No Cream Cheese, No Problem! Try Our Favorite Cream Cheese Substitutes

Author: Clare Roach

You may have heard that due to a cream cheese shortage, Kraft is offering to pay customers who do not make cheesecake this holiday season. But we have a counteroffer: pocket your $20 and turn to other dairy products to make your favorite holiday dishes.

Dairy farmers produce delicious dairy products that are part of our everyday lives, and this cream cheese shortage is highlighting that overlooked-need for a lot of people. Dairy products are often the go-to for our favorite recipes throughout the year, but especially at the holidays. That’s why we compiled some recipes to help you replace the cream cheese in your holiday recipes without compromising creaminess, flavor, and enjoyment. 

When it comes to cheesecake, there are a few dairy options other than cream cheese you can try including Greek yogurt, ricotta, cottage cheese, and mascarpone. 

It’s also possible to work around the cream cheese in popular savory holiday dishes. 

  • No cream cheese is needed for this Greek Yogurt Spinach-Artichoke Dip from Delish, but it still has plenty of cheesy flavor from shredded mozzarella and parmesan. 
  • It may not replace the classic cheeseball, but you can bring pimento cheese dip back in style with this Homemade Pimento Cheese Dip from Feast and Farm, no cream cheese required. 

Dairy farmers work hard 365 days a year to produce nutritious, delicious dairy products. They are the lifeblood of our New England communities, and with the wide variety of products they make, we want to embrace all they have to offer. Dairy farmers need to think quickly, make sacrifices, and be resourceful on the farm. Let’s emulate their resilience in the kitchen as we innovate our favorite recipes during this year’s cream cheese shortage. 

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