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3 Mouth-Watering Homemade Cream Cheese Spreads

Cream cheese spreads

At one of our recent planning meetings, Brittany (our awesome Production Manager) shared a brilliant idea to do a blog post about how to make your own flavored cream cheese spreads. I thought it was a great idea because…..#1 everything tastes better with a cheese…and #2 by adding your own flavors, you control exactly what goes into what you’re eating. No filler ingredients here!

Turns out Brittany’s idea was a smashing success! We could NOT stop snacking on these spreads, and actually ate way too much, if we’re being perfectly honest. ;-) Best of all…it’s an incredibly simple process to make these homemade cream cheese spreads! Grab a block of cream cheese, one or two other ingredients, and prepared to delight your tastebuds!

3 Homemade Cream Cheese Spreads

Tomato Basil Spread

3 Homemade Cream Cheese Spreads

Ingredients:

  • 1 block of cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • a handful of fresh basil leaves

Mix well to combine.

3 Homemade Cream Cheese Spreads

We found that a blender works great for this!

Onion and Chive Spread

3 Homemade Cream Cheese Spreads

Ingredients:

  • 1 block of cream cheese
  • 1 Tbsp dried chives
  • 2 Tbsp fresh green onions, sliced
  • 1 small shallot, finely diced

Mix well to combine.

Strawberry Spread

3 Homemade Cream Cheese Spreads

Ingredients:

  • 1 block of cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup fresh strawberries, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp strawberry jam

Mix well to combine.

Use your homemade cream cheese spreads on bagels, as a dip for crackers, as a sandwich spread, or any other delicious use you can come up with!

Cream cheese spreads

All three of these spreads were absolutely delicious, and disappeared quickly! My favorite part of these cream cheese spreads is that they are totally customizable. To create your own, start out with one ingredient, add it to your cream cheese to taste. Once you’ve dialed in the perfect amount of your first ingredient, you can start experimenting with adding other flavors.

What flavored cream cheese spread would you make?

Cream cheese spreads

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  • Oh Denise just by looking at these beautiful pictures makes my mouth water! This looks so rich and creamy. Mmmmm .your Brazilian cream cheese spread looks like a marvelous base for all sorts of appetizers! It sounds divine!

  • I have never made homemade cream cheese before. I’ve been used to buying store bought all these years. Looks delicious! And easy which is always awesome :)

  • I think cream cheese with chopped green onions, shredded raw carrot and cooked, crumbled bacon tastes wonderful! Also, a dash of Seracha sauce helps. P.S. I love your blog!

    • Our stand by dip around here is a block of softened cream cheese + a can of crushed pineapple. I drain the juice and save it. After I stir in the pineapple, I add back in juice until I like the consistency. It’s always a hit!

      • We make the pineapple cream cheese dip all the time. Try dipping chicken in a biskit crackers with it. The salty/sweet combo is delish!

  • All these spreads look tasty and I look forward to trying them. If I were to try something different I think I would try some garden vegetable spread. I shop at Winco and in their bulk food bins they have some dehydrated veggies with parsley. I will try softening them a bit by steeping in some warm water before adding to cream cheese. Thanks for your awesomeness.

  • Hello Jillee:
    Yesterday I came across your life story and was amazed at the strength that the Lord has given you to turn your life around. He has given you beauty, brains, willpower, and a family that loves you and stands by you no matter what, and that is real love. So you see, you are blest. Keep on clinging to Him and have confidence that you will not look back, but trust Him to make everything better holding your head high and the assurance that He will not leave you.

    For some unknown reason two days ago when I first came upon your blog, I was immediately attracted to the story that you posted about your mother and the soup and bread. Well, I have kept on reading and yesterday I came upon what you posted about your mascara. I too use Maybelline, but now it has become so expensive and does not last very long. So I tried your advice using eye drops, and low and behold it worked. Thank you so much for posting it. I love your blog.
    God bless you. Keep up the good work. As the little engine said: “I know you can”.
    Love,
    Jean Gordon.

  • I make a simple one for my daughter…Block of cream cheese (reg or lo fat), 1/2 to 3/4 cup of finely shredded sharp cheddar and 1 tsp. of dry ranch dressing mix (or to taste). Mix well.

  • I make green pepper jelly and pour on top of cream cheese and spread onto ritz crackers. OMG SOOO GOOOD. You can also use Orange Marmalade on top of cream cheese for a last minute get together. Endless possibilities with cream cheese and you can whip up in a few min. when company coming and have on hand. TKS

  • I have a lap band, and even though I’ve lost 155 pounds, I really miss a big cinnamon-raisin bagel covered with schmear. Used to be my favorite breakfast, which was probably part of the reason I got a lap band! These cream cheese spreads would be good with crackers too! I’d like to see some more recipes!

  • What a great reminder of one thing I really miss….bagels! (Ima girl gone low carb). A favorite place in California was Bagel Junction. Giant bagels to die for, and lots of flavored cream cheeses to choose from. My favorite was an onion bagel with veggie cream cheese…tiny diced red and green peppers, red and green onion, carrots…I had a lot of fun changing it up when I made them at home, and go figure, I thought I was eating healthy! Now? One giant (they were huuuuge) bagel has more carbs than I have over three days..lol! Thanks Jillee, this was a great walk down memory lane! :)

  • I have a great recipe for Mock Boursin. Have had a long time and can’t remember where I got it, but would like to share:

    4 garlic cloves/2 T. minced garlic (fresh)
    1/2 t. salt
    1/2 t. Beau Monde
    1/4 t. thyme
    1/4 t. basil
    1/4 t. chives
    1/4 t. marjoram
    1 t. dill weed
    16 oz (2 blks) cream cheese OR 1 blk and 8 oz goat cheese (yummy)
    16 oz whipped butter (OR 2 sticks regular butter)

    Let ingredients come to room temp. Process in food processor til smooth.

    Freezes really, really well, and being a goat cheese lover, experimented with that too, as above. You can also use regular butter instead of whipped.

    I have used Beau Monde seasoning for years, particularly good on baked eggs. It is Spice Islands, and have never seen another brand, but available in lots of grocery stores.

    https://www.amazon.com/Spice-Island-Beau-Monde-Seasoning/dp/B004AHGDBO/ref=sr_1_1_s_it?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1469368827&sr=1-1&keywords=Spice+Islands+Beau+Monde

  • My aunt made up a great spread with cream cheese, blue cheese, chopped pimiento-stuffed olives and a splash of extra-dry vermouth. Mix the cheeses and vermouth first, then stir in the olives.

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