How to Make Scallion Cream Cheese

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Bagels and cream cheese are a classic breakfast duo, and over time, we’ve seen unique twists and flavors added to both plain bagels and cream cheese. Today, we’re going to go over how to make scallion cream cheese to add an oniony crunch to your bagels.

What is Scallion Cream Cheese?

Scallion cream cheese is exactly what it sounds like – scallions and cream cheese. Scallions are also known as green onions, which you may be more familiar with. They include a white base and a green stalk, both of which can be used when making this dish. 

How to Make Scallion Cream Cheese

Making cream cheese with scallions is incredibly simple. It requires minimal tools, ingredients, and time. 

Tools Required

The tools you need to make this spread are:

  • Small cutting board
  • Sharp knife
  • Medium sized mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon


One thing I love about this recipe is that there are very few ingredients involved. It’s a great recipe to make with your kids, since they can be involved in the entire process. The ingredients you need are:

  • 8 ounces plain cream cheese (room temperature)
  • ¾ cup scallions (about 1 bunch)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Step 1: Chop Scallions

On a cutting board, use a sharp knife to chop the scallions into small pieces. You can use the white and green part of the scallion for this recipe. When you’re done chopping, the scallions should be chopped into small pieces.

Step 2: Mix Ingredients Together

Mix together the cream cheese, scallions, and salt into a medium sized bowl. Use a wooden spoon (or other type of stirring utensil you have available) to blend all of the ingredients together.

Step 3: Serve and Refrigerate

Spread the scallion cream cheese on your favorite bagel and enjoy! Once you’re done with the cream cheese, cover or seal the bow and keep in the fridge. You can typically store this for up to 5 days.

What Pairs with Scallion Cream Cheese?

Since at its core, this is cream cheese, it naturally pairs great with bagels. Plain, sesame, cheddar jalapeno, and everything bagels all taste delicious with this flavor of spread.

You could also add a bit of this onto your morning omelette or spread some on your sandwich during lunchtime as well.

Additions to Scallion Cream Cheese

In our recipe, we kept it very simple and the standard way to make this type of cream cheese. If you want to make the flavor of the cream cheese more dynamic, here are some other items you could add in addition to the scallions:

  • Garlic powder
  • Cilantro
  • Lemon juice

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Does Scallion Cream Cheese Last?

Once you make this type of cream cheese, it will last 5-7 days in the fridge. Make sure you keep it in an airtight container so it stays fresh as long as possible.

What’s the Difference Between Green Onion Cream Cheese and Scallion Cream Cheese?

There is no difference between green onions and scallions, so both of these spreads are the same. The only difference is in how your grocery store chooses to label it.


If you’re wanting to add some flavor variety to your plain cream cheese, adding scallions to it is a great way to easily alter the taste. You can also get creative and add other ingredients to it!

Nathaniel Lee is an avid cook, drawing on his decades of home cooking and fine dining experience. He is a contributing chef at Mashed, and his recipes and contributions have been featured in Tasting Table, Edible Arrangements, Insanely Good Recipes, and The Daily Meal.