Party Appetizer Ideas: Cream Cheese Penguins

cream cheese penguins

My husband and I made an army of these cream cheese penguins for New Year’s Eve. (I found the recipe over at – an awesome site for party appetizer ideas.) Not only are they adorable, olive-lovers will find them delish!

These would be perfect for a party or a wedding shower. Your guests will think you have some serious culinary talent:)


18 jumbo black olives, pitted

1 (8 ounce) package of cream cheese, softened (I used herb and garlic cream cheese)

18 small black olives

1 carrot (if you don’t like carrots, try cheddar cheese for the feet)

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Cut a curved slit from top to bottom, lengthwise, into the side of the olive. Cut another curved slit (curve going the opposite way as the first one)  beside the first slit, leaving 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch  gap in the center of the curve. This is where you will insert cream cheese.

black olive appetizers

Whip cream cheese with a hand-mixer. Place softened cream cheese into a piping bag.

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Carefully pipe the cream cheese into the olive.

cream cheese olive

Smooth cream cheese with a knife.

cream cheese appetizer

Peel carrot and slice into 1/4 inch rounds.


Cut a small notch out of each carrot slice to form feet. Save cut out piece of carrot for beak.

carrot appetizer

Cut a small horizontal slit into center of small olive and insert leftover piece of carrot for beak.

cream cheese penquin

Set the big olive, large hole side down onto the carrot slice.


Set  small olive onto the large olive, making sure the beak, chest, and notch in the carrot line up. Secure with a tooth pick.

cream cheese penguin

There you have it: a cream cheese penguin to wow your guests!

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  1. Posted by Angie on March 23rd, 2010 at 9:46pm

    A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E! I'm always looking for clever, DIY finger foods and these are just perfect. Originally I was thinking they'd be for a winter wedding but being penguins that look like they're wearing tuxedos, they'd be great all year long.
  2. Posted by Erina on September 3rd, 2010 at 12:47am

    These are darling!

    Here's another recipe that would be pretty for a summer wedding and are quite affordable to make.

    Sesame Noodles with Tofu and Red Peppers

    It's particularly fun to serve these in little Chinese take-out boxes for a more festive presentation.
  3. Posted by Lisa G on July 13th, 2012 at 9:48am

    Those are G-R-E-A-T! Any ideas on how to transport them or should they be put together on site?
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