Got a block of cream cheese? Try these tasty cream cheese recipes, from simple and savory to sweet, decadent desserts.
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!
What to do with a block of cream cheese? Try this homemade Herb Cream Cheese recipe! It’s full of beautiful fresh flavor from bright green chives, dill and basil, punctuated by savory garlic. It’s absolutely worth making it at home, as it gives any appetizer tray, bagel, or sandwich a personal touch.
Buttercream can move on over, because in our book there’s only one frosting that gets us excited: this cream cheese frosting recipe! There’s nothing better than a big slather of the stuff: fluffy, lusciously smooth, and tangy, with just the right amount of sweet to complement the savory undertones. Turns out, it’s beyond easy to make at home and loads tastier than store-bought.
Love a good sweet schmear on your bagel? Try this delightful homemade Strawberry Cream Cheese recipe! The flavor is so much tastier than the kind you can find at the store. It’s bright and fruity, with just the right light amount of sweetness. Use it for slathering bagels or toast, or even as a dip for strawberries. Or, it’s great as part of a spread of homemade cream cheeses for a bagel brunch.
Another way to use cream cheese in recipes: in dips! This creamy, irresistibly spiced taco dip comes together in minutes, and we can confidently say almost no one turns this one down. This one is even better than the standard: it’s got a quick homemade seasoning blend and a colorful mix of fresh toppings for the absolute best flavor.
What’s better than cream cheese on a bagel? Whipped cream cheese! This light, fluffy version of the common spread is even easier to spread on bagels and toast, with a rich, luxurious texture. You can buy it at the store, but you can also try it homemade! Make it at home and you can add fun seasonings to make different flavor variations.
When it comes to a lazy weekend brunch or a deli-style lunch, cream cheese to the rescue! There’s nothing better than a great Smoked Salmon Bagel or lox. It’s a study in bold contrasts: homemade herbed cream cheese against smoky, buttery salmon, herbaceous dill against briny capers, and of course a fluffy, perfectly toasted bagel.
One of the best finger food recipes made with cream cheese? A good pinwheels recipe! This one is full of Italian-style flavors: mozzarella, sundried tomatoes, spinach, and a blend of spices. They look totally stunning on a platter.
Here's a tasty way to use cream cheese: in Smoked Salmon Pasta! Imagine: chewy al dente pasta, bathed with a creamy sauce punctuated by bright lemon zest and herbaceous fresh dill. It’s hard not to be head over heels about this one! It’s extremely versatile: try it as an easy dinner, a fun brunch idea or picnic pasta salad.
Here’s a fun homemade spread for snacks or dipping: this Veggie Cream Cheese recipe! Make this spread with fresh vegetables and it tastes even more incredible than the store-bought variety. You can use it as a spread for bagels or bread, or as a dip for vegetable sticks! It’s a great idea for kids, and you can even freeze it for use in lunch boxes.
Here’s a recipe that’s even more delicious than it sounds…these insanely tasty Strawberry Cream Cheese Muffins! Imagine: a muffin with a tender crumb: just sweet enough and delightfully moist. Then add a strawberry cream cheese topping, that coats everything in sweet savory richness.
Need a fun party dip? Let us introduce you to this Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese Dip recipe! This creamy dip has a bit of a retro vibe, which makes it all the more endearing. It's chock full of rich flavor: hearty cream cheese, punchy Dijon, and that intensely smoky flavor that only fresh smoked salmon brings.
New York Cheesecake
Perhaps the most popular cream cheese recipe of all time? Cheesecake! This New York Cheesecake is creamy, rich, dense, and indulgent. Top it with a fresh strawberry compote, or leave it bare and simple. via Immaculate Bites
Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes
Try adding cream cheese to your mashed potatoes for the ultimate creamy puree! This classic comfort food gets even more flavor with roasted garlic and cream cheese. Top with some chives for the ultimate soul-satisfying food. via Immaculate Bites
Cucumber Salmon Cream Cheese Appetizer
Turn cream cheese into an appetizer with these Smoked Salmon Bites! Combine cucumber, cream cheese and smoked salmon into easy-to-eat finger food. They're no bake and elegant. via Immaculate Bites
Cream Cheese Pound Cake
This Cream Cheese Pound Cake recipe is tender, moist and rich, with a hint of nutmeg glazed with a mint-lime syrup. It's a tasty and easy way to use cream cheese! via Immaculate Bites
Cream Cheese Fruit Dip
Turn cream cheese into an appetizer with this cream cheese dip recipe! If you’re looking for a quick party platter to serve for any occasion any time of year, this dip is ideal. It’s made with only 4 ingredients and served with any seasonal fruits of your choice. via Feel Good Foodie
Cream Cheese Spinach Dip
Another dip recipe you can make with cream cheese? Cream cheese spinach dip! It's It's made with cream cheese and Greek yogurt so it’s lighter in fat and calories that traditional spinach dip. But it’s still creamy, cheesy and delicious! via Feel Good Foodie
Packed with chocolatey goodness four times over, this Chocolate Cheesecake is a chocolate lover’s fantasy! This recipe features a chocolate graham crust, a fudgy cheesecake filling and both a white and regular chocolate glaze. via Grandbaby Cakes
Cheesecake Cookie Dough Truffles
Here's a tasty, decadent cream cheese dessert recipe: Cheesecake Cookie Dough Truffles! Imagine: a chocolate chip cookie dough and cheesecake filling stuffed inside a chocolate shell. What could be better? via Grandbaby Cakes
Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Recipe
Last up in these cream cheese recipe ideas: ice cream! This tasty and refreshing Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Recipe filled with the amazing flavors of cheesecake and fresh, juicy strawberries. via Grandbaby Cakes
More with cream cheese
Want a few more ideas to try? Here are a few more cream cheese recipes you might enjoy:
- Try seasonal Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins or Perfect Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
- Opt for Cinnamon Cream Cheese
- Grab simple Chive Cream Cheese
20 Tasty Cream Cheese Recipes!
- 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)
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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
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