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Holiday “Crack” Cream Cheese Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

The holiday season is here, insert Holiday Crack Cream Cheese Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes. It’s time to indulge in yummy holiday foods! This year, as with holidays past, I was asked to contribute my “crack” mashed potatoes to the Thanksgiving festivities. My good friend nicknamed this recipe “crack potatoes” several years ago. 

holiday crack mashed potatoes

I have always hosted an annual, women-only fantasy football draft party. The first year I made these potatoes all of my friends raved and the nickname was formed. I was told there would be 20 people in attendance for Thanksgiving. My first thought was about the arm workout I would get in mashing all of those potatoes by hand. It may be time to add a rotating potato masher to my Amazon Wishlist!  My mashed potatoes are always a hit, so I was excited to contribute.

holiday crack mashed potatoes

 This is a little over a full package of potatoes. I used red potatoes because I cooked this dish for a big family (20 people). Red potatoes are easy to peel and boil faster than regular. They are also my favorite!

holiday crack mashed potatoes

I ended up using about 2 packages of cream cheese because of the number of potatoes used. It’s best to use your judgment here. These ingredients are key and contribute to the savory flavor. 

holiday crack mashed potatoes

You don’t need much Parmesan cheese for this recipe. The focus is on the garlic and the overall creamy texture. The cheese is a slight compliment.

holiday crack mashed potatoes

Be sure to heat the cream cheese in the microwave for 20-25 seconds to soften it. It definitely helps with mixing and blending the mixture. You can also leave the cream cheese out at room temperature while you are prepping the dish. Add the whipping cream during the step. The added liquid makes the mixture easier to blend.

holiday crack mashed potatoes

I add the small slices of butter to the top prior to baking so the potatoes have a slight crust.

holiday crack mashed potatoes

holiday crack mashed potatoes


holiday garlic parmesan crack mashed potatoes

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Holiday Crack Cream Cheese Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

Holiday Crack Cream Cheese Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes perfect for the Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, parties, and events.
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Course dinner, side dishes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 15
Calories 455kcal


  • 12 red potatoes peeled
  • 12 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 - 3/4 stick butter
  • 8 fresh garlic cloves minced
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups Parmesan cheese shredded
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley chopped
  • paprika salt, and pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Cook the potatoes in boiling water until tender.
  • Spray a skillet with cooking spray. Heat the skillet on medium heat.
  • Add the garlic and cook until fragrant.
  • Add the potatoes to a large bowl and mash with a potato masher.
  • Place the cream cheese in the microwave for 25-30 seconds to soften.
  • Add the cream cheese, whipping cream, milk, garlic, and the Parmesan cheese to the bowl. Stir to combine the ingredients.
  • Season with salt, pepper, and paprika to taste.
  • Add the mixture to a baking dish.
  • Cut the butter into small individual slices.
  • Add the butter slices to the top of the mixture.
  • Sprinkle the parsley on top.
  • Bake until the top begins to brown (about 35-40 minutes)
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Calories: 455kcal
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Wednesday 13th of April 2022

Thanks to this recipe, I now cannot eat mashed potatoes any other way without being incredibly disappointed. If they aren't this recipe, I don't want them.


Monday 2nd of May 2022

I love that.

Marisa Mckeown

Thursday 25th of November 2021

Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for yet another delicious creation!! I was given the task of mashed potatoes this year. I never make mashed potatoes. So I came here for the win. Everyone loved them!!! And now they want me to make them for Christmas dinner. Winning!!


Friday 26th of November 2021

I'm glad you enjoyed them!

Cassandra H

Saturday 2nd of January 2021

I normally don't like mashed potatoes and don't even bother with them. I made these for Thanksgiving because my brother asked me to bring some and now my whole family is hooked. They're so flavorful and they're in regular rotation as a side now.


Sunday 3rd of January 2021

Wonderful! I'm so glad you enjoyed them.

Angela Crawford

Thursday 26th of November 2020

Loved this recipe! I love garlic and I tend to go overboard. This recipe was the perfect balance. The consistency of the potatoes was so creamy and smooth. They were delicious piping hot but when I doubled back for seconds they were even better! Also the presentation once cooked is beautiful! These are a must.


Friday 27th of November 2020

haha. I do that sometimes, too. I'm glad you enjoyed them.

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Saturday 9th of December 2017

Cream cheese garlic parmesan is looking delightful. You are doing a good job.