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Cream cheese holiday appetizer
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Cream Cheese Penguins

Cute and festive!
Prep Time30 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 18
Calories: 44kcal
Author: Sula


  • 18 large toothpicks


  • 18 jumbo black olives pitted
  • 18 small black olives pitted
  • 8 oz whipped cream cheese flavored recommended
  • 1 carrot medium
  • Cucumber optional


  • Peel carrot and slice into ¼ inch rounds. Cut a notch from each slice to form feet. Save the notch and cut a little smaller (if desired) to form a beak.
  • Cut a small slit into each small olive and insert the beak into this slit.
  • Cut a long slit or wedge lengthwise into the side of each jumbo olive. Carefully insert about a teaspoon of cream cheese into each olive.
  • Take a toothpick and insert it through the pieces, starting with the small olive first, and then the large olive. Place the carrot slice on a solid surface and then firmly insert your assembled penguin toothpick onto the carrot base.
  • Optional: To make scarves, use a vegetable peeler and cut a few slices lengthwise from the cucumber. Cut off any peel for the edges, cut the remaining slice into appropriate sizes and then use the pieces to wrap around the penguin neck. With the scarves, our little guys are now snug and ready for winter.


Calories: 44kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 185mg | Potassium: 11mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 717IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.