Drizzle, dip or dunk all of your favorite baked goods with Cream Cheese Glaze! It’s made with just 4 ingredients in minutes and perfect for pound cakes, bundt cakes, cinnamon rolls, cookies, muffins, breads and more!

A creamy version of my must have glaze recipe to drizzle on your favorite cakes and baked goods. Top Carrot Cake Bread, Cinnamon Rolls, Pumpkin Pound Cake, Pumpkin Cheesecake Bread, Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls, Pumpkin Muffins, Banana Bread, Sweet Bread and so much more!

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  • Cream Cheese – For the creamiest texture, use full fat cream cheese and bring to room temperature. If you’re in a hurry, you can use these tips to soften cream cheese quickly.
  • Butter – Use salted or unsalted butter. If you use unsalted butter, taste and add optional pinch of salt to balance. Bring to room temperature or soften butter for a silky smooth consistency.
  • Extract – I use Homemade Vanilla Extract for maximum flavor and minimal color. You can also use store-bought pure vanilla extract. Note that it will alter the color of your cream cheese glaze. If that is a concern, use clear vanilla. You can substitute any of your favorite extracts including almond, cinnamon, orange, and lemon.
  • Powdered Sugar – Powdered sugar, also known as confectioner’s sugar is super fine, resulting in a silky smooth texture. If you don’t have powdered sugar, pulse white granulated sugar in a food processor until fine.
As you can see this cream cheese glaze goes on so smooth and has the perfect drizzle that hardens to the touch, but not to the taste!

How to Make Cream Cheese Glaze

  1. Combine – Using softened ingredients, combine ingredients until smooth.
  2. Warm – Warm on the stovetop on low or in the microwave until pourable.
Pouring cream cheese glaze over a freshly baked loaf of bread.

How to Store

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to one week. Note, cream cheese does not freeze well.

Serving Suggestions

A carrot cake with creamy white cream cheese glaze on a plate.
5 from 127 votes

Cream Cheese Glaze

Take your favorite cakes, cookies, breads, rolls and more to the next level with luxuriously creamy cream cheese glaze! It is simple and sweet, made with just 4 staple ingredients and sets for the perfect slice with an amazing bite!
Prep: 4 minutes
Total: 4 minutes
Servings: 10
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  • In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, add cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Beat on low, gradually increasing speed until smooth and free of clumps.

To Pour

  • Transfer to a microwave safe carafe, jar or large measuring cup, warm 20 seconds in the microwave or over low on the stovetop, stir and pour on top of your favorite desserts and breakfast pastries.

Julie’s Tips

Do not use organic powdered sugar. Sift if clumpy to ensure a smooth consistency.
This foolproof recipe is easily adaptable. Add powdered sugar one half cup at a time until you achieve the desired sweetness and consistency.
Substitute your favorite extract to mix up the flavor.


Calories: 127kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 77mg | Potassium: 16mg | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 294IU | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

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  1. I want to put this on everything or eat it right off of a spoon! Thanks for making this such an easy recipe to whip up!

  2. 5 stars
    I adore cream cheese frosting, but in many instances a glaze is a better choice. Thanks for your terrific recipe! I put it over my pumpkin bread and it was amazing!