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This cream cheese glaze recipe is thick and perfect for drizzling! It works for muffins, breads, cakes, and more. 

Cream cheese glaze

Want to add a bit of pizzazz to muffins, cakes and more? Try this easy Cream Cheese Glaze! Just 3 ingredients make a bit of kitchen magic, transforming in minutes into a thick, glossy glaze with a tangy sweet flavor. The glaze is endlessly versatile: try it on cakes, pound cakes, quick breads, muffins, cupcakes…and even donuts. Here’s how to do it!

How to make cream cheese glaze

This cream cheese glaze is ideal for drizzling over carrot cake muffins or a zingy lemon blueberry loaf. Even better, it comes together in just 2 minutes with 3 ingredients!

  • Warm 3 tablespoons cream cheese in the microwave or stovetop. Warming it makes it easy to stir into a glaze.
  • Stir with ½ cup powdered sugar and ½ teaspoon milk until a thick icing forms. It will feel very thick at first, but keep stirring and it will form into a thick drizzle. That’s all there is to it!

Make a bigger batch if desired

The ingredient quantities listed in the recipe below work as a modest glaze for 12 muffins or 1 quick bread loaf. But want more density of glaze? You can make a larger batch: use ¼ cup cream cheese, ¾ cup powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon milk. This works well and provides more solid coverage.

Cream cheese glaze

A tip for drizzling

Are you drizzling this cream cheese glaze and want a decorative pattern? Here’s a tip: use a fork! Using a fork to drizzle the glaze results in the best zigzag pattern. While using a spoon seems intuitive, it makes a very thick drizzle that’s not quite as elegant looking.

Ways to use cream cheese glaze

This cream cheese glaze recipe works on a variety of baked goods! Here are a few ideas for how to use it:

More glaze recipes

There are so many ways to make a simple glaze! Here are a few more to try:

This cream cheese glaze recipe is…

Vegetarian.

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Cream cheese glaze

Cream Cheese Glaze


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 minutes
  • Yield: ⅓ cup 1x

Description

This cream cheese glaze recipe is thick and perfect for drizzling! It works for muffins, breads, cakes, and more.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 3 tablespoons cream cheese
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon milk

Instructions

  1. Place the cream cheese in a glass measuring cup or bowl and microwave for about 20 seconds until warm. (Alternatively, warm it in a small saucepan over medium low heat on the stovetop).
  2. Stir in the powdered sugar and milk and mix until a drizzlable glaze forms.
  3. Use a fork to drizzle it over muffins or quick breads. (If making the baked goods in advance, store them un-iced and refrigerated or frozen; add the drizzle directly before serving.)

Notes

*The quantity listed works as a modest glaze for 12 muffins or 1 quick bread loaf. For a larger quantity of glaze, use ¼ cup cream cheese, ¾ cup powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon milk.

  • Category: Drizzle
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Dessert
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Cream cheese glaze, glaze cream cheese, cream cheese glaze recipe

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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5 Comments

    1. This should work well, I would make at least double this quantity! I would also add the glaze about 20 to 30 minutes before serving.

    1. Does this glaze harden after it dries? I want to use it on pumpkin spice cookies I make but I want it to get hard when it dries.