Christmas Appetizers and Snacks

The entire month of December is open season for parties, and whether you're hosting a lavish sit-down meal or just a festive cocktail party, you'll likely be serving your guests appetizers. Tiny, flavorful hors d'oeuvres are the ideal partner for festive holiday cocktails, and small bites keep the crowd socializing while you're getting dinner on the table. The possibilities for Christmas appetizer recipes are endless: We love sweet and spicy mixed nuts, stuffed mushrooms, tiny golden onion tarts, and creamy white bean dip, but the key is to pack a lot of flavor into small portions. (And if they're quick to make, all the better!) You want your apps to be easy to eat and pretty to look at, like tiny edible ornaments.

See Popular Christmas Appetizers and Snacks Recipes

Pretzel Yummies

Better Homes and Gardens

This homemade candy snack is a little bit sweet and a little bit salty.

Holiday Hosting: 10 Crowd-Pleasing Christmas Appetizer Recipes

The Christmas season means guests, and lots of them. The best way to feed a holiday crowd? Christmas appetizers.

Petite Quiches

Better Homes and Gardens

Make these appetizers ahead and freeze up to 3 months. That way, you can bake what you need whenever guests arrive.

Apricot, Almond and Brown Butter Tart

Food & Wine

This dried-apricot tart is crispy and tender, tangy and sweet all at the same time. The recipe also works with fresh apricots; just omit the poaching step.

Total: 3 hrs 20 mins

Herbed Feta Cheesecake

Better Homes and Gardens

This savory cheesecake can be made up to 24 hours ahead. Perfect for entertaining, just cut into thin wedges and let guests serve themselves.

Cheese & Olive Appetizer Tree

Betty Crocker

Star-shaped cheese "ornaments" adorn an edible evergreen fashioned from pimiento-stuffed and Kalamata olives.

Total: 55 mins

Cranberry-Orange Loaf

Better Homes and Gardens

Filled with dried figs or apricots, pistachios, and cranberries, this loaf is a Christmas recipe favorite.

Caramel Popcorn

Taste of the South
Total: 2 hrs 15 mins

Wild Mushroom and Baby Arugula Bruschetta

Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry

Light and flaky Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Sheets make the perfect base for this enjoyable bruschetta topping made with sauteed arugula and wild mushrooms, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.

Total: 1 hr 25 mins

Spicy Pecans

Better Homes and Gardens

This tasty snack recipe makes a great gift from your kitchen.

Ganache-Glazed Peanut Butter Tart

Better Homes and Gardens

Your friends and family won't be able to resist this luscious Christmas tart recipe that boasts a peanut butter filling and chocolate ganache topping.

Asiago Wafers

Better Homes and Gardens

Asiago--nutty-tasting Italian cheese--happily pairs with fresh rosemary in this thin cracker recipe. Bake these wafers just before your guests arrive to welcome them with the enticing aroma.

Crunchy Party Mix

Better Homes and Gardens

For an easy party appetizer, spice up pretzel and pecan snacks by trying one of the peppy variations.

Savory Holiday Fritters

Better Homes and Gardens

Savory fritters, filled with walnuts, Parmesan cheese, and rosemary, make for an appetizer that guests will remember.

Cornflake Christmas Wreaths

Parents

The marshmallow mixture is tinted green to make these cereal snacks look like holiday wreaths.

Oat-and-Cheddar Crackers

Food & Wine

After rolling out this buttery dough, stamp out all different kinds of shapes (Ginna Haravon likes making animal crackers). It's important to chill the dough before and after rolling it out so the crackers are tender.

Total: 2 hrs
Christmas Appetizers and Snacks  Recipes: Take your pick!
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