Baked Vegetable and Cream Cheese Wontons

Easy vegetable and cream cheese baked wontons! Big crowd-pleaser and no need for deep-frying. Can be prepped and frozen ahead.

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Photography Credit: Lisa Lin

Making dumplings is a big tradition in my family. When I was young, my mother would wake me up early on Sunday mornings to make dumplings with her and my grandmother. We would spend an hour or two filling and shaping dumplings, and then cook them for brunch for the rest of the family.

It was a lot of work, but I always got first dibs on the freshly made dumplings!

Now that I live away from my family, I still try to keep that weekend dumpling-making tradition alive.

Baked Vegetable and Cream Cheese WontonsIf you have never made dumplings before, these vegetable and cream cheese baked wontons are a great place to start. The filling comes together quickly and folding the dumplings is quite simple compared to other, more elaborate dumplings.

Plus, there’s no deep-frying involved!

Store-bought wonton wrappers are so convenient. For this recipe, buy square-shaped wonton or dumpling wrappers. Technically, you could make the wontons with circular wrappers, but you won’t get the same pyramid shape that you see in the photos.

Store-bought wrappers are usually dusted with flour or another starch to prevent them from sticking together in the package. I feel that once baked, this tends to make the wontons quite dry.

You can keep this from happening by brushing all the wontons with a thin layer of oil right before baking. You don’t need a lot of oil, just enough to moisten the wrapper on the outside. You can also use cooking spray to apply the layer of oil.

Because these wontons are baked (as opposed to deep-fried), most of the crunch will come from the golden brown “X” on the top of the wontons. Using whisked eggs to seal the “X” makes this part extra-crunchy!

These baked wontons taste great all on their own, but I have included a quick recipe for a soy sauce and vinegar dipping sauce that you can serve alongside, if you like. If you want something on the sweeter side, try a sweet chili sauce.

Baked Vegetable and Cream Cheese Wontons Recipe

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  • Prep time: 45 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: About 50 to 55 wontons (10 to 15 servings)

To make wontons ahead: Freeze the unbaked wontons on a parchment-lined baking sheet. (Do not refrigerate the wontons; the moisture from the vegetables will seep into the wonton wrappers and turn them into mush.) When you are ready to bake, brush or spray a thin layer of oil over the frozen wontons; do not thaw. Bake the frozen wontons at 400ºF for about 12 to 13 minutes.

Ingredients

For the wontons:

  • 4 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger (from a 1-inch piece of ginger)
  • 5 cups thinly sliced Napa cabbage (green cabbage is also ok)
  • 1 large carrot, grated (about 1 1/3 cups grated)
  • 3/4 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 48 to 50 square wonton wrappers
  • 4 1/2 to 5 ounces cream cheese

For the dipping sauce (optional):

Method

1 Prepare the filling: Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons of the vegetable oil in a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, add the garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant, 30 to 60 seconds.

Add the cabbage and cook, stirring frequently to prevent burning, until it starts to wilt, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the grated carrot, peas, scallions, salt and sesame oil and cook for another minute.

Turn off the heat and dish the vegetables onto a plate to cool for 10 minutes.

2 Preheat oven to 400ºF. Position an oven rack in the center position. Brush 2 large baking sheets with oil (1 tablespoon per pan), spray with cooking spray, or line with parchment. (Wontons baked on parchment won't get quite as crispy on the bottoms.)

Lightly beat an egg for the egg wash and set aside.

3 Fold the wontons: Lay 4 wonton wrappers on a work surface. Place about a tablespoon of vegetable filling in the center of each wrapper. Place about 1/2 teaspoon of cream cheese on top of the vegetables.

Using your fingers, brush the egg wash along the edges of the wonton wrappers. Lift 2 opposite corners of the wrapper and pinch them together at the top. Lift the other two corners towards the top and pinch them against the first two corners to form a pyramid. Pinch edges of the wrapper together to seal the wonton closed.

Repeat with the other three wontons. Transfer the sealed wontons onto one of the sheet pans and cover loosely with plastic wrap to keep them from drying out.

Repeat filling and folding the wontons until you have filled a baking sheet with 24 to 25 sealed wontons. Remove the plastic wrap and brush a thin layer of oil on all of the wontons or spray with cooking spray.

4 Bake for 11 to 12 minutes, or until the edges of the wontons are a deep golden brown color.

5 While the first batch of wontons is baking, prepare a second batch of wontons using the remaining filling. Once the first batch is done baking, bake the second batch.

6 To serve: Let the wontons cool for a few minutes before serving. Whisk together the ingredients for the dipping sauce and serve with the warm wontons. These baked wontons are best consumed in the same day.

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Lisa Lin

Lisa Lin is the writer and photographer behind Healthy Nibbles & Bits, where she shares simple, gluten-free recipes. She grew up in San Francisco and spent time living in China and Washington, D.C. before moving back to California. Her recipes are often inspired by her time in China and travel throughout Southeast Asia.

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4 Comments

  1. vivian

    These are very good, and although time consuming to make, they are not difficult. Next time I may add some more seasoning to the filling. It’s great to have an appetizer waiting in the freezer. Thanks for a good recipe!

  2. Ann

    I have just made these and I forgot to take a photo. Sorry we just devoured them they were absolutely delicious.

  3. Judy

    Could these be frozen in a single layer then baked when needed?

    • Emma Christensen

      Hi, Judy! Yes, these can definitely be frozen. The make-ahead instructions for freezing are at the beginning of the recipe. Thanks!

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