  15. Hi! Was just wondering which is the correct amount of cream cheese needed for the batter? It says 907 grams, which is equal to 2 packets of 8oz’s, but it’s also highlighted to use 4 packets. Thanks!

  16. I just made this for Christmas and it was a HUGE hit! Thank you! I’m actually making another one for a gathering tomorrow too lol. Couple things: for anyone confused, I used 12 graham cracker sheets (less than half a box) and that was perfect. Also, on my second cheesecake I decided to only do two layers of the Cinnamon Roll Swirl and that’s made it easier to tell when the cheesecake is done and I felt there was less risk of cracking with the smooth top.

  17. Hi Camila,
    Recipe looks amazing!

    Just wondering, the cream cheese in both the batter and the frosting should be full fat cream cheese, right?

  18. 5 stars
    I made this cake for a christmas party, and omg not even i could stop eating this cake!! It was so good. I followed all the instructions strictly however my cake did end up cracking sadly, but the frosting covered that up well and it still looked great. I wasn’t sure if i should use cold or softened cream cheese for the frosting, and so my frosting ended up being too runny. It was still so delicious though! Thank you so much, will defiantly do again.

  19. Hi, I live in scadinavia and I feel that our cream cheese and sourcream is alot of softer. Which made the cheesecake batter runny and wouldnt set aswell. What can I do? Leave in the oven more that 75 min or had some flour to the batter?

  20. 5 stars
    This was amazing. I’ve never made a cheesecake before but I tried this for Christmas at my sister’s request and it was… AMAZING. The whole family loved it and asked me to save the recipe and make it for all the holidays. Thanks for a real winner!

  21. If i make this in a gas oven how long should i bake it, and what is the temperature? And is there something else i should know about baking it in gas oven :D. I have never used gasoven before so thats why stupid question 😀

  22. Does the cream cheese for the frosting need to be cold or room temp and when do you take the cheesecake out of the pan after 6 hours in the refrigerator or before you put in the fridge? Thank you so much

    1. definitely. you’ll have between 24 and 30 mini cheesecakes. no need for water bath. bake for about 20 to 25 minutes (depends on how full you fill up each cupcake cavity)

  23. Hi! This looks delicious, and I’d love to try it out. I want to make it smaller though, for a small birthday cake. Is 6” doable?

  24. Hi! I want to try this but I’ve never made a cheesecake and used a water bath. How much water needs to be in the roaster?

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