This cheese ball igloo with cream cheese olive penguins is an appetizer I love to take to winter parties. It is always a big hit and tasty, too!
I make my favorite cheese ball recipe the night before and press it into a bowl lined with plastic wrap. A couple of hours before the party, I mix up some cream cheese with a little milk so it will be easily spreadable, and after I've turned out the cheese ball, I cover it with the cream cheese mixture.
With a toothpick, I make marks to look like ice blocks in an igloo. I scoop out a little spoonful for the entrance and cut "ice blocks" from a block of cream cheese for the door way.
The penguins must be prepared at the last hour so they won't get limp. I use large olives for the body and small olives for the head. Slit the large olives and fill with cream cheese. Using a toothpick (frilled if you can find them) secure the small olive atop the body.
Use carrot slices for the feet with a wedge cut out for the beak. Make a small slit in the small olive and slip the "beak" in place.
Try it! This cheese ball igloo will be the hit of any party!
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