Get Creative with Cream Cheese: 25 Delicious Ways to Use It Up

Cream cheese is a versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of dishes, from sweet to savory. Whether you have a package of cream cheese in your fridge that you don’t know what to do with or need some inspiration for creative cuisine, this list of 25 ways to use cream cheese is sure to help.

From simple snacks to complex dishes, you’ll find plenty of delicious ideas to make the most of this creamy cheese. So, if you’re unsure what to make with cream cheese or need some delightful snack ideas, we’ve got you covered!

Sweet Treats:

  • Cream Cheese Frosting: This classic frosting is perfect for cakes, cupcakes, or even eaten on its own! Enjoy a luscious, sweet treat with this easy-to-make cream cheese frosting recipe.
  • Spread on a bagel or toast: Start your day off right with a flavorful breakfast that’s ready in minutes. Spread cream cheese on a toasted bagel or toast and enjoy the perfect balance of creamy and crunchy textures.
  • Mix into scrambled eggs: Add cream cheese to your scrambled eggs for an indulgent and flavorful start to the day. This simple breakfast recipe creates a creamy, rich texture that will have you reaching for seconds.
  • Use as a dip for fruits and vegetables: Delight your taste buds with this simple and nutritious snack! Dip fresh vegetables or fruit slices into a creamy and delicious cream cheese dip for a satisfying treat!
  • Cream up your pasta sauce: This simple recipe adds a layer of richness and flavor that will take your dinner to the next level. Enjoy the irresistible creaminess of this delicious dish – it’s sure to become a family favorite in no time!
  • Make a pumpkin holiday cheese ball: Treat your guests to a festive, flavorful appetizer – this pumpkin holiday cheese ball. With cream cheese and seasonings mixed and formed into a delicious and festive ball served with your favorite crackers, it’s the perfect addition to any holiday gathering.
  • Stir into soup to add creaminess or thickness: Adding cream cheese is the perfect way to add a creamy richness to your favorite soup recipes. This delicious soup recipe is the perfect way to add creaminess and consistency to your favorite soups. Simply stir in cream cheese for a velvety texture that will make any soup taste even better.
  • Add herbs and spices to use as a base for a cheese spread or dip: Create a tasty cheese spread or dip by using cream cheese as the base and adding herbs, spices, and other flavorings according to your preferences! It’s a simple yet versatile way to upgrade your appetizers and snacks.
  • Mix into mashed potatoes: This easy side dish is sure to be a hit at your next dinner party. Just a few simple ingredients are all you need to transform your potatoes into a restaurant-worthy dish. Enjoy the creamy, cheesy goodness of this classic comfort food.
  • Create a cream cheese dressing: This creamy dressing will transform any salad or dish into a delicious delicacy! Drizzle it over your favorite salad or grilled meat for a simple yet flavorful meal! Perfect for those days when you need something quick but tasty.
  • Make a creamy Instant Pot Mac and Cheese: This easy mac & cheese instant pot recipe is packed with flavor and requires minimal effort. Cream cheese takes the classic dish to a delicious new level, providing a creamy texture and rich flavor that will keep everyone coming back for more.
  • Create cream cheese pancakes: Looking to upgrade classic breakfast pancakes? These fluffy and comforting pancakes are made with cream cheese, eggs, and flour for a breakfast that’s both sweet and rich. Add some syrup or your favorite toppings for the perfect start to any morning.

Savory Delights:

  • Spread on a sandwich or wrap: For an easy and delicious meal, spread cream cheese on your favorite sandwich or wrap. The creamy texture adds flavor and richness to any sandwich or wrap, making it even more satisfying.
  • Make a savory quiche: This savory cream cheese recipe has a unique twist on the classic quiche. Perfect for brunch, lunch, or dinner – this decadent dish will be sure to please all quiche-lovers!
  • Stir up a whipped yogurt cream: Refreshingly sweet and creamy – this Whipped Yogurt Cream is an easy and delicious snack. Enjoy it as is or top it with your favorite fruits for an extra special touch. The perfect quick snack that everyone will love!
  • Serve a delicious Vanilla Bean Cheesecake: This creamy and delicious Vanilla Bean Cheesecake is sure to please for any occasion, but makes a great choice for Valentine’s Day, Christmas or a loved one’s birthday. A bit of time and effort goes into this special treat, so save it for your next celebration or family gathering. It will indeed become a favorite dessert in no time!
  • Mix with honey and lemon for a tangy fruit dip: This easy and delicious dip is the perfect way to enjoy sweet and tangy flavors. Combine cream cheese, honey, and lemon juice to create a creamy dip that’s perfect for dipping fruit. Enjoy this simple yet tasty dish for a snack or even an elegant dessert.
  • Fill up stuffed mushrooms: These Cream Cheese-Stuffed Mushrooms are the perfect appetizer or side dish for any meal. Quick and easy to make, they’re filled with a creamy cheese filling and a sprinkle of Parmesan.
  • Make our famous Buffalo Chicken Dip: Buffalo chicken dip is known for its spicy, tangy flavor and creamy texture, and it is often served at tailgates, potlucks, and other casual gatherings. It can also be a tasty addition to a game day spread or as an appetizer at a barbecue or other outdoor event. With the right buffalo chicken dip recipe, you’ll be sure to win any “dip war”.
  • Create cheesecake dip: This easy dip is perfect for a party snack or an after-dinner treat. Enjoy this indulgent dip’s creamy and sweet flavor – it’s sure to delight your guests.
  • Use in tuna salad: For a delicious seafood recipe that includes cream cheese, try mixing cream cheese into tuna salad for a unique recipe to add onto a salad or sandwich. The cream cheese will thicken up the tuna salad to make it hearty and filling.
  • Make a decadent Crab Dip: Speaking of our favorite seafood recipes… try this crab dip to bring to a special occasion or gathering. It’s a classic made with cream cheese, mayonnaise, and traditional southern flavorings.
  • Whip up a Cream Cheese Danish: Cheese danishes are one of our favorite choices for a sweet breakfast pastry, and perfect for enjoying with coffee or tea. Add softened cream cheese, fresh fruit, and toasted nuts to your next danish recipe for an elevated take to boost your energy in the mornings.
  • Stuff chicken breasts: Chicken breasts can be stuffed with a mixture of cream cheese and herbs or other flavorful ingredients for a tasty and easy dinner option. One of our favorite recipes is a cream cheese bacon stuffed chicken breast.
  • Elevate your French toast: Try our spin-off of classic french toast with a Cream Cheese-Stuffed French Toast. Every bite packs a delicious punch of sweetness.

