Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Lemon Cheesecake Coffee Cake

     This simple little Lemon Cheesecake Coffee Cake from Pillsbury is bound to knock your socks off.  As easy as can be and the prep work can even be done at home, make the lemony filling beforehand, store it in a zip lock bag in your cooler, then snip a corner off of the bag and pipe the filling right into the cake at your campsite.  Basically, it's a giant cinnamon roll but as you rewind it leave enough space between the layers for the filling.  The recipe calls for 4 oz. of cream cheese but I added a couple more.  In my 10 inch dutch oven, it baked for 20 minutes with 10 coals in a ring around the bottom and 22 on the lid.  When you unravel the cinnamon rolls and place them in your oven you'll wonder how something so scrawny looking could ever be so good.  Trust me, this is one of those luscious recipes that is not only fun to make but incredibly tasty as well.  I think it would be a great project for kids and the fresh lemon juice and rind really gives it a tart, summery flavor.  I served it right from my dutch oven but if you want to lift it out and serve it on a platter be sure to line your dutch oven with parchment paper.  If you don't have a microwave to soften the icing, just spread it on carefully with a knife, also you will need a whisk to eliminate any lumps from the filling mixture.

Lemon Cheesecake Coffee Cake
1 17.5 oz. can Pillsbury Grands Flaky Supreme or Cinnabon refrigerated cinnamon rolls with icing
4-6 oz. cream cheese (from 8 oz. package), softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp grated lemon peel
1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tsp sour cream
1 tsp vanilla

     Lightly oil or spray 10 inch dutch oven.
     Separate dough into 5 rolls; set icing aside.
     Unroll 1 roll into long strip of dough; reroll loosely and place in center of oven.
     Unroll second roll; loosely wrap around first roll, cinnamon side in, replacing any cinnamon that falls off.
     Repeat with remaining rolls, coiling dough in pan into spiral shape.
     In small bowl, beat remaining ingredients except icing with whisk or electric mixer until smooth.
     Spoon cream cheese mixture into zip lock bag; cut small hole in corner of bag.
     With corner of bag halfway down into rolls, pipe mixture between strips of dough, starting at center and working to edge of pan, using all of mixture.
     Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until center is thoroughly baked and edges are deep golden brown.
     Meanwhile, remove cover from icing and microwave on medium for 10 seconds.
     Drizzle icing over warm coffee cake. 
     Cut into wedges; serve warm.

Separate cinnamon rolls, uncoil then rewind loosely in dutch oven

Pipe lemon filling between layers

Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown

Drizzle on icing

Serve warm, lemon and cinnamon, a winning combination


  1. I am making that, thank you so much for this recipe!

  2. You're welcome Sharon, hope you like the recipe! Liddy

  3. Oh dear, that looks and sounds awesome! BTW Liddy, a few weeks ago I put you on My Pinterest Board for Dutch Oven cookin'. Do you do Pinterest? If so, I'm "MidWest Grammie" come check me out. There have been lots of folks repinning your site from my board, hope you get lots of folks coming over to check this great site!!!

    Love Ya!

  4. Thanks so much Sassy, haven't been there but will check it out! Liddy

  5. What a wonderful lemon cheesecake coffee cake, I made some and my daughter loved it a lot.

  6. So glad you liked it, thank you for the feedback! Liddy

  7. If I could eat this every single day for the rest of my life I'd die a very happy woman!! There were only four of us this camping trip so I got to try some smaller Dutch Oven treats and I just so happened to pick this one, thank goodness! It's a good thing I have three 10" ovens because I'll definitely be making this for the big camping trips when 30 people get to taste this bit of heaven! Thank you!

  8. So happy you liked the recipe Cindy, thanks for reminding me about this one, I think it's time for me to make it again, Liddy