Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Cream cheese mashed potatoes are rich and creamy, a favorite side dish!

Everyone loves mashed potatoes, they’re the perfect comfort food and they welcome additions like garlic and of course cream cheese. Serve with a sprinkle of chives and some butter and watch them disappear!

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Easy and Delish!

Potato casseroles like scalloped potatoes are a favorite but we love these because they’re fast to make.

Not only is it great to make-ahead, you need just a few simple ingredients to put this together.

Cream cheese mashed potatoes are a bit fuller and richer than traditional spuds, perfect for topping with your favorite gravy, sauces, or even Salisbury steaks.

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POTATOES The best potatoes for cream cheese mashed potatoes are russets or Yukon golds because they are starchy and naturally creamy. Unpeeled red potatoes can be used and for a little more texture and color, if desired.

DAIRY Some butter, milk, and our secret ingredient, cream cheese, guarantees that this will be the side dish everyone reaches for first!

GARLIC 3 cloves of garlic are boiled with the potatoes. Combined with the dairy and some salt & pepper, these potatoes are the best side dish ever.

process of adding ingredients to make Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes


  • Feel free to stir in favorites like caramelized onions, chives, roasted garlic, or fresh herbs like parsley or even dill.
  • Try a flavored cream cheese like herb and garlic or chive and onion to change it up. Or add in the same flavorings you add to twice baked potatoes.
  • Make cream cheese mashed potatoes into a casserole by spreading into a baking dish and dotting with butter and spices. Bake until the top is crispy and butter melts into the potatoes.
  • To make this a low carb option, swap potatoes with cauliflower.

How to Make Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Cream cheese mashed potatoes come together in 1, 2, 3!

  1. Add prepared potatoes with garlic & salt to cold water & boil potatoes until tender.
  2. Drain potatoes & put them back in the warm pot.
  3. Add warmed milk, cream cheese, & butter, mash until thick & creamy.


  • Keep leftover cream cheese mashed potatoes covered in the refrigerator and they will keep about 5 days.
  • Freeze mashed potatoes in zippered bags with the date labeled on the outside and they’ll keep about 10 months.
  • Let them thaw in the refrigerator or heat from frozen.

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Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes

These mashed potatoes are creamy & savory with the perfect amount of garlic & butter.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 230
Author Holly Nilsson


  • 3 pounds potatoes russet or Yukon gold
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened and cut into cubes
  • cup salted butter melted
  • ½ cup milk or cream (or more as needed)
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Peel potatoes and cut into 1″ chunks. Place in a large pot of cold salted water with the garlic cloves.
  • Bring potatoes to a boil and cook uncovered 15-20 minutes or until fork-tender.
  • Drain well and place potatoes & garlic cloves back into the warmed pot.
  • Warm milk in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time until warm.
  • Add cream cheese and butter to the potatoes and using a masher, mash potatoes.
  • Add warmed milk a little bit at a time while continuing to mash until smooth and creamy.
  • Season with salt and pepper. Serve hot.


Leftovers can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days. 


Calories: 230 | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 220mg | Potassium: 88mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 861IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 1mg
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