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.
This homemade candy snack is a little bit sweet and a little bit salty.
Make these appetizers ahead and freeze up to 3 months. That way, you can bake what you need whenever guests arrive.
Filled with dried figs or apricots, pistachios, and cranberries, this loaf is a Christmas recipe favorite.
This savory cheesecake can be made up to 24 hours ahead. Perfect for entertaining, just cut into thin wedges and let guests serve themselves.
For an easy party appetizer, spice up pretzel and pecan snacks by trying one of the peppy variations.
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.
Savory fritters, filled with walnuts, Parmesan cheese, and rosemary, make for an appetizer that guests will remember.
This tasty snack recipe makes a great gift from your kitchen.
The marshmallow mixture is tinted green to make these cereal snacks look like holiday wreaths.
Cheddar and cream cheeses blend with salmon and dill weed to fill these crisp pastry appetizers.
Dry cereal and fruit snacks make up this easy after-school snack. Your kids will love to help prepare it.
This pretty (and easy) dessert has a crust made of refrigerated sugar cookie dough.
An egg white helps the brown sugar and Jamaican-style spices cling to the peanuts. Pack the snack into decorative containers and give as holiday gifts.
These tasty snacks are perfect for parties. They complement most any appetizer tray. Or serve them alongside soups or stews in place of bread.
Let this easy appetizer be the "star" of your next get-together. This amazing display, with an assortment of crackers alongside, will take center stage.
These patchwork cookies warm hearts as surely as real mittens warm fingers.