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 & Thyme
(add 2 tsp orange juice, 1/8 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp thyme and 1/4 tsp grated orange rind)
 2. Dried Cranberry & Rosemary
(1 Tbsp chopped dried cranberries and 1/2 tsp rosemary)
 3. Mango & Green Chili
(3 Tbsp chopped mango and 1 tsp canned chopped green chilies)
 4. Chocolate
(1/2 tsp vanilla, 1 Tbsp powdered sugar and 2 Tbsp melted chocolate chips)
 5. Smoked Salmon & Dill
(1/2 tsp dill weed and 1 Tbsp chopped smoked salmon)
 6. Raspberry Chipotle
(6 whole raspberries, 1 tsp honey, and 1 diced chipotle pepper)
 7. Salsa & Cheddar Cheese
(1 Tbsp salsa and 2 Tbsp shredded cheddar cheese)
 8. Gingerbread
(1/4 tsp vanilla, 1 tsp molasses, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp allspice, and 1/8 tsp ginger)
 9. Lemon Poppy Seed
(1 Tbsp powdered sugar, 1/2 tsp poppy seeds and 1/8 tsp lemon extract)
 10. Mediterranean
(1/2 tsp basil, 1 tsp chopped sundried tomatoes, 1 Tbsp kalamata olives and 2 Tbsp marinated artichoke hearts)
 11. Blue Cheese & Currant
(1 Tbsp blue cheese and 1 Tbsp chopped dried currants)
 12. Rum Raisin
(1 Tbsp raisins, 1/2 Tbsp coconut, 1 tsp orange juice, and 1/8 tsp rum extract)
  13. Pesto
 (2 Tbsp pesto sauce)

21 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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