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29 Easy Cream Cheese Appetizers

These easy cream cheese appetizers are some of the simplest party foods to create. I always have a package of cream cheese in the fridge because you can mix in such a wide variety of things to make delicious starters to take to parties or to serve while watching a game or your favorite TV show.

We often eat appetizers for dinner, combining small plates like the stuffed mushrooms (first on the list below) with my best bruschetta recipe, a cheese tray with veggies, or this vegan hummus that is so delicious and healthy!

This list of party appetizers has something for everyone! Who needs a main dish when you can have a little bit of everything?

And if you’re a fan of cream cheese, you’ve got to check out these amazing cream cheese dip recipes. So much creamy goodness! Let me know which cream cheese appetizer recipe is your favorite!

1
Delicious Hot Shrimp Dip
Delicious Hot Shrimp Dip
This hot shrimp dip recipe is so easy to make and turns out delicious every time. We love shrimp and we’re always finding new ways to enjoy it. You’ll love this one!
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2
Classic Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe
Classic Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe
This classic stuffed mushrooms recipe is probably the most requested appetizer I get from family and friends. It’s the perfect appetizer and only has 3 ingredients!
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3
Authentic Maryland Crab Dip Recipe
Authentic Maryland Crab Dip Recipe
This Maryland crab dip recipe is one of my favorite appetizers. I’ve been eating Chesapeake Bay Maryland blue crab all my life, and this is a recipe from years of eating crab dip!
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4
Cream Cheese and Pepper Jelly Appetizer
Cream Cheese and Pepper Jelly Appetizer
This Cream Cheese and Pepper Jelly Appetizer recipe takes so little time and has just three ingredients! If you’ve never tried this starter, you’re in for a treat. Whether this is your first time making
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5
Roasted Pepper Cheese Bites
Roasted Pepper Cheese Bites
This recipe for Roasted Pepper Cheese Bites is so easy! Have friends dropping over on the fly? You can make these in minutes using Ritz crackers or your favorite crackers!
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6
Sausage Dip With Cream Cheese And Cheddar
Sausage Dip With Cream Cheese And Cheddar
Want a hot cheese dip that will be a huge hit on game day? This sausage dip with cream cheese and cheddar is so good, you’ll want to throw a party just so you have an excuse to make it again!
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7
Tiropita: A Greek-Style Feta Cheese Appetizer
Tiropita: A Greek-Style Feta Cheese Appetizer
Tiropita is a Greek-style feta cheese filled appetizer made with pastry. In this Americanized recipe, puff pastry ensures it easy to make!
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8
Taki Topped Stuffed Jalapenos
Taki Topped Stuffed Jalapenos
If you are a lover of spicy foods then these Taki and cream cheese stuffed jalapenos are for you! Warning, these are not for the faint of heart! Fresh jalapenos are filled with a blend of cheeses and then topped with Taki bread crumbs for the ultimate party food!
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9
Whipped Feta Dip with Roasted Tomatoes
Whipped Feta Dip with Roasted Tomatoes
A low fat creamy whipped feta dip recipe with easy balsamic roasted tomatoes and tons of ideas for healthy crostini, pita chips, and more for dipping.
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10
Air Fryer Crab Rangoon Recipe
Air Fryer Crab Rangoon Recipe
Don’t order take out. Make Crab Rangoon at home. This Air Fryer Crab Rangoon recipe can be made in the air fryer or with the oven.
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11
Cranberry Orange Crescent Rolls Recipe
Cranberry Orange Crescent Rolls Recipe
Using refrigerated dough, fresh cranberries, cream cheese and orange juice, these cranberry orange crescent rolls are unmatched in flavor.
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12
Sausage Balls Without Bisquick Recipe
Sausage Balls Without Bisquick Recipe
These Bisquick-free sausage balls are made with flour and no baking mixes to get a moist inside and perfect outside.
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13
Ham and Cream Cheese Roll Ups (with Pickle Relish)
Ham and Cream Cheese Roll Ups (with Pickle Relish)
These easy Ham and Cream Cheese Roll Ups are such a delicious make ahead appetizer, snack or finger food to serve a crowd at any party!
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14
Cream Cheese Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes
Cream Cheese Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes
Cream cheese stuffed cherry tomatoes are a great, healthy snack. Creamy, garlicky and delicious! | Simply Low Cal @simplylowcal #cherrytomatoes #creamygarlictomatoes #simplylowcal
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15
Buffalo Wing Dip
Buffalo Wing Dip
Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip is a fast and easy party appetizer that is great for any get-together, from Super Bowl parties to game nights, everyone will love this Buffalo wing dip recipe
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16
Baked Vegetarian Chili Cheese Dip
Baked Vegetarian Chili Cheese Dip
Chili Cheese Dip is the ultimate easy party dip! It’s uses only 3 ingredients and can be baked in the oven or made in the microwave.
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17
Cucumber Salmon Bites
Cucumber Salmon Bites
It doesn’t get easier than these Cucumber Salmon Bites. These appetisers are delicious and popular at a drinks party or as a light start before dinner.
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18
Avocado Tomatillo Roll
Avocado Tomatillo Roll
This Avocado Tomatillo Roll is a unique appetizer with creamy avocados, tangy tomatillos and spicy serrano peppers wrapped in a blanket of cream cheese. This is a nice summer appetizer recipe.
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19
Bacon Jalapeno Popper Cheese Ball
Bacon Jalapeno Popper Cheese Ball
This Bacon Jalapeño Cheese Ball is the ultimate appetizer. Made with cream cheese, jalapeño pepper, Mexican cheese, smoked paprika, Mexican oregano, chipotle powder, and garlic powder then rolled in crispy bacon and diced jalapenos!
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20
Bourbon Bacon Jam Cheese Ball
Bourbon Bacon Jam Cheese Ball
Made from three cheeses, this creamy bourbon bacon jam cheese ball elevates any charcuterie platter. Everyone loves this bacon cheese ball!
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21
Delicious Shrimp Wonton Cups Recipe
Delicious Shrimp Wonton Cups Recipe
Shrimp Wonton Cups are perfect party food. They taste great and are individually portioned, making them easily sharable with a crowd.
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22
Buffalo Chicken Sliders
Buffalo Chicken Sliders
Buffalo chicken sliders are a great party appetizer that are ready in under 30 minutes. Discover the best recipe for buffalo chicken sliders.
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23
Garlic and Chive Stuffed Mushrooms (Keto)
Garlic and Chive Stuffed Mushrooms (Keto)
These easy stuffed mushrooms are always a hit at cocktail hour! Made with a blend of garlic, chive and cream cheese your guests will love.
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24
Buffalo Ranch Cheese Ball Recipe
Buffalo Ranch Cheese Ball Recipe
This Buffalo Ranch Cheese Ball is a tasty, easy make-ahead appetizer. Add more or less hot sauce to make it as spicy as you’d like.
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25
Summer Sausage Cheese Ball
Summer Sausage Cheese Ball
Summer sausage, four cheeses, green onions and chives make the flavors in this festive cheese ball out of this world. Make it in no time and watch it disappear!
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26
Quick & Easy Salami Cream Cheese Roll-Ups
Quick & Easy Salami Cream Cheese Roll-Ups
Whip up a platter with just 3 simple ingredients and about 10 minutes of prep. Serve alone as bites, or as a topping on crackers.
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27
Low Carb Keto Sausage Balls Recipe With Cream Cheese
Low Carb Keto Sausage Balls Recipe With Cream Cheese
See how to make keto sausage balls with cream cheese… 6 ingredients + 25 minutes! This EASY sausage ball recipe makes an irresistible low carb appetizer, meal, or snack.
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28
Crab Rangoon Crescent Rolls Recipe
Crab Rangoon Crescent Rolls Recipe
Learn to make crab rangoon crescent rolls in this easy recipe. A cream cheese and crab mixture is surrounded by a tender, flaky crust.
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29
The Best Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball Recipe - Little Sunny Kitchen
The Best Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball Recipe – Little Sunny Kitchen
Make the best Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball for your next party. With the perfect blend of savory seasonings, it’s an amazing shareable appetizer that nobody can resist.
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Tips for Serving

