Who doesn’t love cream cheese? It’s delicious as a spread, and it makes just about any recipe taste even better.
As for cream cheese desserts? They take sinful to a whole new level.
Cream cheese desserts are the perfect treats that give you the balance of sweet and tangy that you’re looking for.
Aside from the classic cheesecake, you’ll find that there are a variety of cream cheese desserts, from cakes to cookies to parfaits.
I’ve rounded up the best cream cheese desserts that will win over the hearts of anyone who tries them. Take your dessert game to new heights by trying out these amazing recipes.
Sweet dreams are made of cheese! (Sorry, not sorry for the pun.)
1. Kolaczki cookies (Polish Cream Cheese Cookies)
Bring something new to the table with these eye-catching traditional Polish cream cheese cookies.
The cookies have a texture similar to most pastries, so you’ll have your guests wondering: “Is it a cookie? Or is it a pastry?”
They’re so yummy, they’ll be gone before you know it.
They’re made with cream cheese cookie dough with different kinds of fillings. They’re easy to make. It’s the perfect recipe to work on with kids or friends and family.
You have the freedom to choose which filling to use, and if you can’t decide, why not try out every kind you can think of?
That way, everyone is sure to find their favorite flavor.
2. Pumpkin Cake Roll With Cream Cheese Filling
This recipe is called “The World’s Best Pumpkin Roll.” Bold statement, you say? Hardly.
Be sure you make this gem before pumpkin season ends!
If you’ve never tried to make a roll before, don’t be afraid to try this one out. This recipe is easy to follow, so it’s great for first-timers.
Just thinking about the heavenly aroma of pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg blending together paired with luscious cream cheese frosting makes me want to go make it.
Like right now.
3. Chocolate Cream Cheese Truffles
These chocolate cream cheese truffles require no cooking at all. The cream cheese adds a different kick to the usual chocolate flavor in truffles.
It’s as easy as mixing all ingredients, rolling them into balls, and covering them with cocoa powder, powdered sugar, or nuts.
Be sure to chill them in the fridge before you indulge. The waiting is actually the hardest part in all of this.
4. Lemon Cream Cheese Cookies
These cookies are perfect for hot summer days. They’re soft, chewy, and bursting with a citrus lemon flavor that provides a refreshing taste with every bite.
What makes this one a little different from the rest of the desserts on this list is that cream cheese is not the star of the show.
In this case, it’s the secret ingredient that gives the cookies that extra soft and moist factor.
5. Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast with Strawberries and Whip Cream
You can’t go wrong with French toast. Take it up a level and make a great dessert out of this easy classic.
Elevate it with some cream cheese, strawberries, whip cream and you’ll have a winner.
The tangy cream cheese complements the sweetness of the juicy strawberries. The soft filling contrasts with the toasted bread.
Everything just works together so well, and every bite feels like heaven.
6. Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies
If you’re at a loss trying to decide whether to make brownies or a cream cheese dessert, you don’t have to think about it anymore.
You’ll get the best of both worlds with these cream cheese swirl brownies. All the gooey goodness of a brownie, together with the distinct taste of cream cheese. It’s heaven.
But wait, there’s more. Just when you thought it couldn’t get better, these make the perfect gluten-free brownies as well. Substitute all-purpose flour with gluten-free flour.
7. No-Bake Pineapple Cream Pie
Sometimes you want to whip something up, but you just can’t find the time. But what if I tell you that this recipe only takes five, yes, just five minutes to make? Nothing’s stopping you now.
It’s too easy and too good. The pineapple bits mixed in with the cream cheese filling makes it the perfect treat after a meal, no matter what time of the year it is.
8. Mini Cheesecake Bites
These little cheesecake bites are a crowd-pleaser. Not only are they insanely cute, but they also come in different variations!
It’s what makes them such a hit when it comes to different guest preferences.
I love how easy they are to make, yet people will think you’re a pro!
9. Strawberry and Cream Cheese Cake
This is much more than your typical cheesecake. It’s not a strawberry cheesecake, but a cake made with strawberries and cream cheese.
What’s the difference, you ask? Just like a cheesecake, it’s also light, refreshing, and delicious, but the texture of this one is more of a classic cake.
This is great to make if you’re looking for a combination of the two.
10. Chocolate Cheesecake
Indulge in this decadent goodness, and you won’t regret it!
This double chocolate cheesecake is a real treat. It has an Oreo crust, and the cheesecake is a rich blend of chocolate and cream cheese.
I’m drooling a bit just typing out those words. Make each celebration with your loved ones extra special when you serve this chocolate cheesecake. They’ll thank you for it.
11. Berry Cheesecake Fruit Salad
This fresh fruit salad takes inspiration from your favorite berry cheesecake but makes it healthier. Think deconstructed cheesecake with fresh fruits.
You can swap the fruits you want to put in your salad. Anything goes, but make sure the fruits are pretty sweet.
This is as healthy as delicious desserts go. It’s not your usual fruit salad, and it’s definitely easier to make than a cheesecake!
