Christmas Penguins

We went over to Gramma’s house for Christmas and Aunt Susie requested cream cheese penguins, so here’s what we brought!

Christmas Cream Cheese Penguins with Santa Hats

This batch was fun to make. The hats are fashioned from grape tomatoes… I cut the pointy part off, scooped out the guts, dried the inside with a paper towel, and pre-poked a hole in the top so they didn’t squish the head down too much during assembly. Overfilled just a little and stuck on the heads, they made great hats and tasted good, too.

Single Christmas Penguin

 

Here is a batch of Christmas penguins! We made a grape tomato Santa, celery sleigh, reindeer and penguin children. Click any picture for a larger version.

Christmas penguins with Santa, sleigh, and kids

The reindeer antlers are carved from horizontally cut carrot slices – about 1mm seems to be the optimal thickness. We had some trouble with the heads getting split if the antlers were not thin. I laid down two slices and cut both at once so they would match.

<<picture coming soon, as soon as I can find it!>>

 

About 6 man-hours of work went into making this batch of 70 penguins.

A display idea is to create a Christmas tree out of broccoli and cheese.

Penguins with Christmas tree

Cut a block of cheese into a triangle. Then cover it with broccoli, forming the shape of a tree. Use half toothpicks to poke into the broccoli and then into the cheese. For decorations, put grape tomatoes, carrot rounds, and cocktail onions onto full toothpicks and press into the cheese. Use a vegetable peeler to make long strips of daikon radish for the garland. Disassemble and serve with ranch dip when you’re ready for your guests to devour the goodies!

Another display idea is to use a Christmas cupcake stand.

To make these, follow the recipe and then decorate.

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