How to Speed Up Softening Cream Cheese

Need to know if there's a way to speed up softening cream cheese? There is! And it's super simple -- we've got all the info you need.

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How to Soften Cream Cheese

For an 8-ounce block of cream cheese, place the completely unwrapped cheese on a microwave-safe plate and microwave it on high for 15 seconds. Just add 10 seconds for each additional 8 ounces of cheese.

If an liquid or whey seeps out of the cheese while it softens, be sure to add the whey to your recipe along with the solids.

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