Baked Goat Cheese

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This easy recipe for creamy Baked Goat Cheese is filled with warm and herby flavors and is baked until soft and spreadable. Serve it up as an inviting holiday appetizer or side dish along with crackers, vegetables, fresh bread, or use as a sandwich spread for later! 

Tis’ the season for many holiday parties and events. You can put your best foot forward by bringing Holiday Veggie Pizza, Prosciutto and Melon or a batch of baked goat cheese to a party or serve it at a holiday dinner.

Fresh goat cheese is mixed with cream cheese along with garlic and herbs. Parmesan cheese gets folded into the mixture for even more texture and flavor. Once the cheeses are mixed, top with tomatoes and bake until soft and golden. 

This recipe is a decadent appetizer that is easy to make with simple recipe steps and comes together in just under one hour from start to finish!

You can serve it with your favorite crackers, slice up some French bread, or use it as a dip for freshly cut vegetables. And if you have any leftovers, it makes a great spread for sandwiches, wraps, or even as a pizza topping! 

Top down view of ingredients used for baked goat cheese, 

How To Make Baked Goat Cheese 

  1. Prepare for baking: Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease a 1 quart casserole dish or an 8-inch oven safe skillet with olive oil. If using cooking spray, make sure it is non-stick. Set aside. 
  2. Mix the soft cheeses: To a large bowl, add the goat cheese and cream cheese. Use a hand mixer and mix on medium speed until the cheeses are smooth and blended together evenly. The mixture should be fluffy. 
  3. Add the seasonings: To the mixed soft cheeses, add the garlic, Italian herbs, salt, and pepper. Mix them in until fully combined, then fold in the shredded parmesan cheese. 
  4. Garnish and bake: Add the cheese mixture to the prepared baking dish. Drizzle olive oil on top and arrange the cut tomatoes in whatever design you prefer. Add another drizzle of olive oil on top of the tomatoes. 
  5. Bake the goat cheese: Add the baking dish to the oven and bake for 35-45 minutes or until the top starts to turn a light golden color. The tomatoes should also be soft. 
  6. Garnish and serve: Drizzle additional olive oil on top for garnish, then add some fresh basil leaves and serve while it’s warm. 
Collage showing how to make baked goat cheese.

Recipe Tips

  1. Before mixing the cheeses, let them come to room temperature on the counter. This will help ensure that they mix together evenly and create a smooth texture. 
  2. Make sure the garlic is finely minced before adding it to the cheese mixture as you want the garlic flavor spread throughout the cheese. 
  3. When it comes to cheeses, fresh is best! For the freshest taste, use shredded parmesan cheese that is taken right off the block. 
  4. A baking dish or small cast iron skillet can be used to bake the goat cheese mixture. 
  5. Purchase bright red fresh cherry tomatoes to add on top of the goat cheese to ensure the natural sweetness complements the rest of the dish.
Baked goat cheese on a toasted baguette.

Storing and Freezing

Storing: If you have any leftover baked goat cheese, transfer it to an airtight container and store in the fridge for 2-3 days. Warm up in the microwave to use as a dip or let come to room temperature to use as a spread. 

Freezing: Soft cheeses do not freeze well as the liquid tends to separate from the curd when thawing. Therefore, freezing baked goat cheese is not recommended.

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Top down view of baked goat cheese with cherry tomatoes and basil.

Baked Goat Cheese

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Author: Kim
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 16 Servings


  • 16 ounces goat cheese, room temperature
  • 8 ounces block-style cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian herbs, *See Note
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded off the block
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 ½ cup cherry tomatoes, halved


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F, and spray a 1-quart casserole dish or an 8-inch oven safe skillet with non-stick olive oil spray. Set aside.
  • Add the goat cheese and cream cheese to a large bowl, and use a hand mixer to cream together until fluffy.
    16 ounces goat cheese
    8 ounces block-style cream cheese
  • Add the garlic, Italian herbs, salt and pepper and beat again until thoroughly combined.
    3 cloves garlic
    1 teaspoon Italian herbs
    ½ teaspoon salt
    ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Stir in the parmesan cheese, then add the mixture to the prepared baking dish. Spread it out into an even layer.
    1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil over the top, then add the tomatoes in whatever design that you prefer.
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1 ½ cup cherry tomatoes
  • Drizzle the remaining tablespoon of olive oil over the tomatoes, and bake for 35-40 minutes or until it starts to turn a light golden color and the tomatoes are soft.
  • Lightly drizzle more olive oil on top, garnish with fresh basil leaves and serve with toasted baguette slices if desired.
  • See post for storage options.


*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of ¼ cup of baked goat cheese. Actual calories will vary.
*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.
*Italian herbs can be Italian seasonings or a blend of your favorite Italian herbs such as, basil, oregano, marjoram, thyme, etc.


Serving: 0.25cupCalories: 135kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 10gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 388mgPotassium: 93mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 425IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 150mgIron: 1mg
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