Easy Cream Cheese Crepe Filling

This easy cream cheese crepe filling takes a quick 5 minutes to mix together and tastes amazing in crepes or as a simple fruit dip. Plus, it uses basic kitchen ingredients!

white fruit dip in a bowl with strawberries

Much like my favorite breakfast quiche, crepes look super fancy and fussy.

But, they are truly one of the easiest dishes to make.

I love that you can make these crepes as the traditional sweet crepe or you can change it up and use crepes for more of a savory dish.

This crepe filling doesn’t get any easier and it tastes incredible stuffed inside a crepe or on top of a bowl of fruit.

Crepes taste amazing with breakfast breads, which can be made ahead of time!

Both banana bread and pumpkin bread go well alongside these crepes.

a crepe with filling and strawberries

What Are Crepes?

Crepes are somewhat like very thin pancakes.

The basic crepe recipe combines flour, water, and salt, just like most basic pancakes.

Crepes originated in the northwest Brittany region of France, around the 12th century.

They lend a sophisticated flair to the breakfast table, and the best part about them is that serve as a blank canvas for all sorts of fillings, toppings, and flavors.

Crepes are either left flat or rolled, depending on the type of filling.

crepe with crepe filling and strawberries

Why You’ll Love This Crepe Filling Recipe

  • Crepes might seem fancy, but this filling is not. It uses basic ingredients that you likely have in your kitchen already!
  • Because of the cream cheese and heavy whipping cream, this filling will taste sweet but be full of proteins and slow-burning fats. If your children seem to be asking for snacks crepes are a great thing to plate up for them
  • While this filling makes sweet crepes, you can also leave out the powdered sugar and fill it with savory fillings.
  • If you have leftover filling and all of the crepes have been eaten, you can put a dollop on top of fresh berries and have a nice dessert for supper.
crepes rolled up on a plate with strawberries

How Do You Make Crepes?

But before we move on to the filling, you need to first have the crepes!

  1. Mix up your preferred crepes recipe in the blender, to get it as smooth as possible. It should be the consistency of a thin pancake batter. Pop it into the refrigerator for 30 minutes, or overnight, to let the flour incorporate fully with the rest of the crepe batter.
  2. Heat a medium non-stick pan over medium heat. Pour a 1/4 cup of batter into the center of the non-stick skillet, and swirl it around so that the batter spreads out to cover the bottom of the pan. Keep swirling while it’s cooking – crepes are thin, so it doesn’t take long, and this prevents them from burning. You’ll know they’re done when they’re slightly crispy on the outer edges.
  3. Make the delicious crepe filling recipe below, and spread it on your homemade crepes. Roll it up and enjoy these decadent, thin pancakes.
crepes rolled up on a plate with strawberries

Pro Crepe making Tip

The first crepe never turns out very well.

Don’t fret about that first one. It seems like the pan always need the first crepe to season the pan a little.

Make sure you keep the crepe thin and don’t add too much batter to the pan. 1/4 cup of the batter seems to be the perfect amount to get that paper thin crepe.

crepes rolled up on a plate with strawberries

Which Pans Are Best For Making Crepes?

Because crepes are so thin, the pan you use matters. There are special pans on the market for making crepes, but you can make these little French-style pancakes on just about any pan you have in your kitchen.

  • Nonstick Skillet – It’s nice to not have to worry about sticking. You can cook up an entire batch of crepes without needing to re-oil your skillet between each one, and you can rest assured that your crepes will slide right out without a fight.
  • Cast Iron Skillet – It’s entirely possible to make perfect crepes in a cast iron skillet, particularly if it’s well-seasoned. However, even the most seasoned cast iron skillet will require some melted oil to keep the crepes from sticking. Just add some olive oil or a little butter between each crepe.
  • Crepe Pan – You can purchase pans made specifically for crepes. Available in cast iron, carbon steel, and nonstick coating, these pans will make sure that each of your crepes are the perfect shape and thickness.
  • Crepe Maker – These aren’t exactly a pan, but more like a round, edgeless griddle. To make crepes on a crepe maker, you’ll use the back of your spoon swirl out the batter, rather than moving the pan itself.
cream cheese crepe filling in a bowl

Ingredients For Crepe Filling

  • Cream Cheese – There’s nothing better than a thick and cream crepe filling. I like to use full fat cream cheese, as the added fat and protein will turn this carb-heavy breakfast into a filling meal.
  • Powdered Sugar – You can adjust how sweet you want your crepes to be by adding more or less powdered sugar to the cream cheese mixture.
  • Vanilla – That little splash of vanilla always takes baked goods to the next level.
  • Lemon Juice – Every sweet thing needs a small cut of acidity to balance it out. The lemon juice also adds a light, fresh flavor.
  • Heavy Whipping Cream – Depending on how much air you whisk into your whipping cream will determine how fluffy your sweet cream cheese filling is. Feel free to use coconut milk instead!
crepes rolled up on a plate with strawberries

How To Make Cream Cheese Crepe Filling

  1. In a mixing bowl, add cream cheese and powdered sugar. Use a stand mixer or egg beater to mix them together, on high speed, until they are light and fluffy.
  2. Add vanilla and lemon juice, and continue mixing!
  3. Add the heavy whipping cream, and keep on mixing. This is the final mix of the filling, and you’ll want to mix until the crepe filling is smooth.

