45 Recipes to Use Up Leftover Heavy Cream

updated Nov 2, 2022
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All too often I buy a carton of heavy cream for a recipe and, after using a small portion, the leftovers get pushed to the back of the fridge and forgotten about. Sound familiar? I’ve learned that the best strategy for making sure I use up the leftovers is keeping a roster of easy ideas of what to do with heavy cream. It’s an extremely versatile ingredient, and can be used in a pretty wide variety of sweet and savory recipes.

If you have a carton of leftover cream in your fridge and are wondering what to do with it, you are in luck. It’s an extremely versatile ingredient and can be used in a wide variety of sweet and savory dishes. Whether you have a spoonful or more than a cup, here are 45 recipes with heavy cream, including tender cream biscuits, a richly-flavored frittata or quiche, creamy pasta, no-bake pie, and more.

All the Types of Cream Decoded

Whether you have a container labeled heavy cream, whipping cream, or simply cream, you can use any of the recipes below, unless otherwise noted.

Eggs, Biscuits, and Breakfast Treats

Bring that leftover cream to the breakfast table. Just a spoonful is all it takes to make the most lush and tender scrambled eggs, or give your bowl of oats a hint of richness. A splash of cream is also my favorite way to top off my mug of coffee.

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Hammy Breakfast Hotdish
Molly Yeh's hammy breakfast hotdish is cheesy, creamy, and topped with tater tots.
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Tiramisu Pancakes
This recipe transforms the Italian classic dessert into a stack of slightly boozy, slightly caffeinated pancakes.
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Challah French Toast
Challah French toast made with a rich, vanilla-scented custard.
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Sweet Corn Blueberry Muffins
These muffins are everything you love about cornbread and blueberry muffins, crammed into one colorful summery treat.
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Spinach and Feta Frittata
While frittatas are fair game for any veggie scraps and cheese nubs hiding in the fridge, we’d argue that few combinations are better than spinach and feta.
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Totally Foolproof Quiche
Once you know the ratio of eggs to cream, you can make quiche — for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! — like a pro.
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Frozen French Toast Sticks
Frozen French toast sticks aren’t just some novelty frozen food, but rather a legitimately warm and filling breakfast perfect for little eaters even on the most harried school mornings.
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Fast and Fancy Lemon Biscuits
With a touch of sunny citrus and coarse sugar, these pillowy lemon biscuits skew slightly sweet, feel instantly fancy, and come together in a single bowl.
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Slow-Cooked Scrambled Eggs
These are not just any soft and creamy scrambled eggs; these are the softest and the creamiest scrambled eggs of all time.
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The Best Cream Biscuits
These simple cream biscuits are a take on the ever-delicious and classic buttermilk biscuits. And just as you’d expect with any biscuit, these are slightly crisp on the outside and pillow-soft on the inside.
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Loaded Blueberry Cheesecake Breakfast Bake
This is 100% a Saturday brunch casserole — toasted golden bread baked with cascades of juicy blueberries and deep, rich swirls of cream cheese.
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Slow Cooker Creamy Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal
When you think of oatmeal, you most likely think of weekday mornings. Weekends are reserved for pancakes and eggs, right? Well, we encourage you to set aside a Saturday for this particular oatmeal, as it’s as special as that short stack.
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Dinner Recipes with Heavy Cream

From sauces and soups to pastas and casseroles, use that leftover cream to make tonight’s dinner even more delicious.

