Holiday Appetizer – Olive Penguins!

by Mama Chocolate on November 23, 2011

Olive Penguins

These cute little guys are tradition with my in-laws for Thanksgiving and Christmas pre-dinner snacks.

We usually make a variety: some with plain cream cheese and some with herb cream cheese. Both are delicious, but I especially love the flavor of herb cream cheese, so that is my preference.

Penguin Appetizers

Olive Penguins


  • extra large olives (for the bodies)
  • medium olives (for the heads)
  • cream cheese (with herbs is extra delicious!)
  • peeled carrot
  • toothpicks
  • ice for “snow” (optional)
Olive AppetizersDirections
While your olives drain, (you want them as dry as possible,) slice the peeled carrot into coins and cut little notches out to make the penguins’ feet. Save the little notch pieces to use for the beaks.

Slice one side of an extra-large olive lengthwise and using a knife or cake decorating bag and tip, squish a small amount of cream cheese into the olive cavity.
Make a small hole in the middle of a medium olive and poke a sliver of carrot in for the beak.
Use a toothpick to stack the head, body and feet together.

Repeat, repeat, repeat!If you get a few people working on this, you’ll have a little penguin army in no time!

Crush several ice cubes in a blender to make a bed of “snow” for the plate as an extra decorative touch. Find the toothpicks with sparkly frills on one end for even happier olive penguins.
Need a tasty holiday dessert? Try Frozen Peanut Butter Bites!

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Mimi November 24, 2011 at 12:01 am

Ok, that is adorable! Seems tedious, but the results are cute and look yummy!
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Amy @ GrinningCheektoCheek November 24, 2011 at 12:10 am

So Cute!!! I can’t wait to make these for Christmas!
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HappyHomemaker November 28, 2011 at 7:06 pm

How fun!


Wynne December 24, 2011 at 1:17 pm

CUTE!!! My grandson has loved olives since he was eating table food. I always thought that was weird. I love them too. I’m having Christmas tonight so I will have to make these for him!
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Mary Beth Elderton November 19, 2012 at 1:48 pm



G. Hullar November 20, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Absolutely adorable!!!


Beth R November 29, 2012 at 6:44 pm

Those are so cute!!


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