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Dec 24, 2008 07:02 AM

Too much cream cheese! Send your best recipes

I am stuck with tons of cream cheese (why do I ever go to Costco?). Hounds, please send your best recipes, dessert and savory. Much appreciated,
Merry Christmas!

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  1. One word: Cheesecake. Depending on your recipe, it uses 1 1/2 to 2 lbs at a go. Then bring it to a holiday party and back away from it.

    1. Cheesecake. My recipe uses 3 bars of regular cream cheese.

      1. Bonnie's Buffalo Chicken Dip

        1. Cheesecake for sure. Or swirl into brownies. Stuff into celery stalks for a snack.

          1. Make cream cheese pastry dough - 8 oz. cream cheese, 8 oz. butter, 2 tbsp. sugar and 2 cups flour. Beat together with mixer or processor. Use this to make delicious rugelach or savoury appetizer pastries.

            For rugelach, cut dough into 4 pieces and roll each piece into a 10-inch circle. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and raisins or chopped chocolate and nuts. Cut into 8 wedges and roll from the outside in to make little croissanty things. Ungreased baking sheet, 350o for 20 minutes. Repeat with rest of dough.

            For appetizers, roll out and cut rounds. Fill with duxelles or whatever turns your fire. Fold over into half-moons and press shut. Bake as above. Fabulous.

            You can actually make a whole whack of that dough and freeze it in portions for whenever you need it.

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            1. re: Nyleve

              I second the pastry dough. I used a recipe similar to this last year to make miniture pecan tarts in a muffin pan. Just press the dough into the cups, fill with chopped nuts, then top with simple syrup. Bake it in the oven until it "sets" and you've got a great holiday desert for the buffet table.