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Ladybug Appetizers Recipe

Ladybug Appetizers Recipe

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. YIELD:12 servings


  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon snipped chives
  • 1/8 teaspoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic salt
  • Black paste food coloring
  • 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 mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add sour cream, chives, parsley and garlic salt; mix well. Place 1 tablespoon in a small plastic bag and tint black; set aside.
  • 2. Spread remaining cream cheese mixture on 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

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

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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."

Reviewed Jan. 11, 2015

"I can't wait to try this!"

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!"

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."

Reviewed Dec. 5, 2013

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

Reviewed May. 20, 2013

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

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."

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
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 :-)"

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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