You know when you’re on you way home from a party and you’re doing the party rundown with your significant other. As in, “did you talk to [insert name here]?”

In our car, it’s often, “did you have some of the [insert amazing appetizer recipe name here]?” I’m pretty confident that this little whipped mascarpone cheese dip would be one we’d be talking up. (Ok…my girlfriends and I would because it’s definitely one of the best bites to serve for a gathering of the ladies).

Other easy appetizer recipes like this you’ll ♥️: whipped ricotta toast with figs, most popular spicy cheese dip, and a zippy baked ricotta dip. Or give use my creamy mascarpone and pesto dressing as a dip a try…so good!

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Three ingredient appetizer

Maybe the name of this cheese dip instead should be “three ingredient appetizer”. And likely, you’re only going to have to shop for one of them if you regularly have honey and dried herbs in your pantry.

white bowl of mascarpone cheese with small bowls of honey and kosher salt and fresh thyme sprigs.
Mascarpone cheese is ready to get cozy with honey and thyme.

All you’ll need is:

  • Small tub of mascarpone cheese. Want to know more about mascarpone? I’m a big fan and have several mascarpone recipes from pesto salad dressing to mashed potatoes.
  • Honey. Use your favorite whether it’s from a local apiary or Sue-Bee
  • Fresh or dried thyme. Here I am using fresh thyme, but dried works beautifully too. I love ordering my spices from The Spice House (plus the packaging is simple, practical and chic at the same time).

Fresh to dried herbs conversion

The ratio for dried to fresh herbs is 1:3. For every one part of dried herbs, you’ll add three parts fresh.

-Josie + Nina

How to make whipped mascarpone cheese dip

With only two steps, this simple mascarpone cheese dip is going to be the easiest and savoriest part of your holidays.

The hardest part is going to be who to invite over to share it.

round wooden board with knife removing leaves of thyme from stems with small bowls of kosher salt and honey.
Remove the leaves of fresh thyme using a plastic serrated knife or a special herb removal tool.
knife on round wooden cutting board with chopped thyme and small bowls of salt and honey.
Chop the herbs finely.

Pro tip

Set the mascarpone out for an hour to come to room temperature for the creamiest results.

white bowl of mascarpone cheese being whipped with hand mixer.
If you choose not to soften the mascarpone for an hour before mixing, you can whip it with an hand mixer briefly to soften.
mascarpone cheese dip being mixed by a stainless spatula with fresh thyme leaves, salt and honey.
Stir in thyme, honey and salt. Taste and adjust to your preference.

Keys to big flavor

Fresh thyme. If you’re using fresh thyme, use a lettuce knife with a plastic serrated edge to run the blade down the stem of the thyme to remove the delicate leaves.

Resting. Allow the dip’s flavors to come together for at least 30 minutes. Or refrigerate for a couple of days ahead before serving as the flavors intensify.

Spice it up. If you love things on the spicier side, experiment with adding 1/4 teaspoon of crushed red pepper into the mascarpone honey dip.

Serving ideas

black bowl of honey mascarpone dip being served with crackers and fresh thyme sprigs.
Serving suggestion: basket of crackers and drizzle of honey on top.

Crackers. My favorite are Carr Whole Wheat Crackers which if you haven’t tried are slightly sweet, nutty flavored biscuit of a cracker (and they’re amazing with a very aged cheddar).

Breads. Serve a small pot of creamy mascarpone dip alongside a basket of focaccia breads. My crispy brined focaccia bread or the really special potato focaccia recipe

Made this recipe?

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black bowl of mascarpone cheese dip topped with drizzle of honey, wooden honey dipper and sprig of thyme.
5 from 2 votes

Whipped Mascarpone Cheese Dip with Honey and Thyme

It's creamy. Whipped. And you'll love that it only takes a few minutes to put together. Mascarpone cheese dip with honey and thyme is the perfect nosh for a holiday cocktail party or piled in a bowl on a charcuterie or cheese board. Your crackers are going to love you.
Prep Time:5 minutes
mascarpone resting time:1 hour
Total Time:1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 8 oz



  • Allow the mascarpone to sit at room temperature for 1 hour soften the cream cheese and make it easy to blend.
  • Stir in honey and 1 teaspoon dried thyme and ¾ teaspoon salt. Mix together and taste. Adjust seasoning as needed.
  • Allow to sit for about 30 minutes for the flavor to blend. Can be made 3 days ahead and stored in the refrigerator.
Course: Appetizer, Cheese
Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
Author: Lori Murphy
Did you make this recipe? Tag @josieandnina or tag #josieandnina!
5 from 2 votes (1 rating without comment)

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