54 Recipes That Start with a Block of Cream Cheese (2024)

Home Recipes Ingredients Cheese Cream Cheese

54 Recipes That Start with a Block of Cream Cheese (1)Rashanda CobbinsUpdated: Mar. 05, 2024

    No halfsies here! These cream cheese recipes use the entire 8oz block.

    Buffalo Wing Poppers

    Go to Recipe

    These buffalo chicken poppers combine the flavor of hot wings and jalapeño appetizers to make a snack greater than the sum of their parts. —Barbara Nowakowski, Mesa, Arizona

    Blackberry White Chocolate Cheesecake Cups

    Go to Recipe

    I read that white chocolate intensifies the flavor of blackberries. It's true! The crunch of baking chips, the blackberry puree, and the sweet and salty pretzel crust make this a sensational mini dessert. —Arlene Erlbach, Morton Grove, Illinois

    Fruity Croissant Puff

    Go to Recipe

    I got this recipe from a good friend. Sweet, tart, tender and light, it tastes like a Danish.—Myra Aimer, Tuttle, North Dakota

    Vegetarian Buffalo Dip

    Go to Recipe

    A friend made Buffalo chicken dip and that got me thinking about creating a vegetarian dip with the same flavors. This addictive dip is so amazing, no one will miss the meat. —Amanda Silvers, Old Fort, Tennessee

    Also check out our cream cheese dip recipes no one can resist.

    Go to Recipe

    I got hooked on these mini peanut butter and jelly cheesecakes when a friend made them. She let me steal her recipe, and now I'm sharing this tasty treat with you!—Betsy King, Duluth, Minnesota

    Go to Recipe

    Grated Parm, shredded mozzarella, cream cheese, mayo and butter make this dip as decadent as it gets. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Billie’s Southern Sweet Potato Cake

    Go to Recipe

    I made sweet potato cakes for my kids when they were younger and they told me in their little voices, “Mommy, you’re the best baker.” Little did they know that was Mommy’s first attempt at homemade cake! —Billie Williams-Henderson, Bowie, Maryland

    Creamy Chicken Vol-au-Vent

    Go to Recipe

    TMB STUDIO

    My friends and I have been getting together for "ladies lunches" for years. These vol-au-vents are the perfect no-fuss fancy food; they look complicated, but are actually simple and fun to make. Whenever I think of good friends and good company, I think of these savory pastries. —Shauna Havey, Roy, Utah

    Pumpkin Cream Tiramisu

    Go to Recipe

    Pumpkin isn’t only for pies. Now you can take the classic fall vegetable and enjoy it in a tiramisu-style dessert. I promise after one bite, you’ll add this recipe to keeper files. —Pam Peters, Fernie, British Columbia

    Portobello Mushroom and Cream Cheese Taquitos

    Go to Recipe

    Taste of Home

    This party appetizer was inspired by a dish I saw on an episode of Top Chef. I simplified it a little and tweaked the flavors a bit. The taquitos can be made ahead and reheated in a 250° oven for 10 minutes. —Lily Julow, Lawrenceville, Georgia

    Creamy Red Pepper Veggie Dip

    Go to Recipe

    Taste of Home

    I received this, my go-to veggie dip recipe, from a college roommate. Thick and creamy with just a touch of sweetness, it's always a winner. —Lynne German, Woodland Hills, California

    Grilled Fig and Honey Pizza

    Taste of Home

    I had figs I needed to use up, so I made a batch of dough, tossed the figs on the grill and created a scrumptious dessert pizza. —Aaron Reynolds, Fox River Grove, Illinois

    Cucumber Party Sandwiches

    Go to Recipe

    Taste of Home

    Cucumber sandwiches are one of my favorite appetizers. We have lots of pig roasts here in Kentucky, and these small sandwiches are perfect to serve while the pig is roasting. —Rebecca Rose, Mount Washington, Kentucky

    Apricot Salad

    Go to Recipe

    Colorful gelatin salad adds a spot of brightness to any table. It blends well with this holiday feast. We children didn't know if it should be a salad or dessert, with its smooth texture and delicate flavor.—Fae Fisher, Callao, Virginia

    Beefy Taco Dip

    Go to Recipe

    Taste of Home

    This taco dip is actually a combination of several different recipes I received from friends. I just experimented until I came up with my favorite. It's always a hit, no matter where I take it. —Faye Parker, Bedford, Nova Scotia

    Quick Tortilla Pinwheels

    Go to Recipe

    Taste of Home

    Prepare these easy, cheesy pinwheels several days in advance if desired. Serve them with your choice of mild or hot salsa or picante sauce. —Barbara Keith, Faucett, Missouri

    Creamy Red Potatoes

    Go to Recipe

    This rich and creamy potato side dish is my go-to for potlucks. It’s super easy to double, so I usually do. Folks almost always take seconds, and I almost always get compliments. —Shelia Schmitt, Topeka, Kansas

