Cream cheese is a soft and creamy type of cheese. It is unripened and often includes emulsifiers to give it a firm texture and increase its shelf life. The flavor is mild, fresh, and slightly sweet, with a pleasant tang. At room temperature, cream cheese is easily spreadable and has a smooth and creamy texture.
It adds richness to cheesecake, frosting, bagel toppings, dips, and also makes light and flaky pastry crusts. In addition to these popular uses, cream cheese is also a key ingredient in many savory dishes and desserts, as you’ll find in various cream cheese recipe collections.