I have always felt presentation is important, so I have a cabinet for my pretty serving dishes. This multi-tiered dish is nice as it won’t take a lot of room on a table and is so pretty. When I travel I try to buy dishes so I can match the food to the dish, like this festive tray with designs of Mexico. I like how the small dishes come out, so you could put them around the table for easier access.

Variations

Cream cheese pairs so well with so many different ingredients. Serve a block of Philadelphia cream cheese with red pepper jelly poured over it, and you have an easy tasty appetizer recipe your party guests will love that took one minute to make!

Try different jams or jellies. Raspberry jelly and even cranberry sauce or cranberry salsa are both good if you don’t like the heat or red peppers. Serve with tortilla chips or crackers.

For a super easy recipe, make cream cheese roll ups by adding a tablespoon of cream cheese to a piece of prosciutto or other sliced meat and roll it up for a yummy easy cream cheese appetizer.

Try a new flavor combination by adding a slice of green onion, a basil leaf, or a few sprigs of fresh parsley for even more flavor. The combination possibilities are endless for cream cheese snacks and simple appetizers. You’ll have a good time testing new flavors of these finger foods and you’ll be ready for those holiday parties!

And you’ll want to have a couple of desserts to end your gathering with, so be sure to bookmark these traditional Italian dessert recipes, peanut butter brownies, and this delicious Jello Parfait.

Top tip

Above all, be a good party guest! When taking cream cheese appetizers to a friend’s house, you’ll want to consider whether you’ll have to warm up the dish. The last thing a host needs is to have to go looking for a baking dish or pan, so bring it in an oven-safe container and just pop it in the oven. Don’t forget to set the timer! If it has a garnish, pack it in a separate baggie and add it after it comes out of the oven for the best presentation. Remember to bring a serving spoon, as well.

How long do these cream cheese appetizers keep?

Any leftover cream cheese appetizers can be covered with plastic wrap or placed in an airtight container for 2-3 days. These appetizers don’t stand up well to freezing.

Is there a substitute for cream cheese?

If you had to use something else in place of cream cheese, I’d suggest mascarpone, though it does have a slightly sweet flavor. Greek yogurt or sour cream will work in dips.

More Appetizers

Appetizers made with cream cheese.

Ingredients

Some Ingredients You Will Need:

  • Ritz Crackers
  • Cream Cheese
  • Ham
  • Sausage
  • Fresh Vegetables
  • Cheddar Cheese

Instructions

Here's a handful of our favorites, choose your favorite and Start cooking!

  • Classic Stuffed Mushrooms
  • Baked Vegetarian Chili Cheese Dip
  • Ham and Cream Cheese Roll Ups
  • Roasted Pepper Cheese Bites
  • Sausage Dip With Cream Cheese And Cheddar
  • Avocado Tomatillo Roll
  • Buffalo Ranch Cheese Ball Recipe
  • Quick & Easy Salami Cream Cheese Roll-Ups
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