Simple Herb and Garlic Cream Cheese

Herb and Garlic Cream Cheese is a simple recipe that’s full of flavor. Plain cream cheese is mixed with garlic and herbs to make a tasty topping for bagels or a spread for sandwiches.

Head into most bagel shops, and you’ll find an variety of flavored cream cheese options. Many of those flavors are also available at big chain supermarkets.

Over the last couple of years, we’ve been making our own flavored cream cheese at home. I love using it on bagels, but John prefers to spread it onto baguette slices and top it with other ingredients like we did with our cream cheese bruschetta.

The great thing is the flavors are endless as well as the uses. This recipe is, incredibly easy, and you can change up the herbs to match your tastes.

Herb and garlic cream cheese with bagels.

How to make herb and garlic cream cheese:

Start by removing the cream cheese and butter from the refrigerator about an hour before starting the recipe. They both need plenty of time to soften, so the herb and garlic cream cheese will be nice and smooth.

Once the cream cheese and butter have softened, place them in a medium bowl with the garlic, parsley, oregano, dill, thyme, basil, salt, and pepper. Use a hand mixer to combine the ingredients until smooth and creamy.

Top down view of cream cheese, dried herbs, butter, and garlic in a bowl.

Place the cream cheese in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve. The flavors will meld together as the cream cheese sets.

The cream cheese spread is good for about 4 to 5 days when kept refrigerated.

Top down view of cream cheese with herbs in a glass bowl.

What goes good with herb and garlic cream cheese?

  • Bagels.
  • Turkey Avocado Club.
  • Crackers.
  • Macaroni and Cheese.
  • Fresh Vegetables.
  • Pretzels.
  • Flatbread.

Can you use tub cream cheese in place of brick-style cream cheese?

Either style of cream cheese will work. For the photos and video, I used tub cream cheese but have used brick-style in the past.

Tips and Variations for Herb and Garlic Cream Cheese:

  • Use your favorite herbs. If there’s something you aren’t crazy about, such as thyme, leave it out. This recipe is easily customizable.
  • Go easy on the garlic to start. Some fresh garlic is more pungent than others, so start light with a small clove and add more if needed. Too much garlic in this cream cheese can lead to a burning sensation.
  • This recipe was adapted from a cream cheese recipe on Their recipe includes Parmesan cheese which would be a great option if you’d like to add some cheese flavor.
Small bowl of cream cheese with bagels.
Garlic herb cream cheese in a small, white dish.

Herb and Garlic Cream Cheese

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Author: Kim
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 9 Servings


  • 8 ounce(s) Cream Cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 1 Small Garlic Clove, minced or pressed
  • ½ tsp. Dried Parsley
  • ½ tsp. oregano
  • ½ tsp. dill weed
  • ¼ tsp. thyme
  • ¼ tsp. Dried Basil
  • ¼ tsp. kosher salt, or to taste


  • Place all the ingredients in a medium bowl. Use a hand mixer to beat until creamy and smooth.
  • Transfer to an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use. Store in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days.
  • Please see information in the post/article for answers to frequently asked questions.

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*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1 ounce of cream cheese spread. Actual calories will vary.
*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.


Serving: 1OunceCalories: 112kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 2gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 138mgSugar: 1g

Nutrition Disclaimer

Kim and John Vargo of More Than Meat and Potatoes and its affiliates are not dieticians or nutritionists. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If preferred, use your favorite online nutrition calculator to double check the amounts. Calories and other nutritional values can vary based on brand and serving size.

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