strawberries and cream cheese stuffed french toast with fruit

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!

Easy Cheese Ball

easy cream cheese ball with pecans and crackers

Two Peas and Their Pod

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.

Jalapeño Popper Wonton Cups

jalapeno popper wonton cups with cream cheese and bacon

Lemon Tree Dwelling

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.

The Best Vanilla Cheesecake

vanilla cheesecake

The Recipe Rebel

The best cheesecake is light, fluffy, and supremely decadent—perfect with fresh berries and homemade whipped cream. Use up plenty blocks of cream cheese in this classic recipe. Get the recipe.

Creamy Tomato One Pot Pasta

creamy tomato pasta

Diethood

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.

Cinnamon Roll Macarons

cinnamon roll macarons with cream cheese filling

Tatyana’s Everyday Food

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.

Mini Cream Cheese Fruit Tarts

mini cream cheese fruit tarts

Celebrating Sweets

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.

Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

cheesecake swirl brownies

Yammie’s Noshery

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 Biscuits

easy cream cheese biscuits

Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice

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.

Jalapeño Avocado Cream Cheese Wontons

jalapeno avocado cream cheese wontons

Cake n Knife

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.

Cream Cheese Ice Cream

cream cheese ice cream with cherries

Ashlee Marie

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.

Cream Cheese and Pepper Jelly Phyllo Shells

cream cheese pepper jelly phyllo shells

Lemon Sugar

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.

Bacon-Wrapped Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken

bacon-wrapped cream cheese stuffed chicken breasts

Homemade Hooplah

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.

Strawberries and Cream Stuffed French Toast

strawberries and cream cheese stuffed french toast with fruit

Modern Honey

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.

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