70 Recipes to Use Up That Extra Heavy Cream in Your Fridge

updated Dec 8, 2023
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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 70 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.

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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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Accordion Biscuits
These biscuits, from Vallery Lomas' new cookbook Life Is What You Bake It, are stunningly tall and flaky.
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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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My Mom’s Cheese Grits
Serve these super-rich cheese grits for any meal you fancy. They're a must-have alongside ham and spinach casserole for any holiday brunch or as part of a vegetarian dinner.
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Challah French Toast
Challah French toast made with a rich, vanilla-scented custard.
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Creamed Spinach Scrambled Eggs
This recipe is one surefire way to up your breakfast game.
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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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Hammy Breakfast Hotdish
Molly Yeh's hammy breakfast hotdish is cheesy, creamy, and topped with tater tots.
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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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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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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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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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Cinnamon-Sugar Nutella Stuffed French Toast
You haven't had French toast until you've stuffed it with chocolate-hazelnut spread and rolled it in cinnamon sugar.
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How to Make the Best Blueberry Scones
These are buttery, flaky scones, chock full of juicy blueberries with a crunchy lemon-sugar top.
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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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Overnight Merguez and Mushroom Strata
At its most basic, strata is stale bread, egg custard, and cheese. After that, it’s pretty much a choose-your-own adventure. This version has a harissa-spiced custard, merguez sausage, and mushrooms.
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Mini Quiche
Bite-sized quiches filled with melty cheese and chopped sweet bell peppers.
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Side Dish Recipes with Heavy Cream

Use up your extra heavy cream to make classic side dishes like macaroni and cheese, creamed spinach, and potato gratin.

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Southern Baked Mac and Cheese
An authentic Southern-style, cast-iron skillet mac and cheese recipe that delivers that perfect cheesy, crispy crust that you can't get enough of.
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Creamed Spinach
Tender baby spinach, mixed in a flavorful cream sauce, makes one of the best and easiest side dishes for holiday dinners.
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Cacio e Pepe Potato Gratin
Thinly sliced potatoes get tossed with a flavorful cream sauce, layered with plenty of Pecorino Romano, and baked until browned and bubbly.
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Creamed Corn
Sweet corn kernels simmered in butter and cream is better than anything from a can.
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Garlic Confit Mashed Potatoes
Garlic confit improves just about everything, including these buttery mashed potatoes.
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Creamy Parmesan Zucchini
A simple zucchini casserole with a creamy Parmesan cheese sauce.
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Cheesy Skillet Domino Potatoes
Thin slices of potatoes are doused in a cheese-bolstered cream mixture and baked in a skillet until it becomes a crispy and tender gratin-like dish that everyone will love.
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Cabbage Wedge Gratin with Blue Cheese and Bacon
Cabbage wedges baked in heavy cream until tender are topped with bacon bits, blue cheese, and walnuts.
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Creamy Braised Brussels Sprouts
Using heavy cream as the braising liquid brings out Brussels sprouts' inherent sweetness, and the cream itself reduces into a thick, ivory-colored glaze that coats the sprouts.
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Dauphinoise Potatoes
A classic French side dish made with slices potatoes, heavy cream, and Gruyère cheese.
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Dinner Recipes with Heavy Cream

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

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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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Pasta alla Norcina
This hearty Italian pasta hails from the town of Norcia located in Umbria, and is loaded with homemade sausage and mushrooms in a creamy white wine sauce.
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Zuppa Toscana
This zuppa toscana recipe outdoes the popular Olive Garden menu item.
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Marry Me Chicken Meatballs
Juicy chicken meatballs baked in a velvety sun-dried tomato and Parmesan cream sauce.
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Cajun Shrimp Pasta
Take your dinners up a notch with a minimalist creamy penne pasta with rich Cajun flavor and juicy morsels of andouille sausage and plump shrimp.
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Steak au Poivre
The lean, mild-flavored filet mignon might appear to be center stage, but make no mistake: this dish is all about the peppercorns and Cognac cream pan sauce.
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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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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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Tuscan Chicken Pasta
Bursting with flavor, this oh-so-creamy pasta dish is an easy weeknight meal.
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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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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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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 Calabrian Chili Pasta
A big spoonful of Calabrian chili paste gives quick and creamy pantry pasta a spicy kick.
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Creamy Spinach Chicken
This extra cozy one-pan chicken has major creamed spinach vibes.
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Creamy Mushroom Tortellini
A generous splash of half-and-half (or heavy cream if you’re feeling extra luxurious) lends just the right amount of richness to this skillet tortellini.
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Gochujang Chicken Alfredo
Gochujang, Korean red pepper paste, give the classic pasta dinner a special twist.
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Chicken Pesto Pasta
If you love a good pesto pasta and have a soft spot for creamy sauces, you are going to love pesto chicken pasta.
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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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Pasta al Limone
This vibrant and creamy pasta is bursting with fresh lemon flavor.
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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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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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Creamy Rigatoni with Crispy Chickpeas, Spinach, and Lemony Panko
A combination of heavy cream and chicken broth creates a delicious foundation for spicy chili crisp, resulting in a layered, savory sauce — without being overly spicy.
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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.

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No-Bake Banana Pudding Pie
With a buttery Nilla wafer crust, a whipped mousse-like filling, pecan caramel, and fluffy whipped cream, this sky-high pie is a major upgrade to classic banana pudding.
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Buckeye Cheesecake Bars
Bake up a batch of these triple-layer bars with an Oreo cookie crust, layer of peanut butter cheesecake, and a chocolate ganache topping.
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Chocolate Éclair Cake
This showstopper of a no-bake cake is as easy to assemble as it will be to devour.
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Mississippi Mud Pie
Chocolate lovers, listen up! You’ll want to dive deep into the layers of Oreo cookie crust, chocolate pudding, chewy fudge brownie, and whipped cream.
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Strawberry Delight
Strawberry Delight is a charmingly pink no-bake dessert packed with six layers (yes, six) of creamy, dreamy berry goodness.
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Key Lime Pie Bars
They're everything you love about the classic pie in bar form.
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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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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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Ube Tiramisu
Steal the show with this vibrant tiramisu, which gets its incredible texture and color from ube, or purple yams.
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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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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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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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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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Chocolate Delight
Packed with four dreamy layers of chocolate pudding, creamy cheese, fluffy whipped cream, and shaved chocolate, this no-bake dessert is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
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Caramel Apple Éclair Cake
This no-bake caramel apple dessert is packed with sliced apples, whipped cream, and sweet caramel.
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Icebox Cake
Turn whipped cream and Oreos into the ultimate no-bake summer dessert.
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Limoncello Bars
Spiked with limoncello liqueur, this twist on classic lemon bars is packed with bright, citrusy flavor.
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No-Bake Oreo Cheesecake
This cookies-and-cream no-bake cheesecake with an Oreo crumb crust practically makes itself.
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Triple Chocolate Cheesecake
This decadent chocolate cheesecake is a showstopper and surprisingly straightforward.
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Frozen Mud Pie
With its Oreo crust, ice cream, crushed toffee, and whipped cream, frozen mud pie will instantly win you over.
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