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3 Homemade Cream Cheese Flavors For The Perfect Bagel Bite

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You have to try these 3 delicious Homemade Cream Cheese Flavors recipes: Strawberry, Chocolate, and Garlic & Herb — both you & your bagels deserve it!

Hi Bold Bakers!

Once I landed on the perfect New York Style Bagel recipe it seemed like a waste if I didn’t pair it with my popular How To Make Cream Cheese Recipe.

And, because I don’t do anything by halves, I came up with some new Big and Bold flavors to enhance your bagel eating experience even more: Strawberry, Chocolate, and Garlic & Herb Cream Cheese Flavors.

Even if you have access to cream cheese in stores, I strongly recommend you try making your own at home. There is something really rewarding about making a basic baking ingredient like cream cheese from scratch. Once you see what I mean, you can then move on to other baking essentials like ‘How to Make Homemade Butter’ (yes, it’s possible and so much fun) and ‘How to Make Ricotta Cheese’.

What You Need To Make Different Cream Cheese Flavors

Nothing too fancy, just a standard kitchen blender, food processor, or NutriBullet. Basically, anything pieces of equipment with a blade to really blend your homemade cream cheese spread lovely and smooth.

How to Make Cream Cheese Flavors

As it turns out, making flavored cream cheeses is just as simple as making the cream cheese itself (and don’t forget to get the full recipe with measurements, down below)!

  • Starting out with the cream cheese, blend it in a food processor or blender until smooth and lump-free. Run a spatula around the machine to get any cream cheese you missed.
  • Once smooth, add in your flavors and other ingredients.
  • Chill the cream cheese spreads in the fridge for 2 hours before serving on bagels, brioche, french toast, or any bread you like for breakfast.

A top-down view of three bagels, each with a different homemade cream cheese flavor: strawberry, garlic & herb, and chocolate.

Tips and Tricks for making Cream Cheese Flavors

  • What Cream Cheese to use? Store-bought cream cheese will do the trick, BUT you can also make your own cream cheese from scratch at home with my easy ‘How To Make Cream Cheese Recipe.’
  • Silky Smooth: Get your cream cheese very smooth and lump-free first BEFORE adding any of your flavors to it.
  • Fat = Flavor: Use full-fat cream cheese for maximum flavor. I would stay away from whipped as it will be too soft.
  • Be Prepared: Make the spreads up to 48 hours in advance to have them ready to go for a special breakfast.
  • Dried V’s Fresh: When adding herbs feel free to use dried. They often have more flavor and vibrant color.
  • Customize: This recipe is very forgiving! Add in any flavors you like to make a spread. You really can’t go wrong.

How do I Store these Cream Cheese Flavors?

Store the cream cheese flavors in an air-tight container in the fridge. I do not recommend storing it in the freezer as the texture of dairy can change when defrosted and lose its silky smoothness. They’ll last in your fridge for up to a week.

If you want, you can make it in smaller batches for ultimate freshness.

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Full (and printable) recipe below the video!

3 Homemade Cream Cheese Flavor Recipes For The Perfect Bagel Bite

4.79 from 19 votes
You have to try these 3 delicious Homemade Cream Cheese Flavor recipes: Strawberry, Chocolate, and Garlic & Herb — because both you and your bagels deserve it!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 8 oz
Prep Time 15 mins
You have to try these 3 delicious Homemade Cream Cheese Flavor recipes: Strawberry, Chocolate, and Garlic & Herb — because both you and your bagels deserve it!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 8 oz

Ingredients

Strawberry Cream Cheese Spread

  • 1 cup (8oz/225g) cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup (2 ½oz/71g) strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar

Chocolate Cream Cheese Spread

  • 1 cup (8oz/225g) cream cheese
  • cup (1 1/2oz/43g) bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar

Garlic and Herb Cream Cheese Spread

  • 1 cup (8oz/225g) cream cheese
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons parsley (dried or fresh)
  • 1 tablespoon dried onion

Instructions

Strawberry Cream Cheese Spread

  • In a blender or food processor blend the cream cheese until it is very smooth and there are no lumps. Run a spatula around to make sure you have reached all of the cream cheese
  • Add in the strawberries and sugar and continue blending until combined.
  • Chill for at least 2 hours before serving. Keep refrigerated for up to a week.

Chocolate Cream Cheese Spread

  • In a blender or food processor blend the cream cheese until it is very smooth and there are no lumps. Run a spatula around to make sure you have reached all of the cream cheese
  • Add in the cooled, melted chocolate and sugar and continue blending until combined.
  • Chill for at least 2 hours before serving. Keep refrigerated for up to a week.

Garlic and Herb Cream Cheese Spread

  • In a blender or food processor blend the cream cheese until it is very smooth and there are no lumps. Run a spatula around to make sure you have reached all of the cream cheese
  • Add in the garlic and parsley and continue blending until combined.
  • Chill for at least 2 hours before serving. Keep refrigerated for up to a week.

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3 months ago

What is the cup measurement for the bittersweet chocolate in the chocolate cream cheese. It appears the number or fraction of a number is missing.

jennifer militar
jennifer militar
1 month ago

hi gemma!!!can i use onion powder instead of dried onion in garlic and herb cream cheese?thankyou!!!!

Ishita Sadhukhan
Ishita Sadhukhan
2 months ago

What other herb can be used here? Thanks Gemma!

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