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Ladybug Appetizers Recipe

tomatoes, cream cheese, black olives, green onions, garlicLast weekend we had our son’s Blue and Gold ceremony for Cub Scouts. We were asked to bring an appetizer to share. I saw these on Pinterest and knew I wanted to give them a try. They’re pretty time consuming, but I thought they turned out pretty cute. They went over really well at the ceremony. I had none left. My suggestion is to not make them too early, though, because your crackers will get soggy. They originally come from Taste of Home.

Ladybug Appetizers Recipe

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Serves: 3 dozen

Serving size: 3

Calories: 86

Fat: 6

  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • Black paste food coloring
  • ½ teaspoon minced green onion
  • ⅛ teaspoon garlic salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon minced fresh parsley
  • 36 butter-flavored crackers
  • 18 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 18 large pitted ripe olives
  • 72 fresh green onion pieces (about 1-1/2 inches long)
  1. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and sour cream until smooth. Remove 1 tablespoon to a small bowl and tint black. Place tinted cream cheese mixture in a small plastic bag; set aside.
  2. Add the green onion, garlic salt and parsley to the remaining cream cheese mixture. Spread over crackers. Arrange two tomato quarters on each for the ladybug wings.
  3. For heads, halve the olives widthwise; place one half on each cracker. Insert two pieces of green onion into olives for antennae. Use tinted cream cheese mixture to pipe spots onto wings.

About Paula

Paula Krueger considers herself a "baby "chef, not because she cooks for babies, but because she's still learning how to cook. She started this blog after taking Wilton method classes and at that point was more interested in baking. She's since become more interested in learning to cook as her family has grown. She also covers product reviews and travel as well.


  1. These are SO cute… and I have a REALLY stupid question… but how do you get your cheese BLACK? I have managed brown lol but can never get it BLACK!
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    • Do you use the Wilton gels? That’s what I use. I sometimes have to use a lot. It didn’t seem to take much for the ladybugs, though.

  2. so cute
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  3. OMG! I love these adorable little ladybugs! I’m not sure if I would have the patience to make them but I really want to eat them! Pinning!
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  4. Oh my gosh… those are adorable!! I am definitely going to have to try those.
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  5. Ahhhh these are so cute!!!! I may not be able to eat them hehe.
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  6. these are seriously adorable!

  7. those are super cute! I will have to make them for a school party sometime before the school year ends!!
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  8. Oh those are adorable, and look yummy. I bet my super picky little girl would totally go for those. And, I haven’t run into them on Pinterest yet so it’s a fresh new idea to me! 😀
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