    Cheese/Grape Appetizers

    Go to Recipe

    Taste of Home

    These small bites are well worth the time they take. Serve them as part of an antipasto platter or as a cheese course alongside your favorite wine. —Eleanor Grofvert, Kalamazoo, Michigan

    Creamy Italian Chicken

    Go to Recipe

    Taste of Home

    Italian salad dressing mix is like a secret weapon for adding flavor to this creamy chicken dish. Served over rice or pasta, this Italian dressing chicken is rich, delicious and special enough for company. —Maura McGee, Tallahassee, Florida

    Spinach-Beef Spaghetti Pie

    Go to Recipe

    Taste of Home

    With its angel hair pasta crust, this cheesy ground beef, tomato and spinach pie is always a hit when I serve it. Each neat slice has layers of pasta, cream cheese filling and spinach topping. —Carol Hicks Pensacola, Florida

    Cheesy Mashed Potatoes

    Go to Recipe

    Everyone who has tasted these cheesy mashed potatoes asks how to make them. Since this comforting casserole bakes at the same temperature as my chicken bundles, I get it started in the oven and pop in the entree a little later.—Brad Moritz, Limerick, Pennsylvania

    Billie's Southern Sweet Potato Cake

    Go to Recipe

    I made sweet potato cakes for my kids when they were younger and they told me in their little voices, “Mommy, you’re the best baker.” Little did they know that was Mommy’s first attempt at homemade cake! —Billie Williams-Henderson, Bowie, Maryland

    Creamy Buffalo Chicken Dip

    Go to Recipe

    This slightly spicy dip cleverly captures the flavor of Buffalo chicken wings. Using canned chicken eases preparation. —Allyson DiLascio, Saltsburg, Pennsylvania

    Pumpkin Roll

    Go to Recipe

    This pumpkin roll recipe is great to keep in the freezer for a quick dessert for my family or unexpected guests, to take to a gathering, or to give as a yummy gift. —Erica Berchtold, Freeport, Illinois

    White Chocolate Cranberry Blondies

    Go to Recipe

    Friends sometimes ask me to make these for wedding receptions. For a fancier presentation, I cut the bars into triangle shapes and drizzle white chocolate over each one individually. —Erika Busz, Kent, Washington

    Surprise Monkey Bread

    Go to Recipe

    Taste of Home

    When my neighbor hosts brunch, she always asks that I make this monkey bread recipe. I also make a savory version with garlic and cheese for dinner. —Lois Rutherford, Elkton, Florida

    Snowy Raspberry Gelatin Mold

    Go to Recipe

    This mold is always on our holiday table. The raspberry layer makes an attractive base for the creamy cream cheese layer. —Lily Julow, Lawrenceville, Georgia

    William Tell's Never-Miss Apple Cake

    Go to Recipe

    I bake my family-favorite fall cake to usher in this abundant season. It looks so luscious that eating one piece is nearly impossible. —Jamie Jones, Madison, Georgia

    Apple Kolaches

    Go to Recipe

    A fellow home cook shared this recipe for a sweet, fruit-filled pastry. My son, who isn’t a dessert fan, was disappointed when he came home to find his dad had polished off the last kolache in the batch. —Ann Johnson, Evansville, Indiana

    Creamy Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes

    Go to Recipe

    TMB Studio

    With five different dairy products, you know this make-ahead mashed potato casserole is going to be super rich and, of course, delicious. It gets even better topped with onions and bacon! —JoAnn Koerkenmeier, Damiansville, Illinois

    Berry Mini Cheesecakes

    Go to Recipe

    Taste of Home

    There's always room for some mini desserts! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

    Sweet Potato Pancakes with Cinnamon Cream

    Go to Recipe

    Topped with a rich cinnamon cream, these pancakes are an ideal dish for celebrating the tastes and aromas of fall. —Tammy Rex, New Tripoli, Pennsylvania

    Holiday Salsa

    Go to Recipe

    When we offer this cream-cheesy salsa of fresh cranberries, cilantro and a little jalapeno kick, everyone hovers around the serving dish until it’s scraped clean. —Shelly Pattison, Lubbock, Texas

    Peppermint Patty Sandwich Cookies

    Go to Recipe

    At my annual holiday party, these cookies are a big hit with everyone, especially when I mix festive food coloring or crushed candy canes into the filling. —Amy Martin, Vancouver, Washington

    Go to Recipe

    We love to make meals into celebrations, and antipasto always kicks off the party for Italian dinners. This one is almost too pretty to eat, especially when sprinkled with pimientos, fresh basil and parsley. —Patricia Harmon, Baden, Pennsylvania

    Quick Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

    Go to Recipe

    Taste of Home

    These cookies freeze well, so it's easy to keep some on hand for last-minute munching. In summer, I often make them larger to use for ice cream sandwiches. —Mary Rempel, Altona, Manitoba

    Go to Recipe

    Taste of Home

    This is a spinoff of a Mexican dip I had once. The original was wicked good, but since I was going through an "I’m-so-over-Mexican-dip" phase, I decided to switch it up. Take it to a party—I'll bet you no one else will bring anything like it! —Mandy Rivers, Lexington, South Carolina

