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Liptauer – Austrian paprika cheese spread recipe

Well-seasoned cream cheese spread, perfect with sourdough toast or as a dip.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine austrian
Keyword liptauer, liptauer recipe, paprika cheese spread, paprika dip
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 1170kcal
Author Aleksandra



  • 8 oz cream cheese 1 package, 225-250g, or soft sheep’ cheese
  • 1 heaped tablespoon soft butter 30g / 1 oz
  • 1 heaped teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons paprika powder
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds need to be grounded*
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • 1/2 red bell pepper finely chopped
  • 5 cornichons/gherkins
  • 1 teaspoon capers rinsed


  • Whisk the butter with the cream cheese until combined and fluffy (best would be to use a mixer to whisk the butter and cheese).
  • Mix with the remaining ingredients for Liptauer: mustard, tomato paste, paprika powder, caraway seeds (ground them in pestle and mortar or food processor or coffee grinder), garlic powder. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Garnish: finely chop the bell pepper, cornichons, and capers, mix together, spoon over the Liptauer.
  • Enjoy!



  • You can make the basic version of Liptauer (more traditional) or garnish it with bell pepper-cornichons-capers mixture – it‘s so much better! You can also mix the garnish with the cheese dip but I prefer when it‘s on top – tastes somehow better and looks better (we eat with our eyes!).
  • You can spread the cheese over a slice of bread or sourdough toast or scoop with crackers or tortilla chips.
  • You can make this ahead: It tastes the same on the next day. Liptauer can be frozen, but mix the garnish with the cheese dip before freezing.
  • You can omit the butter, but it tastes better with butter (obviously!).
  • Cream cheese can be replaced with soft sheep cheese if you have access to it, traditional recipes call for that kind of cheese. Be careful with adding salt, as this cheese is already salty.


Calories: 1170kcal