Cream cheese is one of those spreads that work really well on bagels and breads, but also works in both sweet and savory recipes. If you’ve been wondering how to use cream cheese, or you’ve got an extra tub of it at your place, here are some wonderful recipes to make with it. From flatbreads to bakery items, the options are endless! Don’t forget to check out these dairy-free cream cheese recipes and many others by downloading our Food Monster App!
1. Mushroom and Cream Cheese Flatbread
Making a Mushroom and Cream Cheese Flatbread by Melina Kutelas may seem like a daunting task, but this recipe proves it doesn’t have to be! This yeast-free and gluten-free flatbread crust comes together very easily and then is topped with cashew cream cheese, mushrooms, arugula. Enjoy the flatbread as the recipe dictates, with lemon juice, tahini, and soy sauce, or get creative with your own garnishes.
2. Carrot Cake Bread With Cream Cheese Icing
What’s fab about this Carrot Cake Bread With Cream Cheese Icing by Gabrielle St. Claire, is everything! It’s quick, easy, has minimal ingredients, is buttery soft, can be enjoyed with or without icing, packed with carrots, packed with flavor, perf for any season,
3. Pumpkin Pie Waffles With Cream Cheese Icing
This is one of those recipes you have to try! This Pumpkin Pie Waffles With Cream Cheese Icing by Kennedy Kitchings are always a delicious way to start your day, and this cashew based cream cheese icing on top really elevates the classic dish.
4. Coconut Butter ‘Cream Cheese’
Source: Coconut Butter ‘Cream Cheese’
5. Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese
Source: Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese
If you love all things pumpkin or simply crave modern vegan concepts, you have to try this recipe for Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese by Gabrielle St. Claire!! It’s quick, easy, cheesy, affordable, slightly sweet, slightly tart, packs that orange hue, packs healthy fats, protein, fresh pumpkin, you can modify the texture by removing as much moisture as you like, perf for the fall season, and pairs magically with a cinnamon bagel!
6. Easy Almond Cream Cheese
This easy Easy Almond Cream Cheese by Talida Voinea has a delicious, authentic flavor. Simply blend blanched almonds with a squeeze of lemon juice and a pinch of salt! This pairs perfectly with bagels and toast. If you do not have a high-speed blender, soak the almonds overnight.
7. Cream Cheese Blintzes With Blueberry Drizzle
Bring a Katz’s Delicatessen classic to your breakfast table with these vegan Cream Cheese Blintzes With Blueberry Drizzle by NYC Vegan: Iconic Recipes for a Taste of the Big Apple. Rather than dairy-based cheese, these pastries are filled with a combination of tofu and vegan cream cheese. Drizzle on some of the blueberry sauce for the perfect touch of sweetness.
8. Better-Than-Oreos With Cream Cheese Icing
These Better-Than-Oreos With Cream Cheese Icing by Melanie Sorrentino are guaranteed to dethrone store-bought versions as your favorite sweet. Rather than thin, crisp cookies, this recipe uses pillowy soft ones as the vessel for the tangy, not-overly-sweet cream cheese icing. They come together quickly and require little baking time!
9. Spinach and Artichoke Cream Cheese Dip
This Spinach and Artichoke Cream Cheese Dip by Jasmine Briones is one of those you-have-to-try-this recipes. It’s perfect for parties, holidays, Friday nights… Anytime you can come up with an excuse to make this is perfect. Spinach and artichokes are combined with dairy-free cream cheese, herbs, and spices, then topped with Italian bread crumbs and baked until warm and bubbly. Serve warm with bread, crackers, and vegetables.
10. Cashew Tofu Cream Cheese
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Need the perfect cream cheese for your bagels? ThisCashew Tofu Cream Cheese by Karen Sheer has the thick, creamy texture of the dairy version along with that slightly tangy flavor brought to you by lemon juice and apple cider vinegar. It’s a fantastic neutral base for adding in your favorite flavors: try it with chives and garlic, dill, or even strawberry!
11. Garlic and Herb Cream Cheese
Source: Garlic and Herb Cream Cheese
This Garlic and Herb Cream Cheese by Sirke Reivo can be whipped up in a cinch! Simply blend the soaked nuts with basil, thyme, sea salt, garlic, and a few other ingredients to create a flavorful herbed cream cheese. You can crumble this cheese and use it as a salad topper, spread some on bread, crackers, or veggie patties, or layer it onto pizza – the list of options is endless!
12. Garlic Herb Avocado Cashew Cream Cheese
Since avocados are nature’s butter why not let them make your homemade vegan cream cheese more luxurious? For this Garlic Herb Avocado Cashew Cream Cheese by Kathy Hester, combine them with a thick cashew cream to add some heft and added in your favorite garlic herb combination. You can use the base and make your favorite flavor like walnut agave, olive or strawberry.
13. Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls With Cream Cheese Icing
If you’re a lover of those warm, doughy cinnamon rolls that come pre-packaged in a tube, you probably also love that little tub of icing that came with it. And if you really loved the icing, there was probably never enough to keep you satisfied. Well, fear not, because these Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls With Cream Cheese Icing by Emilie Heck come with a recipe for all the cream cheese icing you’ll need! They have the perfect balance of light and dense, with a warm, gooey chocolate filling.
14. Maple Cinnamon Cream Cheese
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Do you love starting your morning off with something sweet? Well instead of reaching for a heavy muffin or baked treat, try this rich and creamy Maple Cinnamon Cream Cheese by Faith VanderMolen. It’s the perfect vegan spread for bagels, toast, or even desserts!
15. Cream Cheese Apple Galette
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Galettes are just as delicious as pies, but way easier to make! And what better way to welcome fall than with this Cream Cheese Apple Galette by Amy Lyons? Instead of using store-bought vegan cream cheese, this version is homemade with coconut milk, cashew butter, and apple cider vinegar for tanginess.
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