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RECIPE: Cute Olive Penguins

10th Jan 10 (Sun) Leave a comment Go to comments

Cute Olive Penguins

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I made these olive penguins (with my wife’s help) for this evening’s Vegetarian Supper Club in Eugene, OR, as a fun appetizer when people came in.  Hopefully they’ll be a hit!  They were really fun to make.

makes as many as desired

  • medium black olives (the head)
  • large black olives (the body)
  • cream cheese or vegan cream cheese spread (for the stomach)
  • narrow carrots, cut into small rounds (feet) with notch (for beak)


  1. Cut carrots approximately 1/8 inch (3mm) thick… this will become the feet and beaks (just shy of 1/4 of the carrot slice is beak-size).
  2. Cut large olives down one side (length-wise) and then fill with a small amount of cream cheese.
  3. Assemble penguins with a toothpick like shown in the picture at the top of the page.
  4. Get crazy and start a penguin war with extra toothpicks and ketchup for penguin blood.
  5. OK, step 4 may be optional.  Your call…
  6. Enjoy!

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~Dan – np: Green DayNimrod

  1. katsvo
    10th Jan 10 (Sun) at 6:33 pm

    That is amazing! I love how they look, and I love olives and cheese so I just can’t wait to have an opportunity to make these! Thumbs up!

  2. valentines day
    12th Jan 10 (Tue) at 2:17 am

    It is something unique recipe. Thanks for the tips.
    Looks cute!

  3. 25th Jul 10 (Sun) at 3:37 am

    So Cute! :)

  4. 25th Jul 10 (Sun) at 9:48 pm

    I love these!!! So cute!!!!

    It’s a pity I don’t like olive *blush*

  5. 30th Jul 10 (Fri) at 7:06 pm

    I thought these looked so cute, I included it in my linky love today! I love penguins :D.

    Thanks for the great post!


  6. Erica
    16th Jan 11 (Sun) at 6:40 pm

    I made a penguin army to guard my app platter for a holiday party (they lost, and were all eaten). I made a big mess with the cream cheeze, but they were a hit! Every one loved them. So, thanks! I was also surprised by how tasty they were by themselves :)

    • 16th Jan 11 (Sun) at 9:02 pm

      Yeah, it got a bit messy for us, too. I got started and then had to bring in another set of hands to help. And a wet paper towel helped clean up white from the olive’s black. Glad they went over as a hit at your party.


  7. Deanna
    21st May 11 (Sat) at 3:25 pm

    My daughter and I made about 70 of these little guys for her wedding shower that is tomorrow. They are so cute!

    To avoid the mess of the cream cheese, I bought the whipped cream cheese and loaded it up into those cake decorating piping bags with a round tip. Worked out great!!

    Thanks for the cute idea!

  8. joyce
    30th Jun 11 (Thu) at 6:04 pm

    The cream cheese is messy, but if you use mozzarella cheese sticks ( string cheese ) and cut them at an angle / \ / \ / \ , you can fill the wedge in the bigger olive with this piece of cheese. It’s alot neater!!!

  9. Lucy
    3rd Sep 11 (Sat) at 12:54 pm

    This is so cute. Just a small tip for your recipe though. 1 mm (millimeter) is about the thickness of a piece of paper. Did you mean 1 cm?

    • 3rd Sep 11 (Sat) at 1:33 pm

      um… that’s thick paper if it’s 1mm thick… but I see your point. 1cm is also quite large for the feet, I think. Maybe 5 mm… that’s half way to one cm.

    • 3rd Sep 11 (Sat) at 1:34 pm

      I revised to about 1/8 inch. Really, it’s all a judgment call… and depends a lot on the size of the olives you’re using.

  10. 24th Dec 11 (Sat) at 8:52 pm

    ADORABLE!!! BIG BIG hit with my penguin luvin’ girlfriend. Thanks! :D

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