Homemade Boursin Cheese is a spreadable herb and garlic-flavored cheese. Served with crackers or crusty bread, it’s a perfect appetizer for any get together!Homemade Boursin Cheese is a spreadable herb and garlic-flavored cheese. Served with crackers or crusty bread, it's a perfect appetizer for any get together!

I’ve been testing recipes recently, to serve guests during the upcoming holidays. I have spent quality time in the kitchen, making various bruschettas and crostinis.

One of the recipes I recently tried was this one, for a spreadable herb and garlic-flavored cheese. It’s called Homemade Boursin Cheese, to be exact!

Homemade Boursin Cheese is so easy to make, and is CRAZY DELICIOUS!

So, What Exactly Is Boursin Cheese?

That’s a GREAT question, and I’m so glad you asked. I researched it and found online (thanks Wikipedia) that besides the fact that it is a completely delicious cheese spread, it was created in Normandy, France in 1957 by Mr. Francois Boursin.

Mr. Boursin apparently got his inspiration from “fromage frais” (“fresh cheese”), in which his countrymen would enjoy fresh creamy cheese that they seasoned themselves – with their choice of fresh or dried herbs and garlic, then spread on bread.

Francois Boursin created a recipe for this delectable creamy cheese, and the recipe became known for being the first flavored FRESH cheese sold throughout France, and it’s popularity has spread throughout the world.

How To Make Homemade Boursin Cheese

The cheese is super simple to replicate, using whipped cream cheese and a variety of herbs and minced garlic.

All the ingredients for boursin cheese are stirred together to blend and then refrigerated (covered) for 24 hours to let the flavors develop. That’s it!

Whipped cream cheese is the base ingredient used for homemade boursin cheese.

Dried herbs are added to cream cheese, then fully mixed together.

Dried herbs are added to whipped cream cheese to make homemade boursin cheese.

Fresh chopped chives and minced garlic are added to the boursin cheese mixture. The cheese is then mixed together, then covered and refrigerated.

It only takes about 5 minutes to make homemade boursin cheese. Read on, to see why it needs to refrigerate overnight.

Fresh chopped chives are added to homemade boursin cheese in bowl.

Boursin Cheese Must Be Refrigerated Overnight To Fully Develop Flavor

After the boursin cheese has been covered and refrigerated for 24 hours, it is ready to serve at any gathering of family and/or friends.

The reason it is refrigerated overnight is because this lets let the flavors fully come together to season the cheese. Yes… you will need to make the boursin cheese up a day before you want to serve it. Plan ahead!

When we tasted the finished product, we were amazed at how much flavor was in the cheese!

Homemade Boursin Cheese in small bowl, before refrigerating overnight.

Serve the finished boursin cheese with an assortment of crackers or small baguette slices.
Homemade Boursin Cheese is served with a variety of crackers.

This recipe is EASILY doubled or tripled to serve a small or large crowd, and it tastes amazing! Sure hope you will give this recipe a try!

Homemade Boursin Cheese is spread on crisp cracker, to serve.

I am definitely going to be making homemade boursin cheese again! I’m so glad I found this recipe, because it is such an EASY, PERFECT appetizer, and I recommend it heartily!

Sure hope you will consider making this homemade boursin cheese! The prep time is less than 5 minutes, and 24 hours later, you will have an amazing appetizer spread to serve with your choice of crackers or bread! YUM!

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Homemade Boursin Cheese
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
5 mins
Homemade Boursin Cheese is a spreadable herb and garlic-flavored cheese. Served with crackers or crusty bread, it's a perfect appetizer for any get together!
Category: Appetizer
Cuisine: French
Keyword: boursin cheese
Servings: 24 Tablespoons (1½ cups total)
Calories Per Serving: 51 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
  • 12 ounces whipped cream cheese
  • 1 clove garlic , large clove-finely minced
2 "scant" teaspoons of each: NOT heaping!
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried tarragon
  • 2 teaspoons dried marjoram
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons dried sage
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried chives (Note: I used fresh minced chives from our garden!)
  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Mix well (by hand) to fully incorporate all ingredients, and mixture is creamy.
  2. Cover bowl or place into an airtight covered container, and refrigerate cheese mixture for 24 hours to let flavors fully develop (for absolute best flavor).
  3. To serve, place bowl of Boursin cheese alongside a variety of gourmet crackers or French baguette slices. Spread cheese onto the crackers or bread with a small butter knife, and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Prep time is just that... prep time to prepare the cheese. Does not take into account time for refrigeration.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Boursin Cheese
Amount Per Serving (1 Tablespoon)
Calories 51 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 46mg2%
Potassium 41mg1%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 485IU10%
Vitamin C 2.9mg4%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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4 Comments on Homemade Boursin Cheese

  1. Recipe was much improved by a T (or more to taste) of fresh lemon juice, salt and fresh pepper to taste and fresh herbs in larger wuantities of course.

  2. Made this, and love it, for the most part. Next time, and, will definitely make it again, i’ll cut way back on the sage…the flavor was too overpowering for me. Otherwise, an awesome recipe!

    • Glad you tried the recipe Kerry! We loved it, too! Hopefully if you cut back just a bit on the sage, it will be perfect for YOUR taste palette (I like it just the way it is…)! Don’t ya just love when it’s easy to slightly tweak a recipe to make it just right for us? The original Europeans that made this kind of fresh cheese added the variety of and amount of spices they enjoyed in it, as well. Thanks for taking time to write. Have a great So.CA day!

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