12. No Bake Oreo Cheesecake
This no-bake Oreo cheesecake only requires 6 ingredients and 15 minutes of your time. Aside from how easy it is, another favorite part of this recipe is the Oreo chunks in the cheesecake!
In addition to the crust and toppings, it’s Oreo overload and no one will complain. In fact, everyone will be busy munching away on this easy and delicious treat.
13. Easy Blackberry and Cream Cheese Danish
Impress everyone without having to jump through hoops with this easy blackberry and cream cheese danish.
You don’t have to make everything from scratch for this one.
This recipe uses store-bought crescent rolls and gets creative with them.
The sweet and tangy cream cheese filling mixed with blackberries tastes like a dream.
The danish is also topped with a cream cheese glaze that makes it look absolutely stunning.
14. Strawberry Cream Cheese Turnovers
Strawberries and cream cheese just go so well together, I can’t have enough of the combo!
These strawberry cream cheese turnovers can be eaten for breakfast, as a snack, or as dessert.
Just like the previous entry in this list, this recipe also uses crescent dough sheets. You can have these babies ready in half an hour!
15. Carrot Cake Doughnuts
Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting is always a good idea, but I like surprises, so I present to you carrot cake doughnuts!
According to the recipe, these are a lot healthier than your average slice of carrot cake. It uses whole wheat flour and less butter and sugar.
I know, I know. Will it still be as good?! Yes, because the sugar ratio on this one is just perfect. Plus, this has a delightful cream cheese frosting that’s sure to wow your friends and family.
16. Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcakes
This is one of those win-win moments. You put chocolate cupcakes and cheesecake together and you get these chocolate cream cheese cupcakes.
Some of you may know these goodies as black bottom cupcakes, but whatever you call them, there’s no denying that they’re divine.
These chocolate cheesecake-filled cupcakes are easy to bring with you on the go because they don’t have any frosting.
Wait, let me rephrase that, they don’t need any frosting. They’re already amazing, as is.
17. Cheesecake Berry Parfaits
Summer days can be very hot, and you just don’t want to use the oven and add to it. These cheesecake berry parfaits are the perfect dessert to make!
They’re a cool treat with refreshing fresh fruits and a light vanilla bean cheesecake flavor. The layers of bright red, blue, and white colors give off such a happy vibe.
18. Cream Cheese Churro Roll Ups
These cream cheese churro roll ups offer a great hack to churros. They’re just as good as regular churros, too.
They have the same golden brown color and crispiness in every bite, PLUS they’re filled with sweet cream cheese.
You can also dip them in caramel sauce if you’re looking for that extra sweetness.
19. Gingerbread Cream Pie
Gingerbread cookies are the quintessential holiday sweets. They’re so cute and festive, but they take a lot of effort.
This gingerbread cream pie is a lifesaver because it tastes exactly like gingerbread, but in pie form.
Oh, and did I mention that it requires zero baking? Things can get a bit hectic during this time of year, so something quick that is still representative of the holiday spirit is your go-to.
20. Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Cookie Bars
Chocolate chip cookies are a class on their own. But hear me out for a second. What if we turn them into bars so you can slice them up like brownies?
Then, what if we add cream cheese to the recipe for a soft and chewy unique dessert? Mind = blown.
This recipe takes advantage of the fact that you can’t go wrong with chocolate chip cookies. These soft batch cream cheese cookie bars will make you feel like all is right in the world.
These are perfect for getting together with your loved ones.
21. Dulce De Leche Cheesecake
This one is sinful, and it’s calling your name. Go all out with treating yourself and give this dulce de leche cheesecake a try.
It’s rich and creamy, unlike the fresh fruit cheesecakes. The dulce de leche gives it an oomph factor that you can’t find in other cheesecakes.
It may not be as quick and easy to make as all the other recipes in this list, but it’s definitely worth it.
22. Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream
The classic blueberry cheesecake takes ice cream form in this recipe. It’s like eating frozen cream cheese!
The sweet but tangy cream cheese base with swirls of blueberry and crushed graham will make you take bite, after bite, after bite.
This recipe doesn’t require an ice cream maker, so you can whip this up with a few ingredients and your trusty mixer.
23. Cream Cheese Pound Cake
This pound cake is rich and buttery, and I truly believe that it goes well with anything. You can have it for breakfast with a cup of coffee or tea.
You can have it for dessert or with your afternoon tea.
It’s so simple, and that’s what makes it so versatile. This no-frills cream cheese pound cake achieves exactly what it aims to do – to please.
24. Carrot Cake Pops
Don’t let your leftover cake and frosting go to waste! Reinvent them and turn them into cake pops.
You can also do this even if you don’t have leftover cake.
Cake pops are perfect for parties with kids because they’re easy to eat. Not only that, but they’re also nice to have in case not everyone’s down for a huge slice of cake.
25. Double Chocolate Cream Cheese Muffins
This is the perfect excuse to have chocolate for breakfast! These double chocolate cream cheese muffins are a no-fail way to start your day.
They’re an awesome combination of rich chocolate and light cream cheese. They balance each other out like yin and yang.
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