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. Or, serve as a side dish with Roasted Beef Tenderloin!

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POTATOES The best potatoes for 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.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • 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. 
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Nutrition Information

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

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
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    1. Hi Heather, we have never tried subbing in greek yogurt but I think it should work. It will change the flavor and a bit of the creaminess but still should be delicious.

  1. My kids have never liked ANY mashed potatoes I’ve made. I finally decided to try this for last nights dinner with steak and something crazy happened! Both of my girls took two large spoonfuls and gobbled it up! My oldest even told me she would have some for breakfast while putting some in a container to bring to school for lunch! I guess I’ll stick to this recipe from now on!

    Thank you so much for your recipe!

    ~One grateful Momma!!!5 stars

  2. I have several ideas for making my mashed potatoes. They will be served with turkey, dressing, green beans and giblet gravy. I’m not sure which way I’m gonna serve they but the change should be a hit when I serve it. Thanks5 stars

  3. I have been making these cream cheese mashed potatoes for over 20 years now. I always make a double batch as they reheat beautifully and make the best waffles. We put some leftovers in the waffle iron, cook, serve and top with whatever turkey or meat and gravy you have at hand. It gives a whole new spin to hot roast beef or turkey sandwiches, and the best part they are crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside and don’t get soggy from the gravy.5 stars

    1. What do you recommend if I make them the day before? How do you recommend I reward and will that be ok with the cream cheese in the mix? Thanks in advance.

      1. You can make these the day before if you’d like. You can reheat mashed potatoes in the oven at 350°F for about 25-30 minutes. I like to cover them with foil. If you’ve doubled these or made a large batch, they may need extra time.