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.

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.

Cranberry-Orange Loaf

Better Homes and Gardens

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

Ganache-Glazed Peanut Butter Tart

Better Homes and Gardens

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

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.

Spicy Pecans

Better Homes and Gardens

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

Savory Holiday Fritters

Better Homes and Gardens

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

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.

Cornflake Christmas Wreaths

Parents

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

Tangy Grapefruit Tart

Better Homes and Gardens

Start with a purchased crust, then fill it with a luscious grapefruit curd and top things off with toasted coconut and chopped pistachios.

Cran-Walnut Kettle Corn

Diabetic Living

Make this simple snack recipe your own by mixing in any dried fruit and nut combination.

Snowflake Mix

Midwest Living

Gift Boxes

Parents

These little presents have a raspberry filled cake inside. Give them away for a holiday gift or serve for dessert at a party.

Fabulous Five-Minute Fudge

Better Homes and Gardens

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.

Creamy Butternut Squash Dip

Fitness

Think of this vegetarian bean dip as butternut squash-flavored hummus.

Total: 1 hr 15 mins
Christmas Appetizers and Snacks  Recipes: Take your pick!
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