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Cream Cheese Wontons

These cream cheese wontons are a time and money-saving homemade version of your favorite Panda Express takeout item! They’re the perfect appetizer for parties and family movie nights served with a side of sweet and sour sauce!

wontons on plate with sweet and sour sauce
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Panda Express Cream Cheese Rangoon

If you’re a frequent flyer on the Panda Express you probably know cream cheese wontons as cream cheese Rangoon. If you’re not familiar, allow me to introduce you to these golden bite-size appetizers that you’ve been missing out on!

They’re made from wonton wrappers filled with a delicious cream cheese mixture that gets folded then fried to a golden crisp. Serving them with a dipping sauce like sweet and sour sauce or teriyaki sauce just takes it up a notch.

wontons on paper towels

How to Make Cheese Wonton

  1. Combine filling ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Place a spoonful of the mixture into the center of each wonton wrapper.
  3. Brush the edges of the wrapper with an egg wash.
  4. Fold by pinching the two corners together first to meet in the middle. Then pinch the other two corners so that all four corners meet in the middle (like a satchel).
  5. Fry in the preheated oil until golden brown.
  6. Allow cooling slightly before enjoying them.

Leftover Wonton Wrappers?

Use any leftover wonton wrappers to make these crispy wonton strips to add to your soups and salads for a little extra crunch!

Cooking Tips

  • Use an oil with a high smoke point like vegetable, peanut, avocado, or canola oil.
  • If you notice your rangoons are browning too quickly, remove them from the oil.
  • Fry the wontons you assembled first. Wonton wrappers can dry out quite quickly.
  • Placing a damp paper towel on top of the wonton wrappers can help keep them from drying out as you work.
  • Allow them to cool slightly before serving. The filling will be hot!
  • Serve with sweet and sour sauce, teriyaki sauce, or Thai sweet chili sauce for dipping.

Variations

  • Another popular version of these little gems is crab rangoons. Add 4 oz of imitation or real crab meat to the cream cheese filling.
  • Add a splash of sriracha or another type of hot sauce for a kick.
  • Use Worcestershire sauce for a little extra flavor.
  • Switch up the seasoning a bit and use onion powder along with or instead of garlic powder.
wontons on plate with sweet and sour sauce

Ways to Serve Them

When we order Chinese takeout, Panda Express is one of our go-to places, so recreating our favorite menu items like kung pao chicken and Instant pot orange chicken, as well as loads of other Asian cuisine recipes at home is so much fun!

Serve as part of a platter of starters alongside Asian stuffed mushrooms and teriyaki meatballs. It’s a safe bet that everyone will love them!

Storing

To store: Keep covered in an airtight container and place a paper towel on top of the wontons to help absorb the moisture. Keep stored in the fridge for up to 2 days.

To reheat: Use the air fryer or the oven at 300 degrees until heated through.

wontons dipped in sweet and sour sauce

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Cream Cheese Wontons

5 from 3 votes
These cream cheese wontons are a time and money-saving homemade version of your favorite Panda Express takeout item! They're the perfect appetizer for parties and family movie nights served with a side of sweet and sour sauce!
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Servings: 24

Ingredients 

  • 8 ounces cream cheese , softened
  • 2 Tablespoons green onions , minced (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 24 wonton wrappers
  • 1 large egg , beaten
  • vegetable oil , for frying

Instructions

  • Preheat about 1-2 inches of oil in a heavy bottom pot over medium heat to 350°F. Mix together the cream cheese, green onions and garlic powder in a small bowl.
    cream cheese and green onions on bowl
  • Place 1 Tablespoon in the center of the wonton. Then brush the eggs around the sides.
    cream cheese on top of wonton wrapper
  • Bring two corners into the center and pinch together. Then pinch in the other two sides and sides together. Repeat with all wontons.
    pinching wonton wrappers together
  • Place the wontons you made first (they'll be a little dryer) into the oil. Cook until golden brown. Turn down the heat if browning too fast. Then remove from oil.
    removing wonton from oil with spoon
  • Place the wontons on a plate lined with paper towel and allow to cool slightly.
    wontons on paper towels

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Notes

Storage: Store in a covered container with a paper towel up to 2 days. Reheat in an air fryer or the oven at 300°F for 3-5 minutes or until warm. 
Variation: A popular variation is to add crab. Chop 4 ounces of crab and mix in with the cream cheese. Follow recipe as instructed.

Calories: 57kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 76mg | Potassium: 23mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 143IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Asian
Author: Jamielyn Nye

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