Panera Honey Walnut Cream Cheese

Panera Honey Walnut Cream Cheese is an amazing spread for bagels. I think one of the reasons bagels taste so much better when you go out is due to the toppings you can get for them.

a bowl of homemade Panera honey walnut cream cheese

I think one reason bagels taste so much better when you go out is due to what you can spread on top of them. Flavored cream cheese spreads are quite delicious, but they can make your bagel be expensive. Panera Honey Walnut Cream Cheese Spread is an amazing topping for bagels, and now you can easily make this copycat recipe at home and save some money. 

I love the way the Panera Honey Walnut Cream Cheese tastes. It has a rich sweetness of honey, a crunch of walnuts, and just a touch of cinnamon. It’s the perfect spread on your bagel any time of day. The Panera cream cheese they use is Neufchatel, the lighter variety of cream cheese. When whipped, it is the ideal light and fluffy topping on a bagel.

New York City is known for the best bagels, and Panera Bread bagels are inspired by that tradition. Their sourdough-based bagels have a depth of flavor that comes from the highest-quality ingredients and a proven process. What’s your favorite bagel? You are sure to find it at Panera see what types of bagels Panera has.

Which Panera bagel goes best with this Panera cream cheese spread? It’s really down to your personal preference. A cinnamon swirl and raisin bagel is the perfect complement to a honey cream cheese spread. However, you might want to add some chocolate with a chocolate chip bagel or a taste of blueberries with a blueberry bagel. There is just no one-taste-for-everybody bagel!

I suggest that you allow the cream cheese to reach room temperature before starting this recipe. It will make the cheese softer and easy to whip. If you want to add another nice touch, you can toast the walnuts in a skillet for just a moment or two and allow them to cool. Toasting the nuts brings out the natural oils, and you will have an amazing flavor.

If you love another great schmear for your bagel, try our copycat recipe for Zabar’s Cream Cheese Spread.

To make this recipe, I suggest that you allow the cream cheese to reach room temperature before starting this recipe. It will make it softer and easy to whip in all of the flavors.

Ingredients

Here’s what you need to make honey walnut cream cheese:

  • Cream cheese
  • Honey
  • Molasses
  • Brown Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Walnuts

Panera honey walnut cream cheese ingredients

Making Flavored Cream Cheese

Allow cream cheese to get to room temperature.

Stir together cream cheese, honey, molasses, and cinnamon in a bowl.

Add chopped walnuts and stir to combine.

honey walnut cream cheese in a bowl

If you want to add another nice touch, I suggest that you toast the walnuts in a skillet for just a moment or two and allow them to cool. When toasting nuts, you bring out the natural oils in the walnuts and have an amazing flavor.

toasted walnuts in a skillet

Store flavored cream cheese in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.

Serve with bagels and enjoy!

homemade Panera honey walnut cream cheese in a bowl and spread on a bagel

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a bowl of homemade Panera honey walnut cream cheese

Panera Honey Walnut Cream Cheese

If you don’t have a Panera Bread near you, you may never have had the chance to try this type of spread. Be assured that this honey walnut cream cheese spread is just like Panera’s. It’s super easy to make and absolutely delicious.
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: honey walnut cream cheese, Panera Recipes
Servings: 8
Calories: 121kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon molasses
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts

Instructions

  • If you wish (see note above), in a skillet toast the walnuts over medium-high heat until they just turn fragrant. Watch the skillet closely - there is a short time between the nuts being toasted and burnt. Take the nuts off the heat and allow them to cool completely. 
  • In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, honey, molasses, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Stir until all of the ingredients are well blended. 
  • Stir the walnuts into the honey cream cheese.
  • Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.

Nutrition

Calories: 121kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 91mg | Potassium: 57mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 380IU | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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About Stephanie

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Comments

  1. Sheree

    5 stars
    Love love love this cream cheese! Do you think you could do your magic and turn this into a cheese cake recipe? I really enjoy your site and look forward to the emails everyday! Thank you for all that you do!

  2. Harry

    This cream cheese spread is just like Panera’s! I would maybe add just a tad bit less molasses. Overall AMAZING!!!

  3. Julie

    5 stars
    My husband was really craving the Panera Honey Walnut Cream Cheese spread, and since I had all the ingredients at home, I gave it a try. Super easy to make and absolutly delicious. Tastes as good or better as Panera. Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Chloe

    Does the molasses add quite a bit? It’s not an ingredient I have on hand or would use very often. Just wondering if it’s one of the key ingredients for making it taste just like Panera’s!

  5. Angla

    Thank you so much!!! I love this spread and have everything on hand to make my own tonight for my breakfast tomorrow =)

  6. Michelle De La Cerda-Nash

    I’ve never had Panera anything, but that doesn’t matter, this looks like something I would love! Thank you.

    • Cornella Coppedge

      You don’t know what your missing. You have to try Panera Bread, OMG!!!
      My Favorites
      -cheddar broccoli soup
      -bacon turkey bravo sandwich
      -tuna salad sandwich
      -cinnamon crunch bagel
      -cobblestone
      -chocolate chip cookie
      -braided pecan twist
      -lemonade
      And the list goes on

      • Tami Miles

        Can you copycat their granny smith something or other (I can’t remember what its called but it’s made with green apples) dressing? I’ve looked EVERYWHERE FOR IT and Pantera doesn’t sell it by the bottle.

      • Rhonda Martin

        I’m sure I will. I love all the ingredients. We don’t have a Panera Bread near us so I’ve never had the chance to try this type of spread but when I read your recipe I knew I had to pin it to try it soon.

  7. Christine

    I bet it costs less too:) We were denied walnuts as a child since my mother didn’t like them. I can’t resist a good walnut recipe today:p

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