Cream Cheese Penguin Appetizers

Holiday parties mean great food.  Today I’m making cream cheese and black olive penguins to liven up all your winter celebrations.  They’re fairly simple to make using 3 ingredients: black olives in 2 sizes, cream cheese, and a sliced carrot.


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If you want to make little scarves for your penguins, use pimento slices or slice a few green onion tops lengthwise.







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Cream Cheese Penguin Appetizers

Use organic when available, serves 18


Cream Cheese Penguin Appetizers

These penguin appetizers of cream cheese and black olives will liven up all your winter celebrations. 
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword cream cheese penguins, holiday appeitzer, penguins, winter appetizer
Servings 18


  • 18 pitted jumbo black olives
  • 18 pitted small black olives
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 medium carrot (1 inch diameter) cut into 1/4" slicese
  • Optional 1 jar sliced pimentos or 2 or 3 green onion tops sliced lengthwise


  •  Cut a slit from top to bottom on each jumbo olive from top to bottom on one side only
  • Insert about 1 teaspoon cream cheese into olive
  • Cut small notch out of each carrot slice to form feet
  • Press cutout notch piece into center of small olive to form beak
  • If necessary, make small slit in small olive with knife or toothpick to press carrot into
  • Set a jumbo olive, large hole side down, onto a carrot slice
  • Place small olive on top of jumbo so beak, cream cheese chest, and notched carrot line up
  • Push wooden toothpick through two olives and feet
  • Optional wrap pimento slice around neck between two olives
  • Optional wrap long green onion slice around neck between two olives











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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

25 thoughts to “Cream Cheese Penguin Appetizers”

  1. Hello, I like olives, These are so cute. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week!

  2. How cute!! Thanks so much for linking up at the #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 6. Shared. I’d like to invite you to also link up at my Short Story Link Party. It is a creative writing exercise for fun and without a lot of editing. Just start typing and see what you come up with! Remember, no story is too short! See the party on my site for the current prompt 🙂

  3. I love penguins and black olives! These cream cheese penguin appetizers are so cute and they sound delicious! Thank you for sharing.

  4. These are adorable! What a great recipe. Would be fun to place a few strategically around an appetizer table for Thanksgiving. Thanks for the idea!

  5. These are just too cute!! Pinned – Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party – Have a wonderful week and hope to see you again next week.

  6. These little penguins made me smile Carol… how adorable and yummy!!
    Thank you for sharing this recipe at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I’m delighted to be featuring it at tonight’s party and pinning too.
    Hugs ~ Kerryanne

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