    Peanut Butter Cream Pie

    Go to Recipe

    During the warm months, it’s nice to have this fluffy, no-bake peanut butter pie that’s a snap to make. Packed with flavor, this pie gets gobbled up even after a big meal! —Jesse & Anne Foust, Bluefield, West Virginia

    Go to Recipe

    Frozen mini phyllo tart shells are so convenient and easy to use. Just add a savory filling featuring sun-dried tomatoes and bacon, then pop them in the oven.—Patricia Quinn, Omaha, Nebraska

    Go to Recipe

    Taste of Home

    There's plenty of both crunch and cream in these party appetizers. Fresh chives help them really stand out. —Jean McKenzie, Vancouver, Washington

    Greek Pita Spread

    Go to Recipe

    Taste of Home

    I first tried this at a family gathering and was blown away! I have since made it for my co-workers, and they just love it. I've gotten many requests for the recipe. —Joyce Benninger, Owen Sound, Ontario

    German Chocolate Dump Cake

    Go to Recipe

    We make this for Sunday lunches when the whole family gets together. The cream cheese topping is so good that it doesn't need frosting. —Donna Holdbrooks, Waco, Georgia

    Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes

    Go to Recipe

    Whenever I serve this easy mash, the bowl is always scraped clean. Before holiday feasts, I make it early and keep it warm in a slow cooker so I can focus on last-minute details. —Jill Thomas, Washington, Indiana

    Dilly Cheese Ball

    Go to Recipe

    My whole family devours this herby cheese spread—even my son, the chef. Serve it with your favorite crackers. —Jane Vince, London, Ontario

    Cheesy Skillet Pizza Dip

    Go to Recipe

    Taste of Home

    This creamy dip is oozing with cheesy goodness thanks to the combination of cream cheese and mozzarella. We topped ours with pepperoni slices, but you can easily customize it with your favorite pizza toppings. This is just one more delicious way to use your cast-iron pan. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Special Mushroom Lasagna

    Go to Recipe

    This rich, cheesy recipe proves that casseroles can be both convenient and classy. If you want to take it even further, stir in fresh crabmeat. —Amanda Blair, Lebanon, Oregon

    Hot Chipotle Spinach and Artichoke Dip with Lime

    Go to Recipe

    I make spinach and artichoke dip for party guests all the time, but I wanted to give it a Mexican twist. I amped up this app with smoky chipotle chiles and tangy lime for an unexpected kick. —Joseph Sciascia, San Mateo, California

    Grandma's Carrot Cake

    Go to Recipe

    My grandma was very special to me. She had a big country kitchen that was full of wonderful aromas any time we visited. This was one of her prized cake recipes, and it continues to be a favorite from generation to generation. —Denise Strasz, Detroit, Michigan

    Spicy Honey Sriracha Game-Day Dip

    Go to Recipe

    Taste of Home

    You can easily whip up this creamy, spicy, salty dip. For parties, I love dips in the slow cooker—just turn it to low once the dip is cooked and let your guests help themselves. No need to worry about the dip getting cold and having to reheat it. —Julie Peterson, Crofton, Maryland

    Strawberry Rhubarb Cheesecake Bars

    Go to Recipe

    These cheesecake bars layer a buttery pecan shortbread crust with a rich and creamy filling and sweet-tart strawberry rhubarb jam. For larger squares, cut into nine bars instead of 16. —Amanda Scarlati, Sandy, Utah

    Garlic Creamed Spinach

    Go to Recipe

    Taste of Home

    This creamed spinach side goes with just about anything. Try it with pasta, roasted pork or baked chicken. —Debbie Glassco*ck, Conway, Arkansas

    Originally Published: September 12, 2019

    54 Recipes That Start with a Block of Cream Cheese (52)

    Rashanda Cobbins

    Rashanda is a former food editor for Taste of Home. While studying for her bachelor’s degree in culinary arts, Rashanda interned in Southern Living’s test kitchen and later spent nearly a decade developing recipes and food content at ConAgra Brands. In her spare time, she loves scoping out local farmers markets and having picnics in the park.

    54 Recipes That Start with a Block of Cream Cheese (2024)

    References

    Top Articles
    Latest Posts
    Article information

    Author: Catherine Tremblay

    Last Updated:

    Views: 5860

    Rating: 4.7 / 5 (67 voted)

    Reviews: 82% of readers found this page helpful

    Author information

    Name: Catherine Tremblay

    Birthday: 1999-09-23

    Address: Suite 461 73643 Sherril Loaf, Dickinsonland, AZ 47941-2379

    Phone: +2678139151039

    Job: International Administration Supervisor

    Hobby: Dowsing, Snowboarding, Rowing, Beekeeping, Calligraphy, Shooting, Air sports

    Introduction: My name is Catherine Tremblay, I am a precious, perfect, tasty, enthusiastic, inexpensive, vast, kind person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.