How to Know When Cream Cheese Is Softened

When you cook with cream cheese, many recipes specify softened cream cheese. Softened cream cheese simply means cream cheese allowed to warm to room temperature. If you do not have time to leave cream cheese warming on the counter, you can speed up the softening process in the microwave oven. You will know when cream cheese is softened by its texture and appearance.

Look at the cream cheese to help determine softness. Soft cream cheese will be slightly runny around the edges with the sharp corners looking soft and rounded.

Touch the spoon into the cream cheese to assess its softness. If the cream cheese dents easily by the spoon, the cream cheese is soft.

Insert the beaters of the electric mixer into the cream cheese and turn the mixer on. Soft cream cheese will whip easily and turn into a creamy mixture when you beat it with the electric mixer.