What started out as a little list of 10 cream cheese recipes that I wanted an easy way to save way back in 2012 evolved into this massive list of over one hundred recipes that has been pinned over 375,000 times!! I keep adding new cream cheese recipes and use it every time I need to whip up an easy appetizers for a party or the latest episode of ‘Andi Mack’ with my daughters!
It may not be the fanciest appetizer in the world, but cream cheese makes a cheap, easy, and tasty dish for parties. Stop stressing. Grab a block and throw a quick dip together in no time.
~ Dump It On Top ~
1.Hot – Pour a jar of jalapeno jelly over the entire block of cream cheese.
2. Spicy – Mix cocktail sauce and mini cocktail shrimp together. Cover the cream cheese with the mixture.
3. Festive – Use canned (or homemade, if you have any leftovers) chunky cranberry sauce to pour over the cheese.
4. Unusual – Try it before you judge. Cover cream cheese with A-1 steak sauce.
5. Sweet – Spoon fig jam over the cheese for a new favorite.
6. South of the Border – Keep a jar of salsa on hand for another tasty version.
7. Italiano – Dump a tub of pesto on top of the block of cream cheese or use some you made yourself.
8. Sweet & Spicy – Try any of the fruity chipotle sauces on the market. Cream cheese with raspberry chipotle sauce over the top is tasty.
9. Exotic – Try peach chutney poured over the block of cream cheese.
10. Classic – This one involves slightly more effort. Pour a can of chili over the cream cheese and top with shredded cheddar. Microwave until just warm. Technically, this could go in the bake it section below, but I am not sure if 90 seconds in the microwave really constitutes ‘baking’!
11. Western – Thanks to Lisa, who commented on the original article, I learned that you can dump a bottle of Western dressing (I call it Catalina) on a block of cream cheese for a whole world of yum!
12. Bean-yo – A twist on the classic chili dump is to open a can of refried beans, pour it on top of cream cheese, top with the shredded cheese of your choice, and nuke it. So good!
13. Hot & Cold – You know those little cans of green chilis? Pour one on top of your cream cheese and grab a box of crackers. Good to go.
14. Sun-Dried – Chop up some sun-dried tomatoes, red onions, and black olives for a little treat from Tuscany.
15. I Love Olives – If you haven’t tried an olive tapenade before, you are missing out. If you haven’t dumped some on top of cream cheese, well, I am so sorry for you!
16. Pickles Rule – Dill pickles have a cult following. Tap into that love and chop up some of those sour gems to dump right on top of your stark white block of cream cheese. Prepare to pucker!
17. Pickles Rule—Revisited – Not a fan of sour? How about sweet pickle relish? This one is several shades of yum and definitely unexpected at a party. Just open a jar and pour. It could not get easier.
18. Soy What?! – Roll the block of cream cheese in toasted sesame seeds and top with soy sauce. (Thanks, Kat!)
19. Heinz Dip – You guessed it, smarty pants: Pour some Heinz 57 on top of that cream cheese and dive on in. (Thanks, Dawn M.)
20. Don’t Sneeze – Roll the cream cheese block in freshly cracked pepper for a new twist on cream cheese dips. Katie sent in this one.
21. Do Tell, Rotel – Not a fan of shredded cheese? This is for you. Open a can of Rotel tomatoes and dump it out on top of a brick of softened cream cheese. Yum from Taylor R.
22. Salsa Plus – Another simple one involves pouring salsa AND steak sauce, preferably Pick-a-Pepper. Shout out to Kala for this tip.
23. Sweet & Spicy—Part Deux – Crack open a bottle of chili sauce. Hint: It’s located next to the ketchup.
24. High Society – For a touch of class to your oh-so-snazzy block of cream cheese, sauté mushrooms in butter, a dash of Worchester sauce, and a splash of red wine (optional). Pour the whole mess over your cream cheese and share. No, really. You have to share! (Thank you, Kimberly C.)
This article has been pinned almost 375,000 times, which confirms my thoughts: I am not the only one that loves easy appetizers! It is no longer my dirty little secret. I can shout my love to the world! I can admit to having little, if any, desire to spend hours in the kitchen prepping intricate, Martha-esque appetizers for my guests. I can even fess up to hoarding stashes of cream cheese in the freezer. Phew! It feels so much better to know that we are all on the same page! In thanks, I am sharing some more gems with you. Try not to eat them all at once, but, if you do, I’ll never tell.
~ Layered Cream Cheese Dips ~
25. Layered Traditional – Sometimes this is called seven-layer, six-layer, five-layer, taco, or Mexican dip. Like the name suggests, you layer the ingredients on a platter. I used to layer everything in a 9 x 13 casserole dish, but it is much easier to scoop when it is on a flat platter. Start with eight ounces of cream cheese mixed with some taco seasonings and then add layers of re-fried beans, salsa, guacamole, shredded cheese, lettuce, olives, and whatever else floats your boat.
26. Layered BBQ – For a twist on tradition, layer BBQ sauce, cooked bacon, tomatoes, green peppers, green onions, and shredded cheese on top of eight ounces of cream cheese. I made this one again over the Fourth of July and it disappeared in less than five minutes! Serve with Fritos.
