What Are Substitutes for Cream Cheese?

The most common substitute for cream cheese is plain Greek yogurt. One part plain yogurt and one part ricotta cheese also works well in replacing cream cheese in recipes.

A mixture of 3/4 cups of tofu, 1/4 cup margarine and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice is also a good cream cheese alternative. Neufchatel cheese and soy cream cheese can also be used.

Cream cheese is a common ingredient used in a variety of desserts, including cheesecake. Softened cream cheese makes a delicious spread for bagels and nut- based breads.

Pureed cottage cheese is another substitute for cream cheese, and optimal results are achieved when it is strained.