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Black Olive Penguins

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These super cute cream cheese filled black olive penguins are the hit of every party, but they make a seriously adorable late afternoon snack, too!

Ingredients

  • 16 slices (thin Slices) Of The Fat End Of A Peeled Carrot
  • 1 can (about 6 Oz. Can) Small Pitted Black Olives, Drained (You Only Need About 16 Of Them)
  • 1 can (about 6 Oz. Can) Colossal Or Jumbo Pitted Black Olives, Drained (about 16)
  • 4 ounces, weight Neufchatel (1/3 Less Fat) Cream Cheese
  • 8 whole Green Onions, The Long Green Part Only
  • 16 whole Toothpicks

Preparation

Click on related blog link for more photos of the process. Cut a small triangular wedge out of each carrot slice.

Use a skewer or toothpick to push the narrow end of the carrot triangle through the wide hole of each small olive until it pokes out the narrow pitted hole (this is the beak).

Make a lengthwise slice halfway into each colossal olive. Gently hold the olive open and push as much cream cheese into the opening as you can, filling the olive. Use your fingers or a paper towel to tidy up along the edges of the opening. The cream cheese should create a solid white strip down the length of the olive – this is the chest.

Place a filled olive, large hole side down, on top of a carrot round, lining up the white of the cream cheese with the wedge cut from the carrot round (chest and beak should be lined up). Use a toothpick pushed down through the center to hold the “chest” of the penguin to the “feet”.

Push one head, “beak” side lined up with the “chest” and “feet” down onto the toothpicks. Wrap a strip of the green onion around the neck as a scarf.

Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Andrea Johnson on 1.8.2012

These are awesome! I used softened cream cheese in a plastic sandwich bag with a corner snipped off to pipe the cream cheese into the olive, worked great and looks professional. Great idea for a baby shoer!

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Darelynn Clay on 12.23.2011

I just made these. WOW! I never noticed how many defective olives can be found in a can…lol The small ones were fine, but the jumbo ones…well, some obviously were pitted from the side…lots were broken, the wrong way to be able to use for this. I didn’t get 16, more like 12 and some were being salvaged in spite of the flaws so won’t be as pretty. If I did this again, I would buy 2 cans of the jumbo if I cared how they look.

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Burnt Toast on 12.19.2011

Oh my goodness those are cute! I’m gonna try this, thanks!

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jorja on 12.19.2011

These are the cutest things I’ve ever seen. Unfortunately, no one I know would be willing to eat them! Maybe I’ll make them anyway.

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C.M. Norris on 12.19.2011

I also use strips of roasted red peppers to make scarves and use triangle pieces to cover the toothpick in their heads. That really completes the winter design.

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sssy999 on 2.5.2012

So cute made for christmas were a total hit!!!!

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scratchcook3 on 1.13.2012

The penguins ruled my ladies group! Were a huge hit. Easier to put together than I thought it would be. Well worth the time and effort. Would be a great kids project as well.

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Andrea Johnson on 1.8.2012

These are so cute and fun to make! I took softened cream cheese and put it in a plastic sandwich bag, snipped off a corner, and it worked great for getting the cream cheese in the olive nice and neat. Absolutely perfect for a baby shower!

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kulichka on 1.3.2012

These are absolutely adorable! I made them for a New Years party and people loved them. They are also delicious – olives and cream cheese.. what could be better?? Quite time consuming though, mainly filling the big olives with cream cheese.

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Susan D Murphy on 12.29.2011

I made these yesterday for a party and they were a huge hit. Took me an hour and a half. I tried using a piping bag for the cream cheese, but it was difficult. Need to soften or warm the cheese first.
They’re absolutely darling!

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