27. BLT – The next time you slave over a hot stove cooking bacon, make extra and mix it into some softened cream cheese. Chop up some tomatoes and lettuce to layer on top. Who needs bread?
28. Shrimp Layers – Spread cream cheese on a platter and layer cocktail sauce, tiny shrimp, shredded cheese, and black and green olives on top. (Wow! Sounds great, Beth S.)
29. Seafood Layered Dip – This one is a winner similar to the recipe above. Layer cream cheese, ½ cup of sour cream, ¼ cup of mayo, 1 cup of cocktail sauce, ½ cup of diced green and red peppers, 3 diced green onions, 1 tomato (diced), 1 cup of canned crabmeat, 1 cup of baby shrimp (cooked), and 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese.
30. Greek Layers – I should confess that I go weak in the knees for anything Greek, lemony, and garlicky. This dip makes me want to hide out in the master bath with a spoon. Layer cream cheese (mixed with lemon juice, pressed garlic, and dill), hummus, roughly chopped cucumbers, roughly chopped tomatoes, black olives, crumbled feta, and diced beets. Okay—you can omit the beets, but I love them!
31. Spicy Pumpkin Layer Dip – I love pumpkin. I mean really love pumpkin. But this may be a bit wacky, even for me. Mix one can of pumpkin (not pie mix, the plain stuff) with a block of cream cheese and three tablespoons of jalapeño juice. Layer the cream cheese-pumpkin mixture with 8 oz sour cream, 4 oz diced green chilies, 2 Tbs diced jalapeños, 1 tomato (diced), 2 oz can of diced black olives, ¼ cup of diced red onions. Dig in with tortilla chips and pat yourself on the back for finding a new Thanksgiving appetizer recipe.
~ Baked Cream Cheese Dips ~
Baked dips may seem fancy, but they take the same amount of prep time as the other recipes on this list! As an added bonus, your whole house will smell of delicious gooey richness as your dip melts in the oven.
32. Pizza – Another commenter (jrbprb2911) suggested to mix a block of cream cheese, one cup of sour cream, and some garlic powder. Spread it on an oven-proof plate and top it with all your favorite pizza toppings—mozzarella, pepperoni, veggies. Warm your pizza dip in the oven until nicely melted.
33. Italian Layered – Spread your cream cheese in a glass pie plate and top it with ½ cup Parmesan cheese, 1/3 cup pesto (prepared or homemade), ¾ cup of mozzarella or Italian mix shredded cheese. Bake it for 15 minutes at 350°F. Try this one with warm breadsticks to dip.
34. Jalapeño – Mix 8 ounces cream cheese, ½ cup mayonnaise, 4 ounces of cubed Velveeta, 3 diced jalapeños. Spread it on a glass pie plate and stick it in a 350°F oven for 20 minutes. Gorge, repeat.
35. Jalapeño Popper – Stir together 2 eight-ounce cream cheese blocks, ½ package bacon (cooked and diced), 1 cup mayo, 4 jalapeños (seeded and diced), 1½ cups cheddar cheese. In a separate bowl, mix 1 cup of crushed Ritz crackers, ½ cup of Parmesan cheese, and ½ stick of butter. This last step takes a little extra time, but it’s worth it. Pour the cracker mixture on top of the cream cheese mixture and bake at 350°F for 20 minutes.
36. Buffalo – Mix 8 ounces cream cheese, ½ cup blue cheese salad dressing, ½ cup Red Hot sauce, ½ cup mozzarella cheese, 2 cans of chicken (the canned kind—it’s not gross, I promise). Heat up in a 350°F oven for 20 minutes. Be sure to serve it with celery.
37. Corned Beef – Mix 8 ounces cream cheese, 1 cup leftover corned beef, chopped finely, 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese, a squirt of a brown mustard or whatever kind you have on hand. Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes.
38. Reuben-esque – Another twist on corned beef is to mix 2 cups diced corned beef, 1½ cups sauerkraut, 12 ounces cream cheese, 2/3 cup shredded mozzarella, 1 cup Swiss cheese. Place mixture in a baking dish and top with ¾ cup of 1,000 island dressing and another cup of Swiss cheese. Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes. A friend made this one for book club, and it was fabulous! Highly recommended for all sauerkraut lovers!
39. Kielbasa Dip – Mix 3 ounces cream cheese, 1 cup mayo, ½ cup shredded cheese of your choice, ½ tsp garlic powder, 7 ounces diced kielbasa (cooked), 1 jalapeño (diced),4 green onions (diced). Place all in a baking dish and bake at 350°F for 20 minutes.
40. Bacon + Ranch = Yum – Mix together 8 ounces cream cheese, 1 packet ranch dressing mix, leftover diced ham or bacon, 2 cups shredded cheddar, 16 ounces sour cream. Bake at 400°F until bubbly good—about 25 minutes.
41. BBQ Chicken Bake – Try this—mix a can of chicken (or diced leftovers), ¾ cup BBQ sauce, ¼ cup ranch dressing, ¼ cup sour cream, ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese. Top the whole thing with another whole cup of cheese and bake it up at 350°F for 20-30 minutes. Cheese just makes the world go ’round, doesn’t it?
