Cream cheese is soft and creamiest of all. Cream cheese is unripened and often contains emulsifiers to lend firmness and lengthen shelf-life. The flavor is mild, fresh-tasting, and sweet, yet has a pleasing slight tang. At room temperature, cream cheese spreads easily and has a smooth and creamy texture. It gives richness to cheesecake, frosting, bagel-toppers, and dips and makes wonderfully light and flaky pastry crusts. Along with these more well-known uses, cream cheese is a main ingredient in many savory dishes as well as desserts as you'll see in the cream cheese recipe collection.