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Panda Express Cream Cheese Wontons

Panda Express Cream Cheese wontons are a tasty appetizer available at Panda Express. I like how they don’t pretend these are Crab Rangoon. These are the creamy and crunchy wontons you would often find at your favorite Chinese food buffet. With just a couple of ingredients you can be making a whole batch of similar cream cheese wontons in no time.

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These cream cheese wontons are tasty and very simple to make. You need some cream cheese, sliced green onions, wonton wrappers, your favorite sweet and sour sauce, and some cooking oil or shortening. I made mine with shortening because I personally think you get a crispier fry when you use shortening. If you have plain vegetable oil, corn oil, or sunflower oil, all of these will work well. I have never tried deep frying in olive oil, and since it is so expensive, it is unlikely that I will try to do that anytime soon.

sweet and sour sauce
Restaurant inspired Sweet and Sour Sauce

I love these little puffs. I just love biting into the savory filling, and dipping this into a sweet and sour sauce. Whenever I go to the Panda Express for me, this is a must have menu item. Enjoy making Panda Express Cream Cheese Wontons today. You don’t to stop here, you could also fill these with left over taco meat for taco wontons, a little bit of spaghetti sauce and mozzarella cheese, the possibilities really are endless. These are simple to make and inexpensive, and we will save the crab puffs for another time.

Panda Express Cream Cheese Wontons

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  • Recipe Type: Side Dish
  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Serves: 4
Panda Express Cream Cheese Wontons

You can enjoy biting into a creamy and crunchy wonton made from your own kitchen. Enjoy Panda Express Cream Cheese Wontons at home.


  • Vegetable shortening or oil, for frying
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons thinly sliced scallions (green onions)
  • Garlic powder (optional)
  • Wonton wrappers


Heat enough vegetable shortening or oil to fill 2 to 3 inches in a medium pot to 350 degrees F. If you have an electric fryer, you can use that.

Beat together the cream cheese and scallions. If desired a touch of garlic powder may be added for additional flavor. Spoon about 1 teaspoon of cream cheese mixture onto a wonton wrapper. Fold the wonton by brushing a little water over all of the edges of the wonton skin. Fold the wonton diagonally into a triangle. Be sure to seal all of the edges completely; this will keep the filling from running out of the wonton when being cooked. Take the two opposite corners and press and twist them together. You may need to tack them together by brushing with a little water.

When the shortening is heated, you can use a thermometer and test to see that it is 350 degrees F, or you may test with a small piece of wonton wrapper. If the wrapper bubbles immediately when dropped into the hot fat, it is ready. Drop only 4 or 5 pieces at a time into the hot fat. After about 1 minute, the wonton will begin to brown, then it will brown rapidly, so be careful to remove it when it is lightly browned. If your oil is shallow, you may need to flip over the wonton. Carefully remove the wontons and drain briefly on paper towels before serving.

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  • D’sMom

    Yum!Have you ever tried them with chopped toasted pecans added?They are SO GOOD!What you do is,to the softened cream cheese,add the chopped pecans,green onions,& a few dashes of garlic powder.Roll up & deep fry(Dried cranberries are good mixed in to this to.)
    On another note,coarsely chopped up shrimp,which has been seasoned,& cooked are also good added to a cream cheese mixture.
    &we love to dip these in plum sauce or sweet & sour sauce.

  • Dani Stewart

    I made these tonight for dinner and they were a hit. Thank you

  • Amy

    They are amazing with Nutella and then sprinkled with a little powerderd sugar. We have made these them this way for special occasions ( all laundry done) and holiday gatherings and they are always a big hit. Just make sure they are sealed well and not to much Nutella or it will leak out.

    • stephaniemanley

      Oh I am sure these are amazing. I want to give your suggestion a try.

  • ashley :)

    Is there a way for me to home make the wanton wrappers???

    • stephaniemanley

      Ashley, I am sure there there is a way to do this. I will see what I can dig up sometime.

  • Momogian

    Why do you waste the tops of the green onions?
    And Panda express is called Panda express because of the Panda being one of the animals that China is famous for.

    • stephaniemanley

      I usually put the green onion tops in something else. Thank you for checking out my recipe.

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  • JD Cooks

    I have an old recipe that also adds a dash of curry powder to each one, or you could stir some into the mix.

    • stephaniemanley

      I bet the wontons would be tasty with a dash of curry. I love what a little curry can do for a recipe.

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  • Miki

    I love crab rangoon. I am going to try this adding some minced crab meat to it. I think it will be so delicious.

    • Stephanie

      I love crab rangoon too! Great idea adding some crab to this recipe.

    • stephaniemanley

      These would be delicious with a bit of minced crab.

  • Sophia Gilleo

    going to try this recipe. our panda express folds them differently, but the filling looks to be the same

    • stephaniemanley

      My folding skills aren’t the best :(.

  • Elaine

    Would like to make these ahead of time for a large baby shower. Can they be frozen after cooking and then just be defrosted for the shower? Also, what kind of dipping sauce would you use?

    • stephaniemanley

      I am sorry I missed this, I think you could do it. I would use some bottled sweet and sour sauce.

  • Brenda

    I have made these for years with jack cheese and canned chili peppers. When done we dip in sour cream and taco sauce.

    • stephaniemanley

      Brenda, I love your idea on what to do with these. I love a little bit of spice.

  • JD cooks

    A bit of curry powder gives a nice flavor variation.

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  • Tjgrothe

    I fry them in Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, I have found that it has a mild but pleasant flavor and scent making it a wonderful ingredient to add to your meals. I have found that coconut oil is the only healthy oil that retains it’s nutritional qualities and benefits at very high temperatures making it the best oil to cook with.

  • sajid Ayaan

    Fold wonton by brushing a little water over all of the edges of the wonton skin. Fold wonton diagonally unto a triangle.and this is courge to eating food.

  • NorthMussel

    Ew Taco Wontons, lol. Cream cheese wontons are the bomb! Knew this lady from Vietnam who made them.

  • Tinabutler

    These are my favorite as well. I can’t wait to try the copy kat version.

  • Tinabutler

    These are my favorite as well. I can’t wait to try the copy kat version.

  • Stephanie Manley

    I’ll keep that one in mind.

  • Joycekuk52

    i whish the picture would print out with the recipe thanks joyce

    • Marciaspe

      Hi Joyce if you right click over the picture a window will open and it will say”save image as” then you can put it on your desk top. I do this all the time

    • Marciaspe

      Hi Joyce if you right click over the picture a window will open and it will say”save image as” then you can put it on your desk top. I do this all the time

  • easy recipes teacher

    I know this is an odd combo, but I would try it with some kind of Mediterranean salty cheese such as feta. The only question is how the cheese would stand up to high heat.