Garlic Herb Cream Cheese Recipe

Last updated: June 4th, 2024

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This savory 4-ingredient garlic herb cream cheese recipe is the best spread for bagels, sandwiches, and wraps – for breakfast or lunch!

Garlic herb cream cheese and bagels.

Can you tell we’ve been on a cream cheese kick lately? It’s only because we’ve discovered just how delicious homemade flavored cream cheese spreads can be – and how easy they are to make in just a few minutes! Including this savory garlic herb cream cheese, made with just 4 pantry ingredients.

What This Recipe Entails

You can make our garlic and herb cream cheese recipe in just about 30 minutes from start to finish. You’ll need to get the cream cheese out ahead of time to soften, and then once it’s ready all it takes is a few minutes to mix everything together.

  • Softening time: 20 to 30 minutes
  • Prep time: 5 minutes

Once the cream cheese is mixed, you can either enjoy it right away, or refrigerate it for at least 15 minutes if you’d prefer to enjoy it cold.

Ingredients for garlic herb cream cheese: garlic, dried parsley and oregano, and cream cheese.

Garlic Herb Cream Cheese Recipe Ingredients

You’ll just need 4 ingredients that are probably already in your pantry to make this flavored cream cheese spread:

  • Cream cheese
  • Garlic
  • Dried parsley
  • Dried oregano

Our go-to brand is Philadelphia cream cheese for its super creamy texture – it makes the best base for any flavored spread.

We recommend using store-bought minced garlic to make this cream cheese recipe as easy as possible! It still packs plenty of flavor but saves you so much time and effort to use it straight from the jar.

We also like to use dried herbs for this cream cheese so it stays fresh longer. If you use fresh herbs, the cream cheese won’t stay good for quite as long since the herbs will start to wilt.

A tub of garlic herb cream cheese spread.

How To Make Our Garlic Herb Cream Cheese Recipe

This garlic herb cream cheese recipe is so simple – all you need to do is combine the ingredients and mix them together!

  1. Make sure to take the cream cheese out of the fridge about 20 to 30 minutes ahead of time to let it soften.
  2. Once it’s soft, add the cream cheese, garlic, dried parsley, and dried oregano to a bowl.
  3. Mix thoroughly to combine, using the back of the spoon to help spread the cream cheese and fold the ingredients into it.
  4. Optionally refrigerate for at least 15 minutes before serving.

Store garlic herb cream cheese in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. We like to use these deli containers for homemade spreads and cream cheese to keep them fresh!

A homemade flavored cream cheese and bagels.

Serving Suggestions

Garlic and herb cream cheese is the perfect condiment to schmear on bagels, sandwiches, and wraps for breakfast or lunch! It’s super savory and creamy, which makes it a great spread for grilled chicken or turkey sandwiches. We also love pairing it with our sun dried tomato basil cream cheese for ultra-creamy and decadent flavor.

You can even use garlic herb cream cheese for savory snacks and appetizers! Spread it on crostini or pair it with fresh cucumber for a tasty treat this summer. (You can even try it in place of Alouette garlic herb spreadable cheese in our tomato bruschetta and crostini recipe here).

No matter how you choose to spread or schmear it, this savory garlic and herb cream cheese has the best flavor and texture. You’re going to want to put it on everything! Try our recipe and let us know if you love it by rating, commenting, and sharing below.

Garlic herb cream cheese being spread on a bagel.

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Garlic Herb Cream Cheese Recipe

This savory 4-ingredient garlic herb cream cheese recipe is the best spread for bagels, sandwiches, and wraps – for breakfast or lunch!
Servings 8 ounces
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano


  • Add the softened cream cheese, garlic, parsley, and oregano to a bowl. Mix well by hand to fully incorporate the ingredients, using the back of a spoon to help spread the cream cheese and fold the ingredients in.
  • Optionally chill the cream cheese in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes before serving.


Cream cheese:  Philadelphia cream cheese has the best texture of any brand, by far! It’s super creamy which makes it easy to mix ingredients into by hand.
Softening the cream cheese:  Let the cream cheese soften before making so it is easier to mix the ingredients in. Around 30 minutes on the counter or 30 to 60 seconds in the microwave will help it soften and make mixing far easier.
Minced garlic: Use the store-bought jarred minced garlic for this recipe to save yourself time and effort! It’s plenty flavorful still and so much easier than using fresh garlic. Plus, the little bit of garlicky liquid that’s in the jar helps infuse extra garlic flavor into this cream cheese.
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Author: Nicole
Calories: 101kcal
Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Ingredients, Spread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: breakfast, brunch, cream cheese, garlic, holiday brunch, oregano, parsley, Sunday brunch


Calories: 101kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 89mg | Potassium: 42mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 383IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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