Octopus and pengquin bread bowl recipe

Fill their tummies
and yours!

Soup's on! And it's super fun when you serve it in penguin or octopus-shaped bread bowls. The best part is there's no bread-making experience necessary — just shape and bake!

There's still plenty of soup weather left before the warm days of summer are here. For your next soup night, surprise the kids by serving it in these adorable bread bowls.

Octopus bread bowl recipe

Yields 2, 6 or 12 octopus bread bowls, depending on size of rolls package


  • 1 package frozen Traditional White Rhodes Dinner Rolls (available in packages of 12, 36 or 72 rolls)
  • Melted butter
  • Black olives
  • Cream cheese



Thaw rolls

Thaw the Rhodes Dinner Rolls according to the directions on the package.


Cut out octopus arms

Combine the dough from 3 thawed rolls and roll into a flat circle, approximately 9 inches wide. Cut 8 dough triangles for the arms.

Cut out octopus arms


Form octopus arms

Twist each dough arm and arrange in a circle on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Form octopus arms


Form octopus body and bake

Combine 3 more thawed rolls into a ball and place in the center of the twisted dough arms to make the octopus body. Cover with a dish towel and let the dough rest and rise for 15-20 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake at for 20-25 minutes.

Form octopus body and bake


Brush baked bread with butter

Remove from oven and brush with butter.

Brush baked bread with butter


Hollow out bread and make eyes

Slice the top of the octopus body off and hollow out the center area for soup. To make the eyes, cut small holes into the bread and insert two black olives. Pipe a circle of cream cheese onto each eye.

Hollow out bread and make eyes


Fill it up and enjoy!

Fill octopus bread bowl with desired soup.

Octopus bread bowl recipe

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Comments on "Octopus and penguin-shaped bread bowls"

K June 02, 2013 | 4:41 PM

FYI: Handimania featured your DIY idea, and while they gave credit in their text and linked back to you, they also slapped their logo onto your photographs. Just thought I'd let you know. (http://www.handimania/cooking/octopus-shaped-soup-bowls.html)

Priscilla Ramos May 29, 2013 | 9:19 AM

These bread bowls look so cute! I love soup and animals so this looks like something I would totally eat. and the recipes are super simple which is appealing to me.

LuAnn Braley March 26, 2013 | 11:44 AM

Entirely too cute. It's on our family list of things to do!

Kate March 10, 2013 | 5:47 PM

Great idea for the kids. Thanks for sharing.

Shelley March 06, 2013 | 4:26 PM

Oh my goodness these are too cute!! I'm making soup tonight - maybe I'll do this for the kids. Thanks!

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