Penguin party snacks

    30 min

    These cute party snacks will be adored by kids and adults alike, and they're pretty tasty, too! Watch faces light up when you serve these.

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    Makes: 18 penguins

    • 18 large pitted black olives
    • 1 carrot
    • 18 small pitted black olives
    • 1 tub cream cheese, softened

    Prep:30min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Cut a slit from top to bottom, lengthways, into the side of each jumbo olive. Carefully insert about 1 teaspoon of cream cheese into each olive.
    2. Slice the carrot into eighteen 5mm thick rounds; cut a small notch out of each carrot slice to form feet. Save the cut out pieces and press one into centre of each small olive to form the beak. If necessary cut a small slit into each olive before inserting the beak.
    3. Set a big olive, large hole side down, onto a carrot slice. Then, set a small olive onto the large olive, adjusting so that the beak, cream cheese chest and notch in the carrot slice line up. Secure with a wooden skewer.


    Penguin party snacks
    Penguin party snacks

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    So adorable! We only made a few for fun, and the children loved them! I sliced the olives first and then let them assemble.  -  29 Oct 2012


    Gets folks laughing! Worth the effort. Tips (from me & others): use herbed or ranch flavored whipped cream cheese (it will still look white); don't simply slice the olive, remove a small section to accomodate the filling; pipe whipped cream cheese using a sandwich bag; make "beaks" thin to avoid splitting the "head" while inserting them; try inserting "beaks" vertically rather than horizontally; "heads" take the most time - make them the night before and leave them soaking in the olive brine. Don't forget to make baby penguins! Fill a single olive & set on top of carrot feet with large whole facing up. Insert toothpick through center to pin it to the "feet". Set "beak" into cream cheese filling of large whole - it will hold it in place. Do a variation on this to make "swimming" penguins. Fill a single olive. Stick beak in one end and feet in the other. Shave off a small portion from the underside of the olive to keep it from rolling around. For "environment" we used an aluminum pizza pan and foam board ($1.99)for an ice flow. Trace the pan on the foam board. Cut out the circle with a craft knife. Cut circle in half jaggedly to simulate ice flow. Cut remaining half into pieces; glue and stack in layers to create "hills". Cover pizza pan with blue plastic wrap. Place "ice flow" into the pizza pan. Tape plastic wrap to bottom of the pan to hold it in place. When placing penguins, push the toothpick into the foamboard to hold them in place. Transports easily this way.  -  01 Jan 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    These were really a hit with the kids at our Christmas family gathering. Instead of using frilly toothpicks, I went to a party store and purchased the toothpicks with the flags from diferent countries. I also made a cheese ball in the shape of an igloo and placed my little guys all around it. Very cute!  -  12 Oct 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)