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Cream Cheese Penguins

Cream Cheese Penguins

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Valerie Lynne

Just imagine a cute display of penguins, made with black olives, carrots and cream cheese! You can add scarves and hats by using fresh red pepper strips, or canned pimentos cut into different shapes. Use frilly toothpicks if you can.

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Nutrition

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  • Calories:
  • 57 kcal
  • 3%
  • Fat:
  • 5.5 g
  • 8%
  • Carbs:
  • 1.2g
  • < 1%
  • Protein:
  • 1 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 14 mg
  • 5%
  • Sodium:
  • 104 mg
  • 4%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  1. 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 1/4 inch thick rounds; cut a small notch out of each carrot slice to form feet. Save the cut out piece and press into center of small olive to form the beak. If necessary cut a small slit into each olive before inserting the beak.
  2. 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.
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Reviews

Jerry G.
904
1/1/2006

Gets folks laughing! Worth the effort. Tips (from me & others): use herbed or ranch flavored whipped cream cheese (it will still look white); don't simply slice the olive, remove a small section to accomodate the filling; pipe whipped cream cheese using a sandwich bag; make "beaks" thin to avoid splitting the "head" while inserting them; try inserting "beaks" vertically rather than horizontally; "heads" take the most time - make them the night before and leave them soaking in the olive brine. Don't forget to make baby penguins! Fill a single olive & set on top of carrot feet with large whole facing up. Insert toothpick through center to pin it to the "feet". Set "beak" into cream cheese filling of large whole - it will hold it in place. Do a variation on this to make "swimming" penguins. Fill a single olive. Stick beak in one end and feet in the other. Shave off a small portion from the underside of the olive to keep it from rolling around. For "environment" we used an aluminum pizza pan and foam board ($1.99)for an ice flow. Trace the pan on the foam board. Cut out the circle with a craft knife. Cut circle in half jaggedly to simulate ice flow. Cut remaining half into pieces; glue and stack in layers to create "hills". Cover pizza pan with blue plastic wrap. Place "ice flow" into the pizza pan. Tape plastic wrap to bottom of the pan to hold it in place. When placing penguins, push the toothpick into the foamboard to hold them in place. Transports easily this way.

RLAFRENI
445
3/10/2003

These were really a hit with the kids at our Christmas family gathering. Instead of using frilly toothpicks, I went to a party store and purchased the toothpicks with the flags from diferent countries. I also made a cheese ball in the shape of an igloo and placed my little guys all around it. Very cute!

VHERBOLD
323
4/23/2006

These are too adorable!! I added some garlic powder to the cream cheese for a little flavor. Also, I heated the cream cheese briefly (about 20 seconds) in the microwave and then put it in a ziploc bag. By cutting off a small corner of the bag, you can easily squeeze the cream cheese into the olive using the ziploc like a pastry bag!