42. Warm Bean Dip – Blend together 8 ounces cream cheese, 1 cup sour cream, 2 cans of refried beans, 1 packet of taco seasonings. Then, top everything with four cups of cheese. You can use anything from cheddar to Monterrey Jack—or use a combination of cheeses. Have I mentioned that cheese makes the world go ’round? No, really! It does!
43. The ‘Sin’ Dip – This recipe is all over the Internet and Pinterest under a variety of names. All the variations, however, are called ‘Sin’ something. Apparently, it is sinfully good! Try it yourself and see. Mix your trusty block of cream cheese with 1½ cups sour cream, 2 cups shredded cheddar, 1/3 cup diced ham, 1/3 cup green onions, 1 little can of green chilies (undrained), 2 Tbs pickled jalapeños, and a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce. Bake at 350°F until bubbly and enjoy.
44. Warm Crab Dip – Try this bake on for size. Combine 2 cans of crab meat, 2 blocks cream cheese, 4 diced green onions, a dash or two of Worcestershire sauce, 2 Tbs garlic powder, 2 Tbs powdered sugar (yes, you read that right), ½ tsp lemon juice. Bake for 20 minutes at 375°F.
45. Almond Love – Mix up 6 ounces cream cheese, 2 ounces mascarpone cheese, 1 cup Parmesan cheese (are you sensing a theme here?), ½ cup toasted sliced almonds, 1/8 tsp nutmeg. Bake at 375°F for 25 minutes and top with more toasted almonds.
46. Bacon Bake – I had you at bacon, right?! Mix 8 ounces cream cheese, 1 cup mayo, 1 cup diced Swiss cheese, 3 chopped green onions, ½ package of cooked and crumbled bacon. Place everything in a baking dish and top with a sleeve of crumbled Ritz crackers tossed in ½ stick of melted butter. Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes. Bring on the yum!
47. Bleu Who – Chicken Cordon Bleu is a favorite dish for many so it only makes sense that a dip was soon to follow. To try it for yourself, combine 16 ounces cream cheese, 1 cup Swiss cheese, 1 cup shredded cheddar, 2 cups diced chicken (cooked), 6 ounces diced ham, 2 cloves of minced garlic. Bake for 20 minutes at 375°
~ Mix It Up ~
These cream cheese recipes require a little more effort on your part. You have to think far enough in advance to let the cream cheese soften on the counter—a half hour of planning. Then, you need to trouble yourself with mixing up the ingredients before serving. Ugh! Such a bother, but truly worth the long five minutes of your time. Enjoy!
48. Sausage – Mix two to eight ounces of cream cheese, one pound of cooked sausage, and one can of Rotel (spicy tomatoes). You could throw this one in the oven but it is traditionally served in a crockpot and gorged on during football games 🙂
49. Crab – Take eight ounces of cream cheese, one can of crab meat (drained), and one cup of cocktail sauce. Mix and enjoy!
50. Crab Deux – Mix 8 ounces cream cheese, 1 green onion (minced), 1 can crab (drained), ½ tsp garlic powder, and ¼ tsp paprika. Dig in. (Thanks go out to Sherry for this yumminess!)
51. Shrimp Dip – Prefer shrimp over crab? We have got you covered! Mix 8 ounces cream cheese, ¼ cup mayo, ½ tsp lemon juice, 3 green onions (diced), ½ celery stalk (finely diced), 1 can of mini shrimp (fully cooked).
52. Garlic – Here is my personal favorite. This dip is so simple, so unassuming, and so wow! Mix eight ounces of cream cheese, two to three cloves of pressed fresh garlic, and a splash of milk, just enough to thin it out for dipping. Serve with crackers and, maybe, a few mints for later.
53. Beer Cheese – Got beer? Mix a third of a cup of of it with eight ounces of cream cheese, two cups of shredded cheddar, and a packet of ranch dressing mix.
54. Spinach – Thank Nanette (a commenter on the first article) for this gem. Mix 1 can of artichokes (drained), 1 jar of alfredo sauce, 8-ounce block of cream cheese, a package of frozen spinach (thawed, drained). Nuke it until warmed through and enjoy!
55. Spinach Part Deux – Stick a package of frozen spinach (thawed and drained), some cubed Velveeta, and your cream cheese in the microwave. Nuke and stir until it is well blended, then throw some freshly chopped tomatoes on top. Come to momma!
56. Onion Dip Redux – Sure, the ubiquitous onion dip has seen better days. You can tweak it by mixing eight ounces of softened cream cheese, one cup of sour cream, and that famous packet of dry onion soup mix.
57. Onion Dip ReDux … Again – Another reader, Kelly, prefers her version of onion dip, which is just a block of cream cheese mixed with that same packet of French onion soup mix and a bit of water.
58. One Last Time With the Onions – Sauté two diced onions in butter over med-low heat until caramelized. Set aside to cool. Mix four ounces of cream cheese, a half cup of sour cream, and a half cup of mayo. Stir in cooled onions and serve! Awesomeness on a platter!
