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Garlic Lemon Herb Cream Cheese

Garlic Lemon Herb Cream Cheese

This garlic lemon herb cream cheese recipe is so much better than store bought and it comes together in 5 minutes!. Softened cream cheese mixed with garlic, lemon zest and a combination of fresh herbs all perfectly balanced with the creaminess of the cheese.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine European
Keyword Garlic and Herb Cream Cheese, Herb and Garlic Cream Cheese, Herb Cream Cheese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 152 kcal
Author Mahy


  • 8 ounces cream cheese of room temperature soft ( full fat, low fat or fat free)
  • 1 garlic clove finely minced or grated using a microplane
  • 1/2 cup fresh herbs basil, parsley, thyme, rosemary (combined or whichever you have on hand) all chopped or minced finely ( according to your taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tsp lemon zest


  1. In a bowl mix all the ingredients together, taste and adjust seasoning.
  2. Use it right away for a soft spreadable cream cheese texture or wrap the mixture into a log with wax paper and chill for at least 1 hour or freeze for 20 minutes.

Recipe Notes

Room temperature cream cheese is a must! If you're rushed on time, you can microwave the cream cheese for 30-45 seconds.

Any herb and garlic cream cheese combination works beautifully! Lemon zest is optional for an extra tang.

If you're looking for inspiration, try adding basil pesto with sun dried tomatoes and scallions.

The herb cream cheese can keep for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition Facts
Garlic Lemon Herb Cream Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 152 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 165mg7%
Potassium 118mg3%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 381IU8%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 56mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.