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.
This savory cheesecake can be made up to 24 hours ahead. Perfect for entertaining, just cut into thin wedges and let guests serve themselves.
Filled with dried figs or apricots, pistachios, and cranberries, this loaf is a Christmas recipe favorite.
For an easy party appetizer, spice up pretzel and pecan snacks by trying one of the peppy variations.
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--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.
The white chocolate that contains cocoa butter used in this cookie recipe makes these cookies tender to the touch. Chocolate-filled candy canes add an unusual twist.
These little presents have a raspberry filled cake inside. Give them away for a holiday gift or serve for dessert at a party.
Melt and stir. It's that easy when you use your microwave for this ultra-rich chocolate dessert. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
Make this simple snack recipe your own by mixing in any dried fruit and nut combination.
Start with a purchased crust, then fill it with a luscious grapefruit curd and top things off with toasted coconut and chopped pistachios.
Think of this vegetarian bean dip as butternut squash-flavored hummus.