59. Blue Who – If you are a fan of blue cheese, try this easy appetizer. Mix one cup of sour cream, a half cup of blue cheese, and eight ounces of cream cheese. If you like fancy, throw some fresh herbs in there, too.
60. Italiano 2 – This seriously cannot get any easier. Pay attention: Mix one of those dry Italian dressing packets and one cup of sour cream into a softened block of cream cheese. Phew! That was tough—now sit back and enjoy the fruits of your arduous labor.
61. Liquid What – Okay. Like many of you, I have tried my hand at barbecuing a turkey. It’s great. Deep frying is better, but that’s not the point. The point is that I now have a stupid bottle of liquid smoke that I never use. Enter this dip: one teaspoon of liquid smoke, one Tablespoon of fresh chives, and one teaspoon of garlic powder mixed into my cream cheese—et voilà! Another use for liquid smoke.
62. Liquid Smoke Use #2 – Yeah–that bottle will be gone before you know it! Debbie, a reader, likes to mix cream cheese, liquid smoke, and tuna fish (drained). You never know until you try it!
63. Aloha – Leftover ham? You know what to do with it: Dice it up! Then open (and drain) a can of crushed pineapple and grab that trusty block of cream cheese.
64. Got Fish? – Leftover salmon, some fresh lemon juice, and some cracked black pepper can transform plain ole cream cheese into ultra fancy. Throw one tablespoon of Caesar dressing in, too, if you’ve got it.
65. Olives Again – Mix 8 ounces cream cheese, ¼ cup sour cream, 1 cup chopped green olives, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp onion powder, ¼ tsp pepper. If you are feeling energetic, you can pipe it into celery sticks. Or, not. (Thanks again to Kimberly C.)
66. Muffaleta DIP – Mix cream cheese with four slices of diced hard salami, four slices of diced ham, and a half cup of shredded mozzarella. Bake it at 350°F for 15 minutes. Top with a half cup of chopped olives (green, black, or both) and two tablespoons of Italian dressing. (Thanks, Sherry!)
67. Dirty Martini – Who wouldn’t want to eat this? Just the name alone piques my interest! Mix a five-ounce jar of pimento stuffed olives (chopped), two tablespoons of the juice, and a block of cream cheese. That’s it. Why do I want to say, “Shaken, not stirred”? (Thanks to Sherry … AGAIN!)
68. Roasted and Sun-Dried – Mix eight ounces of cream cheese with finely diced, sun-dried tomatoes, diced onion, 2 garlic cloves (minced), 1 diced jalapeño, diced, roasted red pepper, Tabasco and salt, to taste.
69. Oysters – Yes, oysters! Mix cream cheese, a can of smoked oysters (diced), and a few drops of Worcester sauce. If you have energy and time to spare, form it into a ball and roll in sesame seeds. Très chic! (Thanks, Rosy F.)
70. Sweet and Spicy – Mix your infamous cream cheese with a jar of pineapple preserves, a half jar of clear apple jelly, and some prepared horseradish sauce (to taste). (“Robby’s mom” says it’s great!)
71. Pink Dip – Don’t let the creative name fool you, this simple dip is really quite tasty. Just mix your favorite picante sauce—hot, medium or mild—with cream cheese. Hint: Red and white make pink! (Thanks, Arlene!)
72. Lemon Ricotta Dip – Mix a block of cream cheese with 1 cup ricotta cheese, 1 cup sour cream, ½ cup minced chives, ¼ tsp salt, ¼ tsp pepper, 1 Tbs lemon peel. Perfect for those hot summer nights.
73. Cucumber Dip – For another cool and refreshing dip, try mixing 2 finely diced cucumbers, 1/4 cup red onion, 8 ounces cream cheese, 1 cup mayo, 16 ounces small curd cottage cheese.
74. Ranchers Delight – Mix your ubiquitous block of cream cheese with a half cup of sour cream, a half packet of ranch dressing mix, and one cup of shredded cheddar.
75. Jalapeño Chill – There are some jalapeño dips in the bake section (above), but this one is very different. Mix 8 ounces cream cheese, 8 ounces mayonnaise, 16 ounces sour cream, 1 cup tomatillo salsa, 1 cup buttermilk, 3 packets ranch dressing mix, ½ cup of pickled jalapeño. Give them a whirl in your blender or food processor until it is smooth. Dip away, baby!
76. Pecan Surprise – Sauté one cup of pecan chips (little pieces) in butter with a quarter cup of brown sugar, a dash of Worcestershire sauce, and a squirt of mustard. Set aside to cool. Mix eight ounces of cream cheese, one tablespoon of grated white onion, and one clove of minced garlic. Then top the cream cheese mixture with the nuts.
77. Veggie Palooza – Mix 8 ounces cream cheese, 1 entire red pepper (diced), 1 jalapeño (diced), 1 packet ranch dressing mix, 15-oz can of corn.
~ Sweet Cream Cheese Dips ~
I have a bit of a sweet tooth (understatement of the year!) and could easily stick my whole face in these dessert-style dips. I refrain—most of the time. If you love pumpkin, like I do, stockpile cans at Thanksgiving so you can enjoy #78 year round.
