Cream Cheese Wontons – Crispy wontons filled with a warm and velvety, cream cheese center, dipped in hot sweet and sour sauce, are the perfect crowd-pleasing appetizer for your next party or Chinese take-out craving.
Cream Cheese Wontons or ragoons, are one of my top 5 comfort foods because anytime I’ve ever been eating them, it didn’t matter what had been wrong with the day, what mattered was the pure joy I felt in that first bite. Some people need wine for that, I need comfort food! They also bring me back to positive memories like going to dinner with my grandparents who LOVE Chinese food and getting these. I also remember when my husband and I first started dating, he introduced me to a restaurant down the street that had some of the best Cream Cheese Wontons I had ever had the pleasure of eating. The bottom line is, only good things surround these delicious morsels.
So I know that I have been on a serious “Asian Take-out” kick with the recipes I’ve been creating and sharing lately (see: Sweet and Sour Chicken or Better Than Take-Out Fried Rice). I swear that I can make other food genres but the take-out deprivation just builds up sometimes and next thing I know, I’m creating 100 different Chinese Take-Out recipes to fill the void. I promise that I will mix it up from here on out!
Anyways, back to these wontons! I cannot even begin to tell you how much I LOVE Cream Cheese Wontons (or ragoons)! Aside from the emotional attachment that I have to this most perfect and simple appetizer, they have so much to offer. Their crispiness, their creamy, delicious center and, let’s not forget, they give us another thing to smother in sweet and sour sauce! What’s not to love about this amazing appetizer?!?!
One day last week, I was having a serious craving for Cream Cheese Wontons and needing a new appetizer to throw into the mix so, I thought, how hard can it be? The answer: not hard at all! It only takes 6 ingredients and about 10 minutes of your time before you, yourself, can have a plate of these crispy, oozing-with-deliciousness morsels of goodness to share (or not!).
If you are in need of sweet and sour sauce, you can use your favorite store-bought or you can check out the incredibly simple recipe I created which can be found in my Sweet and Sour Chicken post. It only takes a handful of ingredients that you probably already have on hand and a few minutes to concoct! So let’s get right to it!
Cream Cheese Wontons
- 8-10 Wonton Wrappers
- 1 8 oz Package of Cream Cheese Softened
- 1 tsp Green Onion Minced
- 1 ½ tsp Powdered Sugar
- 1/8 tsp Garlic Powder
In a small bowl, combine cream cheese, green onion, powdered sugar and garlic powder until well-mixed.
Create an “assembly line” by laying out the wonton wrappers and spooning about 1 Tablespoon (or whatever fits best) of the cream cheese filling into the middle of each wrapper.
Dip a finger into a dish of water and lightly dampen the edges (less water is better here) of the wonton wrapper and then carefully fold the wrapper using the style that you prefer.
In a fryer or small pot of hot oil*, carefully place your wontons or one wonton at a time into the hot oil until golden brown or for about 5-10 seconds depending on your oil temperature. Place your wontons on a paper towel-lined plate to soak up excess oil (see notes)
Serve with warm sweet and sour sauce and Enjoy!
Using too much water will make them not stick well. One trick that I use is to wet only one side of the wonton so that it This usually ensures that the two sides will stick together.
There are multiple ways to wrap wonton wrappers and several helpful videos out there to help demonstrate.
You can use a fryer but I use a small 1 Qt. pot filled with enough oil (about 1 1/2 C.) to just cover the wonton and cook one wonton at a time. They cook fast enough that I have found that this is the way to go to avoid burning them. If using the pot method, I use a long metal slotted spoon or tongs to remove them.
Be incredibly careful when working with hot oil and please don't leave it unattended.
Now that I’ve shared mine, what is your favorite comfort food or food that brings back memories? I’d love to hear from you so feel free to leave a comment if you’ve tried it or just that your mouth is watering! Also, check out the Recipe Box section for more delicious and simple Asian take-out inspiration like my crowd-pleasing Asian Pork Dumplings or Grilled Asian Steak Salad! To be the first to know about more recipes, DIY projects or ideas for a simple life and home, sign up for the Real Housewife of Montana Newsletter and be sure to follow me on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter or Bloglovin for the most recent updates from Montana!