Homemade Bagels and 13 Cream Cheese Schmears

13 Flavored Cream Cheese Spread Recipes
 Homemade bagels are surprisingly easy to make.  In a little under an hour, you can have bagels hot out of the oven ready for some cream cheese.  My love affair with cream cheese started when I was a little girl.  Between cream cheese sandwiches made with anything from jelly to black olives and rolled up meat/cream cheese/gerkin pickle appetizers, I have been pigging out on eating cream cheese since I was old enough to pick up food on my high chair tray.  My brand of choice has always been Philadelphia, but regardless of what I am using, it is one of my top 10 favorite foods.
This week, I decided to get a little fancy.  I occasionally buy vegetable or chive & garlic whipped cream cheese.  Here are 13 of my own creations.  Each of the following starts with 3 ounces of cream cheese. Make each a few hours or the day before serving to let the flavors blend together.
1. Orange, Garlic & ThymeOrange Garlic Thyme Cream Cheese Spread
 2. Dried Cranberry & Rosemary
Rosemary Cranberry Cream Cheese Spread (tastes like Thanksgiving)
 3. Mango & Green Chile
Mango Green Chile Cream Cheese Spread
 4. Chocolatechocolate cream cheese spread
 5. Smoked Salmon & DillSalmon and Dill Cream Cheese Spread
 6. Raspberry Chipotle
Cherry Chipotle Cream Cheese Spread
 7. Salsa & Cheddar Cheese
Salsa and Cheddar Cream Cheese Spread
 8. Gingerbread
Gingerbread Cream Cheese Spread
 9. Lemon Poppy Seed
lemon poppyseed cream cheese spread
 10. Mediterranean
Mediterranean Cream Cheese Spread with olives, artichoke hearts, oregano, and sundried tomatoes


 11. Blue Cheese & Currant
Blue Cheese and Currant cream cheese spread
 12. Rum Raisin
Rum Raisin Cream Cheese Spread
  13. PestoPesto Cream Cheese Spread
13 Cream Cheese Spreads
  • 3 oz cream cheese plus any of the following:
  • Orange Garlic Thyme: 2 tsp fresh orange juice, rind of 1 orange, ¼ tsp garlic powder, ¼ tsp thyme
  • Dried Cranberry Rosemary: 1 Tbsp chopped dried cranberries, ½ tsp rosemary
  • Mango Green Chile: 2 Tbsp chopped dried mango, 1 tsp canned chopped green chilies
  • Chocolate: 2 Tbsp melted chocolate chips
  • Smoked Salmon and Dill: ½ tsp dill weed, 1 Tbsp chopped smoked salmon
  • Raspberry Chipotle: 1 Tbsp all fruit raspberry jam, 1 diced chipotle pepper
  • Salsa and Cheese: 1 Tbsp salsa and 2 Tbsp shredded cheddar cheese
  • Gingerbread: 1 tsp maple syrup, ¼ tsp vanilla, 1 tsp molasses, ¼ tsp cinnamon, ¼ tsp allspice, ⅛ tsp ginger
  • Lemon Poppy Seed: 1 tsp maple syrup, ½ tsp poppy seeds, ⅛ tsp lemon extract
  • Mediterranean: ½ tsp oregano, 1 tsp chopped sun-dried tomatoes, 1 Tbsp black olives, 2 Tbsp marinated artichoke hearts, chopped
  • Blue Cheese and Currant: 1 Tbsp blue cheese salad dressing, 1 Tbsp chopped dried currants
  • Rum Raisin: 1 Tbsp raisins, 1 tsp orange juice, ⅛ tsp rum extract
  • Pesto: 2 oz prepared pesto sauce
  1. With a spoon, mix the ingredients for each spread in a small bowl.

25 thoughts on “Homemade Bagels and 13 Cream Cheese Schmears

  1. >Now you've got me wanting to make the bagels!!

    My all time fave–bagel+ cream cheese + jalapeno jelly.

    Didn't realize bagels were so easy to make!!

  2. >We use TONS of cream cheese here! But I am intrigued by the raspberry chipotle, so that may be breakfast today!
    xoxo Pattie

  3. >I've tried baking bagels, but I haven't done much with flavoring cream cheese. I like the sweet/savory combinations you've listed; thanks for the recipes!

  4. >AH! All i can say is YES!
    yes to delicious cream cheeeeese!
    I will definitely be experimenting with my lox and fresh herbs to make tantalizing cream cheese with my next batch of bagels!!

  5. >A lot of those sound good! I haven't eaten cream cheese on a bagel in a long time though. I am absolutely hooked on earth balance and trader joe's cherry preserves. So delicious. Would be interested in your recipe for homemade bagels.

  6. >All of your cream cheese varieties are amazing! I have always loved cream cheese too! When I was little my grandma would make me cream cheese and butter(YIKES!)sandwiches on wheat bread:) I leave out the butter now, but still LOVE the cream cheese!

  7. >Sounds like a schmear campaign to me–;). Your cream cheese flavors all sound so good and inventive. I haven't made my own bagels in years. I guess now is a good time to do it again.

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