78. Pumpkin – Mix 2 cans pumpkin pie mix, 8 ounces cream cheese, ½ cup sour cream, walnuts. Be prepared for yumminess. Serve with gingersnaps, apple slices, and pear slices.
79. Nutella – If I am being honest, the best way to eat Nutella is with a spoon, directly from the jar. This dip is a close second. Combine 8 ounces cream cheese, ¼ cup Nutella, ¼ cup powdered sugar, 8 ounces Cool Whip. No one said you had to share, though.
80. Fruity – Mix a small tub of whipped cream, eight ounces of cream cheese, and six ounces of blueberry yogurt. Serve with fruit.
81. The Bee’s Knees – Squirt some honey on top of your cream cheese and sprinkle with peanuts. Use graham crackers to scoop up all that deliciousness. You can mix some honey into the cream cheese, too, if you want it a little sweeter.
82. Lazy Cheesecake – Don’t have the time, talent, or calorie allotment to whip up a homemade cheesecake? How about dumping a can of cherry pie filling on some cream cheese and calling it a day. Grab a box of grahams and hide in your room.
83. Cheesecake Option 2 – For a little extra effort, you can have yet another glorious cheesecake dip option. Mix 8 ounces cream cheese, ½ cup sugar, ½ cup cream, 1 tsp vanilla. Grab the Nilla Wafers and revel at your prowess in the kitchen!
84. Pineapple – My dad loved that pineapple dip that you get in those little, teeny glass jars. Had I known about this cream cheese dip sooner, I would have made it for him. Just mix up two cups of crushed pineapple (drained), one teaspoon of onion powder, and a block of cream cheese. You can use some of the leftover juice to thin it out
85. 3-Layer Dip or Caramel Apple Dip – Spread cream cheese on a platter or large plate. Top it with a jar of caramel ice cream topping and your choice of nuts, toffee chips, or even chopped up Heath bars, my personal favorite. I did not invent this dip, but I am so glad that it came into my life! I made it for the Fall Teacher Appreciation Luncheon and, unbeknownst to me, quickly became the talk of the school! Teachers were sneaking back into the lounge for more and clambering for the recipe 🙂
86. Simple, but Sweet – Stir a cup or two of marshmallow creme into your cream cheese. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
87. Classic Chocolate Chip – Mix eight ounces of cream cheese with one cup of powdered sugar, two tablespoons of brown sugar, and a cup or so of chocolate chips. Serves one—use a spoon.
88. Exotic – Stir 8 ounces cream cheese (softened), ½ cup chopped dates, ½ cup of chopped almonds, ½ tsp cinnamon, ½ tsp almond extract. You can thin it with a little milk, if needed. If you haven’t tried a date since you were a kid, re-visit them. Seriously, they are as sweet as candy bars!
89. Maple-y – Add a half cup of maple syrup and about the same amount of chopped walnuts. If you are going for healthy, throw in some raisins. Hey—they’re fiber.
90. Blueberry – Mix your cream cheese with eight ounces of shredded white cheddar, a half teaspoons of nutmeg, and a heaping cup of fresh blueberries. Bake it in oven at 375°F for 25 minutes. Try toasting up a little baguette for dipping.
91. Cranberry – Ho, ho, ho! This one works well as a go-to holiday cream cheese dip or a I-don’t-feel-like-doing-nothing Friday night dip. It’s tricky, so pay attention: Mix four ounces of cream cheese, one cup of Cool Whip, and one cup of whole-berry cranberry sauce. Now we know what to do with the leftovers! Yay!
92. Sweet Potato Dip – More Thanksgiving leftover quandaries? Mash up 1 cup sweet potatoes, 8 ounces cream cheese, ½ cup almond butter (good stuff), 1 Tbs pure maple syrup, 1 tsp cinnamon. Top with raisins and pecans. This would be fabulous with ginger snaps!
93. Peanut Butter – Mix one cup of your favorite peanut butter with softened cream cheese and slice up some apples. Relatively healthy, super tasty!
94. Peanut Butter #2 – Slightly less healthy than the recipe above. Mix 8 ounces cream cheese, 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 cup peanut butter, ½ cup milk, 1 tsp vanilla. Spread the dip on a serving dish and top it with a bag pf Reese’s Pieces.
95. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Dip – To really satiate your peanut butter desires, combine ½ cup butter, ½ cup brown sugar, ¼ cup peanut butter, 8 ounces cream cheese, ¾` cup powdered sugar, 1 tsp vanilla, ½ cup chocolate chips, 1½ cups diced Reese’s peanut butter cups. I usually serve this with graham crackers, but I happened to have some pretzels the last time I made it. Be still my heart! The salty pretzels with all the over-the-top sweetness was amazing!
96. Cherry Bomb – Mix a half cup of chopped up maraschino cherries and one tablespoon of the juice into softened cream cheese. Dip away, baby.
97. Snickerdoodle – This easy appetizer always reminds me of snickerdoodle cookies. Mix one teaspoon of cinnamon and three tablespoons of brown sugar with an eight-ounce block of cream cheese and open a sleeve of graham crackers. Sigh.
