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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.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    3 dozen


  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Black paste food coloring
  • 3 teaspoons minced chives
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 tablespoons 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 2 tablespoons 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 appetizer: 44 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 77mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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  • bandl1962
    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
    Jan 11, 2015

    I can't wait to try this!

  • MAJcooking
    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
    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
    Dec 5, 2013

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

  • cjabbye
    May 20, 2013

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

  • christycincy
    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
    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.

  • cameron502
    Dec 12, 2012

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  • painted pony
    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 :-)