Festive food is always packed with lots of decadent ingredients, cream cheese being no exception. From party appetizers to rich and creamy main dishes, this spreadable wonder is a favorite ingredient of the holiday season. If you find yourself stuck with extra cream cheese at the end of the season, these recipes use up any leftover bricks. Scroll down to check them out!
Nothing screams ‘“party!” better than a cheese ball. So retro but still so loved, the cheese ball is best served with plenty of crackers and kitsch. Add in spicy elements like chopped jalapenos or pepper jelly for an extra kick! Get the recipe. Get the recipe.
You can have jalapeño poppers, and then you can have Jalapeño Popper Wonton Cups!.The elements of this appetizer are transformed into easy-to-fill snacking cups for easy transport. Get the recipe.
This recipe for Creamy Tomato Pasta takes one pot and less than 30 minutes to make—a weeknight dinner dream! Simply throw in all of the ingredients into one large pot and simmer away. The pasta will soak up the creamy cheese and result in a rich and savory pasta. Get the recipe.
These macarons might take a little more skill than standard cinnamon rolls, but they are gluten-free! The petite treats are also filled with savory cream cheese filling for a bold flavor. Get the recipe.
Show off seasonal fruit in these mini tarts—perfect for elegant dinner parties and afternoon gatherings. Simply fill with chopped fruit in its peak season and top with a dollop of whipped cream. Get the recipe.
These ridiculously decadent brownies are swirled with rich cheesecake batter. Two desserts in one, these treats will be the star of any sweets spread. Get the recipe.
Cream cheese is cut into this simple biscuit recipe, making them light-as-air and stacked with delicate layers. Fill with fruit jam, fried chicken, or just more butter. Get the recipe.
Looking for a cream cheese appetizer? These wontons are filled with mashed avocado and deep-fried for extra crispiness. The fresh jalapeño cuts through the richness with some heat, but you can omit the seeds for less intense spice. Get the recipe.
Go ahead: Fold softened cream cheese into this super decadent ice cream base and we promise you won’t even miss the cheesecake part. Top with fresh berries and graham cracker crumbs for an alternative take on this classic dessert. Get the recipe.
Need an appetizer in less than five minutes? These three-ingredient snacks are made by filling premade phyllo cups with softened cream cheese and topped with pepper jelly—a quintessential Southern snack. Get the recipe.
Jazz up your weeknight meals by stuffing regular chicken breasts with a creamy herb filling and and wrapping it in crispy, savory bacon. Balance out this dish with a side of blanched green beans or a fresh garden salad for good measure! Get the recipe.
The best part about this brunch favorite is that you can make all of the components the night before! Fold fresh berries into softened cream cheese for easy filling in the morning. Get the recipe.