Cream cheese dip recipes are excellent options for when you need a last-minute appetizer.
You can make sweet dips, savory dips, spicy dips, tangy dips, and everything in between; cream cheese is very versatile.
For this list, I’ve included 20 of my favorite cream cheese dip recipes.
And I’ve tried to offer a good mixture of all of those things mentioned above.
But the savory, herb dips are my favorite, so there are a few more of those than any other type.
Try the chocolate chip cheesecake or caramel apple dip if you’re looking for something sweet.
For something with a bit more heat, try the jalapeno popper dip.
Honestly, though, every recipe here is fantastic, so I say give them all a try. (For the sake of research, of course.)
1. BLT Dip
BLT dip has everything you love about a loaded BLT and more. There’s the crumbled bacon, chopped lettuce, and tiny tomatoes, of course.
However, you’ll also add cheddar, parmesan, and cream cheeses, onions, and mayo. It’s like a BLT on steroids!
There’s even the bread when you use toasted French baguettes for dipping.
Looking for something to help you jazz up your standard party fruit tray? Cream cheese fruit dip is perfect for that.
It takes only 5 minutes (and no cooking) to whip up, and all you’ll need to make it is cream cheese, plain yogurt, light brown sugar, and vanilla extract.
It’s light, sweet, and accentuates – not masks – the natural flavors of whatever fruit you serve with it.
Pizza skillet dip takes a bit more time (about 35 minutes) and effort than most of the options on the list, but if you’re a pizzaholic, it’s worth it.
Plus, it looks incredible.
The dip portion of the dish is cheesy and just a hint spicy, and the pizza rolls you’ll use for dipping are – well – PIZZA ROLLS!
And who doesn’t love pizza rolls?!
I know this is a cheese ball instead of a dip, but in my mind, the two go hand-in-hand.
In fact, in my online recipe stash, I have a folder dedicated to dips/cheese balls. And this one was just too delicious not to add.
It’s cheesy, of course, but it’s also herb-flavored and a bit tangy, thanks to the blue cheese.
The brandy and Sriracha combine to make an unforgettable flavor, and the pecans add some texture.
Of course, the downside to a cheese ball is that, unlike most dips, you’ll need to let it chill in the fridge for several hours before serving it.
Though you could always freeze the cream cheese ball. That way, it’ll be ready to go when you need it.
If you’re looking for the perfect sweet treat for fall, caramel apple dip is just the thing.
It’s overflowing with rich caramel and cinnamon flavors, and the whipped cream and cream cheese base make it creamy, fluffy, and not too rich.
This is the typical spinach artichoke dip you know and love.
Only this one has a bit of extra awesomeness in the form of sun-dried tomatoes.
Every bite is cheesy, garlicky, and insanely scrumptious. Make it as a cheesy appetizer for your next party and it’ll steal the show.
If you can’t get enough buffalo chicken, this buffalo chicken dip is for you.
You’ll make it with chicken breasts, three types of cheese, hot sauce, garlic, green onions, pepper, and ranch dressing.
It’s a convenient way to enjoy buffalo chicken. You’ll retain all the flavor and color, but it isn’t nearly as messy as eating wings.
This three-ingredient dip is for those of us who can never say no to another night of Mexican food.
All you’ll need to make it is cream cheese, fresh salsa, and shredded Mexican cheese.
Layer the ingredients in a baking dish and pop it in the oven for about 25 minutes. Then, serve it with your favorite tortilla chips and enjoy!
This spicy, zesty dip is like a deconstructed batch of jalapeno poppers. It’s cheesy and buttery, and the crunchy breadcrumb topping is phenomenal.
It’s easy to prepare and cook, taking less than 30 minutes, and you can add the jalapenos with or without seeds, depending on how spicy you want to make it.
Made with a large onion, Camembert cheese, butter, cream cheese, paprika, and wheat beer, German beer cheese dip (obatzda) is a rich, earthy dip with an incredible depth of flavor.
