Ladybug Appetizers

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


3 dozen

Updated: Sep. 23, 2022
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.


  • 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)


  1. 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.
  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.

Nutrition Facts

1 appetizer: 44 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 77mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.