Schmear is a Yiddish word that refers to a spread that goes on a bagel. This one has just 3 ingredients, and it will take your bagel brunch up a notch.

Servings: Makes 9 oz
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Total Time: 5 Minutes


  • 8 oz full-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream or crème fraiche
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the cream cheese, sour cream, and lemon juice, increasing the speed as the ingredients combine, until fluffy, lightened, and spreadable, just 1 to 2 minutes. Alternatively, use a medium mixing bowl and a stiff spoon to combine and then stir and whip vigorously to aerate and lighten the mixture.
  2. Pack the schmear into a ramekin or two, cover, and chill until ready to serve. It will keep for 1 week in the refrigerator.
  3. Chive Cheese Variation: To the schmear, stir in 1⁄2 tsp fresh lemon juice, 1⁄4 cup finely chopped fresh chives, and 1⁄4 tsp freshly ground black pepper. It will keep for about 2 days in the refrigerator before its oniony flavor becomes overwhelming.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (9 servings)
  • Serving size: 1 oz
  • Calories: 91
  • Fat: 30 g
  • Saturated fat: 10 g
  • Carbohydrates: 1 g
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 10 g
  • Sodium: 500 mg
  • Cholesterol: 50 mg