Old English Cream Cheese Dip Recipe

This classic Old English cream cheese dip recipe is quick, easy, & addicting! Dip pretzels, crackers, or veggie sticks for the best holiday appetizer.

cream cheese dip in bowl with crackers and knives

The first time I tried this dip, I thought it was the most amazing thing I ever tasted! It’s an easy appetizer that’s been around for years and years, and I have no idea who actually wrote the recipe. There are a few different versions, but the three basic ingredients are always the same, no matter which version you happen to find. There is a problem though…one of these three ingredients has become almost impossible to find.  

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The original recipe calls for Kraft Old English cheese spread, Kraft Roka Blue cheese spread, cream cheese, and a couple of other flavoring ingredients. Here’s the problem: the Roka Blue is not available year-round. In fact, Kraft stopped making it entirely for several years. Due to so many requests, they began to make it again on a very limited basis. Depending on your location, it can sometimes be found around the holidays…but it’s very hit or miss.

There are a two good options for Roka Blue substitutions.

  • Crumbled blue cheese: I haven’t personally tried this, but when I was doing my research, I found a few recipes that used 4 oz. of crumbled blue cheese. 
  • Chunky blue cheese salad dressing: this is the option I chose…and it worked beautifully. 

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Old English Cream Cheese Dip Tips

  • The Kraft cheese spreads come in little 5 oz. jars that are found in the pasta aisle of your grocery store, or sometimes they are with the boxes of Velveeta cheese.
  • The cheese spread jars have an incredibly long shelf life, and they also freeze very well. So if you find the Roka Blue, buy a couple extra and put them in the freezer.
  • This Old English cream cheese dip can be mixed by hand, but using a mixer makes the job easier, and the dip smoother.
  • Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. 
  • This cream cheese dip recipe can easily be doubled if you want to make a larger amount. A single recipe makes about 2 cups of dip. 
cream cheese dip in bowl with crackers and knives

Old English Cream Cheese Dip Recipe

This Old English cream cheese dip recipe is quick, easy, & addicting! Dip pretzels, crackers, or veggie sticks for the best holiday appetizer.
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4.50 from 24 votes
Servings: 2 cups
Prep Time 10 minutes
Refrigeration time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. package cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 jar Kraft Old English Cheese Spread (5 oz.)
  • 1 tablespoon chunky blue cheese salad dressing (or 1/2 jar Kraft Roka Blue Cheese Spread)
  • 1 teaspoon worcesterschire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • crackers, pretzels, or veggie sticks for serving

Instructions

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, or large mixing bowl, add the cream cheese, Kraft spread, and blue cheese dressing.
  • Mix on medium high speed until well blended, scraping sides of bowl to make sure all is incorporated. (About 1 minute.)
  • Add worcestershire sauce and onion. Mix well again.
  • Put into serving dish. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours. Overnight is best.
  • Serve with crackers, pretzels, or veggie sticks.

Notes

Recipe can easily be doubled. 
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I would go so far as to say that this cream cheese dip is so good that it’s addicting! It’s delicious served with buttery crackers, but is equally as good with pretzels. Another dipping idea is carrot & celery sticks. For a more savory taste, try herb flavored crackers. I shared some with my dad, and he used it as chip dip…and said it was awesome! It’s an easy and versatile appetizer idea for two people, or ten. 

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17 Comments

  1. Dear Ann,
    I love your fern and flowers wreath! It is gorgeous! Thank you for all of your great DIY ideas and sharing them!

  2. I cannot wait to try this dip, Ann. For the first time in many years, Christmas will be just my husband and myself, so this will be a festive addition to the holiday. I’ve adjusted my thinking to remember what it was like before children and we will celebrate Christmas like we were newlyweds. Ha, ha! I’m sure it will be in flannel and not the p j’s of 50+ years ago though. Thanks for this recipe! Have a wonderful Christmas with whomever you are able to celebrate with.

  3. 5 stars
    Ann, my mom
    Made this dip
    Every year for Christmas get togethers with family! So delicious. She would add a package of finely chopped Budding chipped beef to it which adds even more flavor. ( found hanging near lunchmeat/bologna).

  4. I made this for Thanksgiving using bleu cheese dressing. It was delicious and everyone loved it 😁

  5. Ann, I make a similar dip with cream cheese and Old English cheese. But the only other ingredient is dry Italian dressing mix. About a tablespoon works. Maybe you could try my version and I’ll try yours!!

  6. This sounds wonderful! You mention in the notes the 5 oz. jar of Kraft old English cheese spread but in the recipe you say 15 oz. of the cheese. Is that correct and you need 3 jars for this recipe? Thanks so much.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      No! I’m so sorry. It is “1” 5 oz. jar…and it looked like 15. I can see how that was confusing. I changed the order of the words so it’s more clear. Thank you so much for letting me know!

  7. Betty Vasel says:

    5 stars
    Ann, I make this all the time using only 2 ingredients: Philly Cream Cheese and Old English Cheese Spread. I add 1 tsp. Worchestershire Sauce and a shake or two of garlic powder. Yummo!!

  8. Jennifer Treutelaar Nelson says:

    I actually make this every year from a “family” recipe. It calls for Roquefort cheese which you can find in most grocery stores. Delicious!

  9. Ann, you are so correct. I had made this recipe for years. You posting this made wonderful memories for me. I am sitting here smiling as I comment. But like you , I couldn’t find Roka Blue Cheese spread. Thank you so much for the tip of chunky blue cheese salad dressing. My husband and I will enjoy this dip for the holidays as we are celebrating by ourselves. But I bet we remember the wonderful family times we have had eating this great dip. Happy Thanksgiving.

    1. 5 stars
      Completely agree with you Lu Ann, and Ann thanks so much for the substitute suggestions, can’t wait to whip up some of this spread!

    2. Sandra Marshall says:

      I always enjoy everything about your blog. Your decorations, recipes and great tips on fashion are amazing. Have a glorious holiday 🎄

  10. Nan, Odessa, DE says:

    Is the Roka with the old English cheese?
    Sounds good!

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Yes…if your grocery store has it. There are (I think) three versions. Old English, Pimento, and Roka Blue.

  11. 5 stars
    For years we have had to make our own version of the Kraft olive cheese spread. Those little jars were holiday staples! This sounds delicious.

  12. Love the simplicity, but not a fan of blue cheese. Could I substitute something else or just leave that out?

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Just totally leave it out. You could add a little garlic powder for some extra taste, but that’s not really necessary. Enjoy!