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.

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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.

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.

Spicy Pecans

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

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.

Cornflake Christmas Wreaths

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

Savory Holiday Fritters

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

Nut Wedges

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Reminiscent of Greek baklava, yet easier to make, these tiny pastries burst with rich honey-nut filling. Brew a pot of tea to serve with them.

Christmas Yo-Yos

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This Christmastime sandwich cookie recipe from New Zealand has green candied cherries in the cookies and red cherries in the pink frosting--light and lovely color contrasts. Adapt the candies and colors to suit the colors of choice.

Honey-Sesame Snack Mix

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With just 15 minutes of prep time, you can make this sweet and savory (and totally guilt-free) snack.

Veggie Mix with Ranch Dip

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Even the fussiest eaters will enjoy vegetables when you pair them with ranch dip and offer them in single-serving cups.

Total: 15 mins

Pretzel Snack Mix

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A blend of Italian seasoning, garlic, and butter makes this easy snack mix an unforgettable treat. Prepare a bowl for movie night or serve it at your next party.

Melting Snowflakes

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What to do on a snowy day? Show the the kids how to cut snowflakes from flour tortillas and turn them into a cheesy quesadilla-like snack.

Total: 15 mins
Christmas Appetizers and Snacks  Recipes: Take your pick!
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