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Copycat Panera Mac and Cheese
This irresistible stovetop mac and cheese is made with all white cheese.
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Chicken Riggies
This fiery Italian American pasta dish tosses al dente rigatoni and cubes of juicy chicken breast with a creamy tomato sauce laced with a duo of hot and sweet peppers.
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Southern-Style Grits with Okra, Corn, and Goat Cheese
We're big “grits for dinner” type of people — why should breakfast have all the fun? These creamy stone-ground grits are topped with crisp roasted okra, buttery sautéed corn, and tangy goat cheese.
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Turkey Swedish Meatballs
A plate of Swedish meatballs, complete with creamy gravy and tender egg noodles, is the perfect quick-yet-satisfying dinner that’ll please everyone. This version is made entirely in one pan, with less than 10 ingredients, and is ready in under an hour.
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Creamy Wild Mushroom One-Pot Pasta
In this fast and easy one-pot pasta recipe, you'll add linguine, chicken broth, and heavy cream directly to a pot with sautéed mushrooms, then boil until the noodles are al dente and the liquid has thickened into a silky sauce.
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Tomato Tortellini Soup
What’s not to love about bite-sized nuggets of pasta filled with cheese? Skip the usual sauce, though, in favor of cooking up a rich and creamy tomato soup that comes together in 20 minutes — perfect for busy weeknights!
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Spanakopita Stuffed Shells
A brightened-up version of the classic comfort food, featuring the flavors of Greek spanakopita: spinach, feta cheese, fresh dill, and lots of lemon.
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Skillet Creamy French Mustard Chicken
Shallots, white wine, and two kinds of mustard make this braised chicken dish a beautiful combination of many French favorites.
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Creamy Zucchini Fettuccine
Everyone should learn to make fettuccine Alfredo at home. It’s remarkably easy, and shockingly better than what you’re likely to get in an average restaurant. This version adds zucchini to the mix and cuts back on the butter and cream, making a lighter, more interesting flavor.
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Chicken and Biscuit Casserole
This recipe isn’t trying to be anything but delicious, comforting, and full of the homey flavors we love. And for those reasons alone, it’s a favorite. There’s the crown of herb-flecked biscuits, and underneath a rich mixture of shredded chicken, tender vegetables, and creamy gravy.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala
Spooned over some steamed rice, this easy slow cooker tikka masala is about to make your busy days very happy indeed.
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Creamy Chicken Alfredo Pasta
We’ve eschewed the authentic “no cream” Alfredo for a reliable take on this classic that’s just as creamy, garlic-rich, and fun to slurp up as you remember.
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Slow Cooker Cream of Chicken Soup
This creamy, dreamy slow cooker soup has all the comforts of chicken pot pie without any of the effort.
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Dauphinoise Potatoes
Dauphinoise potatoes is how the French say casserole of potatoes, heavy cream, and cheese. It’s delicious and also incredibly easy to make.
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Easy New England Clam Chowder
Creamy clam chowder originates from New England, but its popularity stretches across the country. This recipe relies on easy-to-find pantry ingredients that you can find at most grocery stores instead.
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Spinach Pizza

All the best parts of spinach dip on a crispy crusted pizza pie.

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Cream of Broccoli Soup

This cream of broccoli soup is lush, velvety, and savory.

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Desserts with Heavy Cream

Of course, you can always get out a whisk and whip whatever cream you have remaining into a lush and pillowy dessert topping, but that’s really just the tip of the iceberg. Cream is the starting point for simple yet decadent pots de crème, panna cotta, and ganache.

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Key Lime Cheesecake
Combine your two favorite desserts in one zesty recipe.
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Coconut Ice Cream
Made up of coconut milk, whole milk, and heavy cream, this ice cream packs both coconut flavor and a smooth texture.
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July Flame Peach Pie
The interior of a ripe July Flame peach is the color of a dramatic summer sunset. Use the best, juiciest, and most vibrant peaches you can find for this pie.
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No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie with Chocolate Whipped Cream
All three components of this pie — the crust, the filling, and the topping — are made in the food processor, meaning it's all prepped and assembled and ready to chill in the fridge in just 10 minutes.
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Horchata Ice Cream
Horchata ice cream is just as cool and refreshing as the drink it's inspired by. Here, we're giving you one base recipe and three flavor variations: Horchata de Coco, Dulce de Leche Swirl, and Dirty Horchata.
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Easy Banana Pudding Cake
In our opinion, banana pudding is the perfect dessert. This cake is everything we love about the quintessential Southern dessert, reimagined into a simple layer cake fit for a celebration.
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Classic Crème Brûlée
Crème brûlée is really one of the simplest desserts to make. But like French onion soup, it seems to be a dessert that many people don’t realize they can make at home.
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Dark Chocolate Pots de Crème
Looking for the most luxurious chocolate pudding you’ve ever had? This is for you, the most serious of chocolate-lovers. Dive in and you’ll be rewarded with creamy, dark chocolatey richness in every bite.
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Classic Chocolate Ganache
Chocolate ganache, that amazing chocolate concoction we use for everything from truffles to glazes and layer cakes, is a simple enough thing. After all, it’s just cream and chocolate, right? Well, yes and no!
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Creamy Panna Cotta
Let’s talk about how luscious panna cotta is, how perfectly creamy, in a way that belies its utter simplicity. And let me walk you through making panna cotta, step by step.
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Banoffee Pie
Make no mistake — this British classic is a sweet slice, one that will make you fall back in love with toffee flavors and ripe bananas.
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Flourless Chocolate Almond Layer Cake
This cake has magical synergy. With no flour at all, this delicate and tender almond cake is based on the taste of ancient recipes, yet it’s made with modern cake-baking techniques.
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New England Spider Cake
In this quirky recipe, heavy cream is poured over a sweetened cornbread batter, creating a distinct multi-layered cross-section as it bakes and yielding textures ranging from crisp crust to tender crumb to earthy corn custard, all in one bite.
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Millionaire's Shortbread

This euphoric rhapsody of flavor and texture is composed of distinct layers of buttery shortbread, chewy milk caramel, and a thick top hat of chocolate.

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Banana Pudding Cheesecake
This no-bake banana cheesecake employs a pastry chef's secret ingredient in order to achieve a firm, sliceable texture. Get ready to go in for second, third, fourth helpings.
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Peanut Butter Pie
This luscious peanut butter pie is saturated with peanut flavor and you can whip it up in less than 20 minutes.
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