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Copycat Panera honey walnut cream cheese

Gina is the author of the food blog, Running to the Kitchen where she shares healthy, whole food recipes in a fun, approachable way. She works full time as a consultant in higher education. When not in the kitchen, she enjoys CrossFit, r...

Spread it!

Make your favorite cream cheese at home to spread on your favorite baked goods.

Spread it!

There was a time in my previous job when I traveled two or three times a week from Connecticut to Boston for morning meetings. When you wake up at 4 or 5 a.m., making breakfast is the last thing on your mind. When you travel the highways in New England to get to Boston, there's seems to be a Panera off of every exit. That's when my love affair with this honey walnut cream cheese began. I don't really want to know how many ounces of it I consumed during those trips, but once they subsided I decided I really needed to make it at home. How hard can it be to make flavored cream cheese anyway? The answer? Not hard at all. With just a handful of ingredients, this sweet, delicious breakfast spread can be yours.

Copycat Panera honey walnut cream cheese recipe

Serves 4-6


  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts


  1. Combine all ingredients except walnuts in a small bowl.
  2. Beat with a hand-held electric mixer on medium speed until everything is incorporated and the cream cheese becomes "fluffy."
  3. Mix in the walnuts with a spatula or spoon.
  4. Spread and enjoy!

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