This chive and onion cream cheese spread is both creamy and full of fresh chives. Takes only a few minutes and ingredients to put together a spread that is perfect for your morning bagel.
Do you love a good cream cheese spread? Did you know they are so easy to make at home and uses fresh ingredients?
With just a brick of cream cheese, some fresh chives, salt, and onion powder you can have the perfect mix full of natural flavor.
This is also a great way to use up chives that are growing in your home garden.
If you love cream cheese then you have to check out my smoked salmon cream cheese dip recipe or a fresh veggies cream cheese spread.
Are you a sourdough baker? This cream cheese would be the perfect spread on a batch of homemade sourdough bagels.
Why you will love this
- Easy to make
- Uses real chives
- Full of fresh flavor
- Real ingredients
- Easy to spread
- Perfect for bagels or a slice of bread
Chives: This recipe calls for fresh chives. And if they come from the garden, even better! Diced-up green onions can also be used in a pinch.
Milk: The small amount of milk is just enough to make this cream cheese easily spreadable. Even after it's chilled, it's still really easy to spread. The milk can be substituted for sour cream, greek yogurt, or heavy cream.
Onion Powder: I choose to use a small amount of onion powder in this recipe instead of real onion. Since the chives already have a strong onion flavor I just felt diced onions weren't necessary. Onion powder works great!
Regular Cream Cheese: This recipe calls for the full-fat version. While low fat can be substituted, it will change the consistency, but still taste great.
How to Make
Allow the cream cheese to come to room temperature. About 30 minutes.
Place the cream cheese in a medium bowl and mix with a hand mixer until it is soft. Add in the milk and continue whipping until it is light and airy.
Add in the diced chives, onion powder and salt. Continue mixing until fully incorporated.
If time allows, chill for 2 hours before using. The longer this sits in the fridge, the better it is going to get!
This cream cheese spread will last about one week or in the refrigerator when stored in an airtight container. A mason or weck jar works perfectly.
Can it be frozen? No. This cream cheese spread will not freeze well. It is best used up within a week.
Ways to Serve
- Spread on a morning bagel or toast
- Use as a veggie dip
- Add to a baked potato
Frequently Asked Questions
Cream cheese spreads are the same as cream cheese but often have some kind of add-ins like herbs, garlic and other flavors. It also has a softer consistency so it can easily be spread.
While it can be frozen safely, it is not a great idea. Dairy can separate or the consistency can change once frozen. It is best used within a week.
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Chive and Onion Cream Cheese
- 8 ounce Package of Cream Cheese
- 1 Tablespoon Whole Milk
- ½ teaspoon Onion Powder
- ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt
- 2 Tablespoons Fresh Chives Diced
- Allow the cream cheese to come to room temperature.
- Place the cream cheese in a medium bowl and mix with a hand mixer until it is soft. Add in the milk and continue whipping until it is light and airy.
- Add in the diced chives, onion powder and salt. Continue mixing until fully incorporated.
- If time allows, chill for 2 hours before using. The longer this sits in the fridge, the better it is going to get!
- Serve on a bagel or baked potato.
I live in an assisted living facility, so I do not have a microwave in my room or any way to cook. I am all about making cream cheese spreads, or flavored Butters for toast, (to take to the dining room with me) I can order grocery items to be delivered and make some of my own snacks in my small aportment and keep in my small refrigerator. That being said, I have made a smoked salmon whipped cream cheese spread for my Bagels that is pretty darn good! I love green onion/Chive cream cheese but it is so pricey in the store. When I make it, I share. Can't wait to try this, and I want to check your other recipes or anything that I can use. Thanks so much for the ideas!
Hi Pam! Thank you so much for reaching out. The smoked salmon whipped cream cheese sounds so delicious. Please let me know if you try the chive and onion version.
Thank you! Of course it is 😂 as is true with most things, my mistake! My apologies and thank you for your time and response!
I forgot to mention, love the recipe multiplier! Thank you for including it!
I'm so glad you find it useful! Hope you enjoy the cream cheese was much as we do.
Can't wait to try this. Question, the ingredient labeled said garlic powder. Onion powder is mentioned in the write up. The ingredient list doesn't mention either or am amount.
I'm missing something.
Hi Ernest, No you are not missing anything I miss labeled the photo. It should be onion powder. The amount needed is reflected in the recipe card. Hope you enjoy it!