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.

Pretzel Yummies

Better Homes and Gardens

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

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.

Cranberry-Orange Loaf

Better Homes and Gardens

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Spicy Pecans

Better Homes and Gardens

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

Salmon in Phyllo Cups

Better Homes and Gardens

Cheddar and cream cheeses blend with salmon and dill weed to fill these crisp pastry appetizers.

Hit the Trail Mix

Better Homes and Gardens

Dry cereal and fruit snacks make up this easy after-school snack. Your kids will love to help prepare it.

Total: 5 mins

Raspberry Cream Tart

Midwest Living

This pretty (and easy) dessert has a crust made of refrigerated sugar cookie dough.

Caribbean Nuts

Family Circle

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.

Holiday Cheese Straws

Better Homes and Gardens

These tasty snacks are perfect for parties. They complement most any appetizer tray. Or serve them alongside soups or stews in place of bread.

Brie Pinwheel

Better Homes and Gardens

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.

Total: 25 mins

Patchwork Mitten Cookies

Better Homes and Gardens

These patchwork cookies warm hearts as surely as real mittens warm fingers.

Christmas Appetizers and Snacks  Recipes: Take your pick!
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