Food Monday ~ Cream Cheese Penguins

Cream Cheese Penguins

This is a recipe that I have been holding for some time.  It came from Nancy.
She even sent a picture.

Don’t they look adorable?

18 jumbo black olives, pitted
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
18 small black olives
1 carrot

Cut a slit from top to bottom, lengthwise, into the side of each jumbo olive. Carefully insert about 1 teaspoon of cream cheese into each olive. Slice the carrot into eighteen ¼ inch thick rounds; cut a small notch out of each carrot slice to form feet. Save the cut out piece and press into centre of small olive to form the beak. If necessary cut a small slit into each olive before inserting the beak.

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 toothpick.

You can add scarves and hats by using fresh red pepper strips, or canned pimentos cut into different shapes. Frilly toothpicks really finish them off.

17 thoughts on “Food Monday ~ Cream Cheese Penguins

  1. Sandra

    These are adorable. However I suspect I would need to consume one per penguin I was creating…you know, for energy…

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  2. bikehikebabe

    Those are really cute. Had some other animal eatables last Christmas. Thought I’d remember how to make them, but I have the Senior Memory syndrome.

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  3. Mrs. Eat The Blog

    I’ve been searching for something, “seasonal” to serve at my son’s birthday party, without making it a Christmas party (poor kid, his birthday gets lost in all the festivities otherwise). These are…the cutest thing I’ve ever seen-and perfect for a six year old. Thank you so much for posting this.

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  4. Grannymar Post author

    BHB – I sometimes try to recall a recipe from memory and it usually means leaving out a vital ingredient, not good. 🙁

    Mrs ETB – Even better if you get the children to make them!

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  5. Alice

    Those are the cutest things! I don’t know that I’ll ever do them up, but it’s nice to think I could if I wanted. Thanks to you and Nancy for that picture. Now if you could show me how to carve those fancy faces from carrots………

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  6. Grannymar Post author

    Alice – A thinly sliced ring of carrot is what you need for each penguin. Cut a tiny wedge (like cutting a slice of cake) and use the wedge to form the mouth!

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  7. Grannymar Post author

    Baino – Getting the kids to help make them is one way to encourage them to try new or unusual tastes.

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