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

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

Petite Quiches

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

Herbed Feta Cheesecake

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

Cranberry-Orange Loaf

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

Crunchy Party Mix

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

Ganache-Glazed Peanut Butter Tart

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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

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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

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

Spicy Pecans

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

Cornflake Christmas Wreaths

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

Peppermint Candy Canes

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Make these delightful "cookie canes" with either red- or green-tinted dough, or combine the two colors in one cane.

Wasabi Party Mix

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Quickly toss these easy ingredients together for a fast snack mix or appetizer.

Fudge

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To get a headstart on candy-making for Christmas or other special occasions, make and freeze this fudge up to two months.

Horseradish-Radish Sandwiches

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These mini pastry sandwiches add a fresh taste and pretty color to your appetizer platter.

Polenta-Pomegranate Wedges

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For a classy Christmas appetizer, top polenta triangles with Greek yogurt, pomegranate seeds and chopped green herbs.

Total: 1 hr 45 mins

Puff Pastry Tart with Roasted Veggies

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Roast vegetables before adding them to the puff pastry to ensure the crust stays nice and crispy.

Christmas Appetizers and Snacks  Recipes: Take your pick!
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