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Got a block of cream cheese? Try these tasty cream cheese recipes, from simple and savory to sweet, decadent desserts.

Cream cheese recipes

Got a block of cream cheese and not sure what to do with it? Try these fun and delicious cream cheese recipes! This ingredient is super versatile and can be used in endless ways. Try a simple herby spread for your bagel, or turn it into a creamy party dip. Or, it’s ideal for desserts and baked goods: try muffins, cheesecake, pound cake, and more! There’s nothing this creamy cheese can’t do. Along with selections from this website, we’re featuring selections from recipe experts Jocelyn Delk Adams of Grandbaby Cakes,  Yumna Jawad of Feel Food Foodie, and Imma Adamu from Immaculate Bites.

And now…20 cream cheese recipes!

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Strawberry cream cheese

25 Tasty Cream Cheese Recipes!

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x


Got a block of cream cheese? Try these tasty cream cheese recipes, from simple and savory to sweet, decadent desserts. For all cream cheese recipes, see above.



For the strawberry cream cheese

  • 8-ounce block cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ cup diced fresh strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

For the herb cream cheese:

  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup chopped chives, or half chives and half fresh basil or dill
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried dill
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt or sour cream or ½ tablespoon milk, to soften (optional)


  1. Make sure the cream cheese is softened. Leave it out at room temperature for 1 hour, or place it on a plate in the microwave, cook 5 seconds, flip over the block of cheese and cook another 5 seconds.
  2. For the strawberry cream cheese: Place the diced strawberries and sugar in a food processor and blend until mostly combined, stopping and scraping as necessary. Alternatively, you can use a stand mixer with paddle attachment, which will achieve a chunkier texture. Add the softened cream cheese and pulse several times until fully combined with the strawberry mixture. Resist the urge to overwhip. Refrigerate until serving or up to 2 weeks. (The texture will be soft and spreadable right away; it firms up slightly upon refrigeration.)
  3. For the herb cream cheese: Chop the herbs. Mix everything together in a bowl, adding a little Greek yogurt, milk or sour cream 1 tablespoon at a time if you’d like a fluffier, more spreadable texture (we used 1 tablespoon Greek yogurt).
  • Category: Spread
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Cheese
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Cream cheese recipes

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you’ll want to make again and again.

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