98. Snickerdoodle, Too – Mix softened cream cheese with a half cup of brown sugar and one teaspoon of vanilla. Serve with apples or ginger snaps. The world would be a better place if we all ate more ginger snaps! (Thanks Stacey.)
99. Ambrosia – My mom made the classic 1970s Ambrosia salad every year for Thanksgiving. Why wait until November? Whip together 2 8-ounce blocks of cream cheese, ¼ cup powdered sugar, 1 cup dried cranberries, 1 can (15 ounces) of crushed pineapple (drained), ½ cup coconut, 1 cup toasted pecans. Put it in a bowl and dump a can (11 ounces) of mandarin oranges (drained) on top. Presto retro!
100. 4-Layer Fruit Dip – Mix your cream cheese block with eight ounces of sour cream, three tablespoons of orange juice, and a quarter cup of brown sugar. Layer the cream cheese mixture on a platter or in a pie plate followed by ¾ cup strawberry jam, ¾ cup crushed vanilla wafers, and two cups of diced fruit (strawberries, pears, and apples are all good choices). Chill. Oh, and let the dip hang out in the fridge for an hour, too.
101. Hawaiian Dip – Similar to above, mix eight ounces of cream cheese with 2½ cups of coconut and 20 ounces of crushed pineapple. Top with one cup of pecan pieces.
102. Brownie Dip – While I am not a fan of brownies, this dip is ah-may-zing! Combine 8 ounces cream cheese, 4 Tbs butter, 2 cups powdered sugar, 5 Tbs flour, 5 Tbs cocoa powder, 2 Tbs brown sugar, 1 tsp vanilla, 2 Tbs milk. Serve with fruit, cookies, or just a spoon 😉
103. Red Velvet Dip – As a Midwesterner, I did not grow up on red velvet cake, but that does not mean I shun this dip. In fact, I can eat the whole thing solo! I am not too proud to admit that, so don’t tell anyone else. Mix 4 ounces cream cheese, 4 Tbs butter, ¾ cup red velvet cake mix, 1 cup powdered sugar, 2 Tbs milk. Dip in graham crackers or whatever else your little heart desires.
104. Key Lime Lover – You either like the taste of lime, or you don’t. If you do, this key lime dip is like pie in a bowl! Mix 8 ounces cream cheese, 1 single-serve key lime yogurt, 1 single-serve pineapple yogurt, 1 can of sweetened condensed milk, the juice and zest of one lime. Dip in graham crackers for the pseudo crust. Heaven, I tell you!
105. Orange Fruit Dip – In keeping with our citrus theme, try mixing eight ounces of cream cheese with a seven-ounce jar of marshmallow creme and two tablespoons of frozen orange juice concentrate. Whip together some fruit kebabs, and you’ll be the momma with the most~est.
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Below are the comments form the original article, dating all the way back to 2012! I am including them here because they had some great tips!!
Comments 62 comments
howlermunkey 11 days ago from Tampa, FL
YUMMMM. You have so many listed in one article, this one gets bookmarked for sure! Do you offer club membership and a free mug to anyone who has tried them all 🙂 ? No promises, but I’m going to get started this weekend with the championship foosball games on Sunday.
gatheringgarden 12 days agoAll look amazing!
Kailua-KonaGirl 3 weeks ago from New YorkLevel 2 Commenter
So many great ideas for cream cheese dips! I have made a homemade cranberry relish for every Christmas that is excellent dumped on cream cheese and I make an excellent clam dip. Now I have a ton of ideas to try. Thanks so much. I am pinning this Hub to my “Appetizer” board.
apuppycared 6 weeks ago
great list of recipes. thanks
raguett 2 months ago
omg I love you and all the commentators who left tips… lol… love cream cheese thanks so much for sharing….
Linda Robinson60 2 months ago from Cicero, New YorkLevel 4 Commenter
Wow what detailed excellent recipes and easy to learn and try for anyone making them themselves. This look absolutely delicious and I look forward to making them all especially with the upcoming holidays just weeks away, so nice meeting you, excellent hub mommytalks. Linda
AshlyChristen 3 months ago from IllinoisLevel 1 Commenter
oh yum! I am a sucker for anything cream cheese!
esatchel 3 months ago from Kentucky
I guess this hub has been around for a while. Great recipes! i found a number of them that I already use, but there are still lots and lots I can try to mix it up!
Kristen Howe 4 months ago from Northeast OhioLevel 7 Commenter
Great recipes for the football tailgating season. I’ll pass on the chillis and jalapenos please. I’ll give it a go sometime!
marysunshine99 4 months ago
Invited to a party, they needed appetizers. I took 2 blocks of cream cheese, mixed with about 1/2 lb diced lebanon bologna and used a small bunt pan lined with saran wrap for a mold. Let that sit in the fridge for at least a day so the flavor traveled through. This was a big hit with the guys. I made my own cream cheese using plain vanilla yogurt strained in the fridge in cheesecloth for 3 days, periodically dumping off the whey until it became firm. Rolled that into logs and coated with chopped walnuts and craisins and wrapped in waxed paper until needed. This was a gal favorite. I served these with a variety of ritz, club and grain crackers and I was praised nonstop for my wonderful, tasty appetizers that made the party ” oh so special”.
