The 11 Best Cream Cheese Substitutes for Cooking & Baking

Cream cheese adds an all too familiar thick, creamy, rich tang to the cut sides of bagels, in between layers of carrot cake, in bowls of flavorful party dips, and more. But what if you’re halfway into a recipe only to realize that someone used your cre…

Cream cheese adds an all too familiar thick, creamy, rich tang to the cut sides of bagels, in between layers of carrot cake, in bowls of flavorful party dips, and more. But what if you’re halfway into a recipe only to realize that someone used your cream cheese to slather on their cinnamon raisin bread this morning, leaving you several tablespoons short?

While it’s hard to replicate the exact flavor and texture of cream cheese (especially all at once), there are some good substitutes available. Some can be used as is with pleasing results, and others need a few tweaks; some will work well as a spread or in dips, while others can handle more involved applications, like frostings and baked goods. In general, proceed with caution when making full-blown baked cheesecakes and other cream-cheese-heavy baking projects with anything other than full-fat, real-deal cream cheese.

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28 Oh-You-Shouldn’t-Have Mother’s Day Lunches

Mother’s Day lands at the tail end of spring, making it the perfect time to have a lovely outdoor lunch to honor the matriarch in your life (weather permitting). Make the most of vibrant spring produce like asparagus, peas, herbs, and fiddleheads and keep things appropriately light for a midday meal. And when it comes to Mother’s Day lunches, don’t forget it’s a special occasion—splurge for great, fresh seafood and serve with a nice white or rosé wine, or a bit of bubbly. And be sure to finish your meal for Mom on a sweet note by making her a special dessert.

1. Spaghetti with Clams, Parsley, Garlic & Lemon

Preserved lemons add an extra punch of lemony aroma and flavor to this fresh-as-can-be pasta dish. Serve as soon as it comes out of the pan—luckily, it’s a breeze to make.

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Mother’s Day lands at the tail end of spring, making it the perfect time to have a lovely outdoor lunch to honor the matriarch in your life (weather permitting). Make the most of vibrant spring produce like asparagus, peas, herbs, and fiddleheads and keep things appropriately light for a midday meal. And when it comes to Mother's Day lunches, don’t forget it’s a special occasion—splurge for great, fresh seafood and serve with a nice white or rosé wine, or a bit of bubbly. And be sure to finish your meal for Mom on a sweet note by making her a special dessert.

1. Spaghetti with Clams, Parsley, Garlic & Lemon

Preserved lemons add an extra punch of lemony aroma and flavor to this fresh-as-can-be pasta dish. Serve as soon as it comes out of the pan—luckily, it’s a breeze to make.

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Our 25 Favorite Tofu Recipes to Fry, Bake, Simmer & More

Tofu is a truly versatile ingredient, light on flavor but in the best way. It soaks up whatever flavors you cleverly pair it with, from spicy to salty to sweet to tart. Treat it as a wonderfully textured blank canvas, grilling, frying, and baking firm …

Tofu is a truly versatile ingredient, light on flavor but in the best way. It soaks up whatever flavors you cleverly pair it with, from spicy to salty to sweet to tart. Treat it as a wonderfully textured blank canvas, grilling, frying, and baking firm tofu as a stand-in for meat or puréeing silken tofu as a stand-in for dairy or eggs. In our favorite tofu recipes, however, this wonderful block of soy isn’t simply a stand-in—it’s a star. Try these dishes that feature tofu as a headline ingredient.

1. Japanese-Style Fried Tofu

One way to add serious flavor to tofu is by using a marinade. A sweet, tart, salty, and spicy mixture absorbs into the little squares over a day or two before they’re crisped in a pan.

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35 Extra-Comforting Mother’s Day Desserts

Mother’s Day is a hard-earned holiday through years of all-consuming, exhausting motherhood. It’s not the time to hold back, especially when it comes to the sweetest part of the meal—mom deserves all the dessert she desires after what you (or your kids…

Mother’s Day is a hard-earned holiday through years of all-consuming, exhausting motherhood. It’s not the time to hold back, especially when it comes to the sweetest part of the meal—mom deserves all the dessert she desires after what you (or your kids) put her through. Celebrate the special woman in your life by serving one of our favorite homemade Mother's Day desserts, from fruity cakes and tarts to chocolate treats and lightly boozy desserts.

1. Strawberries with Lavender Biscuits

Use a food processor to throw together light, fluffy biscuits with an intoxicating whiff of fresh lavender. Split open and topped with fresh berries and cream, who could resist?

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34 Spring-tastic Easter Cake Recipes

After a satisfying Easter brunch or dinner, the kids will likely steal away to a corner of the house, peeling open piece after piece of candy. But what about the adults? As with any good holiday meal, it’s important to end Easter on a sweet, special no…

After a satisfying Easter brunch or dinner, the kids will likely steal away to a corner of the house, peeling open piece after piece of candy. But what about the adults? As with any good holiday meal, it’s important to end Easter on a sweet, special note. Our 34 favorite Easter cake recipes featuring beautiful pastels and family-favorite springtime flavors will draw everyone back to the table.

1. Caroline's Carrot Cake

Carrot cake is a popular choice for Easter thanks to the Easter bunny connection, but it’s also a flat-out delicious dessert that should be served year-round. This multi-layer version is everything a cake should be without too much fuss.

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33 Best Smoothie Recipes to Give Your Blender A Workout

Discover a whole rainbow of possibilities with our 33 best smoothie recipes and you just may find your favorite new glass of blended bliss. Smoothies are the ultimate grab-and-go meal or snack. Quickly toss ingredients into a blender, press the power b…

Discover a whole rainbow of possibilities with our 33 best smoothie recipes and you just may find your favorite new glass of blended bliss. Smoothies are the ultimate grab-and-go meal or snack. Quickly toss ingredients into a blender, press the power button, and you’ve squeezed the nutrition of a whole meal into one delicious, icy, colorful drink. Smoothies are incredibly easy to make, can be infinitely customized, and all you need is a decent blender. Ready to meet our go-to sips?

1. Almond Coconut Smoothie

Coconut milk and shredded coconut give this creamy smoothie a tropical feel. Almond butter and hemp seeds add protein and a Medjool date sweetens the mixture—add another date or two for a sweeter shake.

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31 Super Bowl Dessert Recipes For Hungry Crowds

The Super Bowl is practically a food holiday—a festive time for cheesy, meaty, and crunchy snacks from dips to sliders to wings. And while a lineup of salty bites is key, don’t forget it’s a long game that cries out for dessert (and that Super Bowl des…

The Super Bowl is practically a food holiday—a festive time for cheesy, meaty, and crunchy snacks from dips to sliders to wings. And while a lineup of salty bites is key, don’t forget it’s a long game that cries out for dessert (and that Super Bowl dessert recipes will be very much in demand). These fun and sometimes nostalgic recipes are easily shareable, so pass them around this Super Bowl Sunday and end the epic game on a sweet note, no matter who wins.

It's easy to love that the food sometimes eclipses the game itself. You may not remember the winning team a year or two later, but you’ll never forget the brown butter bourbon marshmallow treats everyone piled on top of.

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