Like many dips on this list, it takes practically no time (and no cooking) to make, and you can serve it right away with no need to let it chill.
You can refrigerate leftover dip, but be sure to let it warm back up to room temperature before you try to eat it. Otherwise, it’ll be much too firm.
If you’re in the mood for something with a bit more umami flavor, you’ll probably appreciate this smoked salmon dip.
It has everything you love about a fresh salmon dinner – lemon juice, capers, hot sauce, dill, and more – rolled into one creamy, flavorful dip.
Whether you serve it with crackers or bagels, it’s sure to be a hit.
This smooth, cool, 10-minute vegetarian dip is a must-try for anyone who loves French onion dip.
You’ll start with a cream cheese, sour cream, and mayonnaise base.
To that, you’ll add green onions, fresh parsley, fresh dill, salt, and pepper. (I sometimes add chives and rosemary, too.)
Best of all, it’s not super thick like some of the other options on the list, so you can serve it with potato chips without having to worry about breaking them.
This beefy, cheesy, four-ingredient dip takes a few hours to make.
The good news is that you can add the ingredients (beef, cheddar, cream cheese, and tomatoes with chiles) to the Crockpot and let it do its thing.
You may have to pop in and stir it occasionally, but beyond that, there’s not much to do with this one.
14. Pimento Cheese
I’m sure we’re all familiar with pimento cheese. Whether you use it as a dip or a sandwich spread, you can’t go wrong by making it from scratch.
And if you want the most flavorful pimento cheese with the best texture, this recipe is the one you’ll need.
This simple, 15-minute dessert dip is sweet, rich, and full of decadent chocolate chips in every bite.
Serve it with graham crackers, Teddy Grahams, fresh strawberries, or whatever else you like; just don’t overdo it.
A little goes a long way with this indulgent treat.
If you need a unique dessert (or appetizer) option for your winter holiday celebrations, give cranberry cream cheese dip a try.
You’ll make your cranberries even sweeter and tangier by adding a half cup each of sugar and orange juice.
Once the mixture is hot and ready, you’ll need to let it chill for at least a few hours.
Then, when it’s time to eat, simply spoon the mixture over a block of cream cheese and serve with something sweet for dipping.
17. Hot Reuben Dip
Of all the sandwich options out there, Reubens are some of the most flavorful. Between the corned beef, sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing, and Swiss cheese, there’s nothing mild about them.
This dip features all those ingredients mixed with cream cheese and sour cream and served with Triscuits or rye chips for dipping.
It takes about 20 minutes to make and is best served straight from the oven while it’s still hot and bubbly.
If you want a dip that’s a bit more filling, chicken enchilada dip is an excellent option.
It’s supremely cheesy, but there’s also chicken, diced chiles, and cilantro for added flavor.
It’s a relatively mild (in terms of spiciness) Mexican dip that’s usually an easy crowd-pleaser.
19. Baked Potato Dip
With this eight-ingredient recipe, you can enjoy your favorite loaded baked potato in dip form!
It comes with bacon, jalapenos, cheese, green onions, and more.
It’s both tangy and savory, creamy and chunky. You can serve it with chips, crackers, pretzels, or veggies.
If you want to make it more authentic, you can even go with potato wedges!
This is hummus like you’ve never had it before! If you’re a fan of Greek food, you’ll adore this recipe because it features all the best of Greek cuisine.
It’s layer upon layer of robust flavors and contrasting textures that looks great, smells great, feels great in your mouth, and of course, tastes even better.
You’ll start with a layer of hummus, then add Greek yogurt topping.
Then, you’ll spoon a vegetable mixture of cucumbers, red peppers, olives, onions, and more onto those layers.
Finally, you’ll top the whole thing off with feta cheese, salt, pepper, and toasted pine nuts.
There is nothing missing from this gorgeous Greek dip, and everyone will love it.
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