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Jalapeño Cheddar Cream Cheese

5 from 4 votes
My Jalapeño Cheddar Cream Cheese recipe is a spicy and savory take on regular cream cheese – just a touch of heat to make it perky!
A bagel is topped with homemade jalapeno and cheddar cream cheese and sits in a basket next to two other whole bagels, one plain, one everything bagel, and a dish filled with the homemade cream cheese.

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Hi Bold Bakers!

WHAT YOU GET: My spicy, savory, and cheesy Jalapeno Cheddar Cream Cheese recipe will become your go-to spread for bagels and appetizers alike.

August means back to school or work for a lot of us. What do you usually go for when you need something quick but filling for breakfast? 

I have to say, there’s nothing as good as a toasted bagel with cream cheese. It’s a quick and easy on-the-go breakfast. While regular cream cheese definitely hits the spot, my homemade Jalapeño Cheddar Cream Cheese recipe is a new way to spice up the first meal of the day, and it’s perfect for snack times and party platters!

I know what you may be thinking — cream cheese with jalapeños? But trust me, adding some heat to your cream cheese instantly elevates the flavor profile. You can always adjust the amount of jalapeno peppers and cheese to your liking. The best part is you can whip this 3-ingredient recipe up in just 12 minutes!

A square white bowl is filled with homemade jalapeno cheddar cream cheese. The cream cheese is whipped with fresh jalapenos. Next to the cream cheese are two bagels: one plain bagle and one everything bagel.

What Does Jalapeño Cheddar Cream Cheese Taste Like?

When we think of cream cheese, we think of a mild, sweet, and tangy flavor. We’ve seen cream cheese used before in sweet desserts, like my Cream Cheese Frosting and New York Cheesecake, but cream cheese is such a versatile ingredient that you can even make it work for savory recipes as well.

Combining the hot jalapeños, sharp cheddar, and mild cream cheese, you’ve got the perfect spread that balances various textures and savory flavors. The heat is rounded out by the cheesiness of the cheddar and cream cheese, but it also provides that subtle bite.

What Is Jalapeño Cheddar Cream Cheese Good On?

My Cheddar Jalapeno Cream Cheese mixture can be spread on bagels, crackers, toast, and sandwiches, or even a dip for chips and veggie platters.

Tools You Need To Make Jalapeño Cheddar Cream Cheese:

A salt bagel is cut in half and homemade jalapeno cheddar cream cheese is spread in the middle. An everything bagel sits behind the salt bagel.

How To Store Jalapeño Cheddar Cream Cheese

To keep your homemade Jalapeno Cream Cheese fresh for as long as possible, store it in an airtight container and pop it in the fridge for up to 5 days. It’s possible you won’t even need that long — it might be all gone before the 5 days are up!

Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips For Making The Best Jalapeño Cheddar Cream Cheese:

  • Always wear protective gloves when handling fresh hot peppers.
  • You can use other peppers, but they all have varying degrees of spiciness, so proceed with caution!
  • Make sure to use sharp cheddar cheese for the best flavor.
  • Use softened cream cheese — it makes whipping it up a lot easier! 
  • Full-fat cream cheese makes for the best-textured results.
  • You can double this recipe for a crowd.
  • Serve this with Homemade Bagels!

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Jalapeño Cheddar Cream Cheese

5 from 4 votes
My Jalapeño Cheddar Cream Cheese recipe is a spicy and savory take on regular cream cheese – just a touch of heat to make it perky!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 1 cup
Prep Time 10 mins
Blend Time 2 mins
My Jalapeño Cheddar Cream Cheese recipe is a spicy and savory take on regular cream cheese – just a touch of heat to make it perky!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 1 cup

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Wear protective gloves to stem and seed the jalapeño pepper. Chop into a fine dice.
  • Add the jalapeño pepper, grated cheddar and cream cheese to a medium bowl and stir to combine.
  • Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
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Christine
Christine
21 days ago

This looks really good. And a great way to use my jalapeños. How much whipped cream cheese is needed?

Fran
Fran
22 days ago

Can’t find the recipe for whipped cream cheese.

debbie
debbie
23 days ago

the whippecd cream cheese link doesn’t work. do you just whip cream cheese with a mixer?

Laura Cooper
Laura Cooper
23 days ago

Hi Gemma, the hyperlink to the whipped cream cheese recipe isn’t working. What’s the best way to whip cream cheese?

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Meet Gemma

About Us

Meet Gemma

Hi Bold Bakers! I’m Gemma Stafford, a professional chef originally from Ireland, a cookbook author, and the creator of Bigger Bolder Baking. I want to help you bake with confidence anytime, anywhere with my trusted and tested recipes and baking tips. You may have seen one of my 500+ videos on YouTube & TikTok or as a guest judge on Nailed It! on Netflix or the Best Baker in America on Food Network. No matter your skills, my Bold Baking Team & I want to be your #1 go-to baking authority.

 

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