Margaret Schindel 6 months ago from MassachusettsLevel 2 Commenter
Oh my goodness! Who knew you could make so many delicious things from a simple block of cream cheese? Pinning to my Awesome Recipes board! 🙂
ThatMommyBlogger 6 months ago from The MidwestLevel 1 Commenter
I love the new pictures! Yummy!
D 13 months ago
Try a party size recipe of two blocks of cream cheese, 5oz jar of feta stuffed olives, another of jalapeno stuffed olives, a little olive juice from each to soften, fresh cooked bacon, chopped, mix everything and roll in walnuts. I used the dirty martini recipe as a base and was also inspired by two other dips with bacon and walnuts. It was a hit at my work potluck!! Thanks:)
Susan 16 months ago
one can of clams half the juice ,one little block of cream cheese, mix together yum yum
Shara 18 months ago
You can also make keylime dip much easier. I use 1 block of cream cheese and mix it with 1 box of lime jello mix. Its great with gram crakers or animal cookies.
kmason 18 months ago
cream cheese and add a dash of garlic salt( to your tasting) with a dab of milk mix and quick and easy dip. best with chips.
Chelle 18 months ago
Add a can of Hormel chili to a block of cream cheese and microwave until melted! Oh so good!!!!
Brittany 19 months ago
I made a jimmy dean and cream cheese dip all the time. All it consists of is cooked jimmy dean sausage , cream cheese and a can of rotel tomatoes.
Smf 20 months ago
Cover block of cream cheese with Sweet Thai Chili Sause, then top with walnuts(any nuts) and craisons and serve with any grainy cracker. Everyone loves it and it’s a grab and go.
Janie 21 months ago
A block of cream cheese dump a jar of home canned candied Jalapeños on top, we call it Cowboy Candy, and serve with Club Crackers.
adrianna 22 months ago
Diced ham and onions and cream cheese with saltines is good
toptenhome 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Wow. There are a ton of different dip ideas. I will be attempting some soon. Voted up!
kristin 2 years ago
One block of cream cheese rolled in diced red onions, One of my favorites
Alisha 2 years ago
The best “block” recipe I have came from my local Kroger. As I was walking through one day there was a lady from Boars Head with samples. She poured “Boars head” “brown sugar and spice” ham glaze over the cream cheese. I use this all the time. Sometimes I even heat the glaze before I put it on the cream cheese.
Sherrij 2 years ago
Try this one, its awesome. Ritz Cracker, cream cheese, pour Pick A Peppa hit sauce over it. Very very good!
sbswann 2 years ago
My favorite is the block of cream cheese, jar of red pepper jelly over the top and it topped with caviar. The sweet and salty is amazing.
Brittanyjoh 2 years ago
USE MIXER & BLEND 8OZ OF CREAM CHEESE WITH 12OZ PICANTE SAUCE-USE AS A DIP WITH DORITOS. I GUARANTEE THIS IS A KEEPER RECIPE! SUPER EASY & DELICIOUS!
Angelofmercy7 2 years ago
2 pkg. cream cheese
1 small can green chilis
1 jar dried beef
Beth S. 3 years ago
My mom’s famous shrimp dip is a layer dip that’s: 1 block of cream cheese, cocktail sauce, tiny shrimp, shredded cheese and black and green olives. served with crackers it is soooooooooo good!
Cee 3 years ago
I have always said that anything is good with cream cheese!
sherry 3 years ago
some other variations:
1pkg cream cheese and…
4 slices hard salami, chopped
4 slices ham lunch meat, chopped
1 cup shredded mozarella cheese
1/2 cup chopped black and green olives
2tbsp italian salad dressing
Mix cream cheese w first three ingredients, bake at 350 for 15 min. Top w olive/dressing mixture.
Crab rangoon dip or filling:
1 green onion, minced
1 can crab meat, drained
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp paprika
Mix all ingredients with the cream cheese and use either as a dip w crackers, or as the filling in wonton wrappers for crab rangoons.
Dirty martini dip:
1 5oz jar olives stuffed w pimento, chopped
1-2 tbsp of the olive juice
Mix the olives, juice and cream cheese. Done.
Can also add a little sour cream to make it creamier.
Kimberly M Collins 3 years ago
One more. Block of softened cream cheese, whipped/ mixed with 1/4 cup sour cream, 1 cup chopped green olives, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper. Put it in a big zip top bag and cut a whole in the corner for a homemade piping bag. Pipe into small celery sticks, or serve with chips and celery sticks for dipping.
Kimberly M Collins 3 years ago
My favorite is to sauté a pkg of mushrooms in a bit of butter, add salt, pepper, and a dash or Worcestershire, add block of cream cheese to mushrooms and melt over medium heat. Serve warm. So good.
Jackie 3 years ago
Block of cream cheese sprinkled with dill seasoning and wrap in crescent dinner rolls and bake until golden brown serve with crackers..
Kelly 3 years ago
Block of softened cream cheese and a packet of dry ‘French Onion Soup Mix’ mix it all together with water and you have the BEST french onion dip ever!
