Ladybug Appetizers Recipe
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Ladybug Appetizers Recipe

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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.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 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)

Nutritional Facts

3 each: 86 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 187mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.


  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 chives, 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 chives into olives for antennae. Use tinted cream cheese mixture to pipe spots onto wings. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Ladybug Appetizers in Quick Cooking July/August 2002, p13

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bandl1962 User ID: 8305977 223457
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2015

"My Pastor's wife's name is June, the pastor calls her his June bug, she loves lady bugs so for her birthday I'm making these adorable little lady bugs as a gift for her. I think they will be a big hit, and she'll love them."

scoobyzmom User ID: 8207670 217533
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2015

"I can't wait to try this!"

MAJcooking User ID: 7810281 205006
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2014

"Made these x 2 recently, BIG hit! Helpful hints: black dots: I used a little tube black cake decorating gel for the dots; put 3 little dots on top of ROOM TEMP tomatoes. I have assembled these with crackers about 1.5 hrs ahead of time, refrigerate them & cracker was still crisp. I also used sliced cucumber, placing slices on paper towel to absorb some moisture while assembling. Filling: added a little more garlic salt & chives to zip it up. Enjoy!"

sarose1223 User ID: 5088020 53066
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2014

"Re the soggy cracker issue: I am going to try a basil leaf or sliver of lettuce next time. The basil should add a nice flavor. Maybe just a small dot of cream cheese mix to hold it in place and then assemble as per recipe."

shorty140 User ID: 7520740 129528
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2013

"Really good....I just substituted the black paste dots with chocolate syrup.....tasted amazing!"

cjabbye User ID: 7267781 57252
Reviewed May. 20, 2013

"Very good! Substituted flower shaped cucumber slices for the crackers. Perfect compliment to my garden themed Tea Party."

christycincy User ID: 6445428 205005
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2013

"I did not make these as ladybugs. I just wanted to serve as appetizers. The spread was delicious and then I just served the tomatoes and black olives and chives separately so that you could build your own. Very tasty. If I ever need the cuteness factor I will assemble as ladybugs."

KnutzInTheArmy User ID: 7109282 41142
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2013

"As I read everyone's notes about this, I see that nobody has tried something other than crackers. I was thinking perhaps give a try with bagel chips since they are a bit harder and are toasted it may stop them from getting soggy like the crackers, and the trade off is not too bad from crackers to the chips for the calories exchanged, if that is a concern. After all, a bagel chip runs about 8 calories and a Ritz cracker runs 16 calories."

painted pony User ID: 4436817 112908
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2012

"i couldn't stop smiling while making these! i sliced the olives in half just because. to make them again i'd use wheat grass which i usually have on hand anyway. it's thinner and sturdier. as for the comments about the cream cheese making the crackers soggy. i'd make the mixture the night before and keep refrigerated :-)"

oncein User ID: 6412181 86692
Reviewed May. 7, 2012

"Cheese makes a better bed for the Lady Bug. There needs to be a way to copy a recipe and leave the ads off. Wast of ink!"

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