How To Fill Classic French Crepes With Filling

You have your crepes. You have your sweet crepe filling. Now here’s what you do with them.

  1. Make your filling using the recipe below!
  2. Spread a thin layer of the cream cheese mixture down the center of the crepe. You’re going to roll these crepes, so be sure to leave an empty inch on the far side of the crepe. The filling will push forward somewhat as you roll and cover that inch for you.
  3. Cream cheese filled crepes taste particularly good with fruit. Before you start rolling, thinly slice some fresh strawberries or other fruit of your choice, and add them on top of the cream cheese.
  4. Roll up and enjoy!
crepe filling in a bowl

Variations For Favorite Crepe Fillings

My favorite thing about this cream cheese crepe filling recipe is that it’s great recipe to serve as a jumping off point for any number of variations!

  • Chocolate Filled Crepes – Add 2 tablespoons of cocoa when mixing together the cream cheese and powdered sugar. You can add some cocoa to the crepe batter itself to make full chocolate crepes!
  • Apple Cinnamon Crepes – Use 3 tablespoons of brown sugar instead of powdered sugar, and then add chopped baked apples and a sprinkle of cinnamon in and the end.
  • Lemon Crepes – Boost the slight lemon flavor with 3 tablespoons of lemon curd and some lemon zest.
  • Maple Bacon Crepes – Crepes don’t just have to be sweet! You can make savory crepes, too! Replace the lemon juice with maple syrup, and add some bacon bits at the end.
crepes rolled up on a plate with strawberries

What Goes Good On Crepes?

You don’t necessarily have to add cream cheese to enjoy delicious crepes. Here are some other ways to enjoy both dessert crepes and crepes with savoring fillings.

  • Fresh Fruit – Fruit is a standard topping for good reason! Use strawberries, blueberries, bananas, and raspberries. Add any of them to the cream cheese filling recipe to enjoy fruit flavor both in and on top of your crepe!
  • Nutella – This chocolate hazelnut spread tastes delicious on delicate crepes.
  • Powdered Sugar – Lay plain crepes flat and use a sifter to lightly dust the tops. This elegant presentation is perfect for a Sunday brunch.
  • Pie Filling – Fresh fruit is always delicious, but the convenience – and gooiness! – of pie fillings make a great topping to a tender crepe. Apple pie filling is particularly yummy!
  • Peanut Butter – You can turn a crepe into a quick lunchtime meal with a spread of peanut butter.
  • Ice Cream – Ice cream goes great on anything, doesn’t it? A scoop of ice cream and a spoonful of whipped cream makes a great dessert any time of day.

Pro Tip For The Best Crepe Filling

Psst… here’s a little secret. Let your crepes cool down before spreading them with the filling! Otherwise, the cream cheese in the filling will start to melt, and you’ll find yourself with a mess. Allowing the crepes to cool prior to spreading on the filling will let you roll them up with ease.

How To Store Leftover Crepe Filling

If you’ve made too much cream cheese filling and need to save some for next time, scrape your leftover filling into an airtight container and pop it into the fridge. It will stay fresh in the fridge for up to 3 days. When you’re ready to use it again, simply set it out on the counter for about 30 minutes, to soften. You can store leftover crepes the same way!

Cream Cheese Crepe Filling Recipe

cream cheese crepe filling with strawberries

Cream Cheese Crepe Filling

Liz Quick
This easy cream cheese crepe filling takes a quick 5 minutes to mix together and tastes amazing in crepes or as a simple fruit dip. Plus, it uses basic kitchen ingredients!
Prep Time 0 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine French
Servings 8 crepes
Calories 50 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 stand mixer or hand mixer

Ingredients
  

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, no non or low fat
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

Instructions
 

  • In a mixing bowl, add cream cheese and powdered sugar. Use a stand mixer or egg beater to mix them together, on high speed, until they are light and fluffy.
  • Add vanilla and lemon juice, and continue mixing until everything is combined.
  • Add the heavy whipping cream, and keep on mixing. This is the final mix of the filling, and you’ll want to mix until the crepe filling is smooth.

Notes

Let your crepes cool down before spreading them with the filling!
Otherwise, the cream cheese in the filling will start to melt, and you’ll find yourself with a mess.
Allowing the crepes to cool prior to spreading on the filling will let you roll them up with ease.
Keyword cream cheese crepe filling, crepe filling, strawberry crepes

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