Cream cheese and pepper jelly decorated wtih ripe olives make the perfect appetizer for your halloween buffet

A Simple, Frank, Halloween Appetizer

If you are looking for an easy appetizer that is sure to impress, we have the perfect solution for you.  This Frankenstein appetizer is made from only three ingredients.  It’s easy to prepare, and your friends will think that you are a Halloween  menu planning genius. 

This recipe is the result of a group effort.  Jenn was looking for something easy to take to a Halloween themed party that night, and she needed something simple.  The first suggestion was a crock pot full of queso dip served alongside tortilla chips, then someone suggested just putting a block of cream cheese on a plate and pouring salsa over top of it.  Another person suggested pepper jelly, and we all decided the green pepper jelly would be perfect for Halloween.    A discussion ensued about the green slime over the cream cheese and what could be used to make it even creepier for Halloween.  Finally, Jenn  pointed to a Disney Character dressed as Frankenstein on my scrub top.  Suddenly, we were busy sketching ideas on a napkin for making the Frankenstein’s face out of sliced olives on top of a block of cream cheese.

The final result is very cute, don’t you think?This simple three ingredient appetizer is perfect for a Halloween PartyThe recipe was a huge success at the party Jenn attended, and the best compliment was that her daughter asked her to make it again the very next day.  That’s what I call a successful recipe.   Sharing this post on Patty Cake’s Pantry is only possible because Jenn gave me permission to use the photo of her creation.  Thank you, Jenn!  You’re awesome!

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5.0 from 7 reviews
A Simple, Frank Halloween Appetizer
Recipe type: Halloween Appetizer
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Serves: 16
This is a simple and delicious appetizer that's great to take to serve at a Halloween party. It looks more complicated that it is, and you can be sure your guests will be impressed by the presentation. Chef's Note: If it's not Halloween, you can simply serve the hot pepper jelly over cream cheese accompanied by come crackers. It's a simple and delicious appetizer for any time of year. If you want to avoid needing to use crackers around the edge of the appetizer, prepare it in a rectangular shaped dish.  Total Cost of Recipe = $8.11 or about $0.51 per serving. 
  • 2 (8 ounce) blocks of cream cheese ($2.56)
  • 1 (10 ounce) jar of mild pepper jelly (made from green jalapenos) ($2.99)
  • Black (or ripe) olives for decoration ($0.98)
  • A family sized box of woven wheat crackers for serving ($1.58)
  1. Place the blocks of cream cheese side by side on a plate with the long sides touching.
  2. Use a knife to close the seam between the two blocks by spreading the cheese back and forth.
  3. Make sure the top of the cheese blocks is fairly smooth.
  4. Pour the jar of pepper jelly into a microwave safe bowl.
  5. Heat the jelly, covered, in the microwave for 10 - 20 seconds until the jelly has softened to a spreadable consistency. Heat it for 10 seconds, stir and check it for a spreadable consistency then heat longer if necessary.
  6. Spread the pepper jelly evenly over the top of the cream cheese.
  7. If the jelly is sliding off of the edges and won't stay in place, you can use some of the crackers to make a border around the cream cheese by sticking them to the sides of the blocks of cream cheese so that the crackers are sticking upright and creating a fence. This could also be done with foil or parchment paper if you choose.
  8. Slice olives and arrange half slices along one edge of the cream cheese for "hair".
  9. Next create a face using slices of olives for the eyes, to create a scar on the forehead, and for a mouth and nose. (Our Frank didn't have a nose, and he looked great without it.)
  10. Arrange additional crackers around the edges of the plate for serving and keep a bowl with extra crackers close by.
  11. Serve with a spoon or spreading knife on the plate to help with scooping the spread onto your crackers.

Frankenstein Appetizer--A simple combination of cream cheese, jalapeno pepper jelly, and sliced olives is perfect for your Halloween party

Nutrition Information is for 1/16th of the dip/spread without crackers.

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22 thoughts on “A Simple, Frank, Halloween Appetizer

    1. I remember that you love simple, and this is definitely simple. Plus, the combination of cream cheese and pepper jelly is a classic. Since the kids liked it, it’s a definite winner.

  1. This is so fun and unique!! Our kids LOVED it and I loved how easy it is to make. Thanks for making me a winning mom this week!

    1. Tracy, I’m so glad that your kids loved this appetizer. I’m all about easy recipes, especially when I’m making something for, or with, the kids.

  2. This made the cutest appetizer and I’m making it again tomorrow night! It look just like Frankenstein and it was a hit. I love how easy it is to put together and took just minutes. Thanks!

    1. Lori, Thank you so much for your kind words. Pepper jelly and cream cheese is one of my favorite appetizers, even when it’s not shaped like Frankenstein. (LOL)

  3. Oh my gosh this is so cute! I love cream cheese and jelly dips, so this is something I know I’d love. Great idea for next halloween!

    1. Andrea, I’m glad you’re planning to have this next year, but you know, you can have it without the Frankenstein decorations any time of year. ; )

  4. This is such a fun treat! I love the color, too. So bright and colorful! I’m all about easy and this looks totally my speed.

    1. Erin, when we were trying to come up with an idea, we first thought of using the more orange colored pepper jelly and making a jack-0-lantern, but we decided on the green.

    1. Great ideas come from team work, and there were four of us who came up with this idea. It was Jennifer who snapped the picture. She did a great job with just her phone.

  5. What a clever idea for a treat that is not sweet, which I’m always happy about when the sweet-centered day arrives. And that pepper jelly, mmm.

  6. Huge fan of red pepper jelly + cream cheese, so I’ll definitely be trying the green pepper jelly next time! And I absolutely love the Frankenstein face – very creepy and perfect for a Halloween party.

    1. Nicole, Thank you for the compliment. The design of the face was a group effort. We love both the red and green pepper jellies. There’s also an orangeish one I’ve seen that’s made from habanero peppers.

  7. This is such a fun and interesting recipe. I bet my family would enjoy this very much. I will save this recipe and definitely make it for our Halloween party. Yum!

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