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Vanilla Cream Cheese Custard - A creamy, decadent and rich vanilla custard dessert. (So delicious!)

After your first spoonful of this Vanilla Cream Cheese Custard – I think you’ll agree with me that this is one of the creamiest and most decadent desserts you’ve ever eaten!

This Vanilla Cream Cheese Custard is smooth and luscious, and full of rich vanilla flavor. By adding some softened cream cheese to a traditional, egg-based custard – we’ve transformed a classic dessert into something your dinner guests will talk about for months.

Vanilla Cream Cheese Custard - A creamy, decadent and rich vanilla custard dessert. (So delicious!)

Another great thing about this Vanilla Cream Cheese Custard? It looks super fancy and impressive, but it only takes about twenty minutes to prepare. Then – chill the custard until you are ready to serve.  (You can even make this incredible dessert a day ahead of your special meal. It would be perfect for Mother’s Day dinner!)

Vanilla Cream Cheese Custard - A creamy, decadent and rich vanilla custard dessert. (So delicious!)

To serve, spoon this Vanilla Cream Cheese Custard into individual serving bowls. Or – you can do what we did for our photos – place the chilled and thickened custard into a large pastry bag that has been fitted with a star tip. Then, pipe the Vanilla Cream Cheese Custard into individual dessert glasses before garnishing with a fresh strawberry.

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Vanilla Cream Cheese Custard - A Family Feast

Vanilla Cream Cheese Custard

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings


2½ cups whole milk, divided

6 large egg yolks

2/3 cup granulated sugar, divided

1/3 cup corn starch

1 vanilla bean, split and scraped

4 ounces softened cream cheese

Fresh strawberries, for garnish (optional)


In a medium bowl, whisk together ½ cup of the milk, the egg yolks, 1/3 cup sugar and the corn starch. Whisk until well blended.

In a small sauce pan, heat the remaining 2 cups of milk with the remaining 1/3 cup sugar and the scraped vanilla seeds with the pod.  Heat to a simmer then remove the pod and discard.

While whisking, slowly drizzle the hot milk into the bowl with the egg and sugar mixture, making sure to whisk continually.

Pour the entire custard mixture back into the pan and heat just until it thickens up, which should be very quickly.

Reduce to low heat, add the softened cream cheese and beat with the whisk while cooking for about one minute to form a thick creamy custard.

Pour into a large serving bowl (or individual ramekins). Cover with plastic wrap, pushing down on the plastic wrap so that it touches the surface of the custard (this will prevent a skin from forming on the top.) Refrigerate and cool completely before serving.

Spoon into individual serving dishes once chilled. Or, as we show in our photos, place the chilled and thickened custard into a large pastry bag fitted with a star tip and pipe into individual serving dishes or martini glasses.  Garnish with fresh strawberries if desired.

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Vanilla Cream Cheese Custard - A creamy, decadent and rich vanilla custard dessert. (So delicious!)

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  • Sonja wrote:

    Is it possible to substitute the granulated sugar with 100% maple nectar or maple syrup to enhance the flavour and natural golden colour to the creme ?

    Bon Apetit !

    Kind regards

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Sonja – We’ve only made the recipe as written. I’m not sure if swapping in a liquid sweetener will change the consistency of the custard, but I’m sure the maple flavor would be delicious!

  • N.Stewart wrote:

    This sounds almost as yummy as creme burlee – if I put into individual ramekins when placing into fridge and then sprinkle sugar on to top and use blow touch wouldn’t this work?

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi – This is a denser cheesecake-like custard vs the softer egg custard in a creme brulee. I’m not sure if you’d get the same effect! If you try it, please let us know how it comes out.

  • Nas wrote:

    Hello I have just tried to make this recipe. We have put the custard into the fridge but it’s not becoming hard. Do you know why this is happening? Thank you

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Nas – It’s difficult for me to tell since I’m not in the kitchen with you. Did you follow the recipe exactly? Did you add the corn starch and eggs yolks? (Both the corn starch and egg yolks help to thicken the mixture.) Good luck!

  • Jas wrote:

    Hi, can I make this few days before to frost on the cake. Or make one day before will be better?

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Jas – I think a day ahead would be best (any recipe with dairy will start to separate after a few days).

  • Lindsey Rojas wrote:

    I made this for a berry tart and it was amazing! I was wondering how this would work with chocolate and what adjustments you’d need to make to the recipe. It’s difficult to find a really good chocolate custard recipe.

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Lindsey – So glad you enjoyed the recipe! You could try adding in some cocoa powder – and I’m guessing you might need to adjust the sweetness (depending on if you use sweetened or non-sweetened cocoa powder). Also, since the cocoa powder would absorb some of the liquid, you’ll need to adjust for that too. Please let us know how it comes out!

  • Pat Suther wrote:

    Really great love these

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Pat!

  • ruthie wrote:

    You know, you could do this with a citrus curd for something totally divine. Thanks for the great idea!

  • Sue wrote:

    Can this be used as a filling for a cake. Looks yummy

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Sue – Yes – you could adjust the thickness of the custard and use it as a cake filling.

  • Sue wrote:

    Is it possible to use vanilla instead of a bean? If so, how much would you guess? Thanks.

    • Martha wrote:

      Sure Sue! I’d suggest starting with two teaspoons of vanilla. Then, taste the custard and you could always stir in a little more vanilla if you want a stronger flavor. Hope that helps!

  • Pam Luttenberger wrote:

    Question: How many does this recipe serve?

    • Martha wrote:

      Thank you for your comment Pam – It helped me realize I left out some of the recipe information. This makes 8 servings – or more if you serve it in smaller portions. (It is very rich and delicious!) Hope you enjoy the recipe!

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