Additional Tips:

  • When using cream cheese in recipes, make sure it is softened to room temperature for the best results.
  • Cream cheese can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
  • For a healthier option, use low-fat or fat-free cream cheese.

With these 25 ways to use cream cheese, you’ll never be bored with this versatile ingredient again. So get creative and start experimenting!

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What can I mix with cream cheese?

You can mix cream cheese with a variety of ingredients, including herbs, spices, fruits, vegetables, and even meats.

  • What can I use cream cheese for?

Cream cheese can be used for a variety of dishes, including sweet treats, savory snacks, and main courses.

  • How long does cream cheese last?

Cream cheese can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

  • What is the best way to use cream cheese?

The best way to use cream cheese is to experiment and find what you like best. There are endless possibilities!

This version would be great with any savory accompaniment, but it was made to go with a wrap we made for a friend’s commissioning reception. You can easily modify the flavors to suit your preferences or use what you already have on hand. There’s really no reason not to try it the next time you’re in the mood for something a little bit different than what you can get at your neighborhood BigScaryMegaMart for a dip or spread.

Naturally, this delicately herbed cream cheese isn’t available in every store or area. In Texas, I haven’t been able to locate a high-quality substitute, but I’m sure they’re out there.

Garlic and Herb Cream Cheese Recipe Yield: 24 servings

Garlic and Herb Cream Cheese Recipe Prep Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 – 8 oz container cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tbsp. milk
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 3/4 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder

Instructions

  1. Mix milk and cream cheese together in a medium bowl with an electric mixer or in the bowl of a stand mixer using the paddle attachment until creamy. Add remaining ingredients and mix well, scraping sides of bowl constantly.
  2. Place in an airtight container and refrigerate for at least one hour to allow the flavors to blend.
  3. Use as cheese dip, or spread on crostini, for wraps or wherever else you would use flavored cream cheese.
  4. Share and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1 Amount Per Serving: Calories: 35Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 79mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g What I would have done differently had I thought of it at the time:

The possibilities for flavors is pretty much limited only by your imagination. Adjust herbs and garlic to suit the dish you are making. Dill for fish, mint for lamb or heavier, more savory herbs for beef. Add in some sun-dried tomatoes and use as topping for toast points, crostini or as a dip for crackers. It’s really up to what you want at the time.

I can’t remember the first time my mother brought home a tub of Rondelé cheese, but from the moment she did, I was hooked. We all were. It was the staple on wheat crackers in our home for years. It was used with vegetable platters, smeared on sourdough with salami and a favorite at parties. It only took one taste.

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Use up that package of cream cheese in the fridge with dozens of sweet and savory recipes. See how to put this staple to good use.

We enjoyed this exquisite crab dip at my grandson’s wedding reception. It looks fancy but is easy to make. You can even fill the bread bowl early in the day and chill it until serving. Just remove it from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. —Marie Shelley, Exeter, Missouri

Mix Condensed Milk and Cream Cheese Then Be Amazed!

FAQ

What tastes good dipped in cream cheese?

Since this cream cheese dip is full flavor, it’s also amazing as a dip for crackers and tortilla chips. We love using Ritz crackers, multigrain crackers, pretzels, pita chips and Kettle chips or Ruffles. You could even scoop some onto a wrap or sandwich, or spread a spoonful over a bagel!

What is the best way to mix up cream cheese?

Let your mixer do the work Put on your mixer’s paddle attachment and place the cream cheese in the mixing bowl. Beat for one minute on medium-low, scrape down the sides, and do it again until it reaches the texture you need.

What cheese compliments cream cheese?

Grated sharp cheddar cheese peppers up that cream cheese base with its nuttiness. Plus, it’s hard not to like cheddar, so your resulting cheese ball is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. A coating of crispy bacon makes a nice partner.

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