Cream Cheese Penguins

| March 26, 2008 | 4 Comments

If spring break is seeming as endless at your house as it is in ours, you’re likely looking for some inspiration to keep the kiddos occupied.

The kitchen is always a great spot for enthusiastic little people, with lots of opportunities for mixing ingredients, getting a little messy, and watching their efforts materialize while sitting cross-legged in front of the oven window.

The big kids, however, might show slightly less enthusiasm for these simple tasks, and need a little bit more of a challenge in the kitchen to keep them interested in seeing a culinary project through.

Enter the Cream Cheese Penguins.

With an arts & crafts style assembly, these cute little animal snacks have limitless creative potential (3-headed penguin, anyone?), and the makings of more than a few moments of quiet with kids at the table, focusing those fine motor skills on creating the perfect penguin snacks.

Also great for a birthday party snack or family potluck, these treats are not only cute, but full of Iron, Calcium, and Vitamin A. Add red pepper penguin accessories for a hit of Vitamins C and B6, and these guys have a lot more going for them than the average plate of cheese and crackers.

Cream Cheese Penguins (courtesy of

- 18 jumbo black olives, pitted
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened. (Robin here: we use soft goat cheese as a dairy replacement)
- 18 small black olives
- 1 carrot
- 1 red pepper (optional)


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. Experiment with adding accessories such as scarves using slices of red pepper, or other colourful vegetables that strike your fancy.


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Category: EAT LOCAL, Recipes, Snacks

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  1. vashti says:

    So super cute! Makes me wish the girls liked olives!! Love the pic!

  2. reesh says:

    Oh my gawd Christa – can you be my mumma!! That is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen! I think I’ll try that one day and just use a nut pate instead of cream cheese. Wicked awesome!

  3. Michele says:

    These are so cute…a great way to get my girls to try olives!

  4. Melissa says:

    I am soooo doing these!! What a cool idea (no pun intended!) …

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