Posts Tagged ‘neufchatel’

We have two Friday traditions in our home.  On Friday nights, we watch TV while eating dinner.  Also, with the exception of special events or occasional Mommy cravings, Fridays are the days I make dessert.

This chocolate chip coffee cake is one of my favorites.  My regular readers might notice that this is yet another recipe that includes cream cheese.  And what you’re thinking is true. This girl loves her cream cheese!



1 cup softened butter

8 oz. softened cream cheese

1¼ c. sugar

2 eggs – beaten

1 tsp. vanilla

2 c. flour

1 tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. baking soda

¼ tsp. salt

¼ c. milk

1 c. semisweet chocolate chips


¼ c. sugar

1 tsp. cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350°.  Grease a 9” springform pan.

In a large bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese and sugar.

Add eggs and vanilla.  Whip to combine.

Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Stir gently.  Add milk and combine.

Stir in chocolate chips.

Spread batter into prepared springform pan. 

Stir topping sugar and cinnamon together.  Sprinkle over batter.

Bake for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

Cool 15 minutes before removing from pan.

Happy Homesteading,


Tips & Tricks:

To make this cake slightly leaner, I usePhiladelphia’s Neufchatel instead of regular cream cheese.

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I am always trying to find new ways to get our little one to eat more vegetables.  Don’t get me wrong, this toddler has an adult palate.  Twenty two months and he eats everything from spinach to sriracha.  But you can’t go wrong with more vegetables.

Currently, he is on a bit of a hummus kick, eating it stuffed into the celery groove.  In an effort to find more stuffing ideas before hummus has worn out its welcome, I reached into the recesses of my memory and pulled out the veggie spread recipe I learned when I worked in a bagel shop in high school. 


12 oz. Neufchatel or cream cheese

2 carrots

½ red pepper

1 stalk celery

1 inch of scallion

Place all vegetables in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.

In a separate bowl, whip Neufchatel until smooth.  Add vegetables and continue whipping until combined but still firm.

Easy peasy, huh?  Snack for the little guy…

Snack for Mommy…

Happy Homesteading,


Tips & Tricks:

This spread keeps for about 1 week.  I think it tastes better each day.

Spring for the Philadephia brand.  It’s worth it.

This is also a great dip for pretzels.

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