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Ladybug Appetizers

 Ladybug Appetizers
Cherry tomato quarters form the wings of these adorable little ladybugs dreamed up by our Test Kitchen. The delightful creatures are perched on crunchy crackers spread with a seasoned cream cheese mixture.
12 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.


  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • Black paste food coloring
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced chives
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon minced fresh parsley
  • 36 butter-flavored crackers
  • 18 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 18 large pitted ripe olives
  • 72 fresh chive pieces (about 1-1/2 inches long)


  • 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.
  • Add the chives, garlic salt and parsley to the remaining cream cheese
  • mixture. Spread over crackers. Arrange two tomato quarters on each
  • for the ladybug wings.
  • For heads, halve the olives widthwise; place one half on each
  • cracker. Insert two chives into olives for antennae. Use tinted
  • cream cheese mixture to pipe spots onto wings. Yield: 3 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (3 each) equals 86 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 7 mg cholesterol, 187 mg sodium,

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Nutritional Facts: 8 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.