Creamiest Cream Cheese Day Recipes

Posted: March 31, 2022 12:00 pm

Cream cheese; the mere mention of this ingredient frequently makes most mouths water. There’s just something about this unique cheese in recipes that is worth every bite.

The versatility of cream cheese also makes it a home cook’s favorite ingredient. With National Cream Cheese Frosting Day coming up, you may want to explore some of the sweet or savory recipes that will make your tastebuds sing.

Sweet Recipes

Cream cheese adds a slightly acidic aftertaste that helps cut particularly sweet recipes. It’s creamy smoothness creates a texture on your tongue unlike any other ingredient. Perhaps that’s why the following sweet cream cheese recipes will be a hit at your next party.

Fruit Dip or Fruit Pizza “Frosting”

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This recipe creates a fruity and sweet cream cheese spread you can eat straight, use as a fruit dip, or use as the frosting on a giant fruit pizza.

You will need:

  • 8 oz pkg of cream cheese
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, washed, hulled and sliced
  • 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:
Add all ingredients into a blender and whip until smooth. Scoop into a bowl and serve with fruit or spread over a giant, well-baked sugar cookie to create the base of a fruit pizza. It may also be used on cakes or cupcakes, and even as a filling for filled pastries.

Chocolate Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting

This chocolate version of buttercream cream cheese frosting is so decadent you might want to eat it straight from the bowl and skip spreading it on cakes, cupcakes and other desserts!

You will need:

  • 8 oz pkg of cream cheese
  • 1/4 cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 (1/4 c.) stick of real butter, room temperature and salted (you can use unsalted if you like, but salted butter cuts the sweetness a little)
  • 1/4 c. of butter-flavored Crisco (gives the frosting a better buttery taste and a heavier body that prevents frosting from melting or going bad)
  • 1 POUND of powdered sugar

Now you can see why salted butter and butter-flavored Crisco helps cut the sweetness. Most people find it too sicky-sweet if you don’t cut it with salted butter.

Directions:

Blend all of the ingredients on high in a mixing bowl, adding the powdered sugar slowly so as to avoid a sugar cloud puffing up out of the bowl. Because of the Crisco, the frosting will be a little more dense and not runny. It is harder to melt too, which helps if you accidentally spread it on baked goods that have not sufficiently cooled. Scrape the sides of the bowl and form a ball with the frosting. Refrigerate for about thirty minutes to get the frosting to set, since the butter will make it quite soft.

Between the cream cheese and cocoa powder, you end up with a truly decadent frosting that you want to eat straight out of the bowl. We’d advise that you spread it on your favorite homemade chocolate cake instead.

Savory Cream Cheese Recipes

Moving beyond the sweet recipes, you will find that cream cheese flexes well enough to make savory treats delectable too. A couple of savory recipes to try are as follows.

Crab Rangoon

If you love cream cheese and you love Chinese food, there’s a very good chance you drool every time someone mentions crab rangoon. These tasty cream cheese and crab-filled puffs are perfect appetizers for a party or if you just want to eat them as a meal by yourself.

You will need:

  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/4 c. sour cream
  • 1/2 c. crabmeat (fresh, canned, or imitation, your choice) picked apart into tiny shreds
  • 1/2 clove minced garlic (optional if you don’t like garlic)
  • 1 diced green onion (also optional, but it definitely adds flavor)
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 1 pkg. wonton wrappers

Directions:

Blend sour cream, soy sauce, cream cheese, ginger and sugar in a bowl on medium speed. Remove the bowl from the mixer and fold in the crab meat, onion and garlic. Stir completely to ensure that these ingredients are well-mixed.

Moisten a wonton wrapper around the edges. Using a teaspoon, put a bit of the cream cheese and crab mixture in the center of each wrapper. Fold over in triangle pockets or pinch up sides so that the corners make star points. Deep-fry in oil until golden brown and lightly crispy.

This is a tricky recipe for anyone that has never worked with wontons, but with a little practice you’ll have delicious little crab rangoons in no time.

Fully Loaded Baked Potato Cream Cheese Dip/Topping

All that delicious goodness you throw on top of a baked potato, plus cream cheese? Yes! You can use this as a dip or put it on top of baked potatoes or meat as a topper.

You will need:

  • 8 oz pkg cream cheese, softened
  • 8 oz. (1 c.) sour cream
  • 1/4 c. fresh chives or two green onions thinly diced
  • 1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 c. of bacon bits (more, if you really like bacon!)

Directions:
In a mixing bowl, blend and stir the cream cheese and sour cream. Fold in and stir the bacon bits, cheddar cheese and fresh chives or diced green onion. Make sure it is thoroughly stirred.

Chill overnight and stir again before consuming. Works well with chips, potatoes, and/or on top of steak or chicken breasts.

No Hard and Fast Cream Cheese Rules

There really aren’t any “don’t do” rules for cream cheese. If you find the right blend, seasonings, ingredients, etc., you can turn cream cheese into an entire themed meal. From appetizers to desserts and even blended iced coffee, cream cheese is transformed into all kinds of dishes and foods.

Whip something up following a recipe, or get creative with cream cheese in your own kitchen. Then sit back and celebrate National Cream Cheese [Frosting] Day with all of your delicious cream cheesy goodness!

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