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Penguin Bites

Penguin Bites
These adorable winter wonderland bites are sure to be the star of your Christmas party spread. Since these don’t require baking, it’s a fun activity to have any small kids help with. Cut up all the ingredients ahead of time and watch as they assemble the penguin friends themselves!
  • Makes: 24 penguins
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Chill Time: 5–10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 large carrot, peeled
  • 1 (6-ounce) can small black olives, drained
  • 1 (7.25-ounce) can jumbo black olives, drained
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
  • Decorative cocktail picks
  • 1 to 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, for decoration

Directions

  1. Cut the carrot crosswise 6 inches from the thicker end. Cut a small V-shaped notch down the length of the thicker piece of carrot. Slice into ¼-inch-thick disks. These will be the penguins’ feet. Cut the smaller end of the carrot into 24 matchsticks to become the beaks of the penguins.
  2. Place the matchstick beaks into the hole of the small olives to create penguin heads. To create the body of the penguin, cut a small wedge out of the jumbo olives. Carefully stuff the cavity of the olive with cream cheese. Once all the olives are stuffed, place them in the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes to firm up.
  3. To assemble the penguins, slide a head onto the toothpick, followed by the body. Press the tip of the toothpick into one of the feet disks. Display on a bed of shredded mozzarella “snow” and serve immediately.
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