STACEY 3 years ago
ONE BLOCK SOFENED CREAM CHEESE, HALF CUP BROWN SUGAR, ONE TSP VANILLA- MIX WELL AND SERVE WITH APPLES- IT TASTES JUST LIKE CARAMEL- DELISH!!!
Tina 3 years ago
Try this….block of cream cheese, jar of caramel topping…chopped up heath bars. delicious on graham crackers and apples!
Becky 3 years ago
Chipped Beef Dip
One jar of chipped beef chopped
One cream cheese
and some green onion
Refrig for a few hours. Family favorite!
Kala 3 years ago
Best cream cheese dip ever= 1 block cream cheese and pour some salsa on top, the on top of the salsa pour some pick-a-pepper sauce (its a type of steak sauce) and serve with crackers! Best thing EVER!!!
Debbie 3 years ago
I mix cream cheese, tuna fish and liquid smoke and put it on crackers. Delish!
elle44 3 years ago
My 13yo son & I can eat our weight in these–open up a piece of sliced ham(deli or sandwich meat,) spread with cream cheese, coat with a spoonful of diced jalepenos & roll them up. You’ve been warned..you will have cravings for them!
Arlene 3 years ago
This dip in my house is known as the “pink dip” – it’s a guest and family staple. Just like Taylor’s above – sooo complicated – mix softened cream cheese with Pace Picante Sauce – either mild, medium or hot – never fails.
TaylorRosendale 3 years ago
I can’t believe that in over 50 different recipes for cream cheese dips one of my favorites did NOT appear on the list. Now it’s complicated so pay close attention. 1 (8 oz) cream cheese softened + 1 can Rotel. Don’t go knockin it til ya try it!! Serve with tortilla chips and it’s a HIT! Something addictive about it…
robbys mom 3 years ago
a favorite in our family is mix 1 jar of pineapple preserves, 1/2 jar of clear apple jelly and prepared horseradish to taste. Pour over block of cream cheese and serve with Ritz crackers. Sweet and spicy and oh so yummy!!!
ROSY V FLORES 3 years ago
I use a 8oz. cream chesse, with a can of smoked oysters cut in pieces, mix it and make a roll or a ball and roll it in toasted sesame seeds, with a few drops of worcestershire sauce , you can add 2tbsp of chives, and 1 tsp of dill seeds, in the mixture of the cream chesse, it make an elegant dip, and an exquisite snack, with crackers
Katie 3 years ago
You can also roll cream cheese in freshly cracked black pepper. Sounds strange, but oh so tasty.
Dawn Martin 3 years ago
Also try Heinz 57 over a block of cream cheese!
Kat 3 years ago
I always roll cream cheese in toasted sesame seeds and top with soy sauce!! So yummy serve with ritz crackers
Tara 3 years ago
Try this if you like pickles, you will not be disappointed! Dill Pickle Dip: 8oz Cream Cheese, about 1/2 cup Dill Relish or more if you like more, 1/2 Tbsp finely chopped white onion, dill pickle juice just to get the correct consistency and stir it all together. Serve with Wavy Lays or Ruffles. Note: I use Del-Dixie brand pickles, they seem to give it the best flavor 🙂
Jillian H 3 years ago
I make a mexican dip that always leaves people asking, “How did you make that?!” Equal parts cream cheese and sour cream. Mix in powdered taco seasoning (as much or as little as your taste buds desire). Spread on a platter and top with fresh veggies; I usually chop up some tomatoes, green and red pepper and green onion. Finally, top with a grated cheese blend and another sprinkle of taco seasoning. Seriously, this dip will disappear almost as soon as it hits the table!
Lisa 3 years ago
My favorite is cream cheese with Western salad dressing and garlic powder. I call it orange dip. Goes great with veggies or crackers.
jrbprb2911 3 years ago from Punta Gorda, FL
I make a Pizza Dip with cream cheese, sour cream, garlic powder, red pepper flakes all mixed together and then your favorite pizza toppings on top and then bake it. It is sooooooo good. Check out my recipe, I’m sure you will enjoy it 🙂
Nanette 3 years ago
I do a quick spinach and artichoke dip with 1 package of spinach, drained, 1 can of artichokes, drained, 1 package of cream cheese, and 1 jar of alfredo sauce (any brand will do, but the Classico Four Cheese or Roasted Garlic work well.) Soften the cream cheese in the microwave for about a minute, then stir in the other ingredients. Add salt, pepper, onion and garlic powder to taste.
Aloha Kathy 4 years ago
For easy variation on dump recipes, I take a fork or knife and swirl the cream cheese out on the plate. It’s also fun to mix flavors (i.e. Strawberry w/chocolate fudge!)
Sunnyglitter 4 years ago from Cyberspace
Ahhhh, I love cream cheese dips. Now I’m hungry. Thanks a lot. 🙂
mommywolf 4 years ago from USA
So going to try this! I bet it would be delish with some salsa and warmed…mmm…
Charlu 4 years ago from Florida
Perfect for me because I’m usually the one bringing the sodas and chips, or napkins like you said. Quick and easy. Up useful hub and voted that way. Thanks for sharin