This Stabilized Whipped Cream is a whipped cream made thicker by adding cream cheese and powdered sugar. Use it as a Cool Whip substitute or anywhere you’d use whipped topping.
Do you use Cool Whip?
Or are you on Team “I-would-not-touch-it-with-a-10-foot-pole”?
I confess that I have used Cool Whip for a long time.
And if you’re familiar with a few of my recipes you know which ones have it.
(I’m talking all those Dream Bars recipes!)
I’ve used Cool Whip for years and have never really had an issue with it.
Yet I know some people out there really don’t like to use a whipped topping with as many artificial ingredients.
I won’t go through them all, but you can Google them if you’re curious.
While I’m sure no one here is popping open a tub of Cool Whip expecting it to be a health food, sometimes it’s nice to sub the store bought stuff with something homemade!
I’m certainly not here to bash Cool Whip because it’s something I’ve grown up with and will probably continue using now and then for its convenience.
I mean, I do use it in quite a few of my recipes – Easy No Bake Turtle Dream Bars, Orange Creamsicle Dream Bars, Chocolate Peanut Butter Dream Bars, Irish Cream Dream Bars, Oreo Pudding Dream Bars, Strawberry Cheesecake Dream Bars, and my new favorite, these No Bake Raspberry Cream Dream Bars.
Now that I’ve figured out how to make perfect stabilized whipped cream at home, I’m sure I won’t rely on the store-bought stuff in the tub with the blue lid nearly as much!
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Homemade Whipped Cream
Now that we’ve established that I have NO vendetta against store-bought whipped cream and Cool Whip, I have to say that nothing beats some real homemade whipped cream.
It will always remind me of my grandmother who believed everything was better made from scratch.
Her whipped cream was the stuff dreams are made of.
Fluffy, sweet and creamy, I could eat it with a spoon.
I found this recipe for Whipped Cream with Cream Cheese when I quickly needed some Cool Whip for a dessert I was creating.
Normally I would have just pulled a tub of Cool Whip out of my freezer to thaw.
In this case, I wasn’t going to be able to give up the four hours of thawing time for the frozen whipped topping, make the recipe and have it set in the fridge.
There’s food to photograph and I need natural light, ya know?
The Whipped Cream with Cream Cheese seemed like it could do the job well, so I gave it a try. I’m excited to share a version of it with you here!
Stabilized Whipped Cream with Cream Cheese
What’s the difference between whipped cream and Cool Whip, or stabilized whipped cream (sometimes called “whipped topping”)?
Normal homemade whipped cream won’t hold its “whippedness” for very long.
Store it for longer than a few minutes and you’ll need to re-whip it all over again.
Stabilized whipped cream is thicker and designed to hold its fluffy whipped shape. It adds that signature fluffy creaminess to the Dream Bars and holds up beautifully on top of jello, puddings and slices of cake.
Many of you have been asking if you can use real whipped cream in the Dream Bar recipes.
I didn’t have an answer for you as I hadn’t tried it yet but I didn’t think plain whipped cream would be thick enough for the consistency I was going for in any of the bars.
Some people have used it with some success, but I feel more comfortable suggesting you use this Stabilized Whipped Cream. It can be subbed one for one for Cool Whip in any recipe!
It works well as an ingredient in dream bars, cheesecakes and no-bake pies, and also in classic jello recipes like my Patriotic Jello Dessert.
Easy DIY Cool Whip
So, here we are with a recipe that uses:
- real heavy whipping cream
- cream cheese
- powdered sugar
- pure vanilla extract.
Stabilized Whipped Cream Recipe without Gelatin
I’ve seen lots of homemade cool whip recipes that call for gelatin as the stabilization agent. I’m excited that this is a stabilized whipped cream recipe without gelatin.
That means even fewer ingredients AND it’s suitable for your vegetarian pals.
This recipe includes no mystery ingredients or additives to feel anxious about.
You know what’s in it and it’s made right in your own kitchen.
How to Make This Cool Whip Substitute
For whatever reason, people I talk to always seem to expect homemade whipped cream and Cool Whip to be difficult to make.
This couldn’t be farther from the truth.
All it takes is the right proportion of ingredients and a few easy steps.
Once you get in the habit of whipping up (literally, ha) your own Cool Whip you’ll wonder why you didn’t start doing it sooner.
- First, beat softened cream cheese with confectioner’s sugar and a little real vanilla extract in a stand mixer (or bowl with an electric handheld mixer).
- After beating real heavy whipping cream until soft peaks form, add the cream cheese mixture to the whipped cream.
- Then, you just beat the whole thing one more time until you see soft fluffy peaks. Bam. That’s it!
Sugar Free Whipped Cream
If you’re avoiding added sugars or baking for someone who is, this stabilized cool whip can also be made with artificial sweetener and sugar substitutes as well.
In Cranberry Orange Dream Bars, I used 2 packets of Sweet’N Low®.
I’m sure other artificial sweeteners, including Stevia, would work as well.
Just be sure it’s not a liquid sweetener (like honey or maple syrup).
A liquid will disrupt the consistency of the whipped cream.
This is one of the best homemade whipped cream recipes I’ve tried.
The texture and taste are just right.
AND this recipe makes the amount you’ll need for any of my Dream Bar recipes.
I’ll accept a hug when I see you in person. 😉
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Here’s a short video on how this Stabilized Whipped Cream is made.
Stabilized Whipped Cream
- 4 ounces cream cheese softened for at least an hour at room temperature
- ⅓ cup powdered sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese with the powdered sugar and vanilla until soft and creamy.
- Transfer to a small bowl.
- In the mixing bowl (you don't have to clean it), beat the heavy whipping cream just until soft peaks form. You'll want them to collapse, not stand up.
- Add the cream cheese by distributing it in thirds around the mixing bowl.
- Beat until stiff peaks are formed.
- Store in refrigerator until ready to use.
Give this homemade stabilized whipped cream recipe a try next time you need cool whip and let me know how you like it!