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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
  • 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)


  • 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.

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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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!"

19Dee57 User ID: 6204081 79565
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2012

"Very quick and something the kids can help make. Get the kids in the kitchen early and they'll grow up cooking at home instead of eating out."

kayesbaker User ID: 4465850 86691
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2012

"The recurring problem seems to be the cream cheese softening the cracker. Why not put a pepperoni slice on the cracker and build up from it?"

cookdreams User ID: 6435204 79562
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2012

"This recipe is wonderful. I made them for a party and everyone loved them.I will make them again and again."

bigmamacooks User ID: 2760788 62861
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2012

"This recipe was great fun to make! I served them for an "indoor picnic" for a recouperating friend. Everybody loved them! These did get soft fairly quickly so make them at the last minute. :)"

mhuddlestun User ID: 5946594 112906
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2011

"Brought these to a baby shower and they were a hit! easy to make! Tasted delicious. Make these right before you want to serve them or the crackers will get soggy."

basketlvr User ID: 1029317 110453
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2011

"These are adorable but one caution. The first time I made them the night before and refrigerated them for work the next day. They were so soggy. Has anyone had luck making them ahead of time or do you pretty much have to make and eat them right away? They are delicious and easy to make just not so good soggy."

rwilliams9041 User ID: 3519607 35448
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2011

"I have made these many times now and they are always a hit at the party. They taste really very good. One time I didn't take the time to cut the tomato, omitted the olive and chives and still VERY good! Great appetizer!"

carolanne1210 User ID: 3617870 129526
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2011

"I also used flavored cream chees for quick assembly. My 2-year-old grandson loves the "YADYBUGS!""

ScandiCat User ID: 1237640 36133
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2011

"I made these ladybugs for a baby shower. Everyone said they tasted great; BUT the crackers got soggy."

LadyBugBarbie User ID: 5944848 79561
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2011

"I Loved these darling lady bug appetizers. They went like hotcakes. I used rosemary/olive oil Triscuit and Brie Cheese in the round. Sliced the Brie for the white on the cracker, then added the ladybug. They flew right off the plate!"

esbeeson User ID: 4105083 134743
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2011

"We made these for a Widow's Tea we did one year, with a summery, warm, sunshine theme. All of the dear widows LOVED them, and were even hesitant to eat them because they were SO cute! :)"

DrMickels User ID: 5399020 53062
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2010

"They look so cute. I'm not such a huge fan of the ingredients."

malzimus User ID: 4517212 85397
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2010

"I would make these again in a heartbeat! I made them for my daughter's 1st birthday party which was a ladybug theme. They looked SO cute and everyone loved them. I made some other ladybug finger food snacks I found on a different site too and they all looked so cute together!! It takes a bit of time to assemble them but once you get the hang of it after doing a few, it gets easier. For the black dots, I shopped around for what I thought would be a good applicator-type thing. I found a squeezable tube of black icing by Dec cake but I think in the end we used the tube some but also dipped toothpicks into the end and made dots because they were coming out too big. Anyway, I'd still make them again, they were very cute for the party theme and fun to eat!"

tastychef User ID: 1883788 36132
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2010

"I haven't made this yet, but I'm so thrilled and eager to serve them. They seem so easy and with flavored cream cheese and black decorating gel, this will be a snap. My party's theme is lady bugs so this is absolutely perfect. Thank you so much for posting it!!"

cheriwinkle User ID: 1239361 79560
Reviewed May. 21, 2010

"These were a hoot to make and were adorable! Tasted good, too. When I mixed the creamed mixture together I thought "this isn't going to be very flavorful!" but it was very good, actually! The large olives that I bought (said 'large' on the label) were much too big-buy the smallest ones you can find. You'll also want cherry tomatoes on the smaller rather than larger size. I made my ladybugs in the morning for an evening party, so I needed to refrigerate them. Be sure to let the black dots dry for abut 15-20 minutes if you're going to cover with plastic wrap. I also used Neufchatel cheese (33% less fat cream cheese) and red.fat sour cream. I did not give the bugs antennas either. 5 stars!!"

lorajean18 User ID: 1392520 112904
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2009

"To make this an easier recipe, I just used flavored cream cheese (garlic/chive), it cuts out almost everything but assembly! I also used black icing b/c I couldn't find the black paste, too little to tell a difference."

lky102058 User ID: 3418158 62857
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2009

"These were a hit at our church social. I omitted the antennae, ladybugs do not have them. To make it easier I just used a black gel decorating tube for the spots."

llamalluv User ID: 2114883 112903
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2009

"I use Wilton paste dye. You can get it at most craft stores. It's pricey, but a little goes a LONG way."

ellyk User ID: 3669894 134739
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2009

"how do i tint the cream cheese?! what with?"

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