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Onion Chive Cream Cheese Spread

Onion chive cream cheese spread comes together in five minutes with four ingredients.  Use this flavorful spread on crackers or bagels, or serve with fresh veggies such as carrots or celery sticks.  This cream cheese is much better than store-bought and made with fresh garden chives.

Chive cream cheese with a wooden spreader in a small bowl with crackers on a plate.

I love flavored cream cheese. It is a delicious way to add variety to a toasted morning bagel and works well on crackers and sandwiches.

The fresh flavor of this cream cheese also goes well with homemade cheddar biscuits or as a spread on sandwiches.  If you love the flavor of fresh green chives, you may also like our homemade sour cream and chive dip or savory garlic chive butter.

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Why we love this recipe:

  • Quick – This condiment comes together in just five minutes and requires no special equipment.
  • Simple Ingredients – Made with three simple ingredients, this spread is easy and inexpensive.
  • Flavorful – Because this cream cheese spread is made with fresh garden chives, it has so much more flavor than any chive cream cheese you will buy and it’s a great way to use the abundance of chives in your garden.

If you like onion cream cheese spread then you are going to love this homemade version.  

It mixes regular cream cheese with onion powder, garlic powder, and fresh chives. It has a nice flavor without being overpowering. It is a great way to use some of those chives growing in your herb garden.

This chive and onion cream cheese is the perfect spread for bagels or crackers or as a creamy dip for veggie sticks or tortilla chips.

It requires only four ingredients and comes together in less than five minutes. It will keep in the refrigerator for about two weeks.

A small white dish with chive cream cheese with a side of crackers.

Ingredients & Substitutions for Onion Cream Cheese

For a full list of ingredients and measurements, see the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

This easy recipe comes together with just four ingredients. 

Cream cheese – You will want to begin with regular, unflavored cream cheese.  You can choose full-fat or low-fat, or you can select your favorite vegan cream cheese. For best results, choose spreadable cream cheese over the block type.

Chives – This recipe is made with fresh garden chives.  Fresh chives will give you the best flavor, though dried chives may be used if that is all you can find.  You can use fresh spring onions instead of chives if you like a strong onion flavor.

Onion powder – We like to use onion powder rather than fresh onion as it isn’t as potent, and the cream cheese will last longer.  Granulated onion may be used instead, or you may use dried minced onion, but you will need to let the cream cheese rest for several hours before serving to soften the onion bits.

Garlic powder – A small amount of garlic powder helps to bring out the other flavors.  You can use granulated garlic instead.  While fresh garlic may be used, it can tend to overpower the onion flavor and reduce the cream cheese’s storage time.  You can leave garlic out of this recipe if you prefer.

Step by Step Instructions

Making this cream cheese spread is extremely easy.

Finely chop the chives, add all the ingredients to a small bowl, and stir well to combine.

You can enjoy this cream cheese immediately, but it’s even better if you have time to let it rest for at least thirty minutes before serving.

Serving Suggestions for Onion Chive Cream Cheese

This cream cheese is the perfect spread for your morning bagel.

It is also great with crackers, as a dip for tortilla chips or veggie sticks, or spread on a sandwich, such as a yummy shrimp salad croissant.

This cream cheese is also great as a filling for stuffed chicken!

A dish of chive cream cheese with some spread on crackers.

Storing Chive Cream Cheese

You can store this homemade cream cheese spread in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

I like to put it back in the cream cheese container, but small mason jars also work very well for this.

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Chive cream cheese with a wooden spreader in a small bowl with crackers on a plate.

Onion Chive Cream Cheese

Onion chive cream cheese spread comes together in five minutes with just four ingredients.  Use this flavorful spread on crackers or bagels, or serve with fresh carrots or celery sticks.
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Course: Sauces and Spreads
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 16 tablespoon
Calories: 51kcal
Author: Deanna


  • 1 cup spreadable cream cheese
  • 1 ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ cup fresh chives chopped and loosely packed


  • Finely chop the chives then add them to a small bowl with the cream cheese, onion powder, and garlic powder.
  • Stir well to combine all ingredients, then move to an airtight container for storage. It should keep for about two weeks in the refrigerator.


Estimated Nutrition Facts
Onion Chive Cream Cheese
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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