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.
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.
The marshmallow mixture is tinted green to make these cereal snacks look like holiday wreaths.
This tasty snack recipe makes a great gift from your kitchen.
To get a headstart on candy-making for Christmas or other special occasions, make and freeze this fudge up to two months.
These mini pastry sandwiches add a fresh taste and pretty color to your appetizer platter.
Make these delightful "cookie canes" with either red- or green-tinted dough, or combine the two colors in one cane.
Quickly toss these easy ingredients together for a fast snack mix or appetizer.
Roast vegetables before adding them to the puff pastry to ensure the crust stays nice and crispy.
For a classy Christmas appetizer, top polenta triangles with Greek yogurt, pomegranate seeds and chopped green herbs.
In Mexico, these fritters are often served at Christmas. Some sprinkle them with cinnamon sugar while others prefer them with a drizzle of cinnamon syrup.